Dance Central 3
|Dance Central 3|
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 and 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.
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 70s to learn the Hustle. Angel is having a good time in the era, but 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 80s 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 90s where Flash4wrd are having a house party (at their childhood home) to learn the Macarena. Taye and Lil' T have so much fun that they come up with a new dance craze called the House Party, but are 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, by Usher .
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 (like the last time he revealed D-CYPHER) and then 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.
The following 47 songs appear on the Dance Central 3 disc.
|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 (Under Pressure)"||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$h Crew||Angel - Retro Fitted||Free Skate|
|"(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me"||Sean Paul ft. Keyshia Cole||2000s||Marcos Aguirre||2||Hi-Def||Glitch - DCI Agent||Studio 675|
|"Wild Ones"||Flo Rida||2010s||Kunle Oladehin||5||Hi-Def||Mo - DCI Agent||Studio 675|
|"Y.M.C.A."||Village People||1970s||Marcos Aguirre||5||Lu$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|
Dance Central 3 is able to import all songs from Dance Central 2 for US$4.99. If a physical disc is used to perform the import function, the user will also need the unique code from the game's manual; however, if a Games on Demand version of Dance Central 2 is used, then no export code is required.
The import of the original Dance Central songs was previously possible with the same method and for the same price as for Dance Central 2, but since October 25, 2016, new import purchases are no longer possible (old purchases remain intact). If the user has previously imported the original Dance Central into Dance Central 2, it is also available in Dance Central 3.
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.
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- "Harmonix's Critically Acclaimed Dance Franchise Returns this Year with Dance Central 3". Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "How do I import my Dance Central songs into Dance Central™ 3?". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- "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.