I was ecstatic when I first saw a trailer for the Xbox Kinect. This only proved that technology has finally reached a caliber high enough to put up works at this level. Needless to say, the next birthday bash I had I got a Kinect as a present. And I’ve cherished that thing like the rarest Pokemon card in history ever since. First game I ever played on it was Kinect Adventures, but the first standalone was Dance Central. Think I got Kinect Sports for my next birthday. And then I did some pretty hard chores and got Kinect Sports Season Two for that. Either way, I’ve had a long history with the Kinect. And if you were to sift through all gaming generations and pick out its strongest enemy, you’d likely pick the Wii. Who wouldn’t? They both specialize in motion control, voice recognition, and vice versa. But the Wii and Kinect really built an enmity for one another over two of their most famous series: Dance Central, obviously, and Just Dance. Although Just Dance had a head start, they both seem equally up to par. Well, maybe their latest upcoming titles can break the tie.
Let’s do Dance Central first because, to me, DC > JD. (Don’t wanna start a controversy or anything.) First announced at this year’s E3 Microsoft press conference, Dance Central 3 seems to be this year’s new adaptation to the Kinect’s top-dog dance series. As with its predecessors, players must dance to imitate the motions of onscreen characters, with their score multiplying and increasing depending on how well the player performs. Instead of having simply the three core categories (easy-medium-hard), it now introduces the new beginner and expert categories. Some new modes include the “Crew Throwdown”, which is basically a more advanced and hardcore version of the Dance Battle; in this mode, two teams of four fight tooth-and-nail for dance supremacy in a series of performances, battles, and even mini games. More modes include “Keep the Beat”, a rhythm-tracking mode, and “Make Your Move”, which finally interprets the create-your-own-dance mechanics that we’ve been praying for. (Guess who got to it first, though? :-x) There is also a standalone beginner mode for complete dance game newbies, and there is Party Mode. Party Mode plays random tracks and mini games as people play, bumping the difficulty higher or lower depending on the dancer’s performance.
Now, one of the biggest changes in DC3 compared to its previous games is mostly the “dancing through the decades” mode. Each crew in the game is now assigned with a different decade to represent, so I guess they’ll be looking like those actors on those old-time field trips you always took with classmates.
- Lu$h Crew, composed of classics Angel (pronounced “awn-hell”) and Miss Aubrey, will be representing the 70s. Well, save for Hi-Def’s electric boogie.
- Hi-Def, composed of classic Mo and newbie Glitch, will be representing the 80s.
- Flash4wrd, composed of classic Taye and newbie Lil’ T, will be representing the 90s.
- Riptide, composed of classic Emilia and newbie Bodie, will be representing the 2000s.
- DCI, the brand-new crew composed of Rasa and Lima, will be representing the 2010s/present day.
But don’t get me wrong, that’s not every crew in the game. There’s still M.O.C. (classic Oblio + DC2 antagonist Dr. Tan) and DeCoy (classics Dare & MacCoy) that will be appearing in the game, so be ready for a nostalgic throwback-filled trip down memory lane. Each crew will also have their own venue: the DCI will have the DCI HQ, Lu$h with the Roller Disco, Hi-Def with Street Side, Flash4wrd with House Party, Riptide with Dance Central Live, M.O.C. with (according to the intro) Tan’s Castle, and DeCoy with a venue that has yet to be determined and announced. There will be over 100 songs to jam to, plus bonus tracks only available from pre-ordering them at select retailers (I’ll give you the heads-ups when you need it). These are some of the songs to expect:
- “1, 2 Step” by Ciara ft. Missy Elliott, from Goodies (2004)
- “Around the World” by Daft Punk, from Homework (1997)
- “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, from Love Tracks (1978)
- “In Da Club” by 50 Cent, from Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)
- “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the Backstreet Boys, from Backstreet’s Back (1997)
- “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera, from Hands All Over (2010)
- “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, from Sorry for Party Rocking (2011)
- “OMG” by Usher ft. will.i.am, from Raymond v. Raymond (2010)
- “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District, from The Kickback (2011)
- “YMCA” by the Village People, from Cruisin’ (1978)
- “I Am the Best (Original Version)” by 2NE1, from 2NE1 (2011)
- “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D & the Boyz ft. Aaron Hall, from ??? (???)
