Dance Central 2

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Dance Central 2
Dance Central 2.jpg
Developer(s) Harmonix
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Series Dance Central
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Release date(s) AUS 20111021October 21, 2011

EU 20111021October 21, 2011
NA 20111025October 25, 2011
JP 20111027October 27, 2011

Genre(s) Rhythm game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Distribution DVD-ROM

Dance Central 2 is a rhythm game developed by Harmonix exclusively for the Xbox 360 Kinect.

Gameplay[edit]

The core gameplay in Dance Central 2 is mostly identical to the original Dance Central. Players perform given dance moves, which are tracked by the Kinect. The more accurately the player performs the move, the more points he/she scores. Higher difficulties increase move complexity, and the margin of error is reduced.

Features new to Dance Central 2 include voice control, simultaneous two player gameplay in both cooperative and competitive modes with drop in/drop out functionality, an improved fitness mode, a more in-depth and customizable "Break it Down" mode, allowing the player to practice only specific moves in a routine, and a campaign mode featuring dance crews of various styles.[1][2][3][4]

Characters[edit]

The 18 characters appearing in the game are listed below along with their crew affiliation. 13 are new to Dance Central 2 while the 5 others return from the original Dance Central; Dare, MacCoy, Oblio and ELIOT do not return in Dance Central 2. The three (except ELIOT) will return in Dance Central 3.

Character Crew
Bodie Riptide
Emilia Riptide
Li'l T. Flash4wrd
Taye Flash4wrd
Angel Lu$h Crew
Miss Aubrey Lu$h Crew
Mo Hi-Def
Glitch Hi-Def
Kerith The Glitterati
Jaryn The Glitterati
CYPH-56 D-CYPHER
CYPH-78 D-CYPHER
Dr. Tan D-CYPHER
Marcos Icon Crew
Frenchy Icon Crew
Shinju Ninja Crew
Kichi Ninja Crew
  • Riptide is the simplest crew, consisting of Bodie and Emilia. Their venue is a basketball court next to a beach.
  • Flash4wrd is the African-American rap crew. Member are Taye, and her little sister, 'Lil T. They dance at a golf course.
  • Lush Crew is fancy, and only crew with two characters from Dance Central. Miss Aubrey and Angel are the members. Venue is Miss Aubrey's cruise ship.
  • Hi-def is the computeristic crew of Mo and Glitch. Takes place at train station and in a train.
  • The Glitterati are the highest dance crew from the top a constructing building. Karith and Jaryn.
  • D-CYPHER is Dr. Tan's evil robot dance crew from inside an airship. The robots are called CYPH-56 CYPH-78.
  • Icon and Ninja crews are not actual dance crews, but only dancers available to be chosen.

Venues[edit]

Stage Crew
High Tide Riptide
Set Adrift Lu$h Crew
Tee Off Flash4wrd
Lowdown Hi-Def
Penthaüs The Glitterati
The Airship D-CYPHER

Soundtrack[edit]

On Disc[edit]

The following 44 songs appear on the Dance Central 2 disc.[1][3] Songs that are in pink are cover versions. Riptide's Songs are in red are the songs in the Crew Challenge. Flash4wrd's Songs in are green are the songs in the Crew Challenge. Lu$h Crew's Songs are in blue are the songs in the Crew Challenge. Hi-Def's Songs are in yellow are the songs in the Crew Challenge. And The Glitterati's Songs are in purple are the songs in the Crew Challenge. All songs that are in light blue are final challenge songs in Crew Challenge led by D-Cypher. All songs are unlocked from the start.

