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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Just Dance 4 is a music dance game where players follow moves presented by dancers on the screen. The songs feature some content that is mildly sexual and makes some references to alcohol. The "Comic Mischief" warning by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is tied to a cartoon rabbit who rips off his clothes in a silly fashion. This game supports players dancing together around the same console.
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What's it about?
Just like the many Just Dance video games that came before it, JUST DANCE 4 from Ubisoft is a rhythm-based music game that challenges players to dance in front of the television, and their movements are picked up by the Kinect sensor (Xbox 360), PlayStation Move controller and camera (PlayStation 3), or wireless Wii Remote (Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U). While selecting one of many songs and dancing along with the on-screen professionals, the moves you bust are graded in real time. The game offers new modes not found in its predecessors, many genres, varied skill levels, and depending on the mode, the ability to shoot video and upload it for friends to see.
Is it any good?
Just Dance 4 is very fun for players of all ages. While it's not very different than past games -- Ubisoft is obviously employing an "if it ain't broke" mentality -- there are more than 40 tracks to choose from, mostly from contemporary pop stars like One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, and Carly Rae Jepsen; there are classics, too, from Elvis Presley, the B-52s, and Barry White. Noteworthy new features include Battle Mode (friends go head-to-head over six rounds); unlocking alternative dance routines for some of the tracks; and an expanded Just Sweat mode that counts calories. Aside from the "deja vu" likely experienced by seasoned players, this game is a fun way to spend a night in with friends or family, with good pop music and exercise, too. Note: The Kinect for Xbox 360 version lets you create and share a music video.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Arts: dance, music, rhythm
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization
Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: October 9, 2012
- Genre: Music and Dance
- Topics: Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Comic Mischief, Lyrics
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