Just Dance 3 - First Impressions

posted 21 Oct 2011, 20:31 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 21 Oct 2011, 20:31 ]
Just Dance 3
, everybody -- one of the hottest games to release this month. Let's see how long it takes before this new installment tops the charts. Of course, sales are one thing, but what we really care about is whether or not the game is actually fun. And with quite a few gamers still questioning the structure and longevity of this franchise, that answer is more important than ever.

There are more songs included this time than there were in the last two games, which is always good. But I'm more concerned about the variety, myself. I can already say that I'm less enthused about the songlist than I was last time, but that's before I've given 90% of the routines a try. Thankfully, one of the first songs I picked (Da Funk by Daft Punk) made me feel optimistic about the game's strength as a successing title. Having said that, trying the Party Rock Anthem routine left me feeling the very opposite. Seeing the preview clips prior to release, I half expected it to be lame, but having actually played it, I can now confirm that it is. Plus, the fact that I very easily scored 10,000 Points on it worries me.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting such a dramatic change in the interface so when I saw how the menus were divided up this time around, it was a bit surprising at first. However, from what I can tell so far, it seems like these changes are mostly for the better. From the Dance menu, there are three buttons running along the top that you can choose from: Playlists, Songs and Specials. It's a different way of organizing everything so it's going to take me a bit to get used to it.

There's a brand new unlock system in this game where earning stars in songs will go towards unlockable gifts (Specials). These gifts include secondary modes like Simon Says, and apparently new choreographies. It's very interesting that instead of presenting all of the modes at once, you need to make them available over time, which I think makes Just Dance 3 have less of a pick-up-and-play appeal in that sense. In other respects, though, there are areas that seem to work much more in the game's favor. 

Downloadable content makes a return once again, with four DLC tracks up for grabs right now for 250 Wii Points each. Inside the box, there's some printed material detailing how players can download new songs from the in-game Store. This is obviously in response to the innumerable calls for help on Facebook asking how to get to that area of the game. I'm not sure why it was so hard for people to figure that out in the first place, but I digress.

Based on my initial observations, the game is decent so far. We'll see how the other songs turn out. Will it turn out to be more of the same with little-to-no improvements to speak of, or will it manage to be a worthy successor to Just Dance 2? Time will tell. For now, though, check out this run I did earlier today of Da Funk (by Daft Punk) where I almost get a 5-Star ranking.