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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that DanceDanceRevolution is part of a well-established dance video game franchise. It is one of the first "exergaming" series in the gaming industry, and has come to be known as one of the most popular ways to stay active while playing a game. This game contains songs from some of the most popular artists including Lady Antebellum, Jason Mraz, and Paramore. The songs are generally unobtrusive, energetic, and appropriate for players of any age, save an occasional bad word. Those who may not have enough space or time to play with the dance pad can still test their reflexes using a standard Wii Remote controller instead, but the game is more appropriately designed for players who want to get up off the couch and burn calories while dancing.
What's it about?
DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION is the latest in the long-running dancing game series. This one is refreshed with some of the latest and greatest pop hits, allowing players to dance along to their favorite songs. The game also adds a new Choreograph mode, which makes the experience more interactive as players watch their moves matched by a dance on the screen. Standard DDR modes are also in the game, including Workout Mode, which literally counts the calories as players match the energetic dance moves. Because of the Wii Remote controls, the game is a full-body experience as players move their feet and arms in tandem to bouts of short 2-minute and 3-minute tunes.
Is it any good?
DanceDanceRevolution, like the many previous iterations in the series, earns praise for its accessibility and its ability to get players up and moving. Unlike many of today's modern exercise games, the DDR franchise actually makes the process of getting active and exercising a fun one. Players don't have to follow confusing workout commands or keeping track of calorie journals. They simply choose a song, start dancing, and the calories burn off naturally. This version incorporates a whole slate of songs never before seen in previous titles, allowing those who have played other DDR games to have a fresh, different experience with this one. The DDR series of games has a long track record for excellence, and this one fits into that legacy just fine.
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