Dance Central 3

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Dance Central 3
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Developer(s) Harmonix, Backbone Entertainment
Publisher(s) Harmonix
Distributor(s) Microsoft Studios
Series Dance Central
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Release date(s) NA 20121016October 16, 2012

JP 20121018October 18, 2012
AUS 20121019October 19, 2012
EU 20121019October 19, 2012

Genre(s) Music, Rhythm, Exercise
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD-ROM

Dance Central 3 is a music video game developed and published by Harmonix and co-developed by Backbone Entertainment. It is the third installment of the Dance Central series and was announced at E3 2012 during Microsoft's press conference.[1] The game was released on October 16, 2012 in North & Latin America, & on October 19, 2012 in Europe, Asia, Australia, & Japan.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

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.[3]

Characters[edit]

All of the characters from the previous two games return with the addition of Rasa and Lima, both of whom form the DCI crew. Despite for Dare, MacCoy, and Oblio not appearing in Dance Central 2, DCI, Lu$h, Hi-Def, Flash4wrd, & Riptide are available from the start, while D-Coy, Murder Of Crows, Glitterati, D-CYPHER, Icon, and Ninja Crew are unlocked through leveling up. The only characters who do not return are CYPH-ELITE and ELIOT, because both of them will return in the near future in the series.

Character Crew
Rasa DCI
Lima DCI
Miss Aubrey Lu$h Crew
Angel Lu$h Crew
Mo Hi-Def
Glitch Hi-Def
Taye Flash4wrd
Li'l T. Flash4wrd
Emilia Riptide
Bodie Riptide
MacCoy D-Coy
Dare D-Coy
Dr. Tan Murder of Crows
Oblio Murder of Crows
Kerith The Glitterati
Jaryn The Glitterati
CYPH-56 D-CYPHER
CYPH-78 D-CYPHER
Marcos Icon Crew
Frenchy Icon Crew
Shinju Ninja Crew
Kichi Ninja Crew

Venues[edit]

Stage Crew
DCI HQ DCI
Free Skate Lu$h Crew
Toprock Ave. Hi-Def
Invite Only Flash4wrd
Studio 675 Riptide
Crow's Nest Murder of Crows

Story[edit]

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 it's 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 because her hair is feathered and the stage smells like hotdogs and won't stop complaining about it.But in the end she learns that everything is just fine. 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, the Cupid Shuffle, 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 and learning the Scream.

Reaching the future in "Tantopia," Dr. Tan revealed that he wants to dominate the future. He reveals two new robots, M.O.C.-78 and M.O.C.-56 and a mind controlled Oblio, who is then revealed to be Dr. Tan's son to challenge the crazes learned previously. Afterwards, the robots were destroyed. Not willing to give up, Dr. Tan hesitates and challenges the players to the hardest dance of all: OMG. After defeating them, 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.

Trivia[edit]

  • The Move "Oladehin" is named after the choreographer Kunle Oladehin.
  • The Move and Dancer "Frenchy" is named after the choreographer Frenchy Hernandez

Soundtrack[edit]

On disc[edit]

The following 46 songs appear on the Dance Central 3 disc.[2][3]

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$h Crew Angel - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)" Panjabi MC 1990s Ricardo Foster Jr. 5 Hi-Def Glitch - DCI Agent Toprock Ave.
"Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas 2000s Marcos Aguirre 3 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Boyfriend" Justin Bieber 2010s Torey Nelson 3 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Calabria (2008)" Enur ft. Natasja 2000s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Ching-a-Ling" Missy Elliott 2000s Frenchy Hernandez 5 Lu$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 Ave.
"Disco Inferno" The Trammps 1970s Frenchy Hernandez 3 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"Electric Boogie" Marcia Griffiths 1980s Kunle Oledehin 4 Hi-Def Mo - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" Backstreet Boys 1990s Spikey Soria 4 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"Firework" Katy Perry 2010s Chanel Thompson 3 Riptide Emilia - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Get Low" Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins 2000s Devin Woolridge 5 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Hello" Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette 2010s Marcos Aguirre 5 Lu$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$h Crew Miss Aubrey - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice 1990s Marcos Aguirre 3 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"In Da Club" 50 Cent 2000s Devin Woolridge 2 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Let the Music Play" Shannon 1980s Ricardo Foster Jr. 4 Hi-Def Glitch - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" Los Del Rio 1990s Frenchy Hernandez 2 Flash4wrd Taye - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera 2010s Devin Woolridge 6 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Mr. Saxobeat" Alexandra Stan 2010s Marcos Aguirre 4 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Now That We Found Love" Heavy D & The Boyz Feat. Aaron Hall 1990s Chanel Thompson 6 Flash4wrd Taye - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"OMG" Usher ft. will.i.am 2010s Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 7 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"On The Floor" Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull 2010s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Samba De Janeiro" Bellini 2000s Devin Woolridge 5 Riptide Bodie - Crew Look Toprock Ave.
"Scream" Usher 2010s Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 5 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO 2010s Torey Nelson 6 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Starships" Nicki Minaj 2010s Torey Nelson 2 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Stereo Love" Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina 2000s Marcos Aguirre 4 Lu$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 Ave.
"Tan-Step" M-Cue 2010s Ricardo Foster Jr. 5 Murder of Crows 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 Ave.
"You Make Me Feel..." Cobra Starship ft. Sabi 2010s Torey Nelson 7 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ

