Just Dance 4 Review

There's not much new to Just Dance 4, but it's still one heck of a party game.

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If Dance Central is the slick, trendy, and expertly choreographed hipster of the dance game world, then Just Dance is its annoying, Glee-watching sibling. It embraces cheery bubblegum pop and coats it in a thick layer of bright lights, neon colors, and a whole host of insane dance routines. Subtle it is not, but that's all part of Just Dance 4's charm. This is a game that begs to be played with others, its eclectic pop soundtrack blasted out at the highest volumes and its hilarious, thoroughly enjoyable routines performed without a modicum of self-consciousness--and if you can sneak in a cheeky beverage or two along the way, all the better.

Getting the party started is easy. There are just two modes to choose from: Just Dance and Sweat. The former is where the bulk of the action is, letting you and up to three other friends get together for a dance-off. Simply stand in front of the Kinect, choose a song, and mimic the actions of a virtual dancer onscreen. Like in previous games in the series, the scoring system is very forgiving (there's no way to fail out of a song), and before long you find yourself racking up points for your moves like a pro--you certainly don't have to perform each song perfectly. Just Dance 4 rewards enthusiasm more than it does accuracy, and while that might seemingly lack challenge, it fits within the context of the game's party-hearty vibe.

Concessions have been made for the score junkies out there, though. You're awarded stars during each routine, which are totaled up and added to your mojo, which is Just Dance 4's form of experience. That goes towards unlocking new playlists, electro mash-ups, and alternate dances, but thankfully not the core songs themselves, all of which are unlocked from the get-go. There are also dance quests to complete for each song that unlock bonus content, such as earning five stars, getting all "good" moves, or landing the perfect pose when the chorus section of a song is sung.

That might not be an epic, progression-led career mode, but let's face it: if you're playing Just Dance, you're not in it for the challenge. Where the game excels, and where most of its talents lie, is in its absurd routines. And in Just Dance 4, the routines are more absurd than ever. Fancy trying to replicate the moves of a dancing crustacean to the wacked-out grooves of The B-52s' "Rock Lobster"? Or pretending to be a superhero to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" while a toy Godzilla wanders past? Or even dropping wrestling moves as a luchador to Europe's "The Final Countdown"? Nothing's too crazy for Just Dance 4.

Even better are the four-player routines, which have you linking arms, leaping through the air, and spanking each other on the butt to tunes like Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" or One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful." Even if you don't feel like participating, it's hilarious to watch your friends perform, while onscreen lyrics let you sing along too. The excellent 44-song tracklist caters to most tastes from pop, to rock, to funk, and an online store lets you download more. And with Psy's "Gangnam Style" being one of the first to hit the store, you'll no doubt be hitting that buy button sooner rather than later.

Complementing the routines are some great visuals that often follow the theme of a song, such as the app icons and ringing phones of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and the robotic characters of Skrillex's wub-laden "Rock n' Roll." Other times they're completely and wonderfully random, throwing all kinds of eye-blinding neon colors and flashing lights onto the screen to back up your dancing. If you want to do more than dance, then Sweat mode takes you through different playlists that mash up your favorite tracks. There's also a seven-day challenge, which does a great job of keeping track of your performances and how many calories you're burning over the course of the week.

In an added and hilarious bonus for Kinect users, there's the option of sharing your performances over Facebook, Twitter, and Ubisoft's Uplay service. Rather than simply post a full performance, the game loops certain sections, resulting in animated-GIF-like videos that are totally ludicrous but oh so fun to watch. A central hub lets you view the current top-ranked videos and the newest ones, and you can view your own performances too.

If there's anything bad to be said about Just Dance 4, it's that there's not much new here. It's largely a song pack, albeit a very entertaining one. This is as fun a game as any in the series, with routines that are even wilder than before, and a keen self-awareness that eagerly embraces its over-the-top kitsch qualities. Sure, Just Dance 4 doesn't bring much in the way of new features to the party, but if all you want is to have one hell of a fun, energetic, and hilarious time, there really is no party quite like a Just Dance 4 party.

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The Good
Even crazier and more hilarious dance routines
Funky neon visuals
Eclectic tracklist
Performance sharing with Kinect is embarrassing, but oh so funny
The Bad
More of a song pack than a whole new game
7.5
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jark888
jark888

Just Dance series are cheap production comparing to Dance Central's. Many songs are old except DLC$.

herminio360
herminio360

the video put me to tkink about that same sound, but singed by turrets. (portal ones)

wheezin_eddy
wheezin_eddy

Where is the video review? missed comedy opportunity!

megakick
megakick

Nothing new then why make a sequel? DLC? Do sequels sell better then DLC? Look at all the COD sequels...

