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E3 '11: Feet On: Dance Central 2

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While heading away from the Microsoft booth, I happened to turn a corner and run smack dab into the large stages they had set up to demo Dance Central 2. One of the overly-perky demonstrators saw me, and when I asked if there was a line, she said no, and just gestured for me to come on up! Someone was already playing, so she and I just danced behind him. Not sure why, since it didn't really do anything. There's now two-player co-op dancing, but not four!

I chose La Roux's "Bulletproof," and it was tremendous. The basic gameplay remains unchanged from Dance Central, although graphics are naturally refined and the menu is a little more stylish. I danced next to the demo guy, and the Kinect had no problem scoring us as we danced side by side. (Obviously I didn't do that great, since I didn't know the choreography yet!) And the two-player dancing is also drop-in/drop-out, so parties can get nice and chaotic. Oh, and after I finished, I saw someone else dancing to "Venus" (which was kind of hilarious as the choreography was very sexy with the hands sliding down the body, and he was... well, not so much.) and noticed that while sometimes the two dancers do the same choreography, sometimes it's different. It seems like some of the songs have one dancer do "lead" and the other "backup" or something like that. I will say that I was dismayed when my dancing was interrupted again for the "Freestyle Mode." I was honestly hoping they'd ditch that. Oh well... at least they made the graphics more dynamic and cool looking during that bit.

At the Microsoft press conference, when they announced Dance Central 2, they mentioned to my delight that you will be able to import all the songs from the original game so there won't be any disc swapping (something that hurt my enjoyment of Lips). They've also improved the "Break It Down" mode where you learn the choreography step by step, but didn't actually go into any details about exactly how. There are also new characters, like the cute blonde guy, and you can team up with friends to create your own dance crew for competitions.

So far, the only songs announced are "Venus" by Bananarama, "Nuthin on You" by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars, " Like a G6" by Far East Movement, "Bulletproof" by La Roux, "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan, "Massive Attack" by Nicki Minaj, "Rude Boy" by Rihanna, and "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" by Usher. And with many more to be announced as we near the release of Dance Central 2 later this year.

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