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E3 '12: Dance Central 3

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Microsoft revealed the upcoming Dance Central 3 at its press presentation, but aside from showing some clips in the background while Usher performed, there were really no details on what would make this sequel different enough to necessitate a disc release instead of just another round of songs that could've been done as DLC. Well, now we've got the answer: Some intriguing new gameplay modes. I've got all the deets (well, all the deets that Harmonix has released at this time) after the jump!

Story Mode in Dance Central 3 will take players through time to experience dance crazes of the '70s, '80s, '90s and aughts including "The Hustle," "Electric Slide" and "The Dougie." (Absolutely loving the retro hair and outfits! Faboo!) Because this iteration in the series will feature specific choreography from the songs' music videos for the first time. (Having enjoyed dancing choreography straight from the movie in the Grease Kinect game, I can tell you it makes it much more fun.)

There's an all-new party mode which will just play songs and let you boogie on down with your friends without having to interrupt the fun to drunkenly navigate menus all the time. But if you want a real challenge, you can try Crew Throwdown mode, where up to eight players can battle it out as two teams of up to four dancers. Through dance battles, performances, and mini-games, you can decide once and for all who rules the dance floor.

But most interesting is the Make Your Move mode where you can actually perform four different dance moves that the game will recognize and then create flash cards for, subsequently measuring how well your opponent mimics your choreography. And this is a mode you can use with any song, so it's almost like a create-your-own-choreography mode (although obviously less detailed).

And when I say any song, I mean any song, from the extensive list of DLC that has been released or will be released, or the songs you can import from Dance Central 1 and 2. That's in addition to the more than 40 songs that will be included on the disc, which so far includes:

"In Da Club" by 50 Cent
"Teach Me How to Dougie" by Cali Swag District
"You Make Me Feel..." by Cobra Starship ft. Sabi
"Da' Butt" by E.U.
"Stereo Love" by Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina
"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
"Electric Boogie" by Marcie Griffiths
"OMG" by Usher ft. Will.I.Am
"Scream" by Usher
"The Hustle" by Van McCoy

The time travel storyline sounds so hilarious that I think it'll be kind of awesome, especially because it gives a great reason to include plenty of '70s and '80s dance classics. And Make Your Move mode should be a lot of fun, even if the demo I saw of it kind of only served to demonstrate how hard it was to pull off! So I'm definitely looking forward to Dance Central 3 when Harmonix releases it this holiday season!

1 Comments

M0taku said:

i would be more interested in importing my songs again if i knew that a. they were going to fix whatever shennanigans is going on with the songs from DC, and b. they also add choreography to actually take advantage of the ability to turn off that clumsy "freestyle" mode. i will obviously be picking it up, but i won't be in any hurry to do so. also, something that i kind of crave now (as a direct result of playing Just Dance 3) are full tracks. at first, i felt, OMG this is horrible and at some points tedious. then i came to realize, that when i felt that way about a song, it was really just the lazy choreography that runs rampant throughout the JD series. they have totally managed to ruin "Tightrope" for me almost entirely.

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