One of the kings of party games in recent years has been Just Dance. This series was introduced in 2009 and was one of the first to take advantage of the Wii Remote, the Kinect and of course, the Move from Playstation. It has come a long way since benefiting from Lady Gaga’s hit of the same name four years ago. This year, we will be getting Just Dance 2014 for the PS4 with brand new features.
The game hasn’t changed its reliance on the best hit songs of the industry. The 2014 trailer went to the sound of Christina Aguilera’s “Feel this Moment”, and Nicki Minaj and One Direction are among the other artists featured in this game.
The first interesting change in Just Dance 2014 is actually its title. The series is breaking out of its 1-2-3 names to a yearly mention. The reason for the change is that newcomers were often confused according to Ubisoft, thinking that they should buy previous versions of the game to enjoy the latest one, which is totally false. With its new 2014 title, Just Dance clearly communicates that it simply provides the most advanced dancing experience in one game, with the very latest artists and songs. After all, we really want to dance to what’s playing on the radio, along with a few classics, which you will see a little below.
Then, just when a yearly title could indicate that the series is settling for a lazy songs update each year, Just Dance 2014 will actually be bringing plenty of new features.
A new mode that will fit especially well with the PS4 is called “World Dance Floor”. It will allow you to compete with players from all over the world. Just like a lot of other games coming to the PS4, this World Dance Floor mode should include an MMO component to it. With leaderboards and people competing on the same tracks, as well as video sharing, this should get pretty interesting. Sharing can be done through the usual Twitter and Facebook, as well as through Just Dance's own network called AutoDance. Online play has never been a part of Just Dance in the past, so this feature alone should justify its purchase.
Another improvement is the possibility of dancing with 6 players at once, which shows how far today's motion detection technology have come. The good functioning of this feature will naturally rely on whether or not you can put together the right room and space required.
An on-stage mode that allows you to set-up a crew of lead and back dancers is also present, as well as another mode that lets your moves shape the song, which is something we will certainly get more information on as the release of the game approaches. The trailer also outlines more freedom when switching between songs and in how you can set up your own Just Dance party. However, be careful with what you expect out of each version of Just Dance 2014 because we don’t know everything about the next-generation consoles just yet. Remember that this is a multi-platform game and that each version could end up with its own particularities.
Just Dance 2014 will include over 40 songs, although more than half of those are still a mystery. Here’s a pretty accurate list of what we know will be in the game so far:
"Candy" – Robbie Williams
"Careless Whisper" – George Michael
"Feel This Moment" – Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
"Gentleman" – PSY
"Ghostbusters" – Ray Parker, Jr.
"I Will Survive" – Gloria Gaynor
"Kiss You" – One Direction
"Pound The Alarm" – Nicki Minaj
"Rich Girl" – Gwen Stefani feat. Eve
"She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)" – David Guetta feat. Sia
"Starships" – Nicki Minaj
"Troublemaker" – Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida
“Turn Up the Love” – Far East Movement feat. Cover Drive
“Where Have You Been” – Rihanna
Y.M.C.A. – Village People
So the leap to the next-generation consoles should be pretty interesting when it comes to party games like Just Dance. The newfound connectivity between players and the ability to share your moves instantly on the web should spice things up (and put these social networks to good use for once). The game will be available on October 8th 2013 in the US and there will certainly more downloadable content that will be released afterwards.
See our review of Just Dance 2014.
Article by - Marc-André Messier
Insert Date: 07/20/2013