Dance Paradise is a Ryhthmaction game available on the 360. It can be played in Singleplayer Competitive Cooperative modes.
Dance Paradise is a Ryhthmaction game. Adventure games are enjoyed for two reasons: they provide enemy encounters that require tactics and strategy to conquor, and they create a fantasy world in which to explore and adventure.
Dance Paradise can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
Dance Paradise can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Dance Paradise can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Dance Paradise full song/track list includes some great British sounds from the likes of Supergrass, Star Sailor, Lily Allen, Geri Halliwell, Atomic Kitten (ed: really?), Mika and Sophie Ellis Bextor.
They are joined by international talent to get your 360 Kinect avatar grooving - 50 Cent, Nelly, Daft Punk, MC Hammer, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga and Pixie Lott.
Dance Paradise misses the mark with vague controls that undermine any real sense of dancing. Even next to the old Dance Dance Revolution games, this was a disappointment.
Kinect is the kind of new technology that makes me excited to be a gamer again, but Dance Paradise represents the worst way to show it off.
Dance Paradise simplifies Kinect's dancing, but loses a little of the excitement along the way. However, for families with kids over 12 this is the best Kinect dance game so far.
Kinect has quite rightly triggered a lot of dancing games - its limb tracking technology makes it perfect for these exuberant experiences. While I appreciated the finesse of Dance Central's delivery that steadily taught me how to dance, I still wanted to see my avatar mirror my moves on screen.
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