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What parents need to know
Parents need to know Just Dance: Greatest Hits is a dance game featuring a few songs with mild sexy language and on-screen dancers doing suggestive movements like grinding hips, touching one's body, and pretending to smack buttocks. But this is of the E10+ variety, not those found in "T" rated dance games.
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What's it about?
JUST DANCE: GREATEST HITS is a collection of 35 songs from Ubisoft's Just Dance (2009) and Just Dance 2 (2010), plus three bonus tracks from last year's Just Dance 3. For owners of Xbox 360, this new disc lets you play games previously only available on the Nintendo Wii -- and you get to use the Kinect for Xbox 360 accessory to boogie in front of your television without anything in your hands. For Nintendo Wii players, the game has all the songs from the first two games at a discounted rate (both games still sell for $40 apiece). In case you've never played any of these party games, Just Dance: Greatest Hits challenges you to mimic moves of professional dancers in order to rack up as many points as possible. Kinect for Xbox 360 gamers must use the hands-free Kinect for Xbox 360 peripheral; body moves are captured by the sensors and camera to compare your rhythm against the onscreen dancers, which appear as colorful silhouettes in front of an animated background.
Is it any good?
Just Dance: Greatest Hits is a great party game for tweens and teens (OK, and adults, too), where up to four friends or family members can play at the same time. Along with earning points for dancing well, you'll also get a quick summary of each move, such as "OK," "Good" or "Perfect," and you'll earn up to five stars per game. The person with the golden crown over their name means they're currently the top scorer.
The game houses a wide range of musical genres, and from different eras ranging from the '60s to modern tracks (B.o.B.'s "Airplanes"). The game offers many modes, including the revamped Just Sweat option (burn calories), Just Create (record your own choreography), Duet, Simon Says, and others. While fun, Just Dance: Greatest Hits has very basic visuals, plus the hands-free Kinect can be finicky when waving your hands to select a particular mode or song. Overall, however, the game delivers a lot of bang for the buck.
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- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Arts: choreography, dance, music
Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Health & Fitness: exercise, movement
Self-Direction: motivation, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: June 26, 2012
- Genre: Music and Dance
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
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