Just Dance 2014
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Dance 2014 is a dancing game that has you mimic the moves of professional dancers to many of today's (and yesterday's) popular songs. Some of the nearly 50 tracks have mild sexual references or sing about consuming alcohol, but it's not excessive.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- work to achieve goals
- using and applying technology
Health & Fitness
- body awareness
- gross motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids can't resist playing Just Dance 2014 because it relies on pop music, dancing, and socializing. It's a fun and sticky game that's ideal for the entire family or a group of friends.
Kids learn that exercising can be fun. They'll learn about dance, music variety, and healthy competition.
The game is pretty forgiving for those with little rhythm. You'll get a lot of information based on your performance.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Yes, the new tracks make it a fun pick -- and though it's not revolutionary, there are a couple of new additions to this year's Just Dance offering, including the first-ever online multiplayer mode. Called "World Dance Floor," it lets you dance with others, whether it's real-life friends or random Just Dance fans, and then compete on different themes such as "Boys vs. Girls." Less exciting, perhaps, is a new "On Stage" mode, wherein one dancer takes the lead and has two backup dancers along for the ride. Back again is the "Just Sweat" mode, where you can create a custom workout and the game will keep track of the calories burned.
As with last year's version, the camera just above or below the television will capture your dance moves (Xbox 360, PS3) and show you an entertaining video summary when you're done with each song. You can add special effects, save your performance, or share it online. The Wii U version, on the other hand, lets you capture video on the Wii U GamePad, if desired. Plus, it offers a "Party Master Mode," which lets someone use the Wii U GamePad to pick new songs, choose dance moves, and tap to initiate new challenges for the dancers. Without toying much with the formula, Ubisoft's Just Dance 2014 is a highly entertaining and family-friendly pick, especially given its huge roster of new songs.
Families can talk about...
|Platforms:||Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii|
|Price:||$39.99 to $49.99|
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||October 8, 2013|
|Topics:||Arts and dance, Music and sing-along|
|ESRB rating:||E10+ for Comic Mischief, Lyrics (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) |