The war amongst the dancing games heats up later this fall as Harmonix announced at Gamescom that Dance Central 2 will release on October 25, 2011. With no Rock Band 4 planned for 2011, Harmonix is showing a lot of faith that the sequel will be as at least as successful as the original title. However, it will be competing head-to-head on the Kinect for the first time with Ubisoft’s Just Dance juggernaut, which arrives on store shelves on October 11, 2011. How does Dance Central 2 plan to win this dance battle?
For starters, Harmonix has added a ton of new features to the gameplay. We had the opportunity to see Dance Central 2 at this year’s E3 and the newest entry impressed enough for us to provide it with a “Best of E3” Award for its Motion Controls. In our E3 preview, we touched on some of the newest features to which gamers could look forward, such as the new simultaneous multiplayer, dance battles, and voice command capabiltiy. Today, Harmonix expounded on this added functionality:
Epic Full Body Dance Battle! Players rep their favorite dance crew and go toe-to-toe against one another with two-player simultaneous tracking and compete to stand out in “spotlight sections” where their solo performance is put on display. The new Free-4-All mini-game replaces freestyle sections during Dance Battle, adding an all new competitive scoring mechanic into the mix. Players can jump ahead in score by quickly performing moves from the song worth tons of points.
Voice integration throughout the game! You can use voice commands to select songs, pause during routines, and dictate rehearsal during Break it Down. Jumping into a routine is as simple as telling Kinect the song, mode, and difficulty and instructing it do what that little box has always dreamed of: “Xbox, Dance.”
An all new, customizable Break it Down experience with improved per-limb tracking, allows players to customize practice sessions to focus on select moves. Use voice commands to speed through the process, and even compare video playback of their dancing to the on-screen dancer!
As stated above, dance crews will be making their way into the Dance Central franchise. The newest cell-shaded trailer shows off four of the dance crews that you can select from:
The footage is a little misleading in that it implies that dancers will perform choreographed moves in tandem. That feature is not in Dance Central 2, but is in the Wii version of Just Dance 3. However, it’s still unclear whether Ubisoft was able to fully integrate coordinated movements in the Kinect version.
One area that Harmonix excels in over its competitors is picking great tunes from a variety of genres and the company has announced thirteen more songs to shake your groove to:
- Flo Rida feat David Guetta — “Club Can’t Handle Me”
- David Guetta feat Akon — “Sexy Chick”
- Daddy Yankee feat Fergie — “Impacto”
- Darude — “Sandstorm”
- Daft Punk — “Technologic”
- O-Zone — “Dragostea Din Tei”
- Bruno Mars — “Grenade”
- Donna Summer — “Hot Stuff”
- Gnarls Barkley — “Run”
- Lena — “Satellite”
- Enrique Iglesias — “I Like It”
- Lady Gaga — “Born This Way”
- Exile — “I Wish for You”
What do you think of the newest song additions? Are the above features enough for you to buy Harmonix’s dance sequel?
Dance Central 2 is set to release exclusively for the Kinect on October 25, 2011.