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Just Dance 2015 Review

Just Dance 2015 arrived through the door late last week, which meant that I had no option but to get my dancing shoes on, fire up the Xbox One and Kinect and appraise the game for your reading pleasure. Dancing to 'What does the Fox Say' and 'Happy' was probably not what I had planned for the weekend, but the kids loved it, so who am I to argue.

While there are many parts to Just Dance 2015 our first experience of the game was to Just Dance. The kids chose a song that they liked and we copied the moves. It has to be said that some of the dancing appeared to be quite tricky at first, however once you get used to it, it's not all that bad. Just Dance also seems a great way to get some exercise as after dancing around for four minutes I was more worn out than after a session at the gym.

Perhaps the best part of all was the ending, when a video plays back of your highlights. Here the game repeats, speeds up and slows down the captured video highlights, making for some fun and hilarious viewing. 

Of course there is a lot more to Just Dance 2015 than just starting a song up and dancing away, but this seemed a good place to start and I'd imagine when having friends around this is probably the first thing you'd do with the game anyway.

Playing the Xbox One version is great as I had a pretty full house at the weekend and thanks to Kinect it tracks up to six dancers. However, there are plenty of modes to keep you busy in Just Dance, even if you are all on your own. World Dance Floor, introduced last year, lets you compete against others, while the latest version adds in even more virtual dance crews, themed challenges and community options.

The game will even save your and others best performance should no-one be online, allowing for competition even if no-one is available. It's nice to have this element of competition to the game as it may not always be for everyone to go up against a live opponent, although if you do want to then World Dance Mode has you covered.

Something I really like about Just Dance 2015 is the community mix. This takes a mixture of dances from people around the world and mixes them all together. You can even record a video of yourself dancing and have the option of submitting yourself for inclusion, so if you are playing away at this game and you see me and my family dancing away on your screen, then you'll know why.

If you have someone in your party who is not so keen on dancing, then thanks to karaoke mode they can sing instead. Anyone singing will get bonus points for correctly singing along. Other areas of the game include a Sweat Mode, which will get your working those calories off. 

It seems that Ubisoft has tried to pack the game with plenty to keep you coming back, although it lacks any sort of career/campaign mode which may have achieved this task for them. Still, a bit like Sony's Singstar, Just Dance isn't the sort of game that will constantly be inside your machine. Instead it's the sort of game that you'll have on when your friends are around or you just feel like having a laugh with the family.

As far as I'm concerned Ubisoft can add all the game modes it likes, but at the end of the day the most fun will always be had from inserting the disc into the machine and dancing along with friends. Any additions such as video highlights, community remixes and the solo/competitive World Dance mode just help add to the fun.

Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: Xbox One)


+ Easy to jump in and play
+ Enjoyed by all the family


- No Career mode

Here's the track list

· “Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
· “She Looks So Perfect” – 5 Seconds of Summer
· “Problem” – Ariana Grande Ft. Iggy Azalea and Big Sean
· “4x4” – Miley Cyrus
· “Best Song Ever” – One Direction
· “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
· “Addicted To You” – Avicii
· “Black Widow” – Iggy Azalea Ft. Rita Ora
· “Maps” – Maroon 5
· “Papaoutai” – Stromae
· “Birthday” – Katy Perry
· “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
· “Built For This” – Becky G
· “Holding Out For A Hero” – Bonnie Tyler
· “Summer” – Calvin Harris
· “Tetris” – Dancing Bros.
· “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” – Dead Or Alive
· “Let It Go” – Disney's Frozen
· “Burn” – Ellie Goulding
· “Bailando” – Enrique Iglesias Ft. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona
· “Mahna Mahna” – Frankie Bostello
· “Never Can Say Goodbye” – Gloria Gaynor
· “I Love It” – Icona Pop Ft. Charli XCX
· “You're On My Mind” – Imposs Ft. J. Perry
· “Love Me Again” – John Newman
· “Only You (And You Alone)” – Love Letter
· “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
· “Get Low” – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake
· “Diamonds” – Rihanna
· “Me And My Broken Heart” – Rixton
· “Walk This Way” – Run-DMC & Aerosmith
· “Don't Worry Be Happy” – The Bench Men
· “Epic Sirtaki” – The Bouzouki's
· “Speedy Gonzalez” – Los Pimientos Locos
· “Macarena” (Official Choreography by Mia Frye)– The Girly Team
· “Love Is All” – The Sunlight Shakers
· “It's My Birthday” – will.i.am Ft. Cody Wise
· “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” – Ylvis
· “XMas Tree” – Bollywood Santa
· “Fatima” – Cheb Salama

Edited On 27 Oct, 2014

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