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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
DDR games encourage active gaming as well as social gaming.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mildly suggestive outfits to purchase and lyrical references like "she's such a sexy baby."
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Lyrics occasionally contain mild language like "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is part of Konami's popular Dance Dance Revolution series, which encourages kids to get up and dance and even feature a Workout mode to track calories burned and weight loss progress. Through a Training mode that includes metronome beats, handclaps, and adjustable difficulty, kids can start slow but learn about more complex rhythmic patterns as they go along. The game has an online component where players with Xbox Live subscriptions can play against friends or strangers in ranked or unranked matches. There are some very mild sexual references and language in the song lyrics, like "she's such a sexy baby," and a couple of references to "hell." Common Sense Media does not recommend online gaming for children under age 12.
Is It Any Good?
DDR Universe 3 boasts crisp, high definition graphics, and each song is accompanied by the artist's music video in the background, making it one of the most visually appealing DDRs to date. That combined with depth of gameplay, adjustable difficulty, and fun multiplayer modes make it a great addition to the Dance Dance Revolution canon.
Some of the best modes include the Quest Mode where you'll travel through Dance Dance city completing dance-off challenges to work your way up to Champion. Game Mode, which is unique to the Xbox 360, is similar to the traditional arcade mode where you complete songs of your choice in stages. Another great feature is that you can track your weight and calories burnt in Workout Mode. And for newbies, there's a Training Mode where you can learn to dance using guides like handclaps, a metronome, and speed adjustments. Party Mode is a collection of fun multiplayer modes. There's even a whacky single-player mode called Quad Mode where one person uses four dance mats, plus a Freestyle mode where players can use any steps they want as long as they stay on beat. All in all, there is something for anyone who wants to dance.
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