Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2

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Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2/Full Full Party
DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party 2 Boxshot.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Dance Dance Revolution
Bemani
Engine Custom
Platform(s) Nintendo Wii
Release date(s)
  • NA September 16, 2008[1]
  • JP December 18, 2008
Genre(s) Music, exercise
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution DVD

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2, later released as Dance Dance Revolution FullFull Party (ダンスダンスレボリューション フルフル♪パーティー Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon FuruFuru Pātī?) in Japan, was announced by Konami on May 15, 2008 as part of the 10th anniversary of Dance Dance Revolution celebration. Hottest Party 2 features the same gameplay as the first Hottest Party and introduces new gameplay modes, gimmicks, characters and graphical enhancements. The game also features an all new soundtrack featuring licensed music from the past four decades as well as new Konami Originals.[2] Hottest Party 2 was released on September 16, 2008 in North America. A teaser site for the Japanese release was launched on December 9, 2008 featuring new gameplay footage from the game.[3]

Development[edit]

A pre-release screenshot of Hottest Party 2 displaying an updated dancing character, classic backup dancers, a more detailed dancing stage and enhanced lighting effect.

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 was announced on May 15, 2008 alongside Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 and Dance Dance Revolution X by Konami on the DDR Online Community website as part of Game Day 2008. A sequel to the 2007 Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party, Hottest Party 2 features many improvements. Konami promises an entirely new soundtrack featuring music from the "last four decades", more innovative Wii Remote and Nunchuk support, four-player multiplayer and brand new gameplay modes. Hottest Party 2 features a difficulty range that allows both new players and seasoned dancers to enjoy the game. Mii support will be added to the game, allowing players to incorporate their Mii avatars onto the dance floor. Courses, a mode featured in the mainstream Dance Dance Revolution series, will be introduced on the Wii for the first time. Dance gimmicks such as Triple Stomp and Dance N' Defend Battle Mode will add new dynamics to the standard gameplay. New dancing characters will be introduced and the dancers will show off realistic dance moves that players can watch and practice in special mode. New dancing stages with greater detail will be added to the game, more than 50 total environments for the characters to dance in. Konami also announced a sample of the music to be included in Hottest Party 2, including covers of "Black or White" by Michael Jackson, Umbrella" by Rihanna, "We Got the Beat" by The Go-Go's, and the inclusion of Justice's D.A.N.C.E.[2] A teaser trailer and a series of gameplay screenshots were released by Konami alongside the announcement.[4]

On August 1, 2008 The Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 teaser website was updated with a new trailer revealing additional information about the upcoming game, alongside the new song "Into Your Heart", by series producer Naoki Maeda. The updated dancers with new dance moves are featured, along with the detailed stages featuring club style lighting, video walls and live crowds, new gimmicks that shrink the size of the on-screen arrows to varying degrees, the first appearance of Training Mode on the Wii, Dance N' Defend Battle Mode in action and the 360 degree dancing character viewer.[5]

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay remains relatively unchanged from the original game, as players must step on the marked arrows on a dance pad controller, or wave their Wii Remote or Nunchuck when the corresponding arrow or hand marker passes through a set of static arrows on-screen to the beat of a song. When played with the Wii Remote, a separate "hand combo" attached to the lifebar increases if the player can keep the beat of the song with the controller while in play. These hand combos can add a bonus to the player's score when a hand marker is eventually reached.[5][6]

New modes on Hottest Party 2 include a battle mode[2] and the "Groove Arena", an updated version of Groove Circuit from the previous version. As with the previous game, songs can also contain special "gimmick" arrows with unique behaviors. New arrow gimmicks on Hottest Party 2 include arrows that rebound when hit and must be hit three times in order for them to fully disappear, and arrows that only appear suddenly,.[2][6]

Music[edit]

The songs in yellow are licensed covers, the songs in white are Konami Originals, the songs in red are "boss songs", and the songs in green are featured in existing games. The songs with padlocks next to them are locked until certain conditions are met in the game, and songs with a clapperboard next to them have music videos featured.

Soundtrack album[edit]

The original soundtrack for FuruFuru Party was bundled with the original soundtrack for Dance Dance Revolution X, and was released on January 29, 2009. It was part of the pre-order bundles for the PlayStation 2 version of DDR X in Japan, which was released the same day.[13]

Compatibility[edit]

It has been discovered that DDR Hottest Party 2 is not compatible with some 3rd party dance mats made for Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix and 3rd party mats made for Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party.[citation needed] Cable converters, such as those made by DDR Game, exist to get around this issue.[14] It is compatible with most Gamecube pads, even when used as 2nd/3rd/4th player.

Reception[edit]

A pre-release screenshot of Hottest Party 2 displaying a Mii as a dancing character.

During its presentation at E3 2008, critics praised Hottest Party 2 for its ease of play. Chris Watters of GameSpot felt the training modes would be useful for newer players to learn the game's fundamentals,[15] and while IGN's Lucas M. Thomas noted that Hottest Party 2 was not "drastically different" from the previous version (continuing a model of releasing yearly installments with greater emphasis on new content rather than making larger changes to the game), he still felt the game remained just as accessible to new players as earlier entries in the franchise, and sarcastically commented that the ability to have Mii heads on realistic bodies as dancers "doesn't look disturbing at all."[16]

1UP.com gave Hottest Party 2 a "B" rating, concluding that the game "succeeds in several areas where last year's version fell short." Specific praise went to its use of full choreography for the on-screen characters rather than randomized moves, and to its soundtrack contained fewer "generic" songs than the previous game. The game's Battle mode was considered to be a "positively nightmarish" experience, and the Groove Arena mode was singled out for providing a "rewarding sense of progress" through its pace of providing new content.[17]

WorthPlaying.com's Jesse Littlefield gave the game a 6.6/10, complimenting some of the additions to gameplay and Wii Remote support. However, the stages and characters were dubbed "poorly detailed" and the covered songs were declared to be "sub-standard", although the Konami Originals were considered the "better half" of the soundtrack. The lack of online play was also criticized.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IGN: Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 Announced". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d DDRcommunity. "New DDR Games!". DDR Online Community. Konami. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Official teaser page" (in Japanese). Konami. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  4. ^ DDRcommunity. "DDR Hottest Party 2 Media". DDR Online Community. Konami. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  5. ^ a b c "Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2". Konami. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  6. ^ a b c "Wii Review- 'DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party 2'". WorthPlaying. October 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  7. ^ DDRcommunity. "DDR Community". DDR Online Community. Konami. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  8. ^ "More Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 songs revealed". Blinky's "R" Us. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  9. ^ "DanceDanceRevolution HOTTEST PARTY 2 (North America) Song List". Zenius-I-Vanisher. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  10. ^ ダンスダンスレボリューション フルフル♪パーティー (in Japanese). Konami. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  11. ^ ダンスダンスレボリューション フルフル♪パーティー|収録楽曲紹介: (in Japanese). Konami. 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  12. ^ ダンスダンスレボリューション フルフル♪パーティー -収録曲リスト (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  13. ^ "konamistyle updates". Bemanistyle. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  14. ^ "Nintendo Wii Dance Pad Cable Converter for DDR Hottest Party 2 and Hottest Party 3". DDR Game. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  15. ^ Chris Watters (2008-07-16). "E3 2008: Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 Hands-On". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  16. ^ Lucas M. Thomas (2008-07-17). "E3 2008: Feet-on Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  17. ^ Walker, Torrey. "Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 Review". 1UP.com. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 

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Preceded by
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2
2008
Succeeded by
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3