|System: Xbox 360|
|Pub: MTV Games|
|Release: October 25, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
The game also has a great soundtrack. Though the back of the box boasts that you can play 100 songs right now, only 44 are on the disc (the others need to be imported from the original Dance Central or purchased separately). However, these 44 songs feature a great mix of old and new hits. Popular songs like Lady Gaga's "Born this Way" and Rihanna's "Rude Boy" are instantly recognizable, but the game also features some hits from decades past, including Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" and Mary J. Blige's "Real Love." Oh, and just for fun the game also includes "What is Love" (from A Night at the Roxbury), but don't worry, you'll have to do more than just bob your head.
Visually, Dance Central 2 is on par with its predecessor. The game's has its own exaggerated visual style and sports an almost cel-shaded look. The game's real strength, however, is in its animation, which is incredibly detailed. Because you rely so heavily on watching the characters move to the music, the animation has to be spot-on, and this game has an impeccable sense of rhythm. The visuals are also bolstered by the game's minimalistic hub, which doesn't overcomplicate the interface.
If you've played the original Dance Central, you know pretty much what to expect from the sequel. However, Dance Central 2 is far from a carbon copy of its predecessor, introducing tons of new moves and modes to help players get into the groove. The dance itself hasn't changed, but the steps have been updated, and at the end of the day, that's all this franchise really needed. If you want to dance like a crazy person in the middle of your living room, you can do no better than Dance Central 2. So go ahead. Dance like no one's watching!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer