Dance Central 2

 

Learning(i)

Exciting Kinect dance game keeps the party going strong.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • choreography
  • dance
  • rhythm

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • gross motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • choreography
  • dance
  • rhythm

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • gross motor skills

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

Families can talk 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
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft
Release date:October 25, 2011
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Lyrics (Xbox 360)

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySlim.Princess.Diaz October 26, 2011
age 5+
 

very exciting..

enjoyable
What other families should know
Educational value
Parent of a 7 and 11 year old Written bySmurfette711 December 4, 2011
age 15+
 

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 party. I saw the reviews here and thought the game would be alright but the language and moves are much more mature than 11 I think. This is not a children's game it is rated T for good reason. No way would I want to be responsible for showing a bunch of 5th graders scantily clad characters, risque lyrics and moves which mimic "the act". While there is little actual cursing since most is edited out, "baby got back" and "push it" are not ideal for kids. Especially other peoples kids! I can have a talk with mine but the other parents would be upset just as I would be upset if the situation were reversed. Fun does not alway equal appropriate.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old July 25, 2013
age 11+
 

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 very well and the moves are fun and hilarious (in a good way!). Get this if you have a Kinect and love dancing. It gives you a good workout!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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