Dance Central 3 is the third title in the smash-hit Dance Central franchise for the Kinect. This title is the first in the series to include a Story mode (penned by friend-of-the-site Eric Pope) complete with an original narrative, cutscenes featuring the Dance Central cast, and time travel. Using the time travel gimmick, this is also the first title to include songs and dance moves of numerous genres spanning from the '70s to today. The game was released on October 16th, 2012.
- Story mode with a completely original narrative that guides the player through the decades of music and dance.
- Crew Throwdown mode that has two teams of four go head-to-head in quick one-on-one matches and brand new minigames including Make Your Move where players play round robin in making up their own dance moves and challenging the other to copy it.
- Party mode where it will play through random songs allowing anyone to jump in and jump out at any time, essentially acting as a "jukebox mode."
- Beginner difficulty setting allowing anybody to play, even if they have zero experience with dancing.
Arriving to an underground dance party, you meet Dance Central Intelligence (or DCI for short) agents Rasa and Lima. There you prove your dancing ability and are recruited into the DCI and placed on a mission to uncover and ultimately put an end to the evil Dr. Tan's nefarious plan dubbed "Project Lockstep." Rasa and Lima has already sent other DCI agents to learn the dance crazes of the past to use against Dr. Tan. However they have all gone missing, which is where you come in to follow them back in time, bring them back along with the dance crazes, and defeat Dr. Tan once and for all.
Dance Central 3 boasts a soundtrack that spans the '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, and '10s. The game's setlist features 46 songs on disc. Every song is unlocked from the start with the exclusion of the song Tan-Step which becomes available after clearing the Story mode.
|2NE1||I Am The Best (Original Version)||Legit||2010s||Frenchy Hernandez|
|50 Cent||In Da Club||Simple||2000s||Devin Woolridge|
|Afrojack ft. Eva Simons||Take Over Control||Tough||2010s||Spikey Soria|
|Alexandra Stan||Mr. Saxobeat||Tough||2010s||Marcos Aguirre|
|Alice Deejay||Better Off Alone||Warmup||1990s||Marcos Aguirre|
|Backstreet Boys||Everybody (Backstreet's Back)||Tough||1990s||Spikey Soria|
|Bellini||Samba De Janeiro||Legit||1990s||Devin Woolridge|
|Black Eyed Peas||Boom Boom Pow||Moderate||2000s||Marcos Aguirre|
|Cali Swag District||Teach Me How To Dougie||Tough||2010s||Torey Nelson|
|Ciara ft. Missy Elliot||1, 2 Step||Simple||2000s||Chanel Thompson|
|Cobra Starship Feat. Sabi||You Make Me Feel...||Off The Hook||2010s||Torey Nelson|
|Cupid||Cupid Shuffle||Moderate||2000s||Devin Woolridge|
|Daft Punk||Around The World||Legit||1990s||Kunle Oladehin|
|Dev Ft. The Cataracts||Bass Down Low||Legit||2010s||Nick DeMoura|
|Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina||Stereo Love||Moderate||2010s||Marcos Aguirre|
|Enur ft. Natasja||Calabria 2008||Legit||2000s||Chanel Thompson|
|E.U.||Da' Butt||Tough||1980s||Ricardo Foster Jr.|
|Flo Rida ft. Sia||Wild Ones||Legit||2010s||Kunle Oladehin|
|Gloria Gaynor||I Will Survive||Moderate||1970s||Frenchy Hernandez|
|Heavy D & The Boyz||Now That We Found Love||Legit||1990s||Chanel Thompson|
|Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull||On The Floor||Legit||2010s||Chanel Thompson|
|J.J. Fad||Supersonic||Legit||1980s||Ricardo Foster Jr.|
|Justin Bieber||Boyfriend||Moderate||2010s||Nick DeMoura|
|Katy Perry||Firework||Moderate||2010s||Chanel Thompson|
|Kelly Clarkson||Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)||Hardcore||2010s||Spikey Soria|
|Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins||Get Low||Legit||2000s||Devin Woolridge|
|LMFAO||Sexy And I Know It||Hardcore||2010s||Torey Nelson|
|Los Del Rio||Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)||Simple||1990s||Frenchy Hernandez|
|M-Cue||Tan-Step||Hardcore||2010s||Ricardo Foster Jr.|
|Marcia Griffiths||Electric Boogie||Tough||1970s||Kunle Oladehin|
|Maroon 5 Ft. Christina Aguilera||Moves Like Jagger||Hardcore||2010s||Devin Woolridge|
|Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette||Hello||Tough||2010s||Marcos Aguirre|
|Missy Elliot||Ching-A-Ling||Tough||2000s||Marcos Aguirre|
|New Kids On The Block||You've Got It (The Right Stuff)||Moderate||1980s||Kunle Oladehin|
|Nicki Minaj||Starships||Simple||2010s||Nick DeMoura|
|Panjabi MC||Beware Of The Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)||Legit||2000s||Ricardo Foster Jr.|
|Sean Paul Ft. Keysiha Cole||(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me||Simple||2000s||Marcos Aguirre|
|Shannon||Let The Music Play||Tough||1980s||Ricardo Foster Jr.|
|TLC||Aint 2 Proud 2 Beg||Tough||1990s||Frenchy Hernandez|
