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Monday Funday - Dance Central

Updated on February 18, 2013
Dance Central 3 cover
Dance Central 3 cover | Source
Riptide Crew (Brodie and Emilia; DC2 outfits)
Riptide Crew (Brodie and Emilia; DC2 outfits) | Source

Dance Central is one of the most popular games released for the Xbox's Kinect and has three installments. It was made by the company Harmonix, which is best known for the hit music game series Rock Band. It features songs form popular artists such as Lady Gaga, Usher (which is the game's celebrity sponsor), Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, and many more. There are also classic hip hop songs such as "Baby Got Back" and "The Humptey Dance" (Dance Central 2), and "Bust a Move" (Dance Central 1) to name a few.

All you have to do is follow the dancers in the game like looking in the mirror and have fun! To make things better, you can import the songs from the first two games and play them all in the third game! The catch is that you have to pay 400 Microsoft Points for each import (800 total; $10 US). There is also more songs being released over time so the song list keeps on growing! The newest songs are "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, "Beauty and a Beat" by Justin Beiber featuring Nicki Minaj, "Gangam Style" by Psy, and "Airplanes" by B.O.B. and Hayley Williams which will be released near the end of February.

While the first game concentrated on dancing, the second and third games actually had a plot. In the second game, you had to impress the Riptide, Lu$h, Hi-Def, Flash4ward, and the Glitterati crews. After getting accepted by the crews, you must go against the antagonist, Dr. Tan and his robots that can dance for long times without taking a break. You must defeat Tan again in the third game, who is trying to harness the powers of the "crazes" from the 1970's to the 2010's. The crew work for an organization known as Dance Central Intelligence (DCI) and are sent to a different decade to learn the moves, but you are sent to get them back.

(That's all I know about the story. I'm only in the 80's, and do not know what really happens.)

Dance Central is not only a great party game, but a good exercise game as well. There is a fitness mode in the game where you put in your information, and a weekly calorie bruning goal. The game then tracks how long you play the game and how many calories you burn while playing.

All three of the games are great, but it is worth paying to import the songs from the first two games into the third, so you will have a huge variety of songs to play. And if you have friends on Xbox Live who play the game, you can even flaunt your score to them.

You can find any Dance Central game at any store that sells video games. Importing songs cost 400 Microsoft Points, individual downloadable songs cost 240 Points, and song packs are 400 Points.

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