2/22/2013

Dance Central: Dance Your Butt Off!

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

Dance Central at Amazon.comWe bought a Kinect for our Xbox over a year ago, but I just wasn’t in the mood for exergaming. I had played with Wii Sports and DDR for a long time and the Kinect had such an awkward user interface that I just threw those games into the game drawer and forgot about them.

Until last week…

I reconnected the Kinect to the Xbox and dropped in Dance Central 2. It had the same awkward interface, but Sean noticed something that I had never realized before. You can control the menus with a game controller! Suddenly, that frustrating and stupid game turned out to be lots of fun!

Don’t get me wrong. Out of the box, this game is irritating. There is a horrible “Freestyle” mode that just takes pictures of you while you are supposed to dance unimpeded. I HATE it and once I found in the Options menu that I could turn off Freestyle AND Photos, I immediately disabled them.

Turn off Freestyle and Photos on Dance Central from Starling Fitness

I’m excited about Fitness Mode. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like it might make exercising easier because you won’t have to stop dancing to pick a song every couple of minutes.

Fitness Mode on Dance Central from Starling Fitness

Now that I know that I can pick songs with the game controller instead of trying to make it work by waggling my hands in the air, the song selection process takes a lot less time.

Dance Central 3 at Amazon.comI really loved to play DDR and really worked my butt off playing it years ago. Dealing with dance pads that kept breaking after only a month or so of play, however, just killed my love for that game. With Kinect, however, there is no dance pad taking a pounding. The camera just watches me dance and gives me a score based on how well I did. For the first time in years, I’m exergaming again and I LOVE IT!

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