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  • Summary: Dance Central uses the Xbox 360's motion-sensing accessory Kinect to guide you through a variety of dance moves and pop songs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
  1. Dec 29, 2010
    92
    Hints at a great future for Kinect. [Jan 2011]
  2. Jan 5, 2011
    90
    In the end, Dance Central is definitely the best dance game on the Kinect and really showcases the Kinect quite well.
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    88
    Investing hours in a game that rewards you for some degree of athleticism and coordination is not only an incredible workout, but ultimately makes you feel like a better dancer in the end. Dance Central shines among Kinect's otherwise bleak launch lineup and is undoubtedly a step in the right direction for the hardware.
  4. Nov 7, 2010
    81
    Much like the original Guitar Hero, Dance Central nails the essence and charm of its ambitious format in its very first act.
  5. Nov 20, 2010
    80
    Dance Central shows what Kinect can do for gaming. The gameplay is forgiving enough t o ensure even players without any sense of rhythm stand a chance, and the Break It Down-mode can teach virtually anyone the dance moves required. The menu controls need some work, but even the sporadic problems with recognizing more subtle moves, the fun isn't spoiled.
  6. Nov 7, 2010
    80
    Dance Central's strength, like many respectable "casual" games, is that it does one thing, and it does it really, really well. It doesn't overextend itself trying to be too videogamey, or trying to be an exercise game, or anything other than purely a dance game.
  7. Nov 8, 2010
    70
    Well polished at every level, whether the playlist or lining, Dance Central boasts an exemplary degree of finish and a great recognition of movements.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Nov 5, 2010
    10
    This game is most definitely the best display of what the Kinect can do. Not only that, but it is the best dancing game ever made. Sure, the options may be light, but it actually works. I'm glad the folks at Harmonix decided to focus on making the core gameplay great. Looking forward to Dance Central 2 and the inevitable Career Mode that will come with it. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    I wish this game was never created, because of how much fun it is for all of my friends and family which then forces me to partake in a dance off with videos and photos. This is the best game out there on Kinect. Expand
  3. Dec 12, 2010
    10
    this game is the only reason why people should buy a Kinect. despite minor glitches with trying to capture motion, the potential of controller-less gaming is on full display with it. Dance Central has a fairly good choice of songs to dance to and the DLC's are worth paying for. it's the perfect party game for spacious living rooms with solid entertainment systems. it won't improve one's dancing skills or work up a sweat (unless you play 2 hrs straight on hard), but i like how it teaches simple dance moves and i bet users of this game will spot gym group class instructors or party-going clubbers who have stolen a few moves by playing Dance Central. Expand
  4. May 1, 2013
    9
    I would give it a 9.5. but 9 is the only way to get 9.5. The multiplayer is not that good. but the normal gameplay is Amazing. different to Just Dance 4. as of if you have trouble with a song you can go to Break It Down mode. and the flashing red limbs when you are off. but in Just Dance you get nothing like that. AND the FreeStyle thing in the middle of each song also helps. Expand
  5. Jan 23, 2011
    9
    Shows how great the kinect gets... Good songs and great calabration and tons of fun with great graphics.. hope to see more like this for the kinect...
  6. Nov 6, 2010
    8
    For sure the best Kinect game so far. From a tech point of view the most simple Kinect game out there (avatars don't follow you, you have to follow avatars), but it is a refreshing experience delivering fun, only fun! Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2010
    0
    So i bought Kinect with Kinect Sports and DAnce Central.
    Firt i played Kinect Sports and it was horrible. It was like 2006 i started playing
    Wii and back than it was something new.
    The firt try was great, amazing and fun. Now with Kinect it was a pain in my ass when i tried boxing, soccer and the other sports.
    Okay i was shocked first but i said to myself:
    Not so bad maybe Dance Central will be better.
    I started Dance Central and i was shocked. Again some very poor rehash from a Wiigame with a few better graphics and awfull control. So i bought Kinect for 150 bucks with a game for 200 to get a god damn copy of a system i allready have.
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