Dance Dance Revolution is the home version of the hit Japanese dance-arcade classic. This edition stands out from other versions by having a strong playlist of licensed tracks. The track list includes a variety of mainstream artists, as well as more than 50 original tracks by Konami Japan.
Licensed Tracks Included:
· “According to You” – Orianthi
· “Animal” – Ke$ha
· “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
· “Battlefield” – Jordan Sparks
· “Celebration” – Kool and the Gang
· “crushcrushcrush” – Paramore
· “Dancing in the Street” – Martha and the Vandellas
· “Hey, Soul Sister” – Train
· “I Got You” – Leona Lewis
· “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
· “Love Like This” – Natasha Bedingfield
· “Love Shack” – The B-52’s
· “Missing” – Everything But The Girl
· “My Life Would Suck Without You” – Kelly Clarkson
· “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
· “Plastic Beach” – Gorillaz (feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)
· “Rio” – Duran Duran
· “So Fine” – Sean Paul
· “Venus” – Bananarma
· “We Are Family” – Sister Sledge
Original Music By Konami Japan Include:
· “Rescue Me” – NAOKI feat. Fracus
· “Dreaming Can Make a Wish Come True” – Jun & NRG Factory feat. Anna Kaelin
· “Private Eye” – atomsoak feat. cerol
· “In the Zone” – U1 (NPD3 style) & KIDD KAZMEO
· “Top The Charts” – J-Mi & Midi-D feat. Hanna Stockzell
· “Let’s Get Away” – NAOKI feat. Brenda Burch
· “Magic Parade” – Lea Drop feat. Katie Dellenbach
· “Rhythms Inside” – DKC Crew
· “Share the Love” – Brenda Burch
· “The Island Song” – TAG feat. Eric Anthony
· “TIME” – NM feat. Aleisha G
· “Win the Game” – DKC Crew
What’s in the box:
The bundle includes the game, and a durable plastic dance pad - that connects via USB interface. The pad is foldable, so you can store it when not in use. It should be noted the pad does not have wireless capabilities, compared to most Xbox 360 accessories. The cable itself measures 300-centimeters, or about ten feet. This is plenty of distance from your big-screen HDTV. If for some reason you need to be even further away, extension cables can be purchased online.
Free Play Mode – This mode allows players to choose one of the tracks from the list to dance to, as well as the difficulty preferred. The difficulty levels include: Beginner, Basic, Difficult and Expert. The goal is to hit as many of the steps possible, while attempting to be as precise as possible. The more accurate you are, the better the score. After a song is completed, a rating is awarded. The highest possible rating is an AA; followed by A, B, C, D, etc. These ratings are saved on the Xbox, and are assigned to the difficulty chosen (ie. Beginner: A, Basic: B, etc). Free Play also allows for two methods of play within; Single or Multiplayer. Multiplayer mode lets up to four people join in the fun. This mode requires additional dance pads.
Club Mode – This mode allows players to choose between 4-20 songs to play non-stop. After you complete a set of songs, the score is tallied up and a ranking is awarded (ie. Newcomer, Back Dancer, Lead Dancer, etc.). Unlike the Free Play Mode, players can’t pick their difficulty levels. Instead, the difficulty changes are based on the dancer’s performance. Being a first-timer to DDR myself; it took a while to increase my difficulty level. Playing additional songs in a row, however, helped me get into the groove a little more. The first time doing twenty songs in a row, I actually made it as high as ‘Difficult.’ However, once you start missing some steps, the difficulty level descents as well. A ‘Dance Skill’ meter displays the amount of time invested in playing this mode. There is a score tracker so players can see what the top three scores have been overall. Initially, there are two Clubs to choose from: Other Clubs, or Custom Club. Other Clubs suggest additional ones can be downloaded in the future. The songs are chosen at random in this mode, and you may end up dancing to the same ones over and over unless you play more than four in your list. The custom mode is great for those you want a variety in this track list. Both Clubs begin in the lowest difficulty. Even for a first timer, this mode gets a little boring. However, the better you play will get you into the more difficult skill levels, so you gotta stick with it.
Dance Off Mode – This mode consists of an all-out battle between 2-4 players. Each player takes a turn on the mat, and loops the same track to see who does better. The number of turns allows for players to choose between 2-15 attempts at the song. This mode is great in case you slipped up and want to try and redeem yourself. A nifty little play time meter will let you know ahead of time how long the battle will take to complete. For example, If two players choose the song ‘From IN THE ZONE, and set the number of turns to two; the approximate play time will be 2 minutes and 34 seconds. Likewise, if they went for the maximum of fifteen turns; the play time will be 19 minutes and 21 seconds.
How To Play Mode – This portion of the game explains what DDR is, and how to play the game. It explains what the meters shown during game play are, as well as the different types of arrows the player will come across during the game. The tutorial is interactive, and does a great job breaking down how to play. For those of you who love improving your XBOX Live Gamerscore, it may be worthwhile to go through the ‘What is DDR?’ and ‘Groove Trigger’ tutorials. – The first one comes with a 10-point achievement, and the other is worth 20-points!
Training Mode – This mode breaks down a song of your choice, to enhance your understanding of the moves necessary to complete the ones you are having trouble with. I tested this with ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga, and on the first try my score went up from a C to a B. If you are still having trouble with certain sections of a song, no need to worry. With this mode, you can customize the speed the song is played, add hand claps, metronome, and even decide how much of the play area you want to include in the song. This could be a great feature for those complicated portions of songs.
Music Store – This mode takes you to the XBOX Live Game Add-ons section for DDR. Right away, you’ll see there are several add-on packs to choose from. These packs include songs from previous DDR games. Each set costs 400 Microsoft Points.
- Add-on Packs from XBOX Live:
- · DDR KONAMIX Greatest Hits
- · DanceDanceRevolution Greatest Hits
- · DDR SuperNOVA Greatest Hits 1
- · DDR SuperNOVA2 Greatest Hits
- · DDRMAX2 Greatest Hits
- · DDR SuperNOVA Greatest Hits 2
- · DanceDanceRevolution PREMIUM PACK
For fans of the previous games who feel this version has too much mainstream tracks will find this to be a nice addition to the game. It should be noted that the last pack (DanceDanceRevolution – Premium Pack) on XBOX Live is Free! This pack includes full versions of ‘Let’s Get Away’ – NAOKI feat. Brenda Burch, ‘Dreaming Can Make a Wish Come True’ – jun & NRG Factory feat. Anna Kaelin, and ‘Private Eye’ – atomsoak ft. cerol.
Workout Profile - Is a feature where the primary player can enter his/her weight, and turn on the Calorie Counter. This is a great feature for those who want to see just how many calories they are burning while dancing the night away…
Records – This feature displays your best rankings and scores for every song and difficulty levels. You can mark certain songs as favorites, listen to a preview of the song, and even delete a listed score.
Options – These allow players to turn off the Groove Gauge (meter that ends your turn if not doing well), adjust the background brightness (%), adjust various volumes (ie. Music, Sound FX, Voice, etc.), and tweak the judgment timing. Increasing slows the timing down, and vice-versa).
The menu is fairly simple to navigate. The lists of options are centered, and can be chosen with the dance pad buttons or XBOX controller.
Overall, DanceDance Revolution is a fun game that will keep you coming back. It’s awesome track list that includes licensed music, and more than fifty original tracks make this game a must-have for DDR enthusiasts and newcomers, such as myself. Are you ready to Dance?