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3.0 out of 5 stars Only DDR & Dancing Stage fans need apply..., 11 Dec 2010
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This review is from: Dance Evolution (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
It's been a while since a game has had me torn so much as Dance Evolution. I have grown up with the DDR / Dancing Stage games from Konami, and this is the latest title in the company's Bemani "rhythm action" franchise. Indeed, this game has been so carefully targeted at the Japanese market that it sadly doesn't quite fit into the Western way of gaming...yet.

The big thing that will put most casual dance game players off is the songlist. While the development team (of which legendary DDR music producer Naoki Maeda was a key member) have tried their best to include a range of styles and flavours in the mix, the big thing that they forgot was to include any songs that a casual player would actually recognise. In fact, every song here is either an original track created by Konami for one of the DDR games, or it is an old Eurobeat song (a hyper dance style which has only ever been commercially successful in Japan). So straight away, people will be left wondering what on Earth they are dancing to. Personally, I adore the songlist as it holds a lot of very fond memories of playing the older DDR arcade machines, but it's important to know that this isn't just another vehicle to promote the Lady Gagas and Black Eyed Peas of this world...

As for the gameplay, I'm sure that most people will compare it to it's biggest rival currently, Dance Central. While that game allows you to employ a gentle learning curve, breaking each routine down bit by bit until you have perfected the moves, Dance Evolution throws you straight in at the deep end with barely even an armband to help you float. The easier difficulties have only a few of the visual queues to follow - arrows to trace along with the on-screen avatar, circles (or ripples) to hit in time to the music and green poses to match - but you will still feel hopelessly lost on the fairly complex routines for quite some time.

It's a shame, as graphically the game is stunning (more so than the comic-style Dance Central) and certain moves are pretty catchy. Sadly, I fear that this game has missed the the fundamental premise that Dance Central displays from the minute you put the disc in the console - a dance game should be fun and easy to pick-up and play. I am a dedicated Konami music game fan and for that reason I will persevere with Dance Evolution, but for those looking for a bit of fun to get the party started, Dance Central is the clear choice.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2010 13:36:29 GMT
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Gary Clark says:
The reason I gave it 3 stars wasn't solely for the nostalgia factor. I do believe that this game would actually give you a greater sense of achievement if you persevere with it as you have to learn the routines off by heart rather than having the cue cards a-la Dance Central to rely on. I don't believe that it's a better game than Dance Central, but the challenge is greater in my opinion.
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