It's been nearly 10 years since Ubisoft first convinced gamers to hop off the couch and get moving to the beat, but the game is starting to lose a few steps in rhythm. The dance party is still going strong with the release of Just Dance 2019, the latest entry in the hit rhythm and dance franchise. On the plus side, after so many years fine-tuning the dance gameplay, the series has just about got everything dialed in. The flip side, though, is that after so many entries, there just doesn't seem like there's much in the way of innovation going into the formula anymore. At least, that's the feeling you can't help but get after playing Just Dance 2019.
Don't misunderstand: Just Dance 2019 is still a good way to get your groove on. The problem is, it doesn't feel much different from last year's entry. In fact, from a gameplay perspective, it feels like the only major difference is the new track list of pre-loaded songs. As before, you can get a pretty good bit of cardio in if you choose to try to follow the on-screen dance moves to the best of your abilities. But if you're just looking to top the house leaderboard, you can still cheat the system by making only minor hand and wrist movements to fool the game into thinking you've matched the moves. And once again, Ubisoft is hawking its Just Dance Unlimited service, pushing fans to spend a monthly charge to access a vault of 400+ additional songs. If you've already got last year's game and decided to subscribe back then, there's not much new for Just Dance 2019 to offer. If you're new to the series, though, and you're looking to cut a little rug, Just Dance 2019 is still worth at least one spin on the dance floor.