A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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)!
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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."
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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