Song Artist Decade Choreographer Difficulty (Out of 7) Crew Character DC3 venue
"Baby Got Back (Mix Mix)" Sir Mix-a-Lot 1990s Chanel Thompson 6 Riptide Emilia Invite Only
"Bad Romance" Lady Gaga 2000s Marcos Aguirre 5 The Glitterati Kerith DCI HQ
"Body to Body" Electric Valentine 2010s Marcos Aguirre 3 The Glitterati Jaryn DCI HQ
"Born This Way" Lady Gaga 2010s Marcos Aguirre 5 The Glitterati Kerith DCI HQ
"Bulletproof" La Roux 2000s Marcos Aguirre 2 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey Studio 675
"Club Can't Handle Me" Flo Rida ft. David Guetta 2010s Chanel Thompson 3 Riptide Emilia DCI HQ
"Conceited (There's Something About Remy)" Remy Ma 2000s m. Marcos Aguirre 5 Flash4wrd Taye Studio 675
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" Usher ft. Pitbull 2010s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia DCI HQ
"Fire Burning" Sean Kingston 2000s Frenchy Hernandez 3 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey Studio 675
"Get Ur Freak On" Missy Elliott 2000s Marcos Aguirre 7 Flash4wrd Taye Crow's Nest
"Goodies" Ciara ft. Petey Pablo 2000s Frenchy Hernandez 4 Flash4wrd Taye Studio 675
"Grenade" Bruno Mars 2010s Marcos Aguirre 4 Lu$h Crew Angel DCI HQ
"Hot Stuff" Donna Summer 1970s Chanel Thompson 3 Flash4wrd Li'l T Free Skate
"I Like It" Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull 2010s Chanel Thompson 3 Riptide Emilia DCI HQ
"I Wish for You" EXILE 2010s Kunle Oladehin 4 Hi-Def Mo DCI HQ
"Impacto (Remix)" Daddy Yankee ft. Fergie 2000s Frenchy Hernandez 2 Flash4wrd Taye Studio 675
"Last Night" P Diddy ft. Keyshia Cole 2000s Frenchy Hernandez 2 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey Studio 675
"Like a G6" Far East Movement ft. Cataracs and Dev 2010s Spikey Soria 5 The Glitterati Jaryn DCI HQ
"Mai Ai Hee (Dragostea Din Tei)" O-Zone 2000s Ricardo Foster 1 Hi-Def Glitch Studio 675
"Massive Attack" Nicki Minaj ft. Sean Garrett 2010s Devin Woolridge 4 Riptide Bodie DCI HQ
"Meddle" Little Boots 2000s Marcos Aguirre 4 The Glitterati Kerith Studio 675
"My Prerogative" Bobby Brown 1980s Devin Woolridge 4 Riptide Bodie Toprock Avenue
"Nothin' on You" B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars 2010s Marcos Aguirre 3 Lu$h Crew Angel DCI HQ
"Oops (Oh My)" Tweet ft. Missy Elliott 2000s Frenchy Hernandez 3 The Glitterati Jaryn DCI HQ
"Reach" Armanni Reign 2000s Ricardo Foster 1 Riptide Bodie DCI HQ
"Real Love" Mary J. Blige 1990s Marcos Aguirre 1 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey Invite Only
"Right Thurr" Chingy 2000s Frenchy Hernandez 3 Flash4wrd Li'l T Studio 675
"Rude Boy" Rihanna 2010s Frenchy Hernandez 3 Flash4wrd Taye Studio 675
"Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)" Gnarls Barkley 2000s Kunle Oladehin 6 Hi-Def Mo Studio 675
"Sandstorm" Darude 1990s Marcos Aguirre 1 The Glitterati Kerith Invite Only
"Satellite" Lena 2010s Spikey Soria 7 The Glitterati Jaryn DCI HQ
"Sexy Chick" David Guetta ft. Akon 2000s Torey Nelson 7 Hi-Def Mo Studio 675
"Somebody to Love" Justin Bieber 2010s Torey Nelson 6 Hi-Def Mo DCI HQ
"Technologic" Daft Punk 2000s Kunle Oladehin 6 Hi-Def Mo Studio 675
"The Breaks" Kurtis Blow 1980s Devin Woolridge 2 Lu$h Crew Angel Toprock Avenue
"The Humpty Dance" Digital Underground 1990s Ricardo Foster 2 Riptide Bodie Invite Only
"This Is How We Do It" Montell Jordan 1990s Ricardo Foster 2 Hi-Def Glitch Invite Only
"Toxic" As Made Famous By Britney Spears 2000s Marcos Aguirre 7 The Glitterati Jaryn Studio 675
"Turn Me On" Kevin Lyttle 2000s Marcos Aguirre 2 Lu$h Crew Angel Studio 675
"Venus" Bananarama 1980s Marcos Aguirre 2 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey Toprock Avenue
"What Is Love" Haddaway 1990s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia Invite Only
"Whip My Hair" Willow Smith 2010s Spikey Soria 5 Flash4wrd Li'l T DCI HQ
"Yeah!" Usher ft. Lil' Jon & Ludacris 2000s Ricardo Foster 5 Hi-Def Glitch Studio 675
"You're a Jerk" New Boyz 2000s Devin Woolridge 3 Hi-Def Glitch Studio 675

