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  • Summary: Get ready to groove it to any tune you want because the global dance video game phenomena is about to undergo a revolution. Any music CD, any track – the ultimate dance game that generates dance movies from your own music CDs. Dance Factory's unique feature: the game can take any track fromGet ready to groove it to any tune you want because the global dance video game phenomena is about to undergo a revolution. Any music CD, any track – the ultimate dance game that generates dance movies from your own music CDs. Dance Factory's unique feature: the game can take any track from any music CD in your entire collection, play it and automatically generate incredible dance routines, played out on-screen for you to groove to on the mat. Superseding previous dance mat games that have had pre-set play lists limited to the licensed tracks on the game disc, Dance Factory offers infinite variety. With Dance Factory, there is no limit to the tunes you can dance to, since any and every CD in your personal collection can be used with the game to create a series of dance steps. You choose the tunes, Dance Factory creates the moves and the party is what you make it – be it Hip Hop, Rock, Disco, whatever. [Codemasters] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. Game Informer
    80
    The game's not perfect by any means, but this is an idea that is long overdue, and I, for one, think it deserves some props. [Jun 2006, p.113]
  2. Games Master UK
    79
    The visuals are a bit spartan. [Oct 2006, p.79]
  3. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    A clever idea that's a laugh with the right kind of music, but is too random to be anything other than an occasional curiosity. [Oct 2006, p.95]
  4. AceGamez
    50
    Despite Dance Factory's innovative concept, Codies' flawed execution and iffy beat recognition make this somewhat of a missed opportunity to knock Konami's "Dancing Stage" from the top spot.
  5. Dance Factory's main feature is the ability to generate dance steps to your own music CDs. There's just one problem: It doesn't really work.
  6. 20
    There is no joy to be found within the data contained on this disc. Only crushing disappointment, suffering, and weak shin muscles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 8, 2014
    9
    If you like rhythm action games but get bored of their limited and cliched choice of.licensed music, this game is made for you. It works wellIf you like rhythm action games but get bored of their limited and cliched choice of.licensed music, this game is made for you. It works well with most CDs but stumbles on a few, and its a shame there's no online aspect, but you can put in your own dances and swap them with friends who own the same disc, or CDR, so it has great replayability. Every CD you own or get later is effectively an expansion pack for Dance Factory. Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2017
    8
    Still one of the best Dance Dance like games in existence. Great fun with a stack of CDs and a metal dance pad. Really deserving of aStill one of the best Dance Dance like games in existence. Great fun with a stack of CDs and a metal dance pad. Really deserving of a sequel. Few seemed to appreciate the fact that you can create your own step patterns to your favorite songs with minimal hassle. Sure it isnt a glamorous game and it doesn't have a strong license behind it like DDR but it does something that, while simple, is still rare if not entirely lacking in the Dance mat genre.

    None of the reviews highlight the power of free. Had it come out a few years ago every song would be a 99 cent purchase and you wouldn't get the opportunity to dance to eclectic genres like Industrial or black metal, rhythmic noise or Electronic Body Music. It might not be great on its own and it seems like a budget title, the experiences I have had dancing to some of my favorite tracks is simply impossible to replicate with any other software, at least with the level of ease that this presents.

    Do I wish it had more features? Yes. Are the controls wonky with dance pads because you only have two controller ports and several buttons to work with? Yes. Is the presentation plain and somewhat ugly? Yes. Does it feature the ability to do things that haven't been replicated by any other piece of software in over 10 years? Yes.

    It simply is a godsend for the dead genre of Dance Dance Revolution-inspired games. Few seem to see it that way, especially in older reviews. But whenever a newer game comes out toting dance pad gameplay, people are quick to ask, does it let you use your own music and does it let you make your own step patterns automatically? This does and its ancient and forgotten.

    The game is old and you can get it for a few bucks. Buy it if you have a PS2 metal dance pad lying around and good taste in music. You can always have a nice stack of real DDR games to play, but this game fulfills the dream of a customized DDR experience that many longed for and didn't even know.
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  3. JenniferP.
    Jan 2, 2007
    6
    Good idea..but it doesn't work. Maybe the makers or DDR will come up with a good version.
  4. Aug 22, 2012
    6
    Have you played Audiosurf? This game was the Audiosurf of dancing games, years before Audiosurf. Same strength -- you could dance to any songHave you played Audiosurf? This game was the Audiosurf of dancing games, years before Audiosurf. Same strength -- you could dance to any song you had! But I remember it having the same weaknesses too -- the step sequences felt generic and often didn't sync up viscerally with the music. Plus, in the PS2 days, uploading your music and waiting for the game to generate levels was a slow and clunky process. Seems like a good example of a game that was a bit ahead of its technological time -- it'd be great to see someone have another go at the concept. But, in the age of DLC, it's probably too much to hope for, right?

    3 points for the gameplay experience and 3 for the ambitious and - at the time - new concept.
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