Dance Central

 
Extraordinarily fun dancing game for Kinect.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game is a positive one because it's all focused around dancing and having fun. You simply mimic the dancer's movements and learn new steps, compete for points, and unlock new content.

Positive role models

There isn't a lead character in this game, other than the onscreen dancers you mimic in front of the television.

 

Ease of play

The game has a very comprehensive tutorial mode, but it can still be challenging!

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some of the female dancers wear short shorts or revealing tops. Some lyrics, however, contain suggestive lines such as "meet him at the door with nothin' on" (from Dip it Low) and "Ah, sss, push it, push it real good" (from Salt-N-Pepa).

Language

Aside from "ass," "damn" and "hell," there isn't foul language in the lyrics, but there are some suggestive lines.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a dancing game, not unlike the Dance Dance Revolution titles, which teaches players contemporary dance moves. Some of the music featured has suggestive lyrics and a few have other potentially offensive lines such as "The interior, like suicide wrist red," from Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot." Overall, however, this game is fairly tame as "Teen"-rated titles go.

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What's it about?

Designed to work with Kinect for Xbox 360, a peripheral with multiple cameras and sensors that turns you into the controller, MTV Games' DANCE CENTRAL is a new dancing game that monitors your movements in real-time, and in a 3-D space in front of the television. Created by the talented developers at Harmonix, of Guitar Hero and Rock Band fame, Dance Central is like Dance Dance Revolution but instead of stepping on various arrows in time with the beat, your entire body is scanned and analyzed during dance routines. More than 650 authentic dance moves can be learned (totaling nearly 100 routines), plus there are many multiplayer modes to challenge friends

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Dance Central is indeed great fun! This challenging but gratifying dancing game has you mimic the onscreen dancers, and if you move your body in rhythm, you'll rack up points and unlock new songs, dancers, and venues. It's fun to learn the moves by yourself but the game really shines when playing with or aganist friends. There are dozens of dance songs included on the disc, be it oldies, such as Kool & The Gang's "Jungle Boogie," or newer hits, such as Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." While the selection is decent, it would've been great if this title had more songs to choose from (such as the 80+ songs included in Rock Band 3 or DJ Hero 2). Shortcoming aside, Dance Central is one of the better Kinect for Xbox 360 launch titles.

Online interaction: There is no online multiplayer gaming here but players can download new songs from the Internet over time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Kinect for Xbox 360 makes rhythm games like this more entertaining because no one has to hold anything in their hands.  Does Kinect bring it to the next level? Or is it deja vu?! 

  • Not only does Dance Central make it fun to learn and compete in new dance moves but there's also a calorie counter mode, if you want to get fit and lose weight -- much like the Dance Dance Central games that came before it. Do you play a game like this for fitness?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:MTV Games
Release date:November 4, 2010
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Lyrics (Xbox 360)

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Written byAnonymous August 9, 2011
age 10+
 

Nuthin' but the Outfits

I didn't find any issues with this game, some of the outfits might have been an issue, but it was very fun! I played it at my friend's house, I think it might be better than Just Dance 2 'cuz you have to DANCE! not move the hand the wii remote's in. The dances weren't objectionable, but then again i only danced to Evacuate the Dancefloor by Cascada.
Teen, 14 years old Written bybrieona January 10, 2012
age 10+
 

Provides a fun way to get active

This game is a great way to get moving. It is a lot of fun and can be used by all ages. Many of the songs require practice in order to get a good score on (especially in the higher difficulty levels), so it definitely has replayability value. There are a few suggestive lines in the game, but nothing that should be a problem for anyone over the age of ten. Definitely worth getting.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old November 26, 2011
age 7+
 

first xbox 360 game

i just love it i never really hear any bad lyrics so i think it should be rated E10
Kid, 10 years old March 9, 2011
age 9+
 

Love this game!

I love to play this game when I am bored. My friends brother plays it and he likes it. He's 6 years old but he is still good at it! I would recommend it for basically anyone who likes a bit of dancing once in a while.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

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