Importable content[edit]

Similar to games in the Rock Band franchise, users are able to import all 32 songs from the original Dance Central disc for 400 Microsoft Points ($4.99 local currency). Additionally, users will need the 16-character code printed either on the back of the Dance Central manual or on a separate insert and at least 250 MB of available storage space.[5][6]

Downloadable content[edit]

Downloadable songs from the original Dance Central are forward compatible with Dance Central 2. Downloadable songs released for Dance Central 2 are forward compatible with Dance Central 3; however, support for new downloadable content for Dance Central 2 ended with the launch of Dance Central 3 on October 16, 2012. Songs are available for 240 Microsoft Points ($2.99 local currency) each.

Song Title Artist Decade Choreographer Difficulty
(Out of 7)
Crew Character Release Date Dance Pack DC3 Venue
"Marry the Night" Lady Gaga 2010s Marcos Aguirre 3 The Glitterati Jaryn November 22, 2011 DCI HQ
"The Edge of Glory" Lady Gaga 2010s Marcos Aguirre 2 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey November 22, 2011 DCI HQ
"What's My Name" Rihanna ft. Drake 2010s Frenchy Hernandez 4 Flash4wrd Taye December 20, 2011 Invite Only
"S&M" Rihanna 2010s Marcos Aguirre 4 The Glitterati Jaryn December 20, 2011 Crow's Nest
"Only Girl (In the World)" Rihanna 2010s Spikey Soria 7 Flash4wrd Li'l T December 20, 2011 Crow's Nest
"Closer" Ne-Yo 2000s Kunle Oladehin 3 Hi-Def Mo January 10, 2012 11 Studio 675
"Don't Touch Me (Throw da Water on 'Em)" Busta Rhymes 2000s Devin Woolridge 4 Riptide Bodie January 17, 2012 11 Studio 675
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" C+C Music Factory 1990s Chanel Thompson 6 Riptide Emilia January 24, 2012 8 Invite Only
"Forget You" Cee Lo Green 2010s Devin Woolridge 2 Hi-Def Glitch January 31, 2012 9 DCI HQ
"Say Hey (I Love You)" Michael Franti & Spearhead feat. Cherine Anderson 2000s Ricardo Foster Jr. 2 Riptide Bodie February 14, 2012 11 Toprock Avenue
"Milkshake" Kelis 2000s Marcos Aguirre 4 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey February 21, 2012 8 Studio 675
"Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock 2010s Torey Nelson 6 Hi-Def Mo February 28, 2012 Invite Only
"Yeah 3x" Chris Brown 2010s Torey Nelson 5 Riptide Bodie March 13, 2012 DCI HQ
"Escapade" Janet Jackson 1980s Chanel Thompson 2 Riptide Emilia March 27, 2012 Toprock Avenue
"Nasty" Janet Jackson 1980s Marcos Aguirre 5 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey March 27, 2012 Toprock Avenue
"We No Speak Americano" Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP 2010s Ricardo Foster 6 Hi-Def Glitch April 10, 2012 10 Crow's Nest
"Commander" Kelly Rowland ft. David Guetta 2010s Marcos Aguirre 6 Lu$h Crew Angel April 17, 2012 11 DCI HQ
"Give Me Everything" Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer 2010s Frenchy Hernandez 4 Lu$h Crew Angel April 24, 2012 8 DCI HQ
"Spice Up Your Life" Spice Girls 1990s Marcos Aguirre 2 Flash4wrd Li'l T May 8, 2012 10 Invite Only
"Hello Good Morning" Diddy-Dirty Money ft. T.I. 2010s Nick DeMoura 5 Riptide Bodie May 15, 2012 9 DCI HQ
"Scenario" A Tribe Called Quest And Leaders At The School 1990s Devin Woolridge 5 Hi-Def Glitch May 22, 2012 8 Crow's Nest
"Low" Flo Rida ft. T-Pain 2000s Chanel Thompson 3 Flash4wrd Taye May 29, 2012 9 Studio 675
"Replay" Iyaz 2010s Nick DeMoura 5 Lu$h Crew Angel June 12, 2012 9 DCI HQ
"Hot In Herre" Nelly 2000s Kunle Oladehin 5 Hi-Def Mo June 19, 2012 11 Studio 675
"Whine Up" Kat DeLuna ft. Elephant Man 2000s Marcos Aguirre 5 Flash4wrd Taye June 26, 2012 8 Studio 675
"Round & Round" Selena Gomez & the Scene 2010s Nick DeMoura 5 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey July 10, 2012 10 DCI HQ
"La La Land" Demi Lovato 2000s Marcos Aguirre 2 Flash4wrd Li'l T July 17, 2012 10 Studio 675
"Never Say Never" Justin Bieber ft. Jaden Smith 2010s Kunie Oladehin 4 Hi-Def Mo July 24, 2012 11 DCI HQ
"Down On Me" Jeremih ft. 50 Cent 2010s Marcos Aguirre 3 Lu$h Crew Angel August 7, 2012 11 DCI HQ
"O.P.P." Naughty by Nature 1990s Ricardo Foster 7 Hi-Def Glitch August 14, 2012 9 Invite Only
"Let It Rock" Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne 2000s Marcos Aguirre 4 Riptide Bodie August 21, 2012 11 Studio 675
"Promiscuous" Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland 2000s Devin Woolridge 5 Lu$h Crew Angel August 28, 2012 11 Studio 675

