Just Dance 2

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Just Dance 2
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American box art
Developer(s) Ubisoft Paris
Ubisoft Milan
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Series Just Dance
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s)
  • NA: October 12, 2010
  • EU: October 14, 2010
  • AUS: October 14, 2010
Genre(s) Rhythm
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Just Dance 2 is a dance video game developed by Ubisoft Paris and Ubisoft Milan and published by Ubisoft. The game was released exclusively for Wii on 12 October 2010 in North America and in Australia and Europe on October 14, 2010, as a sequel to Just Dance. Just Dance 2 focuses on improvements and enhancements to the original game, including the addition of new co-operative "Duet" routines, a team-based battle mode, a new exergaming-oriented mode known as "Just Sweat", and support for new songs to be bought for the game as downloadable content.

Just Dance 2 was released to positive reviews, with critics praising its increased polish over its predecessor, new modes, and continued focus on a multiplayer "party game" experience accessible to a casual audience, and not requiring special hardware beyond the console's own motion controller. As of January 2011, Just Dance 2 sold over 5 million copies, making it the best-selling third-party title on the Wii.

Gameplay[edit]

Just Dance 2 booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

The gameplay of Just Dance 2 remains similar to the original; while holding a Wii Remote in their hand, players must mimic the routine of an on-screen dancer to a chosen song. Players are judged based on their accuracy, scoring points.[1]

Selected songs offer "Duet" modes, which feature choreography designed for two players.[1] A new mode known as "Dance Battle" was also introduced; it is a team-based mode in which players compete across a series of songs and minigames to earn points for their team. The mode can be played with up to eight players, divided into two teams of four.[1] A new exercise-focused gameplay mode known as "Just Sweat" was also added; the mode is designed to serve as a daily exercise regiment, allowing players to select an intensity-based selection of songs with progress tracked via "sweat points".[2]

Track listing[edit]

The game contains 47 music tracks, and additional downloadable content (DLC).[citation needed]

Song Artist Year
"A-Punk" Vampire Weekend 2008
"Alright" (X-3D) Supergrass 1995
"Baby Girl" (X-3D) Reggaeton 2003
"Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" Mika 2007
"Body Movin'" (Fatboy Slim Remix) Beastie Boys 1998
"Call Me" Blondie 1980
"Cosmic Girl" (X-3D) Jamiroquai 1996
"Crazy in Love" Studio Musicians (as made famous by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z) 2003
"D.A.N.C.E." Justice 2007
"Dagomba" Sorcerer 2003
"Funkytown" (BBE) Sweat Invaders (as made famous by Lipps Inc.) 1980
"Girlfriend"(J2) Avril Lavigne 2007
"Hey Ya!" Outkast 2003
"Holiday" The Hit Crew (as made famous by Madonna) 1983
"Hot Stuff" Donna Summer 1979
"Idealistic" Digitalism 2007
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" James Brown 1965
"Iko Iko" (X-3D) Mardi Gras 1953
"It's Raining Men" (X-3D) The Weather Girls 1982
"I Want You Back" The Jackson 5 1969
"Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" (BBE) A. R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger 2009
"Jump" (X-3D) Studio Allstars (as made famous by Kris Kross) 1992
"Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)" (X-3D) Harry Belafonte 1961
"Jungle Boogie" Studio Musicians (as made famous by Kool & the Gang) 1973
"Katti Kalandal" (X-3D) Bollywood 1980
"Monster Mash" The Frighteners (as made famous by Bobby "Boris" Pickett) 1962
"Move Your Feet" Junior Senior 2003
"Mugsy Baloney" (X-3D) Charleston 1924
"The Power" (X-3D) Snap! 1990
"Proud Mary"(X-3D) Ike and Tina Turner 1971
"Rasputin" (X-3D) Boney M. 1978
"Rockafeller Skank" Fatboy Slim 1998
"SOS" Rihanna 2006
"Satisfaction" (Issak Original Extended) (X-3D) Benny Benassi 2003
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" Cher 1990
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" (BBE) The Clash 1982
"Soul Bossa Nova" Quincy Jones and His Orchestra 1962
"Sway (Quien Sera)" Marine Band (as made famous by Michael Bublé) 2004
"Sympathy for the Devil" (Fatboy Slim Remix) The Rolling Stones 1969
"Take Me Out" Franz Ferdinand 2004
"That's Not My Name" The Ting Tings 2008
"Tik Tok"(J2) Ke$ha 2009
"Toxic" (X-3D) The Hit Crew (as made famous by Britney Spears) 2004
"Viva Las Vegas" Elvis Presley 1964
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" Wham! 1984
"Walk Like an Egyptian" (X-3D) The Bangles 1986
"When I Grow Up" (A) The Pussycat Dolls 2008
  • An (A) indicates the song has alternate dances available. (Those can be found under 'Contest Winners' in the 'Extras' menu)
  • A (J2) indicates the song is also available in Just Dance Wii 2.
  • A (X-3D) indicates the song is also available as DLC in Just Dance 3. (Xbox 360 only)
  • A (BBE) indicates the song is on the Best Buy edition of the game. (United States only)
  • A Funkytown Previously Game From Rayman Raving Rabbids 2

