Jan 292013

From all the fitness games I have played thus far I’ve enjoyed Just Dance 4 the most. I know some people may prefer Dance Central for Kinect, but if you only have PS3 like me, this is the best option for dance & fitness games! It can be a great party game as well, and is by far the best Just Dance game. The best feature in the game for me is the Just Sweat option. If you want to get in shape, and can’t be as active as in the summer, then this is perfect! You choose what style of dance and type of workout you want, and then get to sweating! You can go for 10 mins, 25 mins or 45 mins (approximately). It also tracks your movements in real time so it tells you how many calories you’re burning. It then decides whether the next song will be a cool or intense one based on your energy level. I don’t know how accurate this actually is, but it’s a pretty neat feature! Besides from my downstairs neighbor hating on me, I’ve really enjoyed this type of work out. I’ve played a lot of Zumba Fitness before but as a game it really bombed and I got bored with it after awhile. I liked the Latin style of dancing, but it needed more variety. And while it says it tracks your hip movements, it didn’t matter what movements you did, just that you made movement. Just Dance tracks the move controller a lot more accurately. I’ve heard its fairly accurate for tracking you on the Wii and Xbox 360 as well. Basically I don’t want my workouts to feel like a chore, and so far I’m not bored at all with Just Dance 4. It gives you a decent amount of song choices & variety, and throws you fun, energy and humor.

You can create your own dancer card as well, which I only discovered after playing it for 2 weeks lol. So my stats would have been higher by now.

I like that you get to level up the more Mojo you have. After each Mojo level up you get a free gift; it could be an alternate version to a song, or you can unlock a new workout, etc. There are also downloadable songs you can add if you want to pay extra, including the ever so popular “Gangnam Style”, which I know people were really excited about.

For the main dance section, you can play 1 – 4 players. I admit the moves in most of the songs were pretty difficult to learn for me, especially since I’m not a dancer, but anyone can learn with more practice.  It was frustrating at first but after dancing a song a couple times I started to get the hang of it. Some are much harder than others of course. The highest score I’ve gotten so far on a song is Flo Rider’s “Good Feeling” with 4 out of 5 stars. I’m working on 5 stars! You can get really competitive with your friends too.

Once you get the hang of it, dancing is a super fun way to get in shape, or even if you just want a little cardio in the day. It doesn’t take much time at all and it really gets your heart rate going. Plus you are gaming at the same time! Get those scores up, increase your mojo level & compete with your friends!

I’m loving this game, I give Just Dance 4 an 8.5 out of 10.

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