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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Just Dance 2017 is a dancing game. The game's music library includes a wide variety of dance songs, some of which include the occasional suggestive lyric and/or dance move. The game does require internet access to link to a UPlay Rewards account, a public global platform for sharing, or to compete online with the rest of the world. In-game ads for DLC, including the "Unlimited" streaming service and premium songs, add pressure to players to spend real money beyond the price of the actual game.
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What's it about?
JUST DANCE 2017 is the latest entry in Ubisoft's popular rhythm and dance video game series. The game encourages players to get up off the couch and dust off their best dance moves with a variety of fun new game modes and a huge library of foot-tapping, butt-bouncing, "get up and get get down" pop songs just itching for a dance floor. Turn your living room into a virtual club by having friends join in the fun, either directly in the game with extra controllers or in the background on their mobile devices, courtesy of the free, downloadable Just Dance app. Take your customized avatar on a global dance tour with the World Video Challenge, burn some calories to your favorite tunes in the game's Sweat Mode, or sing along with your favorite pop star in the game's Karaoke mode.
Is it any good?
Whether you're cutting a rug solo or getting the gang together for a Saturday Night Fever-themed dance party, Just Dance 2017 has got you covered. Best of all, regardless of your skill as a top-rated stage performer or as a poor sap with two left feet, the game is always fun to play and motivates everyone around to get up off the couch and boogie 'til the sun comes up. Just Dance 2017 has a bunch of different modes to keep players occupied. Taking on dancers from around the globe in World Dance is particularly fun, especially when you beat someone from Paris or London or anywhere else in the world, even if you never actually know who they are. If your muscles are screaming after a rousing round of Sweat mode, you can still have fun with the game by taking a break from the dance floor to play sing-along in Karaoke mode.
Unfortunately, you're always being pushed to download more songs in DLC packs or to subscribe to its monthly service to unlock more content on a regular basis. It's understandable that there's a drive for add-on content, but the game promotes its "Unlimited" subscription harder than a used-car salesman. Thankfully, there's no shortage of songs in the game's library right out of the gate. Plus, if you're trying to motivate yourself to constantly outdo your last high score, it'll be a while before you feel like you "have" to buy additional content. Instead, you'll be too busy dancing like nobody's watching ... hopefully.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how dancing can be a form of exercise. Does dancing to your favorite songs get you more motivated to move around and burn calories?
Discuss pop culture and how its influence is reflected in the game. Does seeing certain fashion and hearing certain songs make you want to rush out to emulate what you've seen on-screen?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: October 25, 2016
- Genre: Music and Dance
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Lyrics
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