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Xbox 360's Dance Central is exhilarating, and its accuracy using the Kinect sensor is unprecedented in dance games. Its soundtrack is compelling and varied, and its graphics, though limited, are attractive and well-rendered. While not recommended in a multi-player setting, this game is great for a beginning dancer who wants to be enormously entertained, learn a few moves, and get into shape doing so. The first step is, as promised by Kinect developers, getting off the couch. The second is running to the store to pick up this game. The third is the Merengue.
The Telegraph (Nov 12, 2010)
Serious dancers, not me. But while I wouldn't have minded a bit more MC Hammer, Dance Central has managed to get me to wave my hands in the air like I just don't care. No mean feat. And it keeps the wife laughing, and whatever makes her happy, makes me happy. Sort of.
GameSpy (Nov 04, 2010)
Yeah, my complaints about Dance Central are almost niggling -- while I see ample room for improvement, nothing else will have your living room packed full of people dropping it like it's hot. You can even learn a lot of dance moves you wouldn't mind busting out in an actual dance club. I've never played anything quite like it, and I think I'm ready to retire my DDR dance pads permanently, because this is the real revolution.
XboxAchievements (Nov 11, 2010)
Dance Central is as close to a killer-app that Kinect has to date and Harmonix has gone and proven that they’re not a one trick pony. If you’re looking for an excuse to get Kinect, ladies and gents, may I present to you, Dance Central.
Gamegravy (Jul 05, 2011)
Overall, Dance Central is in my opinion the best dance game out so far. It’s a great party game that you will have a lot of fun playing. If your looking for a great Kinect game at launch or you have just purchased your Kinect this is the game to get. Unfortunately there is no career mode or even a better multiplayer and the fact every song is unlocked in the beginning means the longevity of the game will have to depend on you weather or not you want to master each song on the highest difficulty. And if you spend some time and mastering every move you might be able to take your moves to the real life dance floor.
GameSpot (Nov 04, 2010)
Though Dance Central isn't the first dance video game on the block, it boasts moves that no other can manage. From a tech standpoint, the full-body tracking system is not only novel, but it also provides great feedback to help you hone your skills. The slick dancer animations draw you into the game, and the flashy effects that kick in when you're doing well are a nice touch. Perhaps most importantly, the broad difficulty spectrum and the intuitive visual prompts mean the only barrier to entry is your own willingness to break a sweat and risk looking less than dignified. Dance Central may not offer much beyond the opportunity to stand up and dance in front of your television, but this is one invitation you shouldn't turn down.
GamesCollection (Dec 24, 2010)
Minimale e ben programmato, con un rilevamento pressochè perfetto, questo titolo si è rivelato molto divertente anche per uno che non pensava gli potesse piacere il ballo pop! (mi sono preso come metro di paragone in questo caso!) Con oltre 650 mosse differenti (create da veri coreografi) e delle ottime tracce (sempre in aggiornamento tramite DLC) questo titolo è un’altro party game che ha fatto centro nella rosa dei titoli di lancio per Kinect. Peccato per la parte mutiplayer poco sviluppata e la parte online assente, che avrebbe valso al titolo il mezzo punto che gli manca per l’eccellenza. Nonostante venga più apprezzato (e certamente meglio interpretato) dal pubblico femminile, questo gioco è divertente per tutti, l’importante è lanciarsi e farsi trascinare dalla musica!!!
83 (Nov 10, 2010)
Natürlich! Wer außer Harmonix sollte das Rhythmus-Spiel nach vorne bringen - und so ganz nebenbei den besten Grund für die Anschaffung von Kinect abliefern? "Du bist der Controller": Harmonix hat sich dieses Mantras angenommen und es auf ihr Spezialgebiet der Musikspiele angewendet. Herausgekommen ist eine gleichermaßen intensive wie unterhaltsame, ebenso fordernde wie schweißtreibende Tanzparty. Ein gelungenes Artdesign, über 30 treibende Tracks (wobei die Musikauswahl wie bei jedem Titel dieser Art streitbar ist) und überzeugende Kontrollmechanismen samt Trainingsmodus mit Verlangsamung der Bewegungsabläufe locken auf den Dancefloor - allerdings nur solo. Selbst der tänzerische Kampf findet nur wechselweise statt und motivierende Koop-Choreografien sucht man vergebens.
The Video Game Critic (Jun 15, 2011)
Dance Central is a well-constructed game, and Harmonix is probably the first third-party publisher to effectively harness the Kinect technology.
Giant Bomb (Nov 10, 2010)
Dance Central is a lot of fun, but the game surrounding the dancing feels really basic.
games xtreme (Jan 20, 2011)
We can't fault Harmonix for playing it safe with a new title, it works well enough but there's just not 'enough' of the game to push it any further than a decent title for the Kinect. If you want to have fun though and keep fit, this is a great way to do both of those. Hopefully Dance Central 2 will have more of everything.
80 (UK) (Nov 04, 2010)
So fling that dance mat out of the window. While you're at it chuck out all your preconceptions about games like this, along with any shreds of dignity. If you can manage that, Dance Central will show you a really good time.
80 (Nov 12, 2010)
Harmonix frappe une nouvelle fois très fort avec ce jeu de danse qui exploite de manière idéale les possibilités de Kinect. Dance Central s'impose donc sans problème comme la référence en la matière puisqu'il plaira aussi bien aux néophytes qui apprendront tranquillement de nouveaux pas de danse, qu'aux habitués des dance-floors qui pourront frimer devant leurs amis.
Xboxygen (Nov 11, 2010)
Pour peu que vous ayez un peu d’espace chez vous et l’envie de bouger, Dance Central est un titre idéal pour ce lancement Kinect. La réalisation très convenable et le gameplay aux petits oignons en font un jeu bien solide. On aurait quand même bien aimé avoir plus de modes de jeu différents et de morceaux plutôt que d’avoir un DLC dès la sortie du titre, espérons qu’Harmonix en tienne compte.
Brash Games (Nov 19, 2010)
Dance Central has shown us what is possible with Kinect beyond the inevitable onslaught of Wii Sports clones and tired minigame compendiums. With a little time and polish, its next iteration is sure to build upon the strong foundations that have been laid here. If you’re an early adopter in search of some real innovation, I can gladly recommend you give it a try, but bear in mind that the platform is still in its infancy. See you on the dance floor!