Dance Central 2

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Exciting Kinect dance game keeps the party going strong.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to improve their dance skills by studying the professionally choreographed moves in the game -- and get some exercise in the process. The substantial tutorial also gives them a chance to practice new moves and get their dance rhythm down. The game doesn't lock players into a set of pre-arranged dances, though. It actively encourages them to "freestyle" in every song. Kids express themselves creatively by finding their dance groove in Dance Central 2.

Positive Messages

The whole point of the game is to dance and have fun. While there's a story mode (you use the power of dance to take down a mysterious megalomaniac), the real fun comes in using this as a party game, getting people off the couch and dancing with and against each other. The game also offers a fitness mode, making it a fun way to lose weight. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game consists of eight onscreen dancers, none of whom is a lead character. All simply want to have fun dancing. 

Ease of Play

The game is playable in three modes. Easy is fairly forgiving, but hard is challenging to even expert dancers. The game offers very thorough tutorials, though, to ease people in. 

Violence
Sex

Many of the female dancers wear short shorts, but the real parental concern is in the song lyrics, which can be suggestive, such as "That butt you got make me so horny" from Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back". 

Language

There's occasional mild profanities in the song lyrics, such as "hell" or "damn," but the game edits out more offensive sections. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dance Central 2 is the follow-up to one of 2010's most popular Kinect for Xbox 360 games, with a focus on teaching players contemporary dance moves. Some of those moves might be a bit too suggestive for young players -- just as some of the song lyrics will walk the line with parents. More offensive lines (such as those in Lady Gaga "Bad Romance") have been edited out, though. While it carries a "T" rating, the game is relatively tame compared to similarly rated titles.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 11 year old Written bySmurfette711 December 4, 2011

Lots of fun but not for kids. Rated T for good reason!

I bought this game for my soon to be 11 year old son thinking it would be like the "Just Dance" game. He thought it would be fun for his birthday part... Continue reading
Adult Written byNovelist Anonymous January 22, 2012

Entertaining

Enjoyable, playful, and a great message to those who want to get active, dance, and be themselves. It's a great workout and everyone has fun doing it.
Teen, 16 years old Written bySlim.Princess.Diaz October 26, 2011
Kid, 11 years old July 25, 2013

Kinect? GET IT!

This game is really fun, probably the best dancing game so far (other than Just Dance). It has really great quality, the characters almost look real. It is made... Continue reading

What's it about?

Dance Central 2 takes all the fun of the original game and miraculously builds on it. Designed, once again, to work exclusively with Kinect for Xbox 360, the game monitors how well you mimic onscreen dance moves and scores you appropriately. There's no real story to speak of (though the barest bones of one are painted on as a framework). Instead, the game is meant for social gatherings. This installment also supports in-room multiplayer (something the original didn't), letting two players dance cooperatively or face off in a dance battle.

Is it any good?

Even if you have the grace of a spastic camel, you can't help but have fun with Dance Central 2. The game is forgiving for beginners, challenging for experts, and features a terrific lineup of songs (ranging from Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber to Usher to Sir Mix-a-lot). This year's inclusion of co-op and multiplayer challenge modes adds more depth to the game and is guaranteed to make it more of a party standard. 

The game introduces plenty of new moves and is loaded with 44 new songs. Players of the original game can import that game's original 32 songs in as well for 400 Microsoft points (about $5). The original Dance Central was a must-have game last year. This sequel is miles ahead of its predecessor -- and could well be the best Kinect game on the market. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which dance moves they like the most -- and whether they're appropriate for the children's age. 

  • Families can also discuss the additional benefits of dancing, such as fitness.

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Subjects: Arts: choreography, dance, rhythm
  • Skills: Health & Fitness: exercise, gross motor skills
    Creativity: imagination, making new creations
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: October 25, 2011
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Lyrics

For kids who love music and rhythm games

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