Just Dance 2

 
Better than original, but lots of suggestive songs, moves.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While some of the lyrics and graphics are sexually suggestive, the game also promotes exercise and social gameplay -- a positive message that outweighs the negative sexual content.

 

Positive role models

There are no real characters in the game -- you're simply dancing to music and trying to match the moves performed by the silhouettes onscreen -- but the game itself promotes active, physical gameplay. 

 

Ease of play

As with the first game, you simply need to hold the remote and dance, so it's quite intuitive. Some players, of course, might not be the best dancers (which is part of the fun, like bad singers trying out karaoke)!

Violence

A couple of songs refer to fighting, such as Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" ("I'm gonna fight until we see sunlight" and "police shut us down").

Sex

The onscreen dancers, who are represented by silhouettes, often dance suggestively. They touch and stroke their own bodies, gyrating hips and shaking  buttocks. Some lyrics are also sexual in nature, such as: "When I grow up...I want to have boobies" (The Pussycat Dolls), "Boys trying to touch my junk" (Ke$ha) and "Wanna bring a wild man back home" (Donna Summer).

 

Language

The words "hell" and "damn" can be heard in a number of songs, but harsher swear words are bleeped out -- even if it's still basically clear what the intended word was. One example: Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend," which features the lyric, "Hell yeah, I'm the motherf--king princess."

 

Consumerism

New songs will be available for download. While the first of these is a free promotional single from Katy Perry, future downloadable content will carry an as-yet-unspecified price tag.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many of the songs make references to alcoholic beverages (beer, Jack Daniels, etc.) and drinking alcohol, such as in the line, "trying to get a bit tipsy" from Kesha's "Tik Tok."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is rated "Everyone 10+" because it contains some suggestive lyrics (mostly sexual in nature) and some sexy imagery, including silhouettes that stroke their bodies, gyrate their hips and buttocks, and so on. In order to play the game, children will need to imitate these moves and will be exposed to the suggestive lyrics. Overall, though, this is one of the tamer music games when it comes to controversial content.

 

What's it about?

Ubisoft's surprise hit game from '09 -- which went on to sell more than four million copies -- is back on the Nintendo Wii with JUST DANCE 2, a sequel that adds even more fun. As with last year's version, you hold the Wii Remote and dance away to 40+ dance hits from yesterday and today -- ranging from the Jackson 5, James Brown and Blondie to Rihanna, Katy Perry and Kesha. Choreographed by real experts, the onscreen silhouettes dance to each track and you must try to mirror their movements. You're then graded on your performance. Along with all-new songs, this year's game adds new twists including a 4-person dance-off contest (for up to 8 players), dance duets (stand side-by-side in front of the television and play cooperatively or competitively) and other modes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Female tweens should especially enjoy Just Dance 2 for its great music, accessible controls, and emphasis on social play. The music spans a wider range of genres this time around, and there's the option to download even more songs, if desired. A new Party Mode plays one song after the next, so there's no need to press anything.You can also go into the Settings and turn on the "Sweat Meter," which counts the calories you're burning (similar to a Dance Dance Revolution feature, but here there's no mat to step on). While some might argue Just Dance 2 isn't really a game -- it's a dancing simulation -- it's a fun night in for kids who love music and dancing.

Online interaction: There is no online multiplayer mode but you can download additional songs, such as Katy Perry's hit single, "Firework" -- which is a free download. Future downloadable expansions will not be free, though.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the trend of games that help you stay fit and lose weight. Just Dance 2, in fact, has an optional "Sweat Meter" that monitors how many calories you're burning. It's important for kids (and adults) to exercise and have fun at the same time -- and do it with friends and family, too. Should more games do this?

  • Families can also discuss the sexually suggestive dance moves in the game. Are these appropriate for children to be imitating? If families play the game together, do either parents or kids feel uncomfortable performing these moves in front of the others?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:October 12, 2010
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:E10+ for Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byjustdance2456 April 5, 2011
age 8+
 

I DON'Tagree

i love it even though it says they cuss they block it out instead of say hell they say heck and no "mf's" are used they bleep it out. Kesha does not say junk they block it out and When i grow up by the pussycat dolls does not say i want to have boobies it says i want to have groupies LOOK IT UP ON THE GAME!!!
Parent Written bybittybows October 16, 2011
age 18+
 

Lyrics inappropriate

This game would be a lot of fun, if it weren't for the suggestive dance moves and questionable lyrics. There are so many songs they could have chosen, but many are not appropriate for 10 year olds, unless you think it is okay for a kid to be singing along, ..."brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack...", for example.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old May 8, 2011
age 10+
 

Ummmm....

I love the first one, but this one has a glitch or two. 1) There are so many things that are costly for this game going for the game to the downloads (everything past Katy Perry's "Firework") 2) Some songs have profanity and half of the words are not "bleeped" out of the song. I had played this with a friend and her younger sister, and the girl was 6 and playing a song that had profanity. Other than that, easy to play and a fun game to play with family.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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