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DanceStar Party Hits Review


It's getting to that time of year where everyone stuffs themselves with Turkey and Mince Pies then feels guilty about doing it. So what better way to work off those excess calories and dust off your PlayStation Move at the same time than with Sony's DanceStar Party Hits. It's the PlayStation equivalent of Dance Central and it's just as good too, although perhaps a little energetic for some.

This latest game in the DanceStar series doesn't seem to be too much of a departure from the previous game, except for the fact that it adds in a whole set of new routines and a load of new tracks for you to dance along to. Artists included on the disc include Cheryl Cole; The Beach Boys; Lady Gaga and DJ Fresh, giving a real mix of artists for everyone's taste.

If you've never played DanceStar before then you'll be pleased to know that it is packed with some excellent features, similar in nature to Studio London's karaoke mega-hit, Singstar. The first option on the menu allows you to dance solo, giving you the option of choosing any song and just going for it. Here, when you choose one of the available songs, a greyed out dancer will appear on the screen, with the music video in the background and the words to the song scrolling along the bottom of the screen. 



When the music starts the dancer will begin their routine, with each dance move being illustrated on the screen next to them. Each time you pull off a dance move you'll be told how you are performing at the top of the screen, with each successful move resulting in a higher score, which in turn counts towards your end of game star rating. At the end of the dance you'll be rated out of five stars and more importantly, you'll be given time to catch your breath.

As mentioned, DanceStar is much like SingStar, so in this respect you'll be able to share video highlights with the community, as well as being able to share your new dance skills via Twitter and Facebook. In addition to this, you'll also be able to watch others dancing via the menu.

If you prefer to play with others then there are plenty of options to do so. Battle Mode allows you to take on a partner and show that you have the best dancing skills, although the option I think is absolutely brilliant is Dance Partners. Here two silhouettes take to the screen instead of one, allowing you to team up with a friend and perform dance moves together. You are both scored separately here, however your scores at the end of the performance are combined, allowing for a higher star rating if you have someone talented on board.

Other options within the game include a Party Mode, which allows you access to the same options in solo mode (such as Battle and Dance Partners). Here you'll keep dancing through various rounds, with awards such as Biggest Rival, Top Underdog and Winner, being handed out at the end. This mode supports up to 20 players, so it lives up to its name.



You may think that's quite a few options for a casual game such as DanceStar, however it doesn't end there. Adding even more value to the game is the fact that you can create and record your own dance routines. This is great for the budding choreographers out there and although I'm not sure how many people will use this option, it's still nice to have it available.

Finally, DanceStar also includes workout mode. The presentation here is much like the main game, with the addition of a calorie bar which you must fill during your routine. Once the song ends you'll then move onto the next, until you have got through the number of dances chosen. This mode includes a 30 day calendar, allowing you to keep track of the calories burned each day. Obviously this is a great way to workout if you love to dance and are attracted to the music included within the disc.

In all there are 40 tracks included on the disc, but as with SingStar, you can actually download more, and if you have already bought tracks in the previous game then they should be compatible with this disc.

If you love to dance or just need a game to enjoy at a house party, then DanceStar Party Hits is a great title to get out when you have some friends around. Not only do adults enjoy the game, but kids too, meaning that you'll have a great distraction while you sit back with a glass of wine and a turkey drumstick at Xmas. Who says gaming needs to be strenuous?

Review Policy (Version tested: PS3)

Full track list for DanceStar Party Hits

Aloe Blacc I Need A Dollar
Avicii Levels
Avril Lavigne What The Hell
Basement Jaxx Romeo
Boney M Rasputin
Calvin Harris feat. Kelis Bounce
Cher Lloyd feat. Mike Posner With Ur Love
Cheryl Cole Fight For This Love
Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi Beautiful People
Dev feat. The Cataracs Bass Down Low
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome Dance Wiv Me
DJ Fresh Gold Dust
Gwen Stefani Hollaback Girl
Jay Sean Featuring Nicki Minaj 2012 (It Ain't The End)
Jessie J Who's Laughing Now?
JLS feat. Dev She Makes Me Wanna
John Paul Young Love Is In The Air
Kaoma Lambada
KC & The Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight
Kelis Trick Me
Kelly Clarkson Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah Earthquake
Lady Gaga The Edge Of Glory
MIA Paper Planes
Nelly Furtado Maneater
Nicki Minaj Super Bass
One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
Paula Abdul Opposites Attract
Pixie Lott Boys And Girls
Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman I Like To Move It
Rizzle Kicks Mama Do The Hump
Run DMC It's Tricky
Sak Noel Loca People
Salt N Pepa Push It
Selena Gomez & The Scene Naturally
Taio Cruz Break Your Heart
The Beach Boys Fun Fun Fun
The Pussycat Dolls Buttons
The Wanted Glad You Came
Urban Cookie Collective The Key, The Secret (Dancing Diva 7" edit)

Edited On 10 Oct, 2012

Comments
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Konakona's avatar
Konakona 4 years ago
Only know about 3 songs on that list. Yeah... definitely one for me to miss! On another, I think they would have commercial success with Gangnam style xD!
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On another note*
Konakona 4 years ago
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damatman 4 years ago
I really like the track list for this game, has a lot of songs I wouldn't expect but am delighted to see ( / hear). I really liked your review Joe but could you tell me whether I am better of buying this or a Just Dance or a Dance Central game? Thanks.
Joe2120's avatar
Thanks. We'll be reviewing Dance Central 3 soon, but to be honest I have reviewed all of these games before and there is nothing between them. I guess it just depends what tracklist you prefer. What's good about this game is the ability to buy new songs easily and the community features are by far and away the best out the three.
Joe2120 4 years ago

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