So you think you can dance? Or that’s what my PlayStation tells me at least. Through the history of PlayStation we have been playing plastic guitar and singing badly and now with Playstation®Move you can dance looking like a dancestar! (Or at least something like that)
How do I start?
Well first of all: turn on your Move controller – when that’s done, you’re set to go. Apparently the game doesn’t need much introduction so no quick tutorial mode has been implemented and this is somehow endlessly annoying for me when I have this obsession of having at least some kind of skills before starting a game. But okay then, selecting “Dance Now” and single mode (of course) because you don’t want to look like an idiot in front of any friends and browsing through the 40 songs you get a fast idea of which songs you can handle and which you can’t. So of course I picked Kung Fu Fighting, being Asian and the game telling me it was an easy song and choosing the easiest level. What meets you next are a man dressed in a karate suit bowing and for some reason you feel like doing the same thing as he does and then the song begins.
And now you just do the same thing as he does on the screen, sounds easy? not really.
Sweaty and confused
Well first of all: I am a nerdy, non-sporty and clumsy Asian with no self-control of my limbs. Instead of copying the man on the screen I start analyzing whether I should move in reverse of the man or the same way. When getting to the conclusion that it apparently doesn’t matter (I think) I start thinking how stupid I look, making half moves instead of just stretching my arm like the kung fu dude on the screen and just moving my arms around like a chicken with no head. The game show you the moves on the screen before they’re going to happen, but it’s not really easy illustrating a move with a picture and because I just look at the kung fu man I’m like 2 seconds behind him and failing every bit of the song. Even a part where I just had to stand still, I for some reason, failed. When the song is over you sweat and you feel confused and you failed miserably and if you didn’t feel foolish enough the PlayStation is so kind to show you “highlights” from the song = a video of you dancing/moving weirdly.
Now that made my self-esteem suffer a lot so why not pick the same song on the hardest level? I mean how hard can it be? And if you really want to know how hard it is you will have to try that out yourself, but let me just say that moving your only arm with the Move Controller gives you points too.
The game doesn’t really have many variations. Like singing games only crave a microphone and a singing voice this game only needs you willingly to dance in front of a camera. But the Dance Studio have an interesting alternative, even though it’s still dancing it’s possible to have a workout, even though it’s quite obvious to make this I still think it has more purpose than most games. This also shows you a kcal burn so you actually want to make a little more effort into the songs to see your waist getting smaller by the minute.
The Sum up
Even though I have no idea how to dance and no idea how I could ever get better at the game it wasn’t really bad. This is exactly what I would have expected from the title and it didn’t disappoint at all. The fact that I can’t dance is my problem and not the manufactures of this game. And I am quite sure if someone had a look on those videos of me dancing (which are deleted now) some people would get a good laugh on YouTube.
Miss; More “dance” in the music video so you actually feel like a part of the original dancing.
Need; A funky background on your dance video instead of the lame sofa and white wall.
This article is written by Woon.