DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION NEW MOVES
understood the point of dancing. You flail and stomp, aiming to
maintain synch with whatever beat happens to be pulsating, and
generally look pillock-like. Well, we do.
This is why we’ve never made DanceDanceRevolution’s
acquaintance, especially arcade flavour. We feel dorky enough being
Tina Turnertastic dancing privately; the concept of embarrassing
ourselves publicly in such a way’s just non-contemplatable.
A glance through our previous reviews will indicate we’ve tackled
several dance games though, so it’s refreshing to encounter
something different, even if we did it arse-about – as DDR’s
the originator. It amused us greatly despite our coordinational
deficiencies – because of the controller.
Like a steamrolled DualShock that’s shagged a Twister mat,
you plop it floorwards and jump on directional arrows when told to.
It could be better – it’s alarmingly sticky underfoot (we assume to
simulate the arcade experience – eww!) so tends to wander about,
leading to potential missteps for the non-vigilant. But, unlike
waggle-based or even Kinect dance games, it provides something
definite to aim at.
As DDR unfamiliar as we were? Edits of several well-known
ditties plus J-pop choons are selectable to groove to. You can stick
(literally) to the footsy thang, use a controller whilst lolling
sur votre graisse derrière, or take part in a new mode whereby
you wave a Move at circles in any of the screen’s four corners
whilst also matting it. There’re four difficulties; two sane, plus
two for those to which coordination comes naturally.
Arcade roots shine through, with Ridge Racer-ish guy barking
constant encouragement. We were informed “nobody dances like you” –
we scanned for sarcasm, but it was clean!
If you reckon DDR’s too old school then you're the class
clown, as for us it’s the funnerest console dance experience. Hmm...
fun, maybe THAT’s the point?