I’ve made no secret of my love for Just Dance 2. It’s a game for the Wii that makes you feel like you can really dance. The sad truth is that if you videotape yourself doing these dances, you will find that you actually cannot dance. Or maybe that’s just me.
What I love about Just Dance 2 is that I can play video games, pretend like I’m dancing, get my heart rate up, and work up a good sweat all at the same time.
So if I feel that good about Just Dance 2, then Just Dance 3 could only be better, right?
Just Dance 3 delivers and here’s how I found out.
I’m reviewing a not-entirely-different game for the Wii called ABBA You Can Dance.
(I know, I know. You want to know all about that. And you will. Stay tuned for my full review on that on Friday.)
I invited pretty much anyone that would come over at the last minute on a Thursday night to try out the game with me. I envisioned it so well. My best girlfriends coming for an evening of wine and appetizers and a little fun dancing in front of the TV with a disco ball in the background. We’d all giggle and laugh and maybe even paint each other’s nails.
And then real life happened. Most of my friends were only able to come if they brought their kids in tow. Since I was in the same boat, I said the more the merrier. In addition to the wine and apps, I also bought juice boxes and mac and cheese.
We got down to dancing while the kids were off somewhere doing what kids do when the mommies hog the video game console. And then, since most of us are middle-aged, we required a break and the kids were suddenly very interested.
Thinking they wouldn’t know a single song from ABBA and thinking I had to also review Just Dance 3, I thought it was a perfect time to test it out.
Here is some of the ensuing chaos brought about by a little dance party for the girls at my house.
But here’s what you really want to know. Can you get your groove on? What’s the music like?
I have to admit, I have a soft spot for Just Dance 2. I’ve gotten used to the songs and the moves and even like the goofy ones like “Rasputin.” This time, the songs seem to be more modern dance songs and when I was the only one that didn’t know them, I felt woefully out of touch.
It turns out that I do know a lot of them. Just not by name. Some of the crowd favorites (and family favorites) include:
- Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”
- Danny Elfman – “This is Halloween” (my son’s favorite)
- Jessie J featuring B.o.B – “Price Tag”
- Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”
- LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”
- Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland – “Promiscuous”
- Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman – “Somethin’ Stupid” (Evan likes this because he gets to kiss my hand)
- Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”
- The Buggles – “Video Killed The Radio Star”
There are more features and the more you dance, the more you get to unlock mash-ups and remixes of the songs. As for the sweat factor? Yeah, it’s still got it.
So if you’re on the fence about whether or not you’ll like it, the group survey says: good exercise, good music, and so much fun for the family.
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