We reviewed Just Dance last year, and thought that it was a tremendous title that really went forth and expanded upon the dance-genre game that had previously seen a little stagnation. Rather than merely slap another paint on this original framework, Just Dance 2 has added a number of different songs, modes, and overall directions for the game to take. Key of these different modes would have to be the duets, which requires a little more interaction between players (this mode allows up to 8) than would a typical versus mode. The “Just Sweat Mode” gives players a number of different ways to properly exercise without removing all of the fun of the original mode, while “Dance Battle Mode” keeps the aforementioned versus mode interesting by allowing different dance teams to pit themselves against one another.
Aside from these different modes, the song list for Just Dance 2 has to be the most wide-ranging in terms of genres covered, eras present, and overall tempo and speed. This means that new songs like Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” and The Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up” will appeal to the younger set, while the Marine Band’s “Sway” (1953), Elvis’s “Viva Las Vegas” (1963) and Madonna’s “Holiday” (1983) will perk up the slightly-older set. The downloadable content present for Just Dance 2 also provides players with a number of new songs to master, as well. Keeping the same variety present as was in the on-disc bundle, players will be challenged by Rihanna’s “Pon De Replay”, Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild”, and a number of others.
With the only thing truly needed to keep this franchise fresh is a new set of songs, Just Dance 2 seems to be a title that will stay in Wii consoles long after the Christmas season is over. Where sequels of other similar titles have problems differentiating themselves from the original, I feel that Just Dance 2 has a number of stronger sides to it than does the original effort. Pick it up.
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