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Edited By Jeff  Staff

A dancing game that utilizes Microsoft's hands-free Kinect device seems like the sort of thing that would be a natural fit. It also, predictably, seems like one of the things that people are quickest to write off as soon as they see it. Either they're above it or they're so convinced that they're unable to dance that they're unwilling to give it a shot. Since I'll try just about anything once, I fell more into the latter camp.

Maybe I should have considered Harmonix's track record a bit more. With the Rock Band series, the company's done well at providing something that's fun across multiple levels of difficulty. That philosophy appears to carry over into Dance Central, the company's new Kinect dancing game. I danced to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" in front of a television, and it worked out just fine.
  

  
Of course, I was playing on easy. At the lowest of its three difficulty settings, Dance Central focuses more on basic rhythm by giving you easier steps to perform. Maybe "steps" is a bit of a misnomer, because stepping back and forth quickly gives way to stepping back and forth with claps, rocking your arms above your head, and other simple, but effective full-body stuff. By the end of the first verse, I had it down, pulling off the simplified moves with "flawless" timing. Perhaps I've been a hidden dancer for all of these years? Well, probably not. Easy is, well, easy. But it still felt pretty satisfying and it felt like the Kinect hardware was accurately seeing what I was doing. Though you're barely represented on the screen (a small window shows your outline), the game gives you feedback by having the body parts you aren't using properly flash red on the on-screen dancer, who serves as a guide for you to match movements with.

The flash card-style display on the right shifts up-screen as you transition from one step to the next. 
The flash card-style display on the right shifts up-screen as you transition from one step to the next. 
Though the game won't offer two-player simultaneous play, the game does feature a multiplayer mode called "dance battle." Though Harmonix isn't ready to share details on that mode, it sounds like the sort of mode where one could serve or perhaps... get served.

It sounds like the game's developers have similar plans for downloadable add-ons as it has for its Rock Band series, and the songs in the demo so far include Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison," No Doubt's "Hella Good," M.I.A's "Galang '05," and a couple of others. With a collection of music that might actually be worth dancing to, Dance Central is the first game that has me thinking there might be something to this whole Kinect thing, after all.

The game is currently scheduled to release later this year, whenever Microsoft's fancy robot camera/radioactive X-ray murder device goes on sale.
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#1  Edited By Jeff  Staff

A dancing game that utilizes Microsoft's hands-free Kinect device seems like the sort of thing that would be a natural fit. It also, predictably, seems like one of the things that people are quickest to write off as soon as they see it. Either they're above it or they're so convinced that they're unable to dance that they're unwilling to give it a shot. Since I'll try just about anything once, I fell more into the latter camp.

Maybe I should have considered Harmonix's track record a bit more. With the Rock Band series, the company's done well at providing something that's fun across multiple levels of difficulty. That philosophy appears to carry over into Dance Central, the company's new Kinect dancing game. I danced to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" in front of a television, and it worked out just fine.
  

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Of course, I was playing on easy. At the lowest of its three difficulty settings, Dance Central focuses more on basic rhythm by giving you easier steps to perform. Maybe "steps" is a bit of a misnomer, because stepping back and forth quickly gives way to stepping back and forth with claps, rocking your arms above your head, and other simple, but effective full-body stuff. By the end of the first verse, I had it down, pulling off the simplified moves with "flawless" timing. Perhaps I've been a hidden dancer for all of these years? Well, probably not. Easy is, well, easy. But it still felt pretty satisfying and it felt like the Kinect hardware was accurately seeing what I was doing. Though you're barely represented on the screen (a small window shows your outline), the game gives you feedback by having the body parts you aren't using properly flash red on the on-screen dancer, who serves as a guide for you to match movements with.

The flash card-style display on the right shifts up-screen as you transition from one step to the next. 
The flash card-style display on the right shifts up-screen as you transition from one step to the next. 
Though the game won't offer two-player simultaneous play, the game does feature a multiplayer mode called "dance battle." Though Harmonix isn't ready to share details on that mode, it sounds like the sort of mode where one could serve or perhaps... get served.