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

No just create mode? That's kinda disappointing, even though i have not used the feature yet, that's partly why i bought the game for the 360, and the controllerless game play too, for that matter made it feel more like dancing, and less like swinging a remote like device...

marlobc
marlobc

Ok now review MOH warfighter and NFS MW :)

javalino
javalino

Somebody actually dance this way ??

SolidTy
SolidTy

I see that the GS reviewer Mark Walton gave the Wii version a 7.0 and the 360 version a 7.5. Does he specify why? I can guess Kinect, but I can't find a real indicator that the author points to as to why there is a discrepancy.

 

I just checked, the PS3 version is the same score as the Wii version.

 

The entire series is on Wii, so my Sister and her friends are going to be very excited to pick up this entry that they've been playing for years on Wii.

Kaz32
Kaz32

You know, there is an efficient and completely free way of enjoying this game without having to buy or test in a mall: find a video on youtube of people playing this song, and dance with them. I sweat a lot.

DrBallto
DrBallto

You know what really Erks me about this review.  The Reviewer clearly says that the game is "Nothing new but still one heck of a party game", and despite there being "nothing new" into the 4th entry of the game, still gives it a 7.5.  Now on it's own this would be fine, but then you look at any Dynasty Warriors game (or Sengoku Basara 4 for the matter) and it's labeled as "Just more of the same hack and slash" and they toss a 3-5 review on it solely because of that.  There's some backwards reviewing going on...

GymFox
GymFox

Apparently Tom Wolfe had a hand in this game. Anyone up for a bus ride?? lol

tgwolf
tgwolf

Hmph, well if it's 'just dance' in this game, I have just no interest in it and increasing disdain for the genre.

DarthLod
DarthLod

How can you even review this garbage? It's not even a game.

Okamiiiii
Okamiiiii

So it's pretty much "Just Recycled 4."  Meh.

Kaz32
Kaz32

 @marlobc MOH warfighter will be 5 or bellow. Just look at metacritic, it's 44/100. Pathetic. NFS MW, probably between 8-9. If I was you, I'll buy a 3DS or PSVITA to buy Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward.

DarthLod
DarthLod

 @DrBallto Don't worry. Gelugon_baat is always right and everyone else is always wrong. Iv'e seen it for ages on here. Just ignore her...or whatever "she" is.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @DrBallto 

The difference is that this game is still fun for many people, while games like Dynasty Warriors have grown tired and old because they haven't changed things up. For me, I enjoy both so review scores don't bother me because I already know what I'm getting, you shouldn't let scores bother you so much.

Kaz32
Kaz32

As long as you sweat and have fun, who cares about rhythm and points? Just follow the guy/girl playing. This strategy also work with dance central and Star Wars kinect, it will make a good workout regime. :D

Hi Raika san.

arrolllal
arrolllal

 @Kaz32 I play visual novels XD 

 

I like ace attorney, 999 and hotel dusk :P I'm looking for more

Kaz32
Kaz32

 @Gelugon_baat Remember the part about the visual novel? There's a 3DS game called Zero Escape: Virtue's last Reward. It's mind blowing and intelligent visual novel. Perfect for ones such as yourself.

ALPRAS91
ALPRAS91

Lol, I love this Kinect haters. Just because you dont shoot  or kill anyone, it doesnt make it less of a game. its just a party game genre.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @DarthLod 

I'm a dancer so this is very much a game to me, again, just because you don't like something doesn't mean your opinion is not fact. 

 

Okay, this is a game you would never play, why not just stick with that statement since that's perfectly valid? 

DarthLod
DarthLod

 @abHS4L88  Dancing and acting like a fool flailing around a room is not a game. And not something I would EVER do. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @DarthLod  @Gelugon_baat 

There's a goal you must achieve, you can go against other people, there's a scoring system, and unlockables, hate it all you want, it's still a game so you can stop trying to press your opinion as if it's fact, why don't you try it for once? 

Just Dance 4 More Info

First Release on Oct 09, 2012
  • PlayStation 3
  • Wii
  • + 2 more
  • Wii U
  • Xbox 360
Just Dance 4 features more than 40 new tracks, ranging from chart-topping Billboard hits to classic dance party tracks.
6.2
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Developed by:
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Genres:
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Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
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Comic Mischief, Lyrics