Importable content[edit]

Dance Central 3 is able to import all songs from both Dance Central and Dance Central 2 for US$4.99 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.[4]

Downloadable content[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Song Artists Decade Choreographer Difficulty (Out of 7) Crew Default Character/Outfit Default Venue Release Date Dance Pack
"Euphoria" Usher 2010s Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 5 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ November 20, 2012 13
"Twisted" Usher ft. Pharrell 2010s Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 6 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ November 20, 2012 13
"Gangnam Style" PSY 2010s Devin Woolridge 5 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted DCI HQ November 27, 2012 12
"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen 2010s Spikey Soria 7 Flash4wrd Li'l T - DCI Agent Studio 675 December 4, 2012 12
"Alejandro" Lady Gaga 2010s Marcos Aguirre 3 Lu$h Crew Angel - Street Style DCI HQ December 25, 2012 12
"Paparazzi" Lady Gaga 2000s Marcos Aguirre 4 Flash4wrd Taye - Street Style Studio 675 December 25, 2012 12
"Sorry for Party Rocking" LMFAO 2010s Kunle Oladehin 5 Hi-Def Mo - Street Style DCI HQ December 31, 2012 12
"Whip It" Nicki Minaj 2010s Marcos Aguirre 5 DCI Lima - DCI Agent Studio 675 January 8, 2013 12
"International Love" Pitbull ft. Chris Brown 2010s Kunle Oladehin 5 Hi-Def Mo - Street Style Studio 675 January 15, 2013 13
"Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" Pitbull ft. T-Pain 2010s Torey Nelson 7 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted DCI HQ January 15, 2013 13
"Glad You Came" The Wanted 2010s Marcos Aguirre 2 Lu$h Crew Angel - Street Style Studio 675 January 22, 2013 12
"Let It Roll" Flo Rida 2010s Ricardo Foster Jr. 5 Hi-Def Glitch - DCI Agent DCI HQ January 29, 2013
"What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 2010s Marcos Aguirre 2 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - DC Classic Invite Only February 5, 2013 13
"Beauty and a Beat" Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj 2010s Marcos Aguirre 5 Lu$h Crew Angel - DC Classic Studio 675 February 12, 2013 12
"All Around the World" Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris 2010s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - DCI Agent DCI HQ February 12, 2013 12
"Lights" Ellie Goulding 2010s Ricardo Foster Jr. 6 Hi-Def Glitch - DCI Agent Toprock Avenue February 19, 2013 12
"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 12
"Umbrella" Rihanna ft. Jay-Z 2000s Chanel Thompson 4 Riptide Emilia - DCI Agent Toprock Avenue March 12, 2013 12
"SOS" Rihanna 2000s Spikey Soria 5 Flash4wrd Li'l T - DCI Agent Crow's Nest March 12, 2013 12
"London Bridge" Fergie 2000s Marcos Aguirre 3 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - Street Style Invite Only March 19, 2013 12

Demo[edit]

As in the 3rd Dance Central, there is only a downloadable demo which is via Xbox Live. The demo includes two crews, DCI and Riptide crew & two stages, DCI HQ and Studio 675 (both characters and stages are already selected for the players, so there is no way to alter them). The demo besides providing perform it and dance battle for the player, it also provides a party mode for the player to use and all functions of party mode are included in the demo.

Song Artist Decade Choreographer Difficulty (Out of 7) Crew Default Character/Outfit Default Venue
"On The Floor" Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull 2010s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera 2010s Devin Woolridge 6 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Starships" Nicki Minaj 2010s Torey Nelson 2 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ

References[edit]

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