|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ubisoft Paris||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ubisoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 12, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Just Dance 2s final component is Just Sweat. Though its no WiiFit, Just Sweat is a meaningful extra that adds lasting value to the package. You can choose between three workout programs (Mild, Tough, or Intense), setting a Sweat Points goal for yourself each day. Some basic stat tracking is included as well.
Unfortunately, none of the gameplay modes can be played online, though there is an in-game store where you can purchase additional songs. Most tunes are priced at 300 Wii Points ($3), which I found to be a bit pricey, but there is the occasional freebie. Theres also a Warm-up mode, which includes simple stretching and yoga-style movements to get you loosened up and ready for the more demanding activities that make up Just Dance 2.
The stock selection of songs for Just Dance 2 is fairly robust, and surely there will be something here for everyone to enjoy. Certain selections, however, I could definitely live without. I Want You Back (The Jackson 5) and Sympathy For The Devil (Rolling Stones) are weather-worn tracks difficult to slog through, though tunes such as Girlfriend, Rasputin, and Toxic are all great fun to dance to. I counted over forty songs in total, not including those you can acquire from the games online store, and in spite of my personal taste, all of the selections seem like good choices to accompany dance.
The look of the game is also enjoyable. Just Dance 2 has a very specific style, one that features a colorful silhouette of each dancer, along with wonderfully active backgrounds reminiscent of Planet Puzzle League (DS). The dancers move with fluid, video motion, sidestepping many of the awkward movements that often accompany fully polygonal character models. Theres not a ton here to see, but in context, the game looks great.
Having not had an opportunity to play through the first game, I didnt know what to expect from Just Dance 2. Im not a dancer, and I generally dont enjoy games that require me to flail wildly with the Wii Remote. Just Dance 2, however, is just plain fun. The controls arent exacting enough to elevate the experience to Elite Beat Agents status, but in a group setting, Just Dance 2 has a good vibe thats contagious. Break this package out at your next party or family get-together, and youre guaranteed to have a good time.
CCC Freelance Writer