Dance Central 2

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Dance Central 2
Dance Central 2.jpg
Developer(s) Harmonix
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Series Dance Central
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Release
  • PAL: October 21, 2011
  • NA: October 25, 2011
Genre(s) Music, rhythm
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Dance Central 2 is a music rhythm game developed by Harmonix and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 Kinect.

Gameplay[edit]

The core gameplay in Dance Central 2 is mostly identical to the original Dance Central. Players perform given dance moves, which are tracked by the Kinect. The more accurately the player performs the move, the more points he/she scores. Higher difficulties increase move complexity, and the margin of error is reduced.

Features new to Dance Central 2 include voice control, simultaneous two player gameplay in both cooperative and competitive modes with drop in/drop out functionality, an improved fitness mode, a more in-depth and customizable "Break it Down" mode, allowing the player to practice only specific moves in a routine, and a campaign mode featuring dance crews of various styles.[1][2][3][4]

Downloadable content[edit]

Downloadable songs from the original Dance Central are forward compatible with Dance Central 2. Downloadable songs released for Dance Central 2 are forward compatible with Dance Central 3; however, support for new downloadable content for Dance Central 2 ended with the launch of Dance Central 3 on October 16, 2012.

Development[edit]

Dance Central 2 was officially announced at E3 2011 during Microsoft's press conference.[5] It was announced on February 2, 2012 that if the community reaches certain milestones, like star count or calories burned, three new crews and two new outfits will be unlocked. As of April 30, 2012, all the crews and outfits have been unlocked.[6] The characters that are in purple are new characters.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 86.65%[7]
Metacritic 86/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A[9]
Game Informer 8.25/10[10]
IGN 9/10[11]
OXM (US) 9.5/10[12]

Reviews of the game were positive. IGN praising the game's style, added multiplayer, and dances, but mentions how a lot of the dances feel quite feminine, and how there is no shuffle mode.[11] As of August 2016, the game has sold 2.04 million copies worldwide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dance Central 2 information". Harmonix. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Steimer, Kristine. "Dance Central 2: The Basics". IGN. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Dance Central 2 Songs, Release Date and Features Detailed!". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dance Central 2 Cinematic!". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Drake, Audrey. "E3 2011: Dance Central 2 Announced". IGN. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Unlock New Outfits & Crews for Dance Central 2". Harmonix. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dance Central 2 for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Dance Central 2 (Xbox360: 2011): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  9. ^ "Dance Central 2 Review for Xbox 360 from 1UP.com". 1up.com. 2011-10-14. Archived from the original on 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  10. ^ "An Iterative Sequel To An Innovative Dance Experience - Dance Central 2 - Xbox 360 - www.GameInformer.com". Game Informer. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  11. ^ a b Clements, Ryan. "Dance Central 2 Review - Xbox 360 Review at IGN". xbox360.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  12. ^ "Dance Central 2 review - Dance Central 2 - Xbox 360 - www.oxmonline.com.com". Future Publishing. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 

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