Kinect’s Dance Central for the Xbox 360 is the next generation of dance simulation games, and of all Kinect’s release titles – it’s the most intense. The linear range of motion that dance pads once confined us to are gone and that is a good thing. Not just a party game, but an excellent way to burn some calories while indoors. Dance Central is sure to be a hit this holiday season. It’s also a great tool for learning to dance – really.
Training mode puts you through the motions that you’ll need to learn in order to successfully perform the moves required. Flash cards provide on-screen prompts that will tell you the move to be performed. The flash cards, as well as the “announcers” commands compensate for the Kinect’s latency, and the dance moves will challenge even the most experienced dance game enthusiasts.
While most players will get through the basic dance routines within a few days, the more difficult routines could take awhile. The Kinect doesn’t cut much slack to users who don’t fulfill the moves properly, and more often than not the Kinect is right. It is tempting to feel like you successfully completed a move that you were not given credit for, however a look in the mirror will most likely explain why the move was failed.
There are several different play modes to choose from depending on what type of experience you’re looking for, and because Dance Central breaks away from the traditional dance pad, incorporating upper body movement really makes you feel like your picking up some good moves.
Release tracks include Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface”, No Doubt’s “Hella Good”, and even Pitbull’s “I know you want me”, along with 17 other tracks and presumably more downloadable titles available in the near future.
The primary frustration I experienced was the inability to practice a particularly difficult move without having to practice all of them. There seems to be no way to skip moves that you’re already proficient in to get to the ones you need to work on.
In conclusion Xbox 360’s Dance Central for Kinect is the best party release title for adults. favorite The ability to get a great workout indoors, learn some new moves and a wide selection of tracks will please anyone even slightly attracted to the dance genre. I have no doubt that subsequent releases will improve upon the experience; until then Kinect’s Dance Central is about the most fun you can have indoors this holiday season.