|The Trammps||Disco Inferno||Moderate||1970s||Frenchy Hernandez|
|Usher||Scream||Legit||2010s||Usher Raymond IV and Aakomon "AJ" Jones|
|Usher Ft. Will.I.Am||OMG||Off The Hook||2010s||Usher Raymond IV and Aakomon "AJ" Jones|
|Vanilla Ice||Ice Ice Baby||Moderate||1990s||Marcos Aguirre|
|Van McCoy||The Hustle||Warmup||1970s||Marcos Aguirre|
|Vicki Sue Robinson||Turn The Beat Around||Moderate||1970s||Marcos Aguirre|
|Village People||Y.M.C.A.||Warmup||1970s||Marcos Aguirre|
Downloadable songs from Dance Central and Dance Central 2 will work in Dance Central 3. The on-disc songs from Dance Central and Dance Central 2 are available for importing after purchasing disc export licenses on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
|Artist||Song Title||Character & Crew||Difficulty||Choreographer||Release Date|
|Usher ft. Pharell||Twisted||DCI (Rasa)||Off The Hook||Usher Raymond IV and Aakomon "AJ" Jones||November 20, 2012|
|Usher||Euphoria||DCI (Rasa)||Off The Hook||Usher Raymond IV and Aakomon "AJ" Jones||November 20, 2012|
|PSY||Gangnam Style||Riptide (Bodie)||Legit||Devin Woolridge||November 27, 2012|
|Carly Rae Jepsen||Call Me Maybe||Flash4wrd (Li'l T)||Off The Hook||Spikey Soria||December 4, 2012|
|Lady Gaga||Alejandro||Lu$h Crew (Angel)||Moderate||Marcos Aguirre||December 25, 2012|
|Lady Gaga||Paparazzi||Flash4wrd (Taye)||Tough||Marcos Aguirre||December 25, 2012|
|LMFAO||Sorry for Party Rocking||Hi-Def (Mo)||Moderate||Kunle Oladehin||December 31, 2012|
|Nicki Minaj||Whip It||DCI (Lima)||Legit||Marcos Aguirre||January 8, 2013|
|Pitbull ft. Chris Brown||International Love||Hi-Def (Mo)||Legit||Kunle Oladehin||January 15, 2013|
|Pitbull ft. T-Pain||Hey Baby (Drop It to The Floor)|
Off The Hook
|Torey Nelson||January 15, 2013|
|The Wanted||Glad You Came||Lu$h Crew (Angel)||Simple||Marcos Aguirre||January 22, 2013|
|Flo Rida||Let It Roll||Hi-Def (Glitch)||Legit||Ricardo Foster Jr.||January 29, 2013|
|One Direction||What Makes You Beautiful||Lu$h Crew (Ms. Aubrey)||Simple||Marcos Aguirre||February 5, 2013|
|Justin Beiber ft. Nicki Minaj||Beauty and a Beat||Lu$h Crew (Angel)||Legit||Marcos Aguirre||February 12, 2013|
|Justin Beiber ft. Ludacris||All Around The World|
|Chanel Thompson||February 12, 2013|
|Ricardo Foster Jr.||February 19, 2013|
B.o.B. Ft. Hayley Williams
|Torey Nelson||February 26, 2013|
Drake Ft. Rihanna
|Take Care|| |
|Devin Woolridge||March 5, 2013|
Rihanna Ft. Jay-Z
|Chanel Thompson||March, 12 2013|
|Spikey Soria||March 12, 2013|
|London Bridge|| |
|Marcos Aguirre||March 19, 2013|
Dance Central 3 features the same crews from Dance Central 2 and introduces a few new ones such as the DCI. Each crew is associated with a different decade of music and given time period appropriate venues.
Ms. Aubrey and Angel are both returning from Dance Central 2. DCI Agent, Crew look, and DC Classic costumes can be unlocked for this crew.
Venue: Roller Disco
Mo and Glitch return from Dance Central 2. DCI Agent, Crew look, and DC Classic costumes can be unlocked for this crew.
Venue: Street Side
Taye and Li'l T return from Dance Central 2. DCI Agent, Crew look, and DC Classic costumes can be unlocked for this crew.
Venue: House Party
Bodie and Emilia return from Dance Central 2. DCI Agent, and Crew look costumes can be unlocked for this crew. Emilia has a DC Classic costume that can also be unlocked.
Venue: Dance Central Live
Rasa and Lima are your main contacts at DCI. There is only 1 alternate costume for this crew. This crew is new in DC3
Venue: DCI HQ
Bonus Crews are unlocked by earning stars and increasing your level.
Dare and Maccoy return from the original Dance Central after being absent in Dance Central 2. There is only 1 alternate costume for this crew.
Shinju and Kichi return from Dance Central 2.
Dance Central 2 antagonists Jaryn and Kerith return. Crew look and Street Style costumes can be unlocked for this crew.
The Robot crew returns from Dance Central 2. A battle damaged version of this crew can be unlocked.
Murder of Crows (M.O.C. Crew)
Dr. Tan and Oblio form this crew and also unlock the bonus song "Tan Step". Each member of this crew has an alternate costume.
Marcos and Frenchy return from Dance Central 2. They are named after 2 of the choreographers that worked on the game.
Dance Central 3, like earlier iterations in the series, includes a fitness mode which tracks calories burned while playing and user specified goals for days active and calories burned in a given week. The number of calories burned while playing can be combined with other compatible titles and tracked using Kinect Playfit.
DC3 has a secret achievement for playing In 'Da Club with any character on their birthday.
|Ms. Aubrey||October 20|
|Li'l T||October 30|
|Jaryn & Kerith||June 4|
|CYPH-56 & CYPH-78||June 11|
|Dr. Tan||December 31|