I have no rhyme, no rhythm, and I sure as heck can’t dance. So that’s why, when I’m in the mood to groove, I do so in my lounge room with Ubisoft’s ‘Just Dance’ series. I’ve been a big fan of the ‘Just Dance’ series since ‘Just Dance 4’ was released in 2012. In fact, when I used to be crazy intense with exercising I would play up to an hour of ‘Just Dance’ a day. Wanting to get back into exercising, and needing some tunes to do so, I was excited when ‘Just Dance 2017’ came out late last week.
Dance like it’s 2017!
Not much has changed with the gameplay of ‘Just Dance’, I play with a wii, so wii remote in right hand, and just follow the dancer. I was a little disappointed with the song choices in ‘2016’ so am pretty impressed by the wide range that is in ‘2017’. They’ve got 2 big Sia songs (Titanium and Cheap Thrills), Maroon 5’s ‘Don’t Wanna Know’, Psy’s ‘Daddy’ and even a Hatsune Miku song! I was also incredibly impressed by their original song ‘Ghost in the Keys’, which has become one of my favourite dances. You can view it above.
There are some issues with the new version which I would like to touch on. Firstly, compared to previous versions, they’ve really gone all out with the background deco. I mean to the point where it just gets a little nauseating seeing all the crazy flashing lights. Also I feel some of the dance routines were a little disappointing in this instalment, I was not too impressed by the dance routine for ‘Cheap Thrills’. The ‘World Dance Floor’ is still available in this series, but I fail to see the purpose of it. In each song you can ‘add challengers’ from around the world – which I feel negates the need for a world dance floor. It would be nice if you could add friend codes into the game. Furthermore the ‘World Dance Floor’ still takes an incredibly long time to load, and usually there are only about 10 people online.
Exercise with Just Dance 2017
As I mentioned above, I mainly play ‘Just Dance’ for the exercise aspect. Like ‘2015’ and ‘2016’ you can use a calorie burner counter. But I really miss the exercise routines that were in ‘Just Dance 4’. They were really fantastic, and I was really able to use the game as part of my exercise routine. In the last 3 instalments, it’s just been the songs, and it’s a little hard to work on areas in a proper way. You kind of just end up jumping around, hoping the calorie counter is going up.
Overall you do get what you expect with the new ‘Just Dance’ game. It doesn’t break any new ground. I’ve seen ads that you can use your phone as a controller, but I didn’t test that, so I can’t say how effective that would be. The social aspect of Just Dance really does need to be improved some way. The songs in this game are quite good, and there are some unusual ones I didn’t expect to like. Overall a solid 8/10 game.
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