The birth of motion accessories has given consumers the chance to fight, swim, shoot and interact with tigers without the need for a controller, but nothing has caught the imagination of players more than the wave of dance titles.
Whether earning points using actual dancing talent or humiliating themselves via brave attempts at moonwalking, consumers flocked to Dance Central when it hit shelves last year. The title is the best-selling Kinect-only dance game to date with 2.5m copies sold worldwide.
In Dance Central 2, consumers can look forward to strutting their moves to a whole host of new tracks. For those new to the series or with two left feet, there is an enhanced Break It Down tutorial.
Users can now play the game together instantly thanks to the new Drop In/Drop Out feature. They can even access new venues and characters, with players able to join ‘dance crews’.
Consumers can look forward to hitting the floor to hits including ‘Rude Boy’ by Rihanna, ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga and Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It’, as well as recreating the famous scene from The Full Monty with Donna Summer’s ‘Hot Stuff’.
Dance Central 2 allows users to bust a move together or initiate a dance-off thanks to new multiplayer battles. Players can step into the dancing shoes of a range of characters and crews including Mo, Glitch and the Lu$h Crew.
Fans of the original title will not have to mourn the loss of its tracks, as the sequel allows consumers to import songs from the first game as well as download additional content and songs. All of this helps Dance Central 2 become one of the most complete dancing games around.
The first Dance Central hit shelves in November last year as a launch title for Microsoft’s hands-free Kinect accessory. The Xbox 360 exclusive has a Metacritic score of 82.
Dance Central 2 has been developed by Harmonix – the studio responsible for the original Guitar Hero and the Rock Band series. The Guitar Hero franchise went on to generate over £1bn in sales.
Harmonix says Dance Central 2 doubles up as a cardio workout package as well as a dancing game. The title includes a built-in calorie counter for users to track their progress.
Dance games have proved to be a lucrative avenue for publishers in recent years, following the release of Just Dance in 2009. Over 1m dance games are sold on average each month.