Just Dance 2014

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Dance to today's and yesterday's songs for fun and fitness.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to dance, and they'll learn that this movement can be a fun activity for getting fit (thanks, in part, to the calorie-counting mode). Kids also can learn music appreciation, ethnic and gender diversity, and how much fun it is to socialize (the game was built for group play). Just Dance 2014 turns dancing into a game that encourages musical expression and exercise.

Positive Messages

The game celebrates music, dancing, diversity, and socializing -- so the messages inferred are very positive ones.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game stars you. Therefore there are no role models other than the professional dancers you're mimicking on-screen.

Ease of Play

Though the menu screens might be a bit tricky to navigate using gestures (at least in the Xbox 360 version tested for this review), the game is easy to play because you're simply mirroring the on-screen dancers.

Violence
Sex

There are a few suggestive lines in the song lyrics, such as, "Take me by the tongue," "Temptress, hands up, naughty on the inside," and "Hey, sexy boy, set me free / Don't be shy, play with me / My dirty boy, can't you see." In one animated scene, a Rabbid (an Ubisoft video game character) removes its shorts in a comical fashion, but there is no nudity.

Language
Consumerism

The game promotes today's hottest artists such as Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, will.i.am, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Psy, and others. Some of the moves mimic the performances in their videos (such as in Psy's "Gentleman"). There's an in-game store where you can spend earned gold to acquire new songs and other unlocks or use real money to buy downloadable tracks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are a half-dozen references to alcohol in the lyrics of these songs such as "Kiss me 'til you're drunk," "All I need is some vodka," and "She...makes you order French champagne."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Just Dance 2014 is a dancing game that has you mimic the moves of professional dancers to many of today's (and yesterday's) popular songs. Some of the nearly 50 tracks have mild sexual references or sing about consuming alcohol, but it's not excessive.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by392818 December 7, 2013

NOT for Family Night-ADULTS ONLY

I've been reading through a lot of the songs' lyrics and there are tons more sexual lyrics than is posted here. Not suitable for even my highschooler... Continue reading
Adult Written bymartimusears January 15, 2014

Lyrics promote sexual violence against women (Plus: A sample script to use to contact Nintendo)

I'm very disappointed in Nintendo's song selections for Just Dance 2014. At least eleven of the 46 songs are about sex. At least four of these songs h... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 16, 2013

amazing

it is like PE it is amazing
Teen, 16 years old Written byI love music 0222 February 1, 2014

Wow!

This game is the best just dance yet! It has WAY more songs and more options. It has really nice songs and its a fun way to be exercised. Some parent reviews I... Continue reading

What's it about?

Video games and exercise need not be mutually exclusive activities. Ubisoft's Just Dance series –- which now has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide -– encourages gamers to get up on their feet and dance to today’s top hits (and some classics, too). The latest in the franchise is JUST DANCE 2014, available for all major console platforms -- and, soon, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. As with its predecessors, the game challenges you to mimic moves of professional dancers to rack up as many points as possible. In other words, you're pretending to look in a mirror so you can copy the dancer's moves, in real time, as best as you can. The Xbox 360 version we tested works with the Kinect peripheral, so you don't have to hold anything in your hands to play as you do for the other consoles. Body moves are captured by the sensors and the camera to compare your rhythm against the on-screen men and women, who appear in front of an animated background. Your performance is graded at the top of the screen, while lyrics are at the bottom for those who want to glance down and follow along. Up to four people can step in front of the television at any time –- even during a song -- and they'll automatically join in on the fun.

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Is it any good?

Yes, the new tracks make it a fun pick -- and though it's not revolutionary, there are a couple of new additions to this year's Just Dance offering, including the first-ever online multiplayer mode. Called "World Dance Floor," it lets you dance with others, whether it's real-life friends or random Just Dance fans, and then compete on different themes such as "Boys vs. Girls." Less exciting, perhaps, is a new "On Stage" mode, wherein one dancer takes the lead and has two backup dancers along for the ride. Back again is the "Just Sweat" mode, where you can create a custom workout and the game will keep track of the calories burned.

As with last year's version, the camera just above or below the television will capture your dance moves (Xbox 360, PS3) and show you an entertaining video summary when you're done with each song. You can add special effects, save your performance, or share it online. The Wii U version, on the other hand, lets you capture video on the Wii U GamePad, if desired. Plus, it offers a "Party Master Mode," which lets someone use the Wii U GamePad to pick new songs, choose dance moves, and tap to initiate new challenges for the dancers. Without toying much with the formula, Ubisoft's Just Dance 2014 is a highly entertaining and family-friendly pick, especially given its huge roster of new songs.

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