Just Dance 2 is a Rhythmaction game available on the Wii. It can be played in Competitive Cooperative modes.
Just Dance 2 is a Rhythmaction game. Rhythm action games combine the enjoyment that comes from creating music with the challenge of video game scoring. The player is usually tasked with dancing on a mat, tapping a touch screen, pressing a button, singing into a mic or strumming a fake guitar controller in time with the music.
Just Dance 2 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.
Just Dance 2 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.
Just Dance 2 is full of personality and encourages everyone to get involved and shake their funky thing. A distinctive style and varied track list make this well worth it for anyone who wants to dance.
In general, I don't find motion control particularly accessible or immersive. It's gimmicky, and leads to more frustration than fun. Still, I make an exception for fitness and dance games, where motion actually makes sense and doesn't feel tacked on.
Just Dance 2 understands the platform and the audience as it looks to extend the success of the first game. Original interpretations of each song match strong presentation to create a technically compelling game for casual and hardcore gamers alike.
Getting a game like Just Dance 2 right is no easy matter. Although many would have us believe that casual games are easy to churn out - pile them high, sell them cheap - the big sellers in this space are actually those games that have invested in both technical delivery and understanding of the market.
Just Dance 2 bucks the trend of childish dance games to offer an original experience with great music. It's fun on your own, and a great laugh to play with your mates.
I hadn't played the first Just Dance game because I never find Wii rhythm games very satisfying. They are either the sugary sweet cheerleader type or retro workout videos with a bit of Wii-mote waggle. While my brothers, and my dad often give those games a try, they aren't really my style.
Just Dance 2 Wii makes it look easy. But a dance game this well executed is no fluke - detailed understanding of the audience and perfect technical execution make this a stand out experience on the Nintendo Wii.
Just Dance 2 proves the huge success of the first game was no fluke. Like before, it brings an intelligent balance of simple visuals and clear dance moves. But now, with a little more backing the song list is even better and includes an online store.
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