- “On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull, from Love? (2011)
- “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by the New Kids On the Block, from Hangin’ Tough (1988)
- “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas, from The E.N.D. (2009)
- “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber, from Believe (2012)
- “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” by Los Del Rio, from A mí me gusta (1994) and Fiesta Macarena (1996)
And all the special pre-order-only tracks:
- “Alejandro” by Lady Gaga, from The Fame Monster (2009) (Amazon-only)
- “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga, from The Fame (2008) (Amazon-only)
- “Sorry for Party Rocking” by LMFAO, Sorry for Party Rocking (2011) (Walmart-only)
- “Euphoria” by Usher ft. Swedish House Mafia, from Looking 4 Myself (2012) (Best Buy-only)
- “Whip It” by Nicki Minaj, from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012) (Walmart-only)
- “Twisted” by Usher ft. Pharrell, from Looking 4 Myself (2012) (Best Buy-only)
And that’s not even all! Believe it or not, each song will have their own choreographer! (But I refuse to say goodbye to that talking boombox.) Some of these ‘graphers include Usher, Marcos Aguirre, Frenchy Hernandez, and Chanel Thompson. I guess you know all about this game, so you’ll be ready when it releases this Tuesday! Now onto–the other one.
The latest in Ubisoft’s so-called hit series, Just Dance 4 was also announced at this year’s E3, but to make it more pizzazz-y they had Flo Rida and Aisha Tyler announce it! Not only that, but it’s gonna be for the PS3 (PS Move), Xbox (Kinect), Wii, and Wii U!!! Gameplay remains similar to previous titles, but now new modes will be introduced (one of them being the dance battle mode), unlockable bonus routines will be hidden, and there will also be a Wii U-exclusive “Puppetmaster” mode as well, using the controller to “Master” and manipulate the dance and visuals. Another mode will be the Just Sweat mode, which actually splits into five workouts, 3 females and 2 males: Aerobics in Space, Electro Body Combat, Sweat Around the World, Cheerleaders Boot Camp, and Swinging 60s Workout. Additional modes, like Simon Says Mode and the 8-player feat, will be removed in this game. There are also “dance quests” that come in six for each song, which build up your “mojo” as you complete them. You can also make your own “dancer cards” which showcase stats like your fave songs, best scores, challenges, etc. Every version except the Wii’s (sorry, folks :() also allows online leaderboards. Now this game only has fifty tracks, and like before I’ll only show some of them.
- “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, from Dirty Dancing (1987)
- “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera, from Back to Basics (2006)
- “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, from Curiosity (2012)
- “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado, from Loose (2006)
- “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley, from Whenever You Need Somebody (1987)
- “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez & the Scene, from When the Sun Goes Down (2011)
- “Beauty and a Beat” by Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj, from Believe (2012)
- “Rock N’ Roll (Will Take You To the Mountain)” by Skrillex, from Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (2010)
- “Domino” by Jessie J, from Who You Are (2011)
- “Istanbul” by They Might Be Giants, from Flood (1990)
- “Good Feeling (Alice Version)” by Flo Rida, from Wild Ones (2012)
- “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, from Talking Book (1972)
- “The Final Countdown” by Europe, from The Final Countdown (1986)
- “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj, from Pink Friday (2010)
- “Wild Wild West” by Will Smith ft. Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee, from Wild Wild West (1999) and Willennium (1999)
- “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, from Up All Night (2011)
- “Umbrella” by Rihanna ft. Jay-Z, from Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
- “Oops!… I Did It Again” by Britney Spears, from Oops!… I Did It Again (2000)
- “So What” by P!nk, from Funhouse (2008)
So now that you know all you need to about this game, you’ll be ready for it to start the war–since it’s actually out right now. Well, the Wii U version’s not coming out until next month, but I guess you can already start “just dancing” right now.
Oh, that reminds me! Some of my sister’s high school friends made this video in an effort to make a new raving dance. They were successful. It’s become a school trend, and its video has over 1,000 hits and fifteen likes already! And they put this up two weeks ago! Anyway, prepare to have a newly-planted earworm in your head. Because Off Brand, JH UpintheStudio, ButterScott, Broseph Chillingston, Sneaky Nick, and Big Ash (pretty thoughtful gamertags, guys :D) are now Shugga Street Dynasty. This is no normal Cupid shuffle, or electric slide, or cha-cha slide, or wobble. This–is “Do the Shugga“. (Put #shugga in your comment to get this thing trending!)
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Video of the Week: This was kind of a last-minute entry, but it was so funny I decided to include it anyway. In this episode, Sneaky Nick & Broseph Chillingston from the Shugga Street Dynasty are back! But it’s not a new song they’re debuting. They’ve done this fake little commercial for the slingshot of generations to come. It’s got speed, it’s got durability, it’s got accuracy–or so they advertise! It’s the Slingshot 2000! (Came out last Sunday, so it’s only at 100+ hits and only a single like. Can’t blame it, can ya?) And put up #shuggastreetdynasty or #ssd in your comment if you want more sweet-as-shugga hits!
WARNING: One case of coarse language, and lots of blades and sharp, pointy things.