Dance Central is a dance rhythm game for the Xbox 360, developed by Harmonix, published by MTV Games and distributed by Microsoft Game Studios. Using the Kinect peripheral, the game is able to scan your body and register the dance moves you are performing. The game was revealed at E3 2010 during the Microsoft press conference. It was released alongside the launch of the Kinect on November 4th, 2010 in the US and November 10th in Europe.
Going on to be one of, if not the top seller out of all the Kinect titles, Harmonix went on to releasing Dance Central 2 the very next year as well as Dance Central 3 the year after.
The on-screen action is divided into three parts: Your score, the dancer, and the dance slides.
A boombox to the left hand side displays your score and multiplier as well as your star rating. You are scored on how accurately you perform each move and aim to achieve a 5 star rating, not too different from star ranking system found in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero series'. As you perform a string of successful moves, you build up a score multiplier gaining you more points for each step. Due to the lack of a life bar as in previous Harmonix games you are unable to fail songs, basing it all on how well your score and star rating are. The main screen shows dancers demonstrating the moves you must mirror in order to score points. If you fail to match the movement of the dancer, the part of your body which is at fault lights up on the center dancer model. Success is also measured by a ring at the feet of the center dancer which fills as you perform the correct steps. To allow the player to know which steps are coming up, the right hand side of the screen displays dance slides. These small diagrams, complete with a name for each one, allow the player to see which move he should currently be performing and which move will follow. As with previous Harmonix titles, varying difficulty determines the complexity of the moves, allowing players of all skill levels to enjoy the game.
The game features three modes:
- Break It Down! mode runs the user through each dance move used in the selected song. Every move is separately practiced, at slower speed if desired. Then of 3-4 moves are then put together in a small recaps similar to the actual song performance. Every song song is broken down in 2-3 practice and recap segments.
- Perform It! mode runs through the song from start to finish giving the player a rating on their performance. Additionally the "Workout Mode" option will display time played and estimated calories burned.
- Dance Battle mode is the multiplayer mode in which two players face off in a hotseat style dance battle.
There is some minor player progression available in the form of being able to unlock new outfits for the dancer avatars, by earning stars with them. Similarly new venues are unlocked by increasing total stars on all songs, or by completing challenges. There is also an additional unlockable dancer avatar.
Dance Central comes with 32 songs of varying genres, ranging from the 1970s to today. Each song's routine is categorized under one of seven difficulty levels. Each difficulty level is finished up by a challenge. This is a combination of all songs of this difficulty, which unlocks once the player has scored at least 4 stars on each song.
|Audio Push||Teach Me How to Jerk|
|Beastie Boys||Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)|
|Beenie Man||King of the Dancehall|
|Bell Biv Devoe||Poison|
|Cascada||Evacuate the Dancefloor|
|Christina Milian||Dip It Low|
|The Commodores||Brick House|
|Craig Mack||Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)|
|Dirty Vegas||Days Go By|
|Eric B. & Rakim||Don't Sweat the Technique|
|Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne||Down|
|Kool & The Gang||Jungle Boogie|
|Kylie Minogue||Can't Get You Out of My Head|
|Lady Gaga||Just Dance|
|Lady Gaga||Poker Face|
|Lipps, Inc.||Funky Town|
|Nina Sky||Move Ya Body|
|No Doubt||Hella Good|
|Pitbull||I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)|
|Quad City DJ's||C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)|
|Rihanna||Pon de Replay|
|Snoop Dogg/Pharell||Drop It Like It's Hot|
|Soulja Boy Tell 'Em||Crank That (Soulja Boy)|
|Technotronic||Pump Up the Jam|
|Young MC||Bust a Move|
Xbox 360 Game Installation
When installed on the Xbox 360 Hard Drive, the game takes up 1.6GB of space. There are no performance gains to be had when installed.
Harmonix offers downloadable content for Dance Central. Each song will cost 240 Microsoft Points, which is more expensive than anything on the official Rock Band Music Store, due to the choreography, motion-capture, and voiceovers required for each new routine. Harmonix have also included a forum within the games official website which allows users to vote for which songs they would like to see released as future DLC.
|Artist||Song Title||Release Date|
|Cameo||Word Up!||November 4, 2010|
|Ne-Yo||Because of You||November 4, 2010|
|Lady Sovereign||I Got You Dancing||November 4, 2010|
|Sean Paul||Temperature||November 23, 2010|
|Tag Team||Whoomp! (There It Is)||November 23, 2010|
|The Black Eyed Peas||I Gotta Feeling||November 23, 2010|
|Blur||Girls and Boys||December 21, 2010|
|Janet Jackson||Control||December 21, 2010|
|Rhianna||Disturbia||December 21, 2010|
|Chic||Le Freak||February 15, 2011|
|Missy Elliott||We Run This||February 15, 2011|
|Rick James||Super Freak||February 15, 2011|
|Amerie||Heard 'em All||February 15, 2011|
|Fatboy Slim||Weapon of Choice||March 15, 2011|
| Gwen Stefani||Hollaback Girl||March 15, 2011|
|Keri Hilson||Turnin' Me On||March 15, 2011|
|Paula Abdul||Straight Up!||March 15, 2011|
|Justice||D.A.N.C.E.||April 19, 2011|
|Dem Franchize Boys||Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It||April 19, 2011|
|Tone Loc||Wild Thing||April 19, 2011|
|Snow||Informer||May 17, 2011|
| Fergie feat. will.i.am||Fergalicious||May 17, 2011|
|N.E.R.D (feat. Lee Harvey and Vita)||Lapdance||May 17, 2011|
|Taio Cruz||Break Your Heart||July 19, 2011|
|Trey Songz||Say Aah||July 19, 2011|
|Afrika Bambaataa||Planet Rock||July 19, 2011|
| James Brown||Get Up||August 16, 2011|
|Sean Paul||Get Busy||August 16, 2011|
|Lloyd||Get It Shawty||August 16, 2011|
|The Pussycat Dolls ft Busta Rhymes||Don't Cha||September 20, 2011|
|Rupee||Tempted To Touch||September 20, 2011|
|Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson and D.O.E||The Way I Are||September 20, 2011|
Harmonix announced at E3 2011 that all songs (including DLC) from Dance Central can be exported to Dance Central 2. The export function costs 400 Microsoft points and is achieved by entering a 16 digit code found in the Dance Central manual into Dance Central 2.