Just Dance 2015
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Just Dance 2015 challenges players to follow along with professional dancers who are on-screen. The game heavily promotes having fun with other players by dancing in groups, as well as getting exercise by moving your body in time to the music. Based on your game console, a sensor or camera tracks your body movement and provides a score related to the accuracy of your moves. The biggest pop songs of today are included, with others available for download, which could entice players to spend a lot of money for extra content. Some lyrics have references (usually mild) to sex and alcohol. Players can dance with friends or strangers online, but there's no communication available between dancers
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What's it about?
As with the previous Just Dance games, Ubisoft's JUST DANCE 2015 is a rhythm game that challenges players to mimic the moves of on-screen dancers. Depending on the console you own -- Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Sony PlayStation 3 or 4, and Xbox 360 or Xbox One -- a camera or sensor just above or below the television monitors your performance and awards you a score based on how well you match the pros. Even more fun than dancing solo, players can have friends or family members join them to play with or against each other (or with others online). Just Dance 2015 features more than 40 songs, and gamers can download Ariana Grande's hit single "Break Free" for free right away (some additional songs cost money). The 2015 version of the game offers some additional modes, features, and improved graphics on the PS4 and Xbox One versions.
Is it any good?
There's a lot to like about this game, even though it's not much different from what came before. It encourages exercise and social play (up to six friends on the Xbox One version) and is one of the rare video games that's appealing to young girls. Music and dancing are fun, plain, and simple, and this game features all of today's top pop stars, including Grande, Iggy Azalea, Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, and more (as well as some older "classic" tracks). Parents just need to be OK with some light sexual references and alcohol-related lyrics.
Ubisoft has added Dance VIP/Challenger to the 2015 game, a mode that lets you dance against saved high scores and performances from other players around the world. This mode adds more of a competitive angle, which is good, as it gives you a score to aim for rather than having you compete with your own high score for each track. Returning to the mix is a Karaoke mode, which lets kids sing while dancing at the same time. Those who've played previous games in the series won't find too much new here, but it's still packed with great songs, energy, and many modes. And, perhaps most importantly for parents, it encourages kids to get up and move.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Arts: choreography, dance, music
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization
Self-Direction: effort, work to achieve goals
Collaboration: meeting challenges together
Health & Fitness: exercise, gross motor skills, movement
- Price: $39.99 to $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: October 21, 2014
- Genre: Music & Dance
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Lyrics
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