Dance Central 3

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Dance Central 3
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Developer(s)Harmonix
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Director(s)Matt Boch
Producer(s)Jon Carter
Designer(s)Jim Toepel
Marcus Montgomery
Programmer(s)Ryan Challinor
Isaac Bender
Artist(s)Matt Perlot
Lisette Titre
Writer(s)Helen McWilliams
SeriesDance Central
Platform(s)Xbox 360
Release
  • NA: October 16, 2012
  • AU: October 18, 2012
  • EU: October 19, 2012
Genre(s)Music, rhythm
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Dance Central 3 is a music rhythm game developed by Harmonix and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360 Kinect. It was announced at E3 2012 during Microsoft's press conference.[1]

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 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.[2]

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 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.

Soundtrack[edit]

On disc[edit]

The following 47 songs appear on the Dance Central 3 disc.[2]

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

Importable content[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conditt, Jessica. "Dance Central 3 announced with a Q3/Q4 launch date". joystiq. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Harmonix's Critically Acclaimed Dance Franchise Returns this Year with Dance Central 3". Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Exciting New Tracks Headed To Dance Central 3 From Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, And More!". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  5. ^ "New Dance Central 3 DLC Releases Ending in March". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 8 March 2013.

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