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POSTED 1/11/17


JUST DANCE 2018

Ubisoft



What’s that buzzing noise in the sheep shed? Oh, it’s just Ed Sheeran...

BOOM-TISH!

Yes, the blood-nutted troubadour is just one act who features in this year’s JD model. He joins numerous other current charty types – the usual suspects such as Shakira, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea, Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars - along with one or two songs that somebody who’s older than 12 will know. Like what? Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and, well, we guess a cover of Boney M’s ‘Daddy Cool’ counts. Seriously, they could licence real Queen but not Boney M?!

Yep, covers abound here, even that annoying ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee)’ isn’t an original. We’ll forgive ‘Carmen (Overture)’ as Bizet is kind of not alive now, but otherwise it seems lazy.

Still, there’s much salvation at hand with Just Dance Unlimited. Some 300 songs open up, with cool stuff if you hunt about a bit (although Madness’ ‘Night Boat to Cairo’ is still missing – BOO!). A three-month subscription comes with the game, which is decent – and most people will be over the game by the time it expires.

Which isn’t necessarily fair, as it has lots to offer. While the usual dance-dance-dance modes abound, along with workout and ‘World Dance Floor’, there’s a very cool addition – a kids’ mode. While those as musically snobby as us may argue the virtues of introducing kids to some of the purely crap music here, we did delight in watching our 6yo nephew bouncing around to 'Ghostbusters' (and it’s not a cover!)

Your iPhone or Android device once again functions as a controller via an app, or in the case of PS4 as reviewed you can use the camera or the old bubble-on-a-stick Move. An added bonus with the latter is that you can just sit on the couch and waggle if you’re suffering post-PAX back and still score five stars on most songs.

Despite another pretty shitty core song list, Just Dance 2018 is polished to sheer(an) perfection.

BAAAAAAAA!

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