It sounds like the game's developers have similar plans for downloadable add-ons as it has for its Rock Band series, and the songs in the demo so far include Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison," No Doubt's "Hella Good," M.I.A's "Galang '05," and a couple of others. With a collection of music that might actually be worth dancing to, Dance Central is the first game that has me thinking there might be something to this whole Kinect thing, after all.

The game is currently scheduled to release later this year, whenever Microsoft's fancy robot camera/radioactive X-ray murder device goes on sale.
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#2  Edited By EvGar

This looks interesting, at least.
 
I guess I still don't see how that all works, since all three of those people were excellent dancers, and were doing moves that didn't even seem to be prompted...

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I would really love lag-free dance competitions online with people. So cool!

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#4  Edited By darkjester74

Sorry, but the words "Dance" and "Hella Good" DO NOT go together.  This post automatically fails.

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#5  Edited By TheCreamFilling

This really looks intriguing. 

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#6  Edited By Lunar_Aura

If they manage to incorporate this with a dance mat I'd be sold.
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#7  Edited By TheClap

Are the back-up dancers included?

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#8  Edited By evanbrau

It looks kind of cool, but I have the two leftest feet in the history of left feet. Hopefully the teaching stuff works well.

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#9  Edited By bobby

I hope someone develops a de-make of this for use with my Sega Activator.

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#10  Edited By DCFGS3

This is perhaps the only title for kinect that I'm confident could work past the cheap gimmicky 'Kinect Sports' kind of stuff. I could easily see an entire dance genre akin to Rock band opening up.

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#11  Edited By gosukiller

 

 
 Saw this on the forums earlier. It truly does fit.
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#12  Edited By Lunar_Aura
@gosukiller:
Instant buy if Guile Theme is included or is DLC.
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#13  Edited By wealllikepie

meh i hated how the micro conference concentrated so much on kinect. i understand its their biggest thing this year, but they shouldnt have forgotten about the hardcore audience. showing off only 5 big games is a real shame (forza update excluded)

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#14  Edited By RE_Player1
@gosukiller said:
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   Saw this on the forums earlier. It truly does fit. "
I also saw this. Guile's theme does go with everything.
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#15  Edited By ryanwho

I was hoping someone would screw up so I could see if those avatars are actually mapped to the dance or if they're just supposed to show you how to correctly do the move.

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#16  Edited By MiamiRedHawks

This could be interesting.

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#17  Edited By TheDrizzle

Seems kind  of interesting, just have to see how the finished product comes out

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Poker face! Awesome. Seems interesting, i guess.

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#19  Edited By Mrskidders
@ryanwho: Jeff mentioned that there is only a small screen showing your movement that Kinect is tracking.  The Avatar isn't directly movement related.
 
 "Though you're barely represented on the screen (a small window shows your outline), the game gives you feedback by having the body parts you aren't using properly flash red on the on-screen dancer, who serves as a guide for you to match movements with."
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#20  Edited By heatDrive88

 
Haha, that Guile theme vid is fantastic.

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This game looked so shit when it was first shown with that fake family, but it looked really decent during the conference. The only game that caught my attention during all the Kinect crap.

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#22  Edited By MichaelBach

I think it looked fun in the demo, can't wait to see the vids Vinny shot of Jeff :)

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#23  Edited By TimFReilly

When we were going through the E3 trailers, this was the one my girlfriend was really in to.  Looks like fun!

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#24  Edited By hike77

I have bad visions of having to play this with my Fiance, it'll be good reason to have to get a new toy.

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#25  Edited By skrutop
@Jeff said:

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    Though the game won't offer two-player simultaneous play, the game does feature a multiplayer mode called "dance battle." Though Harmonix isn't ready to share details on that mode, it sounds like the sort of mode where one could serve or perhaps... get served.
    Ok, now I'm interested.  Question: can you step up 2 the streets?
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    #26  Edited By asdfghasdf

    Looks pretty cool. I like Harmonix games, so I think I'll probably like this if they do it right. Definitely the only Kinect game that appealed to me during the conference.

