Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 Review
Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Bemani 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Konami 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 16, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Aside from the missing functionality, the thing that disappointed me most about DDR Hottest Party 2 had to be its soundtrack. First up, the game has a hodge-podge of about twenty techno and dance songs that you've probably never heard of. However, this is par for the course as far as the DDR franchise is concerned. The problem I have is with the covers of "pop hits" that they have included. These "hits" include "Black or White" by Michael Jackson and "Bust a Move" by Young MC. To be fair, there is a cover of Rihanna's mega-hit "Umbrella" but the cover is so bad, it is hardly a good thing. If Hottest Party would have stuck to the DDR standard fare, it would have been okay, but the inclusion of outdated or poorly covered pop music feels weird and can be a real drag to listen to, let alone dance to.

Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 screenshot

Graphics in this game are also quite underwhelming, although I have never been one to knock a rhythm game for background graphics, but these are so bad. The characters barely ever move, and the stages look bland. The only thing about the visuals that wasn't completely disappointing was the Mii support. However, even that is a bit tainted because the Mii head is placed onto a DDR character's body, resulting in some weird proportions.

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Overall, Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 was definitely a disappointment. The original Hottest Party did a lot for the franchise by adding the hand movements, and it would have been nice to see some more innovation implemented in the sequel. As it stands, however, Hottest Party 2 is almost exactly the same as its predecessor, just with different songs. Since the majority of those aren't even that good, it's better to just pass on this party.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.5
Graphics
The graphics aren't great, and the background animations are cheap-looking and repetitive
4.0
Control
The dancing mechanics work fine, and I never had a problem with the system recognizing my steps.
2.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music in this title is poor, even by normal DDR standards. The "hot new tracks" are really not, and the cover songs just sound uninspired and boring.
3.0

Play Value
It's DDR, so you can play it as much as you want with your friends and never get bored. However, an online mode or two would have really helped this title out.

2.9
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Your Mii can now be incorporated onto the Dance Dance Revolution dance floor.
  • Brand-New Gimmicks, such as the Triple Stomp, add to the next evolution in Dance Dance Revolution gameplay.
  • More Wii-mote interaction in the Dance n' Defend Battle Mode where players use Wii-mote movements to beat their opponents.
  • Non-stop dance action with the new Course Mode, various set themed song lists that players dance along to.
  • Unlock hidden features in the Groove Arena Mode as you battle your way to the top of this new venue.
  • Players can learn real dance moves and practice the same routines as the characters with the brand new Hottest Training Mode.
  • All new Dance Dance Revolution characters exclusive to Hottest Party 2.
  • Enhanced motion capture will be applied to all characters for increased realism and customization.
  • New stages with enhanced effects, with more than 50 unique dance environments.


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