Dance Central 3
|Dance Central 3|
|Developer(s)||Harmonix Music Systems, Backbone Entertainment|
|Publisher(s)||Harmonix Music Systems|
|Release date(s)||NA October 16, 2012
JP October 18, 2012
AU October 19, 2012
EU October 19, 2012
|Genre(s)||Music, Rhythm, Exercise|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multiplayer|
Dance Central 3 is a music video game developed and published by Harmonix Music Systems and co-developed by Backbone Entertainment. It was announced at E3 2012 during Microsoft's press conference. The game was released on October 16, 2012 in North & Latin America, & on October 19, 2012 in Europe, Asia, Australia, & Japan. Next on, you will see that Dance Central 4 is announced on E3 and will be released 2013.
Gameplay is similar to the previous two games in the series in which players follow dance moves which are tracked by the Xbox Kinect. The more accurately the players dance, the more points they earn. Harder difficulties mean harder moves for the players to follow. New to Dance Central 3 is the Crew Throwdown mode where two teams of up to four go head-to-head in a series of performances, dance battles & mini-games. There will be a "Keep the Beat" mini-game which will have the player track the rhythm and the "Make Your Move" mini-game which will have players compete making up routines on the fly. Also new to Dance Central 3 is the Beginner mode, a difficulty mode for people completely new to dancing games, and Party Mode, where random songs and minigames are played and as people play, they are progressively moved up or down a difficulty depending on how well they are performing.
All of the characters from the previous two games return with the addition of Rasa and Lima, both of whom form the DCI crew. DCI, Lu$h, Hi-Def, Flash4wrd, & Riptide are available from the start, while D-Coy, Murder Of Crows (robot crew), Murder Of Crows-ELITE, Glitterati, D-CYPHER, Icon, Radtek, and Ninja Crew are unlocked through leveling up. The only characters who do not return are CYPH-ELITE and ELIOT.
|Miss Aubrey||Lu$h Crew|
|Free Skate||Lu$h Crew|
The player receives an invitation to an underground dance party. When the player's swag is verified Rasa and Lima welcome the player to "the party." After successfully dancing to Bass Down Low the party's secret is revealed that its DCI and they want to recruit the player to be an agent. To prove the player's skills to be an agent Rasa and Lima challenge the player to Sexy and I Know It. After passing the test, they intercept a transmission from Dr. Tan revealing that "Project Lockstep" has reached the phase two. Rasa and Lima explain to the player that they sent various crews back in time to learn the dance crazes to use against Dr. Tan as Dare and Maccoy (who are also DCI agents) are missing. The player meets up with Lu$h Crew in the '70's to learn the Hustle. Angel is having a good time in the era, however Miss Aubrey dislikes it heavily and won't stop complaining about it. When they return to the present, DCI informs the player that the Dr. Tan's armies are spreading like a virus.
The player travels back to the 80's to learn the Electric Slide with Hi-Def. Hi Def wanted to challenge the player to a dance off but was reminded of their duties by Rasa. Returning to the present, Rasa and Lima inform the player that Dare and MacCoy are found but are under mind control, thanks to a device Dr. Tan used on his army. While Lima has the mind control device analyzed by the computer to find out any countermeasures, Rasa instructs the player on their next objective.
The player heads to the 90's where Flash4wrd are having a house party (at their childhood home) to learn the Macarena. Taye and Lil' T had so much fun that they ended up coming with a new dance craze called the House Party but were berated by Lima for disrespecting the time-space continuum. Once they return to DCI headquarters, Dr. Tan has breached the security system and Lima has the player travel to the 2000s era to get Bodie and Emilia back.
The player ends up a studio where Riptide is hosting a show called Dance Central Live. Riptide are reluctant to go back in the present since the show is currently in mid-season. After learning the dance craze, they receive a transmission from Rasa that the DCI headquarters is under attack but the transmission was cut off.
Back in the DCI headquarters, Bodie and Emilia get taken away in the darkness. The player then receives a transmission from Dr. Tan that he has sent the dance crews to the pre-historic era where he claims dinosaurs have taken care of them (depicted in a childish drawing). He then commands the mind-controlled Rasa and Lima to defeat the player in a dance battle. During the conflict, the computer finishes the analysis of the mind control device and reveals its weakness: expressive movements or "swag." The player manages to free the agents and is instructed by Rasa to go into the future where Dr. Tan has settled, not without powering Boomy for the trip.
