Just Dance 3

 
Social game encourages exercise, but mild cussing in lyrics.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is all about dancing and exercising, and therefore it has a positive message for kids. It's also great for music appreciation as players are exposed to multiple kinds of music.

 

Positive role models

Other than the dancing silhouettes, the game doesn't have any characters, so there aren't any role models -- good, bad, or otherwise. Some might believe the artists, such as Katy Perry or Black Eyed Peas, serve as good or bad role models.

 

Ease of play

All of these games are fairly simple to play with easy-to-follow tutorials and beginner songs, but the moves can get more challenging as new tracks and modes are unlocked.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some of the dance moves require you to rotate your hips or shake your buttocks, but there's nothing too graphic here. Also, see "Language" section for suggestive lyrics.

 

Language

Some lyrics might be suggestive, such as Nelly Furtado's Promiscuous ("you're teasing me") or KISS's I Was Made For Loving You ("In the darkness...there's so much I wanna do"). The words "hell," "damn" and "sexy" can also be heard.

Consumerism

This game is featured as product placement in Katy Perry's Last Friday Night music video and there are numerous promotions surrounding this game involving retailers -- such as Best Buy promotions for extra Perry tracks for those who pre-order.

 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. In the Xbox 360 version, the game includes online features that may expose players to unrated user-generated content, plus downloadable content hasn't yet been rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Just Dance 3 is a dancing game and one of the better picks for kids. Not only does it promote exercise and social interaction, but it also teaches kids to appreciate both music and dance. Some lyrics have mild cussing and sexual themes. Parents should know, however, the Xbox 360 version's online mode might expose users to unrated user-generated content.

What's it about?

The third game in Ubisoft's hit dancing game franchise once again challenges players to mimic moves of professional dancers. As with past games, the Nintendo Wii version of JUST DANCE 3 has you hold the motion-sensing Wii Remote in your hands as you perform the onscreen dance moves to rack up points. But for the first time, Xbox 360 gamers can also get in on the fun by using the hands-free Kinect for Xbox 360 peripheral; body moves are captured by the sensors and camera to judge your rhythm compared to the onscreen dancers. The game is also available on PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Move peripheral and PlayStation Eye camera.

For all three versions, there are more than 40 tracks to dance along with, spanning a wide range of musical genres, such as pop, hip-hop, rock, country, disco, R&B, Bollywood, and Reggaeton. Example of popular songs from today and yesterday include "Pump It" by Black Eyed Peas, "I Was Made For Lovin’ You" by KISS, "California Gurls" by Katy Perry and the no. 1 spot on music charts during the summer of 2011, "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. More songs will be available via optional download.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With this third version of the Just Dance series, Ubisoft has retained its accessible and fun gameplay -- ideal for all ages, both genders, and varying skill levels -- but has added new consoles, songs, and new features for each of the three versions. For example, the Nintendo Wii game now has four-player support and dynamic, colorful environments. The Xbox 360 version, on the other hand, has the new "Shout Out!" feature, which lets you score extra points by singing along with the tunes (captured by Kinect's microphone) and the option to create your own choreographies.

As with its predecessors, the game has very basic visuals -- simply showing colorful silhouettes of its dancers rather than detailed characters (like MTV Games' Dance Central) -- but the game isn't about great graphics. It's a very fun social game with great music, numerous modes; and it gets gamers on their feet instead of lounging around.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Ubisoft did the right thing by keeping the gameplay essentially the same as its best-selling predecessors -- but adding new music and modes -- or do gamers prefer when developers change the gameplay more to justify the purchase?

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  • Do you like getting your exercise by playing games that give you a physical workout?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:October 7, 2011
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:E10+ for Lyrics (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old October 16, 2011
age 10+
 

Amazing!

It is AMAZING! Every game gets BETTER and BETTER! There is some bad language but most of it is bleeped out. Also, it helps you stay in shape. This game is a HAVE TO PLAY!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old December 29, 2011
age 6+
 

i like it

its really good
What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 11 years old November 22, 2011
age 13+
 

pretty good:/

i played this game at school and there where some things that were disturbing to me.One was "lick me like a lollipop"other from the song "California girls" about "girls in bikinis"I would rate this rated T for sexual lyrics.
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Too much sex

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