Sass to the beat.Dance Central
is a launch title developed by Harmonix
for the Xbox 360
's new motion controller, Kinect. This dancing game involves moving your body according to the indicators, but thanks to the sensors on the camera, it can read your whole body. This both adds more movement required for the player, but also means the moves had to be simplified compared to other dancing games to avoid physical strain.
The soundtrack is a bit narrower than other dance games, where most of the songs have a variety with the 2000s, but the songs from The Eighties
and The Nineties
are almost all hip hop, likely to fit with the urban dancing mood of the game.
The game also lacks local multiplayer, although it doesn't prevent friends from dancing along with you.
A sequel, Dance Central 2,
was released on October 21, 2011 in Europe and October 25 in North America. It improves upon the original by adding true two-player gameplay in both competitive and cooperative modes, as well as a more in-depth practice mode, allowing players to select specific moves in a routine. Additionally, users can import songs from the original game, both on-disc and downloadable.Dance Central 3
was released on October 16, 2012.
Compare Just Dance
, Dance Masters
, Dance Paradise
, We Cheer
This game provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual: Each crew member has a Twitter account.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: After Flash4wrd's era in DC3's story mode, DCI HQ was hacked by Dr. Tan.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes - Alt. Costumes
- April Fools' Day: In 2013, Dance Central Blackout, where the player has to rely on audio cues from a headset instead of visual cues.
- Book Ends: The song list of the first game starts with "Poker Face" and ends with "Just Dance", both Lady GaGa songs, and both of which are from her debut album "The Fame".
- Boss Rush: The showdown with Dr. Tan and his minion in the second game onwards, where you have to dance the rep songs/era songs of all the dance crews in a row. Lampshaded by Dr. Tan himself in DC2 who calls the showdown "another boss to battle".
- Cover Version: There's one in DC2.
- Downloadable Content
- Dueling Games: With both Dance Masters and Dance Paradise.
- Follow the Leader: Made after the runaway success of Just Dance.
- Friendly Rival: Played straight with every dance crew in Dance Central 2, except for the Glitterati, who are openly Jerkasses.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: DC3's story mode, where it's said that creativity (swag) is more important than methodical dancing. In a rhythm game where dancing not according to prompt costs you points.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: There are two places in said story mode where you need to dance freely to progress. These sections have no flash card prompts.
- Harder Than Hard: A majority of the higher tiered songs in Dance Central 2, 3, and it's DLC. It takes a lot more than just practicing the routines through Rehearse. Some moves are just way too fast, such as the Toe Tapper move in OMG. which also is labeled as the hardest song not just in Dance Central 3, but the entire series. You're even awarded an achievement for 5 starring the song.
- Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: In DC3, the seven levels of song difficulties are thus named: Warm-Up, Simple, Moderate, Tough, Legit, Hardcore, Off The Hook.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Ttiw Tolrep, aka "The Pink Ninja" this was changed to Shinju and added Kichi aka "The Blue Ninja" in the second game onwards.
- Mad Libs Dialogue: The announcer in practice ("Rehearse") mode.
- Usher Voices the practice mode in DC3, in addition to having several songs in each game.
- Old Save Bonus: If you own older Dance Central games, you can import their songs into newer games (for a fee).
- Painting the Fourth Wall: At the start of DC3's story mode, a laser beam scans the player at DCI HQ. At the same time, the Kinect sensor also moves up and down.
- Sequel Difficulty Spike: Dance Central's difficulty spike became more obvious during Dance Central 2, and even more so in 3. Harmonix was well aware that the fans wanted complex routines and boy oh boy, it shows.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Trying to get 5 stars in a song with the flashcards off.
- Or gold stars, for that matter.
- Stock Poses: Some of the dancing moves are well known poses, likely Just for Fun.
- Time Travel: The storyline of the third game involves this.
- Unlockable Content
- Virtual Paper Doll