Reaching the future in "Tantopia," Dr. Tan revealed the new robots, M.O.C.-78 and M.O.C.-56 and secondly comes with the mind controlled Oblio, who is then revealed to be Dr. Tan's son. After dancing the crazes, the robots got destroyed. And after OMG, Oblio breaks free of the mind control device and tells the player to trap Dr. Tan in the time stream with freestyle dancing. The player succeeds in defeating Dr. Tan once and for all and returns to the DCI headquarters.
Lima and Rasa commends the player for their actions and has informed that all of the crews (including Dare and MacCoy) have been rescued and the dance world is safe again. The player is now tasked with a new mission: to get the party started!
In a post-credits scene the Glitterati claims to plan to create mischief for DCI.
On disc 
The following 46 songs appear on the Dance Central 3 disc. All songs are unlocked from the start except Tan-Step (marked in pink) which is unlocked after M.O.C. crew is unlocked. Songs in yellow are the songs in the story mode. All songs that are in blue are era craze songs in Story Mode. After completion of story mode, all of the songs, including Tan-Step, become part of the Master Quest. Each crew has a total of 9 songs in the Master Quest, except MOC, that has only Tan-Step.
|Song||Artist||Decade||Choreographer||Difficulty (Out of 7)||Crew||Default Character/Outfit||Default Venue|
|"1, 2 Step"||Ciara ft. Missy Elliott||2000s||Chanel Thompson||2||Riptide||Emilia - Retro Fitted||Studio 675|
|"Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"||TLC||1990s||Frenchy Hernandez||4||Flash4wrd||Taye - Retro Fitted||Invite Only|
|"Around the World"||Daft Punk||1990s||Kunle Oladehin||6||Hi-Def||Mo - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"Bass Down Low"||Dev ft. The Cataracs||2010s||Nick DeMoura||5||DCI||Rasa - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"Better Off Alone"||Alice DeeJay||1990s||Marcos Aguirre||1||Lu$h Crew||Angel - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)"||Panjabi MC||2000s||Ricardo Foster Jr.||5||Hi-Def||Glitch - DCI Agent||Toprock Avenue|
|"Boom Boom Pow"||The Black Eyed Peas||2000s||Marcos Aguirre||3||Flash4wrd||Li'l T. - DCI Agent||Studio 675|
|"Boyfriend"||Justin Bieber||2010s||Torey Nelson||3||DCI||Rasa - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"Calabria (2008)"||Enur ft. Natasja||2000s||Chanel Thompson||5||Riptide||Emilia - Retro Fitted||Studio 675|
|"Ching-a-Ling"||Missy Elliott||2000s||Frenchy Hernandez||5||Lu$h Crew||Miss Aubrey - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"Cupid Shuffle"||Cupid||2000s||Devin Woolridge||3||Riptide||Bodie - Retro Fitted||Studio 675|
|"Da Butt"||E.U.||1980s||Ricardo Foster Jr.||3||Hi-Def||Mo - Retro Fitted||Toprock Avenue|
|"Disco Inferno"||The Trammps||1970s||Frenchy Hernandez||3||Lu$h Crew||Miss Aubrey - Retro Fitted||Free Skate|
|"Electric Boogie"||Marcia Griffiths||1990s||Kunle Oledehin||4||Hi-Def||Mo - Retro Fitted||Toprock Avenue|
|"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"||Backstreet Boys||1990s||Spikey Soria||4||Flash4wrd||Li'l T. - Retro Fitted||Invite Only|
|"Firework"||Katy Perry||2010s||Chanel Thompson||3||Riptide||Emilia - DCI Agent||Studio 675|
|"Get Low"||Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins||2000s||Devin Woolridge||5||Riptide||Bodie - Retro Fitted||Studio 675|
|"Hello"||Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette||2010s||Marcos Aguirre||5||Lu$h Crew||Miss Aubrey - DCI Agent||Crow's Nest|
|"I Am the Best"||2NE1||2010s||Frenchy Hernandez||5||Flash4wrd||Taye - DCI Agent||Crow's Nest|
|"I Will Survive"||Gloria Gaynor||1970s||Frenchy Hernandez||3||Lu$h Crew||Miss Aubrey - Retro Fitted||Free Skate|
