What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is rated "Everyone 10+" because it contains some suggestive lyrics (mostly sexual in nature) and some sexy imagery, including silhouettes that stroke their bodies, gyrate their hips and buttocks, and so on. In order to play the game, children will need to imitate these moves and will be exposed to the suggestive lyrics. Overall, though, this is one of the tamer music games when it comes to controversial content.
What's it about?
Ubisoft's surprise hit game from '09 -- which went on to sell more than four million copies -- is back on the Nintendo Wii with JUST DANCE 2, a sequel that adds even more fun. As with last year's version, you hold the Wii Remote and dance away to 40+ dance hits from yesterday and today -- ranging from the Jackson 5, James Brown and Blondie to Rihanna, Katy Perry and Kesha. Choreographed by real experts, the onscreen silhouettes dance to each track and you must try to mirror their movements. You're then graded on your performance. Along with all-new songs, this year's game adds new twists including a 4-person dance-off contest (for up to 8 players), dance duets (stand side-by-side in front of the television and play cooperatively or competitively) and other modes.
Is it any good?
Female tweens should especially enjoy Just Dance 2 for its great music, accessible controls, and emphasis on social play. The music spans a wider range of genres this time around, and there's the option to download even more songs, if desired. A new Party Mode plays one song after the next, so there's no need to press anything.You can also go into the Settings and turn on the "Sweat Meter," which counts the calories you're burning (similar to a Dance Dance Revolution feature, but here there's no mat to step on). While some might argue Just Dance 2 isn't really a game -- it's a dancing simulation -- it's a fun night in for kids who love music and dancing.
Online interaction: There is no online multiplayer mode but you can download additional songs, such as Katy Perry's hit single, "Firework" -- which is a free download. Future downloadable expansions will not be free, though.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the trend of games that help you stay fit and lose weight. Just Dance 2, in fact, has an optional "Sweat Meter" that monitors how many calories you're burning. It's important for kids (and adults) to exercise and have fun at the same time -- and do it with friends and family, too. Should more games do this?
Families can also discuss the sexually suggestive dance moves in the game. Are these appropriate for children to be imitating? If families play the game together, do either parents or kids feel uncomfortable performing these moves in front of the others?