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POSTED 20/10/11


DANCESTAR PARTY

Sony
PS3/Move

Yeah, rub it in. Go on, have a laugh. Mummy, why is that whale hurting?! Sob. Meanies!

Like we need reminding of our unco-ness, it’s another dancing game. Still, this has pedigree, at least musically, as it’s from the same peeps as SingStar, and that did alright. If, at this juncture, you’re thinking, “Hmm, didn’t they release a dance SingStar, called SingStar Dance?” then have an elephant stamp, ’cos you’re more correct than a curtseying Julia Gillard... but fuckloads less fun for toadying to anachronism.

Sigh, we’re digressing again.

So, how does DanceStar differ from SingStar Dance? Umm... it has different menus. It does put more screenspace emphasis on the moving in synch with a professional dancer silhouette and whatnot too, but you can still sing and watch the vid – just in a jauntily skewed window. So, whilst the core game experience isn’t a million miles away (good song that, gag me with a spoon), DSP amps ancillaries; particularly group party-icipation and the burn kilojoules thing.

As with any active PS3 Move game there’s a trust pact – you could couch-beach scarfing lard, vaguely waggling your glowy orby stick and still score. But then you’d suck and stuff. Play it properly and it works well.

40 songs are supplied, although it’s disappointingly DOOF-bunny biased. Indie kids will find about two songs to wiggle to, unless feeling ironic (cue ‘Macarena’). DLC packs offer more interesting choons, although just four for A$11.45 is WAY exxy - but it’s (Tinie) Tempahed somewhat by the game’s lowball A$49.95 RRP.

The most jawdroppingly daft thing is that you can’t access these songs from SingStar. WTFFF?! Video, lyrics – there! Somewhere a marketing droid’s blubbering upon realising potential sales have been reduced by several million.

With serious competition, SingStar’s rep just isn’t enough to make DanceStar fly...

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