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    #27  Edited By shawnyofthedead

    at least its better than just dance 

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    #28  Edited By thesillyoldbear

    People are writing this off? As far as my wife and I are concerned this game might be the only reason so far to buy the Kinetic hardware.

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    I've never bought a rockband or guitar hero, but I might get this.

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    #30  Edited By skittles

    Watching the press conference last night, this game is the only thing that got me excited about Kinect so far.
     
    I just hope they have a wealth of awful old dance moves I can learn.

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    #31  Edited By greenblattsam

    Step Back or I'll sick dancing Lincon on you!

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    #32  Edited By JJWeatherman

    Thank you Jeff for writing this article. There's so much cynicism regarding Kinect here on the site. We need more articles like this.

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    #33  Edited By JarenFace

    If I were to get a Kinect, this would be my only reason to. Really intriguing at this point.
     
    Plus I've been saying this every topic/comment I can- best part of the conference to me.

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    #34  Edited By haoshiro

    Definitely looks like it justifies Kinect, neither a dance mat nor Wii/Move could pull this game off.

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    #35  Edited By Zero_Kane

    Not feeling the Kinect stuff at all. This was probably the closest to being interesting though.

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    #36  Edited By knownspace

    So no mosh pit mode? Would love to see windmill punching and headbutts.

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    #37  Edited By DeviantJoker

    In agreeance with a lot of the folks here. This is about the only thing that looked appealing to me, personally, about Kinect - sadly, one game is not enough of a reason to buy a peripheral for. While I do like the technology showcased in You Shape (Thermal People on mah screen!), as well, I need more reasons to purchase Kinect. Hopefully a few publishers buy into this thing and we can see the technology be utilized in creative new ways!

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    #38  Edited By bretthancock

    When do we get to see the video of Jeff dancing to Poker Face?

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    #39  Edited By Deathpooky

    Yeah, this and the workout game were the only interesting ones.  They actually tried to use the hardware for what its designed for (full body tracking) as opposed to being Wii lite, or generally terrible.  I don't see how Kinect can be good for fake driving or fake sports of any sort unless they somehow figure out a much better way to use the hardware.

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    #40  Edited By Bocam

    Another game where you look like a fool playing it

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    #41  Edited By Mordebir

    I think this is one of those games that you have to play in order to get if you realy like it. Looking at the people playing it, I have to say it looks bad.

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    #42  Edited By Mercanis

    Leave it to Harmonix to again successfully open up gaming to new types of peripherals. 
     
    @skrutop
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    " @Jeff said:

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      Though the game won't offer two-player simultaneous play, the game does feature a multiplayer mode called "dance battle." Though Harmonix isn't ready to share details on that mode, it sounds like the sort of mode where one could serve or perhaps... get served.
      Ok, now I'm interested.  Question: can you step up 2 the streets? "
      Only if you've contracted Saturday night fever.
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      #43  Edited By LastHill

      Im actually interested in this tittle for something my family and i will play together.

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      #44  Edited By Somadude

      That actually looks really cool.
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      #45  Edited By AlKusanagi

      The real question is if it allows me to flip it, smack it, and/or rub it down?

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      #46  Edited By Catolf

      I would really consider buying this, looks like a lot of fun, and teaching me some moves is bonus points.

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      #47  Edited By ep_driver

      of course this guy can play it, we all know gay guys can dance! what about us straight guys?!
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      #48  Edited By ethan

      I'm so getting this.  And then I will make my return to nightlife!

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      #49  Edited By krackofdawn

      Just wait for all the debate once the haters come out from the woodworks with "...well they should just learn how to dance for real, not with plastic" 
       
      I cant wait.
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      #50  Edited By jollywhitegiant

      This game seems like it would be a lot of fun to play with friends. People I know who don't enjoy dancing might even step up and give it a shot if we were all goofing off and laughing at one another.

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