Downloadable content[edit]

Song Artist Year Release Date
"Firework" (FRDLC) Katy Perry 2010 October 12, 2010
"Pon de Replay" Rihanna 2005 October 12, 2010
"Barbie Girl" Countdown Dee's Hit Explosion (as made famous by Aqua) 1997 October 12, 2010
"Pump Up the Volume" MARRS 1987 October 12, 2010
"Maniac" The Hit Crew (as made famous by Michael Sembello) 1983 October 28, 2010
"Born to Be Wild" Steppenwolf 1968 October 28, 2010
"Professor Pumplestickle" Nick Phoenix and Thomas J. Bergersen 2006 October 28, 2010
"Crying Blood" V V Brown 2008 October 28, 2010
"Down by the Riverside" (X-3D) The Reverend Horatio Duncan and Amos Sweets 1927 November 26, 2010
"Futebol Crazy" (X-3D) The World Cup Girls 2010 November 26, 2010
"Kung Fu Fighting (Dave RuffyMark Wallis Remix)" Carl Douglas 1974 December 18, 2010
"Mambo No. 5" Lou Bega 1999 December 18, 2010
"Nine in the Afternoon" Panic! at the Disco 2008 December 18, 2010
"It's Not Unusual" Tom Jones 1965 December 18, 2010
"Chicken Payback" A Band of Bees 2004 December 18, 2010
"Crazy Christmas" (DLC*) (X-3D) Santa Clones 2010 December 18, 2010
"Skin-To-Skin" Sweat Invaders 2010 January 16, 2011
"You Can't Hurry Love" The Supremes 1966 February 11, 2011
"Why Oh Why" (X-3D) Love Letter 2010 February 11, 2011
"American Boy" Estelle featuring Kanye West 2008 February 11, 2011
"Come On Eileen" Dexy's Midnight Runners 1982 March 17, 2011
"Song 2" Blur 1997 March 17, 2011
"Spice Up Your Life" Spice Girls 1997 March 17, 2011
"Here Comes the Hotstepper" (DLC*) The Hit Crew (as made famous by Ini Kamoze) 1995 April 15, 2011
"Moving on Up" M People 1993 June 2, 2011
  • A (FRDLC) indicates that the song can be downloaded for free.
  • A (DLC*) indicates that the song was free, but switched to 300 Wii Points.
  • A (X-3D) indicates the song is also available as DLC in Just Dance 3. (Xbox 360 only)

Reception[edit]

Just Dance 2 received mixed to positive reviews. Metacritic lists the game with an aggregate score of 74, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3] Sales of Just Dance 2 surpassed those of the original; with over 5 million copies as of January 2011, it was the best-selling third-party title for the Wii.[4] Laurent Detoc, CEO of Ubisoft's North American operations, stated that this achievement "[solidified] the Just Dance brand as a pop culture phenomenon."[5][4]

GameSpot praised the improved quality of Just Dance 2 over its predecessor, acknowledging improvements such as "tighter" motion detection that is harder to "cheat", and increased production values leading to higher-quality character and background art design. The diverse soundtrack and choreography was also praised, with the "Duet" routines judged as being the "funniest" to play because of their "comical spins, jumps, and crossovers". Just Dance 2 was commended for continuing to be more enjoyable as a multiplayer party game, while the addition of minigames and DLC were considered changes that added additional value to the game as a whole. In conclusion, GameSpot noted that "considering the lack of a career mode, rewards, or a modicum of challenge in single-player, it would be easy to dismiss Just Dance 2 as a shallow cash-in sequel that has learnt little from the mistakes of its predecessor. However, that would be entirely missing the point. Get a group of friends together and it dishes out heaps of fun, with an excellent soundtrack and hilarious choreography that anyone can dance to and ultimately make a fool out of himself to."[1]

IGN.com noted that although it still had "absolutely no depth or subtlety", Just Dance 2 was still "tremendously enjoyable", continuing to eschew unlockable content and progression in favor of focusing on the core gameplay experience, and for being more polished overall. In regards to its competitors, it was also noted that the game "[had] the edge [over Dance Central] because you don't have to buy a £130 camera in order to play it." Giving the game an 8 out of 10, IGN concluded that Just Dance 2 was "refreshingly uncomplicated fun", and would appeal to people "who like to dance and aren't particularly bothered about games."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Just Dance 2 Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Just Dance 2 review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Just Dance 2 Critic Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Just Dance 2 a record-breaker on Wii". Eurogamer. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Interview: Ubisoft's Key Talks Just Dance 2's New 5M Unit Milestone". Gamasutra. UBM. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Just Dance 2 Review: Get your body moving. No, really. Give it a shot.". IGN.com. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 

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