Rolling out for the New Year like a shiny new car is the latest installment in the franchise, Just Dance 2016. Great for the dance-inclined, those looking for fun athletic options as well as dance party fiends. The game is available on an impressive list of consoles that includes, Wii, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The coolest feature of the game would have to be the smart phone option, which makes a Kinect optional for the first time. This means that the accessibility for the game has opened up that much more, hosts can have up to six players total to one screen. Players just have to upload an app to their phone and connect to the console. Be prepared for Wi-Fi issues and phone batteries to drain.
Interconnectivity in gaming is explored through numerous game modes. One mode allows for players to complete on the global scale, pitting their scores up against international opponents. The workout playlist feature is still there, and allows players to track their calorie burning loosely, though it is the competitive game modes that will probably keep players gaming after the in-house dance party option is exhausted.
Now for the really important stuff, the songs. Of course there are the bumpin’ dance tracks, but what’s great about Just Dance is the versatility in the set list. There is a wide-range of genres and styles for players to explore, it’s kept fresh by the variety of dance moves.
Some of the songs on the Just Dance 2016 roster include:
“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
“Hey Mama” by David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and AfroJack
“Under the Sea” by Disney’s The Little Mermaid
“Lights” by Ellie Goulding
For the complete list, check here.
More than the initial “over 40” songs are available through the paid “Unlimited” subscription program, which includes songs from past games and is a brand new feature to Just Dance 2016. The cost for Just Dance Unlimited is $6.99 a month or $39.99 a year.
This reviewer’s last copy of Just Dance was the 2012 release Just Dance Greatest Hits on Wii. The improvements are vast, graphics are up to next gen par and the dance moves have advanced to the suave realm that they should be in. There are the dorky options of course, with songs like “Cotton-Eyed Joe” by Rednex (accessed through Unlimited) and even the option to unlock new versions of dance for certain songs. For example, the first version of “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga is how one would picture it, theatrical and epic, after accumulating 2,000 game points however things get nerdy. Players can unlock the “Nerd” version of the song complete with over-the-top costume and dance moves.
In conjunction with the Just Dance 2016 release was the launch of the kid-friendly Just Dance Disney Party 2. The titles on this game are definitely intended for the Disney Channel live-action show audience, there are songs from shows Austin & Ally, Girl Meets World, Descendants and many more. This game does require a Kinect to play.
A free demo of Just Dance 2016 is available for Xbox One, Wii U and PS4. Copies of the games were provided for this review, and was played on Xbox One.