|"Ice Ice Baby"||Vanilla Ice||1990s||Marcos Aguirre||3||Flash4wrd||Li'l T. - Retro Fitted||Invite Only|
|"In Da Club"||50 Cent||2000s||Devin Woolridge||2||Riptide||Bodie - Retro Fitted||Studio 675|
|"Let the Music Play"||Shannon||1980s||Ricardo Foster Jr.||4||Hi-Def||Glitch - Retro Fitted||Toprock Avenue|
|"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)"||Los Del Rio||1990s||Frenchy Hernandez||2||Flash4wrd||Taye - Retro Fitted||Invite Only|
|"Moves Like Jagger"||Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera||2010s||Devin Woolridge||6||Riptide||Bodie - Retro Fitted||Toprock Avenue|
|"Mr. Saxobeat"||Alexandra Stan||2010s||Marcos Aguirre||4||DCI||Lima - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"Now That We Found Love"||Heavy D & The Boyz Feat. Aaron Hall||1990s||Chanel Thompson||6||Flash4wrd||Taye - Retro Fitted||Invite Only|
|"OMG"||Usher ft. will.i.am||2010s||Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher||7||DCI||Rasa - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"On The Floor"||Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull||2010s||Chanel Thompson||5||Riptide||Emilia - Retro Fitted||DCI HQ|
|"Samba De Janeiro"||Bellini||1990s||Devin Woolridge||5||Riptide||Bodie - Crew Look||Toprock Avenue|
|"Scream"||Usher||2010s||Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher||5||DCI||Rasa - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"Sexy and I Know It"||LMFAO||2010s||Torey Nelson||6||DCI||Lima - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"Starships"||Nicki Minaj||2010s||Torey Nelson||2||DCI||Rasa - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"Stereo Love"||Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina||2000s||Marcos Aguirre||4||Lu$h Crew||Angel - DC Classic||Studio 675|
|"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"||Kelly Clarkson||2010s||Spikey Soria||7||Flash4wrd||Li'l T. - DCI Agent||Invite Only|
|"Supersonic"||J.J. Fad||1980s||Ricardo Foster Jr.||6||Hi-Def||Glitch - Retro Fitted||Toprock Avenue|
|"Tan-Step"||M-Cue||2010s||Ricardo Foster Jr.||5||M.O.C.||Oblio - Crew Look||Crow's Nest|
|"Take Over Control"||Afrojack ft. Eva Simons||2010s||Spikey Soria||5||Flash4wrd||Taye - DCI Agent||Crow's Nest|
|"Teach Me How to Dougie"||Cali Swag District||2010s||Torey Nelson||5||DCI||Lima - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
|"The Hustle"||Van McCoy||1970s||Marcos Aguirre||1||Lu$h Crew||Angel - Retro Fitted||Free Skate|
|"Turn the Beat Around"||Vicki Sue Robinson||1970s||Marcos Aguirre||3||Lu$h Crew||Angel - Retro Fitted||Free Skate|
|"(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me"||Sean Paul ft. Keyshia Cole||2000s||Marcos Aguirre||2||Hi-Def||Glitch - DCI Agent||Studio 675|
|"Wild Ones"||Flo Rida featuring Sia||2010s||Kunle Oladehin||5||Hi-Def||Mo - DCI Agent||Studio 675|
|"Y.M.C.A."||Village People||1970s||Marcos Aguirre||1||Lu$h Crew||Angel - Retro Fitted||Free Skate|
|"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"||New Kids on the Block||1980s||Kunle Oladehin||3||Hi-Def||Mo - Retro Fitted||Toprock Avenue|
|"You Make Me Feel..."||Cobra Starship ft. Sabi||2010s||Torey Nelson||7||DCI||Lima - DCI Agent||DCI HQ|
Importable content 
Dance Central 3 is able to import all songs from both Dance Central and Dance Central 2 for 400 Microsoft Points per disc. If a physical disc is used to perform the import function, the user will also need the unique code from each game's manual; however, if a Games on Demand version of Dance Central 2 is used, then no export code is required. Also, if the user has previously imported the original Dance Central, then the import function does not need to be performed again.
