Everybody Dance

 
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Multi-player dancing with make-your-own choreography.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game encourages kids to get active. There is a workout section that can count calories as you exercise. 

Positive role models

Some of the background videos show women in tight/revealing clothing and/or doing suggestive dance moves.

Ease of play

The game is intuitive to play and learn, although there may be a small learning curve for someone who has never played a game in this genre. Tutorials are available for each of the songs. Each song has three skill levels, so the game can accommodate those new to dancing as well as those who love to cut the rug.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some of the songs/videos contain suggestive lyrics, dance moves, and/or clothing.

Language

Song lyrics include words like bastard and ass. Some curse words are bleeped out in the music and lyrics.

Consumerism

Additional songs are available for purchase online.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the background music videos take place in situations with drinking and smoking.

Privacy & safety

Some safety concerns. Users can download additional content which has not been rated by the ESRB. Players can upload their dance videos to an online community, Facebook, and Twitter. They can also view content uploaded by other players. All of the online content requires access to the PlayStation Network, a free membership community. There are some privacy settings in the Options menu to control the visibility of uploaded content.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Everybody Dance is a multi-player dancing game for the PlayStation Move. Multi-player options require more than one Move controller. Players can dance (and sing) along to their favorite songs from both current and oldies genres. Artists include Lady Gaga, Elton John, Fatboy Slim, Barrie White, Nicole Scherzinger, Diana Ross, Rihanna, and Usher. While some of the titles may be too mature for younger kids, most families will find at least a few songs they will feel comfortable performing together. The game uses the PlayStation Eye camera to take pictures and videos as you perform. These can be saved and uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, or the PlayStation online community. You can also view content uploaded by others, so parents might want to screen this material. Additional songs can be purchased through the PlayStation Network.

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What's it about?

In EVERYBODY DANCE, dancers can perform solo, competitively with one other player, or cooperatively with one other player. There's also a party mode which allows up to 20 people to play, but they perform two at a time. It has the option to create your own dances for the included music which then becomes an option for performance modes. You can also explore a tutorial mode, which breaks dances down into segments; or use a workout mode, which helps track the calories burned as you dance. Each song has three skill levels, so players can continue to challenge themselves. Players can also use the PlayStation Eye camera, SingStar microphone, or wireless headset to sing along with the lyrics, which are displayed on the screen.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you enjoy dancing games like Just Dance, EVERYBODY DANCE will be right up your alley. The PlayStation Move controller allows the game to not only track that you are moving, but where you are moving. It is more accurate than other games of the same genre, but still only records the movements of one hand/arm. The music selection is nicely varied, so most people will find something that they like; and the option to download additional content expands the playability of the game. The Move camera captures your dance on video, which is either illuminating, hilarious, or humiliating, depending on your attitude toward dancing.

This is a fun game to play with a group and teens will no doubt enjoy the ability to record their own dances with which to challenge their friends. The Workout option is nice, but not terribly accurate. Since the game groups songs together for warm-ups, cool-downs, and various fitness levels, it may be useful to push players to go beyond just the easy songs, or those they are familiar with. Overall, it's a good game for the genre.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about song lyrics. Why might parents not want their kids listening to certain songs? What should kids do if song lyrics make them uncomfortable?

  • They can also discuss how to stay fit. How can dancing fit into your overall health goals? What are other activities that are healthy and fun?

  • What do you think is appropriate dress? What are the expectations for dress in your home? What is appropriate for school? What about a party?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:October 18, 2011
Genre:Exergaming
ESRB rating:T for Lyrics and Sexual Themes (PlayStation 3)

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