Review

Just Dance 2014 Review

  • Game release: October 8, 2013
  • Reviewed:
  • WIIU
  • WII
  • PS3
  • X360

Lose yourself to dance.

With the removal of a version number and the addition of a year, Just Dance has finally resigned itself to its fate: a yearly update that's more song pack than new game. But for a series that hit upon a winning formula so early on in its life--one that remains largely unchallenged to this day--that's not entirely a bad thing. Just Dance 2014 is every bit as enjoyable and ludicrously silly as its predecessors, thanks to some stellar choreography and one of the best song collections the series has had to date.

It's a set of songs that lean more towards modern pop than ever before; the 49-strong collection is dominated by the likes of Kesha, Lady Gaga, and One Direction. That said, Just Dance throws a few wildcards in there too, with George Michael's "Careless Whisper," the Village People's "YMCA," and Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" boasting some of the most impressively crazy dance routines around.

Indeed, it's those very routines that continue to make Just Dance such a joy to play with friends and bust out at parties. You can forget any hint of sensibleness here: these are routines designed to have you laughing out loud and leaping around the room like a lunatic, before inevitably collapsing on the couch in a fit of exhaustion and sore sides. It's the four-player routines in particular that succeed; they have you doing the do-si-do and the cancan, and spinning your friends around the room with abandon. Oh, and don't forget the jazz hands.

A glorified song pack it may be, but this is still as fun a party game as you're going find.

Everything is wrapped in Just Dance's typically exuberant style. The game blasts you with impressive performances from videos of real dancers that are heavily stylised with bright colours and ridiculous costumes. Those include bowler-hat-clad hippos, mechs, glittering gold and silver suits, and giant pieces of fruit. Because, you know, nothing screams "In the Summertime" like a dancing pineapple.

Scoring for your dancing is loose, and you're never quite sure if what you're doing has any bearing on your score. But then, that has never been the point of Just Dance. Its low barrier to entry--simply dancing while holding a Wii Remote, Move controller, or nothing at all in the case of the Kinect--along with its inherent silliness are precisely what make it so successful at getting you grooving. The only time you'll really care about the score is for unlocking bonus content, such as new playlists and mash-ups, but thankfully not the core songs themselves, all of which are unlocked from the off.

Aside from the standard Just Dance mode, Just Sweat mode returns and remains largely unchanged from before, letting you create personalised workout sessions to burn off a few calories. The big addition to Just Dance 2014 is World Dance Floor, a real-time online dance-off where you pit your skills against others in a rolling global playlist. It's a great mode if you're simply too lazy to pick a song, or if you're the competitive type, with online leaderboards giving you bragging rights for your smooth moves.

That feature alone isn't enough to make Just Dance 2014 a worthy upgrade over its predecessor. It all comes down to the routines and the songs, which are some of the best the series has ever had. A glorified song pack it may be, but this is still as fun a party game as you're going find, one that revels in its own brilliant silliness and that's all but guaranteed to get the party started.

The Good
Hilarious routines
Killer selection of songs
Easy to pick up and play at a party
Wonderfully bright and silly visuals
The Bad
Not much in the way of new features
7
Good
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Mark has reviewed nearly every dancing game that has been thrown GameSpot's way. Sadly, despite such experience, he remains absolutely terrible at dancing.

Discussion

21 comments
mr_nee
mr_nee

Let me rephrase the famouse COP phrase "there's nothing to rewview here, move along". 

After the sentence "a yearly update that's more song pack than new game" - reading on is pointless. I'm not saying it's bad, I prefer discs better than downloadable songs, but the game has already been reviewed and we know the songs.

If you have an actual non-gamer friends and they drop by, I can strongly reccomend this game (some of them might even consider buying a console afterwards)

iceman200004
iceman200004

I see the gamespot crew playing this on the live feed for xbox one and it was Fuc**** Funny. It would be good for a laugh.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Batman Origins got a 6 because it was "more of the same." 

studmuffinp
studmuffinp

This is about as worthless as Wii Fit, just TRUST me on this one~ =(

kbaily
kbaily

Time for us to hate on a game that none of us plan to buy just because a company dares to cater to an audience besides 15-34 year old male nerds.  Seriously, this hating on "non gamer games" is really starting to sound tired. Move on with your lives.

MigGui
MigGui

microsoft should market those games better. if there's one genre where kinect absolutelly kills competition, it's this one. you can't compare dancing with your body to dancing with your hands. and although it is a genre of two games that can't really sell as much as call of duties or fifas, it is still a big money maker with all those DLCs.

GreggD
GreggD

Still prefer Dance Central, AKA the game that got it right the first time out.

elbauto
elbauto

NOBODY CARES! Just the same fucking game with more fucking songs, fuck

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I have a friend who has a DDR-esque game for the PC, complete with dance pad USB peripheral.  That game has a community that can make their own dance tracks, and other users can download them and play them.  Some songs are clearly meant for keyboard-only maniacs, but there were a lot of good on-foot ones.

Rock Lee's theme was a very special end-of-PE-session dance session. 

That dance was epic.

adjsaint
adjsaint

"gotta doo doo but just dance"

_Judas_
_Judas_

Mark does all the musical games. Where's the footage of Mark dancing? Please post :D

iceman200004
iceman200004

Mark Walton you should put the video up of the gamespot crew playing it might change peoples minds lol.

swyg
swyg

@RicanV Different people reviewed both games.

joshu
joshu

@RicanV you're really going to compare a dance game to a Batman game? I can't even comprehend how to compare those two.


WildZerstoren
WildZerstoren

@RicanV you got my comment my friend, I can't believe batman got 6 and this horrible game 7,, shame on you gamespot

angelofbeast198
angelofbeast198

@joshu what he meant how a game the got a score of 10 and the sequel of that game got a 6 when is the same game and i mean like the gameplay is the same is just more story to it not saying the 1st game got a 10 but just setting a explanation to how come the sequel got 6 when is just a 10 like the 1st one like assasin greed let say the 1st one got 10 and the second one got 6 when it was the same games they just add a few more cool game play to it

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@joshu I was comparing two games that exhibited "repetition." 

Just Dance 2014 More Info

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  • First Released
    • PlayStation 3
    • PlayStation 4
    • + 4 more
    • Wii
    • Wii U
    • Xbox 360
    • Xbox One
    Just Dance 2014, the sequel to Just Dance 4, is bringing all new moves with features for every motion control platform and over 40 of the hottest tracks and dances.
    6.7
    Average User RatingOut of 15 User Ratings
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    Developed by:
    Ubisoft
    Published by:
    Ubisoft
    Genres:
    Music/Rhythm
    Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
    Everyone 10+
    All Platforms
    Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes