Just Dance 2

Common Sense Media says

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

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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.

 

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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?Not 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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Adult Written bykatamaris4ever December 21, 2010
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6
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Just Fun.

I say, it's one of the best games I've played for the Wii, and it's great at parties. I really didn't like the first one due to its inane grading scale (I would always lose because some other guy was shaking his remote up and down) and somewhat lacking presentation. Those issues are fixed, and the game just seems more fun. The song list is eclectic, the moves ranges from actually superb to hilariously cheesy, and the scoring mechanic is fixed well enough to actually incite some competition. Since this review is on CSM, I do have to agree that some of the behavior is a little too raunchy for younger folks, especially for guys doing moves specifically tailored towards women. However, it's a hoot to play, and since the game includes songs from all years and genres (seriously, the game includes a charleston dance and a bollywood routine), everyone will find a song to play. Plus, part of the fun is just watching others humiliate themselves to to the jitterbug on "Wake Me Up Before You Go-go". What other game can do that? There are only a few games that can touch it in silliness and fun.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old March 15, 2011
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9
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Again, Common Sense??

You guys have made some MAJOR mistakes in this. First of all, it's GROUPIES in When I Grow Up, it even says it in the lyrics. Nicol Scherzinger has commented on Ellen that, indeed, it IS groupies. It bleeps out "junk" in Tik Tok, and it doesn't show up in the lyrics, either. THe dance moves aren't as bad as this review makes them out to be. I suggest that if you are a girl ages 10-16, you should buy this. It's great for exercise, slumber parties, and fun!!!! This is my favorite game EVER!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byjustdance2456 April 5, 2011
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8
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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!!!

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