A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Encourages fun with friends, cooperating as a team, exercising in a fun way. By challenging personal bests, best of your friends' performances, you're trained to practice to get a higher score, be more accurate. Practice, hard work pay off in end.
Positive Role Models
Characters you mimic on-screen are dancers, choreographers, music industry professionals. Moves performed by trained professionals, who have worked, trained in dance, pass some of their skills on to you.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn. Motion controls pick up your moves, rank your dancing. Game controlled by body movements, controllers, your smartphone.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Song lyrics may have sexual references, innuendo. Some characters wear skimpy outfits similar to those dancers or gymnasts might wear. But characters are all cartoon-like in nature, diminishing any sexuality.
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Products & Purchases
Songs are hits from top artists, encouraging players to buy their albums, songs. Has paid DLC to add extra songs, performances. The "Ultimate Experience," a paid monthly subscription service ($6.99) pushed heavily; it allows access to more than 200 extra songs not included in main game, with more to be added over time.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some minor references to drinking and drug use occasionally pop up in lyrics.
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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.
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.
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