Development[edit]

Dance Central 2 was officially announced at E3 2011 during Microsoft's press conference.[7] It was announced on February 2, 2012 that if the community reaches certain milestones, like star count or calories burned, three new crews and two new outfits will be unlocked. As of April 30, 2012, all the crews and outfits have been unlocked.[8] The characters that are in purple are new characters.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 86.65%[9]
Metacritic 86/100[10]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A[11]
Game Informer 8.25/10[12]
IGN 9/10[13]
Official Xbox Magazine 9.5/10[14]

Reviews of the game were positive. IGN praising the game's style, added multiplayer, and dances, but mentions how a lot of the dances feel quite feminine, and how there is no shuffle mode.[13] As of May 2012, the game has sold 1.6 million copies worldwide.[citation needed]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dance Central 2 information". Harmonix. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Steimer, Kristine. "Dance Central 2: The Basics". IGN. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "New Dance Central 2 Songs, Release Date and Features Detailed!". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dance Central 2 Cinematic!". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "How do I import my Dance Central songs into Dance Central 2?". Microsoft. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dance Central 2 Pre-Order Info with Bonus!". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Drake, Audrey. "E3 2011: Dance Central 2 Announced". IGN. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Unlock New Outfits & Crews for Dance Central 2". Harmonix. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dance Central 2 for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  10. ^ "Dance Central 2 (Xbox360: 2011): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  11. ^ "Dance Central 2 Review for Xbox 360 from 1UP.com". 1up.com. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  12. ^ "An Iterative Sequel To An Innovative Dance Experience - Dance Central 2 - Xbox 360 - www.GameInformer.com". Game Informer. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  13. ^ a b Clements, Ryan. "Dance Central 2 Review - Xbox 360 Review at IGN". xbox360.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  14. ^ "Dance Central 2 review - Dance Central 2 - Xbox 360 - www.oxmonline.com.com". Future Publishing. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 

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