Dance Central for Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect
Dance Central Shows Off Kinect Capabilities
Dance Central was one of the most anticipated games for the Xbox 360 with Kinect motion sensor. It was even shown off at E3 (the electronics exposition) to show what the Kinect was capable of, and how it was better than similar games for the Wii with its motion controller.
If you're reading this, you probably already know that the Kinect does not use a controller. Games made for use with Kinect (and Dance Central is one of them, so don't buy it if you don't already have a Kinect) are made so that your movement controls what happens on the screen. When you're dancing, you're trying to mimic the character on the screen, and if you do it wrong you won't advance. In this case, you dance in real life and your character dances on the TV screen. Its really a revolutionary device in the video game world.
If you remember how fun Dance Dance Revolution was at the arcade 10 years ago, imagine how much more fun it would have been without the dance pad being there. Your motions are what's important, not whether or not your foot touches a spot on the floor.
Dance Central starts really easy to get you used to the game. You'll be doing some very simple dance moves and it will almost seem like a little kids game. Don't worry, it gets much harder. Some of the moves at the end will make you believe you're a professional dancer if you can actually pull them off.
This game can not only be enjoyed by family members of all ages (although grandma and grandpa might not be down with the hip hop music), it's also a great workout. You won't notice you're exercising, but if you play for a while you probably will break a sweat unless you're in terrific shape.
The graphics for this game are not really that important, since it's more about the music and movement, but they are impressive nonetheless. Nothing overly impressive, but the colors and hip hop inspired graphics do add to the experience.
Overall rating: 8.0 out of 10. This is a great party game and the perfect complement to the various Rock Band games if you and a bunch of friends are looking to have some fun, but as a middle-aged male I feel I need to have at least one of my children around to play this and not feel like a creep.
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