The concept of Just Dance is genuinely good, especially for a platform such as the Wii. On paper, the idea of a more inclusive "dance dance revolution"-esque game sounded like a perfect marriage for a motion-based console like the Wii. However, all was lost in execution. I wasn't able to get the hang of the game at all. Instead of having various difficulties for each song, each song is a set difficulty, which limits what you can play and how much you can enjoy it. Just Dance employs a skewed version of the "DDR" style gameplay, but instead of arrows or symbols identifying what to do on a step-by-step basis, they provide you with a moving timeline at the bottom of the screen. Every four-count, a new still shot of a dancer scrolls along the screen slightly implying what you're supposed to do next. However, all they give you is the very first step in a sometimes complex set of moves for the next four-count. All you have to go by after that is follow-the-leader with an actual dancer in the middle of the screen showing you what to do. This lead to a random, confusing, frustrating, and at the same time monotonous few minutes before I put the controller down in disappointment. I had high hopes for Just Dance, but the execution of the idea was very poor. I really hope a revamped sequel is released, or another company sees the lost potential and creates their own, better version.
I want to start by saying I am an average Mom of 2 and not a hard core gamer. I play games because I think they're fun. I don't look too far into them to try and pick out details to compare with other games.
We've been playing this game for 4 days now and LOVE it. My 8 year old loves trying to beat my scores. On some songs she has. I like the fact that you only need to use the Wii controller and the songs are all there and ready to go. The variety of songs is nice too. Some of the songs my daughter recognizes from TV or her Cd's and others I know from "back in the day". Also, the little images on the bottom that tell you what move is coming up is helpful too. There is a setting that allows you to take that off. We are far from bored with this game and we've danced to every song multiple times.
Please remember the name of the game is JUST DANCE. Which means you, just dance. If you're looking for something more complex then this isn't the game for you. However, if you want a game that is entertaining, easy to get going, and a good cardio workout this is for you. I recommend this game for people of all ages.
This got lots of bad reviews, but it all depends on who you are and who you play with.
I am not a gamer....
I am going to dance with my grandchildren who are teen and pre-teen. I am getting lots of aerobics.
I might buy this one.