Just Dance: Greatest Hits

Common Sense Media says

Fun collection of dance songs from previous games.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While there are some suggestive lyrics, the game encourages exercise and teaches dance moves, too.

Positive role models

The dancers you are following are role models for exercise.

Ease of play

Kinect for Xbox 360 makes it very easy to play the game. If you can navigate through the menu screens by waving your hand in the air, you can dance without having to hold anything. The Nintendo Wii version of the game is also easy to play.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some of the silhouette dancers move suggestively, including the grinding of hips, smacking buttocks, and hand gestures that look like they're touching themselves. Lyrics might also prove a bit steamy including lines like "she spent her twenties between the sheets," "touch my body with the proper care," "sleep around" and "drinkin' and lusting."

Language

Along with lyrics with sexual references, the words "hell" and "damn" can be heard.

Consumerism

The game is based on popular songs from yesterday and today. There are advertisements in the manual for other Just Dance games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the songs makes reference to consuming alcohol: "drinking and lusting."

Privacy & safety

Minor privacy and safety concerns. There is no online multiplayer version of this game but you can compare scores online. Gamers cannot talk with one another over the Internet.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • choreography
  • dance
  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • motivation
  • work to achieve goals

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • choreography
  • dance
  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • motivation
  • work to achieve goals

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • movement

Tweens and teens can learn that exercising is fun, plus they can learn popular dance moves from professionals. The game isn't focused on education, per se, but players can be exposed to various music genres and dance styles. By getting their groove on with Just Dance: Greatest Hits, kids can exercise while dancing and increase their dance repertoire.

 

 

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game is more appropriate for tweens and teens, while Ubisoft's Just Dance Kids games are better for the younger set. What is in these games that makes the rating different?

  • What are your favorite exercise games? Dance games? Fitness games?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii
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 (Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byAppleFan July 24, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Good message and game!

This game, in my opinion, teaches children to exercise by dancing. Though some words can be heard in the songs, they usually bleep most of the word out. I believe this is a very good game.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byhockeyguy October 13, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

don't waste your money

fun if u dont have the first 2. otherwise, a waste of your time and money
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old September 28, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Eh, its ok

the trick is to hold still and not shake while holding your stick up not straight up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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