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  • Summary: Get your groove on with the home version of the next generation arcade dance game. In The Groove was designed from the ground up by hardcore dance game fans and represents an incredible leap forward in the genre. While maintaining the same addictive game play of popular dance titles, In The Groove features exclusive, never before seen features like modifiers that make the game arrows spin, change speeds, and boomerang, and move in 3D along with over 60 other amazing effects that create additional challenges and endless customization for dance game fans. Over 70 brand new songs from proven talent and new independent artists, covering a wide variety of genres. Over 550 new step patterns from step artists in the dance community. Unlockable songs and courses. 3 Styles of play: One Player, Two Player, or Double Pad. Up to 5 difficulty levels per song to accommodate all players from beginners to experts. Fast menu navigation and 2 minute songs- spend more time playing. Innovations in step choreography- mines, hands, and quads will have you making new kinds of moves. [RedOctane] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. In the Groove is loaded with original music, modes, and brilliant game design that is targeted toward the more advanced dancer.
  2. They have successfully taken on the giants of the genre, and in all but one area (the lack of licensed music), In The Groove dances circles around the other console dancing games currently on the market.
  3. 85
    The best dance game on the market today, despite its imperfections.
  4. However, if you're already a fan of Dance Dance Revolution and you're looking for some more steps and tracks for your PlayStation 2, In the Groove is a good addition to your hot-stepping library.
  5. Should please dance freaks looking for something a bit more serious than DDR.
  6. The game does have some excellent variety, and it's got a wealthy amount of modes to keep you busy. Still, the product feels like a second-rate DDR wannabe instead of clearly marking out its own territory. At least it's still fun.
  7. Lovingly crafted by aficionados of the genre, but ultimately suffering from feature creeping and a desire to include all things presumably cool. However, in the end In The Groove lacks the professional polish to be anything but mediocre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. SamuelP.
    Apr 2, 2006
    The game is very addictive and it will keep people on the dance floor for a long time. It's music will draw in the dancer into the game, and it will keep them playing until the night is through. The graphics are stunning and the music is so unique. It's four panel style draws in players from different games and it helps them feel just like home. The many different modes also help people feel like they are at the arcade in their home. This game will keep dancers both young and old in the game with many different difficulties, some for the average gamer, and some for the hardcore dancer. The difficulty of some of the songs on this game make it seem impossible to beat, but don't be fooled. I've been able to do them myself, and you'll grow to love them and their mysterious patterns in the game. Expand
  2. SteveS.
    Feb 11, 2006
    I have all of Konami's Dance Dance Revolution games and love them all (well, most of them) ... but In The Groove is the one disc that stays in my PS-2 the longest. The songs are better, IMHO - who cares that they aren't licensed songs from artists you already know. The songs rock! The dance steps are so good, the company even gives credit to the people who do the steps. And this goes way beyond any DDR game in terms of variety. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran of DDR-type games, In The Groove is the one to beat! Expand
  3. NickP.
    Mar 30, 2006
    In The Groove is a step up from Dance Dance Revolution. It has more modifiers including scripted modifiers that in turn create more difficult courses. The "expert" stepcharts are more difficult than DDR's "heavy" or "challenge." The difficulty ranges from 1 (novice only) to 13. The arrows are different than DDR's, though it works best for this game as it is easier to keep on beat with the color-coded arrows (red - 4th, blue - 8th, etc.). I would recommend this game to anyone, especially fans of the DDR series or any music-rhythm series. Expand
  4. Oct 14, 2010
    I love In the Groove. I still play it frequently. It's way better than Dance Dance Revolution. The steps are more interesting and fun. And the music isn't the same recycled songs in another games *cough * DDR always recycles songs. Expand
  5. SuleimanM.
    Jan 4, 2008
    With my bro and my buddie, this game is truly flawless. it's become a tradition at the arcades for us. very challenging, unlike DDR, which is way too easy when you go pro. ITG is the dance game veteran now, and if you want an excellent game, as well as a very, VERY challenging experience, then by all means, pop those tokens in. Expand
  6. EricC.
    Nov 28, 2006
    The songs are great for expert players. However, the interface of the game is crap, and runs slowly. Plus, if you fail, you have to go through all the menus all over again. However, there is a GREAT song selection that will keep expert players challenged for some time. Collapse