Downloadable content 
All previous downloadable songs are forward compatible with Dance Central 3; however, any new content released on or after October 16, 2012 is only compatible with Dance Central 3.
On March 8, 2013, Harmonix announced that new DLC releases for Dance Central 3 will end after March due to the company shifting its resources to next generation projects.
|Song||Artists||Decade||Choreographer||Difficulty (Out of 7)||Crew||Default Character/Outfit||Default Venue||Release Date|
|"Euphoria"||Usher||2010s||Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher||5||DCI||Rasa - DCI Agent||DCI HQ||November 20, 2012|
|"Twisted"||Usher ft. Pharrell||2010s||Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher||6||DCI||Rasa - DCI Agent||DCI HQ||November 20, 2012|
|"Gangnam Style"||PSY||2010s||Devin Woolridge||5||Riptide||Bodie - Retro Fitted||DCI HQ||November 27, 2012|
|"Call Me Maybe"||Carly Rae Jepsen||2010s||Spikey Soria||7||Flash4wrd||Li'l T - DCI Agent||Studio 675||December 4, 2012|
|"Alejandro"||Lady Gaga||2010s||Marcos Aguirre||3||Lu$h Crew||Angel - Street Style||DCI HQ||December 25, 2012|
|"Paparazzi"||Lady Gaga||2000s||Marcos Aguirre||4||Flash4wrd||Taye - Street Style||Studio 675||December 25, 2012|
|"Sorry for Party Rocking"||LMFAO||2010s||Kunle Oladehin||5||Hi-Def||Mo - Street Style||DCI HQ||December 31, 2012|
|"Whip It"||Nicki Minaj||2010s||Marcos Aguirre||5||DCI||Lima - DCI Agent||Studio 675||January 8, 2013|
|"International Love"||Pitbull ft. Chris Brown||2010s||Kunle Oladehin||5||Hi-Def||Mo - Street Style||Studio 675||January 15, 2013|
|"Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)"||Pitbull ft. T-Pain||2010s||Torey Nelson||7||Riptide||Bodie - Retro Fitted||DCI HQ||January 15, 2013|
|"Glad You Came"||The Wanted||2010s||Marcos Aguirre||2||Lu$h Crew||Angel - Street Style||Studio 675||January 22, 2013|
|"Let It Roll"||Flo Rida||2010s||Ricardo Foster Jr.||5||D-Coy||MacCoy - DC Classic||DCI HQ||January 29, 2013|
|"What Makes You Beautiful"||One Direction||2010s||Marcos Aguirre||2||Lu$h Crew||Miss Aubrey - DC Classic||Invite Only||February 5, 2013|
|"Beauty and a Beat"||Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj||2010s||Marcos Aguirre||5||Lu$h Crew||Angel - DC Classic||Studio 675||February 12, 2013|
|"All Around the World"||Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris||2010s||Chanel Thompson||5||Riptide||Emilia - DCI Agent||DCI HQ||February 12, 2013|
|"Lights"||Ellie Goulding||2010s||Ricardo Foster Jr.||6||Hi-Def||Glitch - DCI Agent||Toprock Avenue||February 19, 2013|
|"Airplanes"||B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams||2010s||Torey Nelson||4||DCI||Rasa - DCI Agent||DCI HQ||February 26, 2013|
|"Take Care"||Drake ft. Rihanna||2010s||Devin Woolridge||4||Riptide||Bodie - DCI Agent||Studio 675||March 5, 2013|
|"Umbrella"||Rihanna ft. Jay-Z||2000s||Chanel Thompson||4||Riptide||Emilia - DCI Agent||Toprock Avenue||March 12, 2013|
|"SOS"||Rihanna||2000s||Spikey Soria||5||Flash4wrd||Li'l T - DCI Agent||Crow's Nest||March 12, 2013|
|"London Bridge"||Fergie||2000s||Marcos Aguirre||3||Lu$h Crew||Miss Aubrey - Street Style||Invite Only||March 19, 2013|
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- "Exciting New Tracks Headed To Dance Central 3 From Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, And More!". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
- "New Dance Central 3 DLC Releases Ending in March". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 8 March 2013.