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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Hip Hop Dance Experience is a dance rhythm game requiring the Kinect controller for the 360. It features song lyrics with sexual themes and videos that may be inappropriate for younger children because of partial nudity. The dance moves can have players gyrating their hips in a provocative manner. The game attempts to mimic the hip-hop lifestyle with clothing within the game, so female dancers may be seen in halter tops or short shorts, skirts, or dresses. The game does allow for head-to-head battles on the same machine between two players.
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What's it about?
THE HIP HOP DANCE EXPERIENCE is a dance rhythm game that challenges players to mirror the movements displayed on the screen to score points by using the Xbox 360 running Kinect. Those points, if high enough, can be displayed next to the user name on online leaderboards. There are three difficulty settings and 40 songs, as well as four game modes and a wardrobe selection screen. Players can select a song for each level and compete against one another on the same system.
Is it any good?
The Hip Hop Dance Experience features bright and colorful graphics, and a pulsating beat that invites players to get up and move. Some of the dance moves involve a lot of hip gyrations. And the wardrobe choices of in-game computer-generated characters are edgy with short skirts and halter tops. The Hip Hop Dance Experience delivers the whole package in a fun and challenging way. This is not only a solid dance game, but it can also provide a pretty good workout as well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about song lyrics. How does your family handle songs with inappropriate content?
Discuss the importance of being fit and warming up muscles before attempting anything strenuous, like dancing.
Parents can have a chat with their teens about appropriate clothing in public and why some clothing styles are frowned upon in different settings, like school.
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Arts: choreography, dance
Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Health & Fitness: exercise, gross motor skills, movement
Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses
Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: November 13, 2012
- Genre: Music and Dance
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- ESRB rating: T for Lyrics, partial nudity, suggestive themes, use of alcohol and tobacco
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