Just Dance 2014
It’s time to break out your best moves and get down with your bad self on the dance floor, well lounge room floor as it may be!
Just Dance 2014 is the fifth game released by Ubisoft in its successful franchise and was a launch title for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. In my opinion, it’s possibly the best Just Dance released yet!
For those of you who are not familiar with the Just Dance series, the player needs to mimic a series of well timed dance moves with the on screen dancers whilst being backed by popular dance tracks and you are scored on how well you execute the moves. Dances are rated on varying levels of difficulty and as your confidence (and quite possibly your cockiness) and experience improves, the more daring you can becomes and explore the greater difficulty dance tracks.
All sounds relatively easy unless you are unfortunate to have been blessed with two left feet and no rhythm, but never fear, you are fully supported with the on screen dance moves to help you. Inhibitions need to be checked at the door when playing Just Dance 2014 as the more you put into your dance moves, the higher Mojo points you will get! Get out those jazz hands!
I played Just Dance 2014 on the Xbox One and was able to use the Kinect as my predominant source of control when it comes to song selection or dancer selection. In theory, the use of the Kinect as the sole controller was brilliant, as is stops having to pick up the controller, make a selection and then put the controller down to be ready to dance. Getting used to the motion control takes some getting used to, but once you have mastered the art, your will be able to control most of the menus such as game mode and song selection with a few hand gestures.
Difficultly levels of the songs in this instalment have been changed from numbers (previously 1-4) to easy, medium, hard and hardest. This change is much of a muchness in my opinion, however it does make it much easier for younger and new players to be able to identify what songs to start out on. My partner’s 9 year old sister was easily able to identify the easier songs to start out on and stay away from something like Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pound the Alarm’ which is set on the hardest setting.
Multiple game modes ensure that Just Dance 2014 will never become boring! There are no less than 7 modes you can select from. A few include:
Classic: Like the previous instalments, classic mode is a free-dance mode simply allowing the player to follow along with the on screen dancer.
On stage mode: This is a new feature in the game. One player dances the lead and two other players are the back up dancers. This a great feature if you have a few friends over! JD 2014 is a game that can be played alone, but with the option to have up to 4 players dancing simultaneously, why would you?
World Dance Floor: This mode allows players to compete with their dance moves with other players online. This feature gives dancers a chance to vote on a track, dance, earn Mojo points and gain popularity in the Just Dance community.
One impressive and exclusive feature to the Wii-U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One version of the game is Party Master. Here one player will take on the role of the Party Master and they are then responsible for the real time changes in song and choreography by selecting various dance moves the dancer/s must then perform! This feature is used in conjunction with the Wii-U GamePad or the Xbox SmartGlass. This definitely is a first of its kind feature in a game!
All modes include a ‘karaoke’ feature where you can sing along with the track as you dance thus allowing the chance for a bigger collection of Mojo points!
Oh and I should mention that every time you bust out a move, your dance moves are recorded and edited for later viewing (or bouts of laughter in some cases)! You can add filters and effects (my favourite is the ‘giant head’ effect) and upload them to your Facebook or Twitter account and also to the ‘Just Dance TV’ area where other can view your epic tearing up of the dance floor and vice versa. Here other uses can also ‘vote’ on how good ( or bad) they felt your dance moves were.
Just Dance 2014 is not just only a way to get down and boogie, it also has inbuilt exercise programs with the use of the Sweat mode. Sweat provides an in home exercise experience for those are unable to get to a gym to do a good cardio work our or are a little self conscious to exercise in public. It wont go easy on you, let me tell you that much! Your heart will be pumping in one of the 10, 20 or 40 minute sessions or in the free play mode. Similar to the Wii Fit games, calories are tracked on screen and you can get a reasonable amount of calories burnt with around 4-5 songs.
The 2014 edition is jam packed with no less than 47 tracks, most of which are well known such as ‘Applause’ by Lady Gaga, ‘Blurred lines’ by Robin Thicke and ‘Blame it on the boogie’ by Michael Jackson, but if that isn’t enough to satisfy your dancing feet, additional tracks are available for download. Depending on the platform you are playing on, the songs available vary, but its around an additional 18 songs at this moment in time. Tracks can be purchased using the Mojo points you earn in game or via in game purchase accounts.
- Great soundtrack and ability to increase the track listing with DLC.
- Very well presented
Suitable for young and old
- Multi player feature will be a big winner
- Use of the motion controller can be a little finicky at times
- Lack of classic 80’s and 90’s tracks
Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2014 implores you to have fun! Its got one of the best soundtracks yet and with varying levels of difficulty and DLC (downloadable content) its definitely one game that will give you hours of fun either alone or with a group of friends.