While EA Sports churns out sports simulators, Ubisoft continues to re-release the premier digital console-based home party attraction, Just Dance. The new version of the rhythm game turned out to be bright, dynamic and really exciting … that is, absolutely the same as the previous part of the series. Here’s why you should think twice before buying Just Dance 2021.
The Just Dance series started back in 2009 and has attracted a huge audience even outside the arcade clubs and Dance Dance Revolution. The main reason for the success of the franchise was the simplicity of the gameplay, which is hinted at by the name itself – “Just Dance”, with which anyone can cope in one way or another. In general, everything is so, but it is still worth explaining what the game is.
Dancing is my element
As you might guess, the whole point of Just Dance is in dancing, or rather, in attempts to repeat the most diverse steps behind the dancers on the screen. The system tracks movements using a camera or device in the player’s hand and awards points for accuracy. The gameplay formula is extremely simple, but it is quite addictive if you find suitable tracks, company and strength to get off the couch.
It is clear that dancing in a playful way, and even with the slogan “Just dance”, is difficult to diversify, but even a new interface would be very useful. I was extremely disappointed when I activated my Ubisoft key, loaded the game, missed the colorful splash screen, and returned to Just Dance 2019.
The only interesting innovation is the Quick Play function available on the main screen of the game. Thanks to her, you can not dig into a huge library of songs and playlists, but simply dance to a randomly selected composition, but it works until the first inappropriate track. It would be great if the game immediately offered options from five different selections and did not rush the user with a countdown of ten seconds.
In this regard, the comparison with the EA Sports simulators is the most accurate. Year after year, Just Dance fans get the same game – for FIFA fans, at least the physics of the ball are trying to improve and give digital footballers a human look. But Just Dance could well have simple rhythm games in the Mario Party format, a Dance Dance Revolution style mode with a special carpet as an additional accessory, or even creative modes with the ability to independently select movements, at least for children’s songs. There are a lot of options, use Ubisoft.
And the music drives me crazy
As a result, when buying Just Dance 2021, owners of at least one previous game in the series pay ₽3,990 for 40 new songs and a month of Unlimited subscription, which opens access to an expanded music library. Considering that the same amount can be used to pay for more than two years of subscription in the previous version of Just Dance, the offer is at least not very profitable. Unless someone urgently needed a couple of songs by Billie Eilish, BLACKPINK or The Weeknd right here and now.
In such a system, Ultimate could become a kind of Xbox Game Pass with constant track rotations. If you add to that the ability to buy tracks individually or in bundles, Ubisoft would probably get even more than the annual re-releases. Just imagine the circulation of a dozen BTS song add-on – it gets scary.
In the meantime, Just Dance 2021 remains the most common game in the series, which is worth buying only for ardent fans and those who want to dance in front of the TV for the first time. When familiar with the series and in isolation from the previous parts, this is still the best way to warm up or have fun with friends, without leaving home.
dancing is always fun;
the game is easy to learn;
the presence of network and command modes;
excellent visual design.
too few innovations;
weak set of new songs;
inconvenient Quick Play mode.
To a bad dancer …
Just Dance 2021 did not make the series worse and even brought in a couple of nice little things, but it is simply impossible to evaluate it without looking back at the previous parts. In the world of games-services, each year of stagnation should subtract a minimum of a point from the assessment of the next reissue.
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