On Saturday night, we held our first (and definitely not last) Just Dance 3 house party, with a little help from Ubisoft and House Party, who sent me a copy of both Just Dance 3 and Just Dance for Kids 2 for review. We fired up the Xbox 360 Kinect, set out some snacks, and had a surprisingly great time.
The game was very easy to setup. No tricky calibration, or linking to profiles. We set it to the main screen, and immediately browsed the long list of songs to find our first dance. My 12 and 15 year old boys were impressed with the song list, with some of the most recent hits like “Party Rock Anthem” and “Forget You”, and some of the, uh, older folks liked “Boogie Wonderland” and “I Was Made for Loving You”.
Here’s the cool part: There were 12 year old girls that we knew would love to dance, but I seriously doubted that my 15 year old boy would be fighting for dance time, but he was. And he could really move!
One of the 12 year old girls wanted to see her dad dance, and he vehemently declined. She flashed the puppy dog eyes at him, and after a minute or two, he relented, and tore it up with Apache. Worth the price of admission!
I’ve seen the power of videogames first hand, and I’ve spent hours and hours teaching my 40-something friends to play Rock Band or DDR. But I was unprepared at how quickly everyone jumped into playing Just Dance 3, and how mesmerized we all were watching everyone dance. Kinect made it an experience that was completely intuitive to everyone, and nobody can wait for the next time we get together!
I’d highly recommend this game to anyone this holiday, and if you don’t have a Kinect, this is the game that will push you over the edge to get one.