Also known as Let’s Dance with Mel B in the UK/EU, this game that was basically one of the earlier titles that finally makes it the US, but in my opinion, a year later is way too late. Here’s the synopsis:
If what you want, what you really, really want is to dance like the pros, then check out this how-to featuring one of the best: former Spice Girl Mel B! Learn smash-hit moves from the smash-hit star as you groove to the sounds of 28 dancefloor favorites from artists like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, Gloria Gaynor, Culture Club, and more. Choose from a range of friendly styles like pop, ’80s, and party classics designed to get everyone into the groove. Kinect tracks your movements, the game monitors your rank on local and online leaderboards, and Mel checks in with advice on how to improve your performance.
It’s just another dance title to keep over saturating the genre. I wasn’t impressed with it compared to every other single dance game I’ve played, maybe it should have been left in the UK/EU region. Overall, it’s alright, but there are better much games out there.
The menu uses the traditional hover and lock method. It is horrible with selecting tracks as there’s no adjustment for speed so to pick what you want takes a few tries. Anyhow as usual, here’s the normal breakdown. Solo, 2 players and 3-8 players get you right into the game. The other 2 things are stats and leaderboards and help and options. Kind of simple so I’ll keep it at that.
This mode is the regular dancing mode to the game. There’s really no point except to get a high score and listen to Mel B, for whatever reason her name was pulled from the US cover, but she is in the game still and quite annoying at that. I noticed nothing different from what I’ve researched on the UK/EU version. Anyhow, when you pick one of these options, you can either choose normal mode or survival mode. Normal mode just let’s you dance for a score, survival mode is a little more interesting as it has a bar on where to keep your performance up. If you fail to do this for too long, than that player loses a life. It ends when one of the players has run out of lives which you start with 4. The bar starts low at first and with each successful song, it raises higher and higher so basically you really need to know the routines before doing this mode.
You are rated on depending on how you do the move, there are cue cards with just a graphic image of what you are supposed to do up top. Basically, if you haven’t played the song before you won’t know what you’re doing. There’s no difficulty levels either nor any type of learning mode, so it’s basically learn the routine by performing, master it and then move on. Moves are rated on a 5 system scale ranging from Poor, OK, Great, Amazing and Perfect. It does seem to detect pretty well so at least that works for it. For the most part, the routines are fairly bland, nothing as exciting as the Dance Central series. I even found the Just Dance series more invigorating. I tried to do 2 player but it is simultaneous so I wasn’t able to test it out.
As I usually do videos, I really didn’t want to waste my time with this one since I’m still in the catchup phase. We do have a video that was posted earlier that you can watch if you are really interested in this game.
The only difference this adds is even more players in teams of 2 to take turns. The 2 modes are a team battle which just compete against each other and a dance party which is basically never-ending supposed fun but again, I didn’t have a second set of legs with me so I didn’t get to test any of this out. You do get to choose how many rounds you like to battle/dance for. Unfortunately that’s all there really is to this game, which isn’t much in my opinion.
Stats and Leaderboard
This section just keeps track of your local high scores and has individual stats such as how many songs you have played, how long you have played, etc. Not too much into detail here but don’t expect a calorie counter or anything useful that we have already in other dance titles.
Help and Options
This section consists of the Game Options which I’ll go into briefly because the first game option allows you to change your player visibility. You can have your player on-screen as normal (which is a projected image of you that is actually quite decent looking), trails which when you move produces graphical trails that follow the move, silhouette which is what we are all used to seeing or turn your player completely off where you don’t have to be in the game at all. This section was actually kind of nice to give people choices.
The other game options included to retake a photo which you have to do in the beginning as it plops your photo everywhere and to turn the dance bar on or off which kind of tells you how good or poorly you are doing.
The audio options included your speech, music and effects volumes along with turning subtitles on or off. Lastly you have your credits.
In my opinion, the soundtrack is fairly overplayed here so I wasn’t all too impressed with it. I was glad they had the short/full track option however. That should be a mandatory option nowadays. All of the tracks are masters from what I could tell, didn’t notice any cover songs. As for the graphics, I do like the real motion video capturing although the more that I played the Dance Central series, I’m starting to lean more towards video game characters only because they can have personality, you get to unlock outfits for them, etc. It’s a little more difficult on the captured video side but I suppose I’ll give kudos for at least hot chicks with some nice outfits on in this game.
I suppose my statement of over saturating the dance genre defines this games existence right now. It should have come out before there were so many different dance games available here in the states so I’m not sure what the delay was. I guess if you like to collect all of these dance titles, wait until this one is even further in the bargain bin. If there hasn’t been any future content released for it in the past year, don’t plan on it ever. This is really one of those “it is what it is” titles.
This review is based on a retail copy of the Xbox 360 version of Let’s Dance
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