|Developer: London Studio
Release Date: Out Now
Players/Online features: 1-2
DanceStar Party is the latest creation from the makers of the unfathomably popular SingStar games. Gameplay couldn’t be simpler; you hold the motion controller in your right hand and follow the on-screen dancer’s movements. The closer you get to accurately mirroring their moves, the higher your score (a bit like Guitar Hero for dancers).
The on-screen dance routines rarely follow the dance moves performed by the artists themselves (and despite what you might think this is frequently a good thing) and they use professionally choreographed routines that are carefully produced to represent the energy, movement and style of the original artist’s video.
The Dance Creator feature allows you to choreograph your own party moves for the very first time, and you can switch between the artist’s video and a live video feed of your performance at any time.
With DanceStar Party you use the PlayStation Eye to capture video and pictures as you play and you can then upload your performances online to the DanceStar Party website, Facebook or Twitter for friends to follow, comment on or just laugh hysterically at.
Galleries is where you go to view highlights and also view community (other players’) videos if you should be so inclined. In Party Mode up to 20 players can compete to see who is the ultimate dance champion and judge each other’s performances. The new Dance Workout feature has an in-game calorie counter to chart weekly progress to use as part of a personal exercise regime.
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As you probably noticed it’s an extremely varied collection of songs and there are undeniably some great dance tunes on it. Each song has an ‘energy level’ rating and above and beyond that you can play each song at any of 3 difficulty settings (Beginner, Intermediate & Professional) so everyone should be able to find a level to suit their dancing umm... style/physical fitness level.
It’s difficult to put in plain words how much better DanceStar Party plays than the old-school dance mat games that it has replaced. The movements feel natural and rhythmic and you actually feel like you’re dancing even if, as in my case, the video evidence suggests otherwise. The Move motion controller weighs next to nothing so it immediately has the edge over similar Wii games, and with access to Sony’s huge music library in addition to the 40 tracks that come with the game, there’s sure to be plenty to keep the game fresh.
- Varied track list.
- Easy to pick up and play.
- Fun, energetic dance routines.
- More original videos woiuld have been good.