Simple, shallow, but oh so entertaining, Just Dance 3 is the highly anticipated follow-up to Ubisoft’s bestselling Wii franchise Just Dance.
The original Just Dance received almost a collective thumbs down from video game critics worldwide. The game was derided for slipshod motion detection and superficial gameplay. However, it’s not the critic who counts, and Just Dance proved it by surpassing sales records and becoming the bestselling Wii video game from a third party publisher. With Just Dance 3, the action continues as players move around to ridiculous and highly entertaining dance sequences as their favorite songs play in the background.
The Just Dance 3 Wii game involves dancing to selected songs and popular hits from past decades and modern times. These tunes include chart toppers such as “Beautiful Liar” by Beyonce and Shakira, “California Gurls” by Katy Perry, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen, and “Somethin’ Stupid” by Robbie Williams. The track list has over 40 songs, excluding the downloadable content, so players of all music tastes will find something that suits them.
As for the gameplay, Just Dance 3 adds little to the mechanics of its predecessor Just Dance 2. However, this is hardly a disadvantage. The main focus is still on dancing as players handle a Wii remote with one hand and try their best to mimic the moves of an onscreen dancer. Dance moves that are successfully copied are given points, providing the player useful feedback on their performance. Also, figures that prompt the player on the next move scroll horizontally on the bottom of the screen and add more visual cues and hints, making sure that even those with minimal dancing skills and two left feet can catch up.
Unlike most games, Just Dance 3 does not have a career mode or various extra unlockables to prolong its lifespan. However, this is more than made up for by the dance numbers. Each song is accompanied by a decade-appropriate routine and a colorful background that matches the context of the song. Also, the dance moves are expertly choreographed and provide the maximum amount of entertainment to ensure that those playing the game look as ridiculous as possible for the enjoyment of their friends.
The Wii Just Dance 3 game also has duet songs where two people can dance together as well as dance numbers specifically designed for four individuals. This is an excellent party game with minimal difficulty and is easy to play no matter the experience with video games.
Just like its predecessors, there’s not much going on in terms of actual gameplay other than the fun dancing. The absence of a career mode and other unlockables make this game unsuitable for single-player use; it’s not much fun dancing away to some silly routine when no one’s watching. Rather, Just dance 3 is meant to be primarily a party game for special gatherings.
Just Dance 3 can be played on the Wii console using the standard Wii remote. It has multiplayer modes and can support up to 8 players at a time.
If you’re thinking of hosting an event and are nervous about it being a dud, simply pop-in Just Dance 3 on your Wii and you’re guaranteed to get the party going. With all-new songs, modes, and dance routines, everyone will be clamoring for their turn, and even spectators will have an excellent time laughing at their poor companions hopping and flailing their arms in front of the TV. It’s easy and challenging enough to cater to both amateur and hardcore dancers, and everyone but the most surly is sure to enjoy themselves. In terms of party games, Just Dance 3 is unmatched.