Just Dance 3 Review

Illustration by Pat Henzy

Ubisoft rules! I just received a review copy of Just Dance 3. I signed up for a program that is called “House Party” about a month ago because I heard that Ubisoft was giving away free copies of Just Dance3 and Just Dance Kids 2 for people to preview in their homes (and keep after the preview was complete).

I ran out and bought a new slim 360 with Kinect within a few weeks of the Kinect being released. I expected big things out of the Kinect(but so far all the ideas I have thought up in my head have blown the actual products that have been released out of the water, which is very disappointing). I am glad I now have a copy of Just Dance 3 because it is one of the few games that really takes advantage of what the Kinect can do.

I was very excited to receive Just Dance 3 in the mail because I hadn’t really thought about picking up a dance game for my Xbox 360. It was something that I wouldn’t have spent the money on for myself. I am what most people would call a “hard-core” gamer. I don’t really like that saying though, sure I’m going to log hundreds of hours on Modern Warfare 3 over the next year or so. But I also did the same with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, running through the game multiple times trying to collect all the star coins. As a matter of a fact I even took a break from Arkham City and Modern Warfare 3 and played the game last night. When Sonic and Sega All-Stars racing was released I became obsessed, trying to collect every achievement in the game(I only have a few left to get). A few of my favorite games for Xbox Live Arcade are Peggle, Costume Quest and Tetris. My favorite game of all time(other than the obvious games such as Mario 3, Resident Evil 2 and 4, Final Fantasy7 etc.) would be Bomberman World for PS1. So the title of hardcore gamer would probably be a bad title for myself. I’m more of a balanced gamer, I play everything. Just Dance 3 is super fun. When you break everything down in a video game, this is the only thing that really matters.

Just Dance 3 has a fantastic art direction as well. Lots of florescent colors and joyful backgrounds. The game gets you moving, and in my case it gets me listening to a bunch of music that I normally wouldn’t be listening to(and I enjoy doing it as well). Any game(for Wii, Move or Kinect) that gets you up and moving around is a winner in my book and this game definitely does that. I was sweating within minutes of playing.

After I received the game I invited a bunch of friends and family over to play the game and it was a blast. Even I have had a ton of fun playing the game. The songs in the game are a great mix of old and new. Everything from Kiss to Bananarama. You can find the complete track listing here.
All in all, I wouldn’t go out and buy this game for myself but after seeing all the fun my wife, friends and family members have had playing it I’ll probably be picking up Just Dance 4 when it is inevitably released. My wife really loves this game and has been playing it almost every night after work. If you like dance games and were thinking about picking the game up I would highly suggest it. It is the best dance game that I have ever played(I’ve been playing them since Dance Dance Revolution was first released).


Thrift Store Junkie #9

With the winter on its way flea markets and yard sales start to dry up. Thats OK with me though because I hate being out in the cold. Even though I haven’t been to a flea market or yard sal in awhile I was able to find a couple pieces of AWESOME at my local Goodwill. I have owned a Sega Master System for many years, but I have never owned any good games for the system. I always come across the Great line of sports games (Great Baseball, Great Soccer etc) for way too much money. I have been looking for R-type, Ghosts and Goblins, Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon and a few other games since I got the system. Well I finally came across a couple of awesome games. I picked up R-Type, Shinobi and World Gran Prix for $2.00 each. World Gran Prix isn’t that great of a game, but I really enjoy racing games so I had to pick it up. The other two, R-Type and Shinobi were absolutly worth the $2.00. I have played R-Type multiple times since I got it(which was only last weekend).

That was all that I came across recently but my brother-in-law picked up an awesome Game Gear set that one of his co-workers gave to him. His co-worker was planning to throw the whole thing away!

It came in a carrying case with the following games:

The games are Taz in escape from Mars, Sonic 2, World Series Baseball, NBA Jam and Arcade Classics.

The Game Gear becomes a little less portable once you strap this monster on to it!

The Game Gear also came with an AC adapter and the Super Wide Gear attachment(which is just a huge magnifying glass).
I must admit I am jealous, my Game Gear is black and I always liked the Blue Game Gear system a lot more. His Game Gear works perfectly(another reason I am jealous since mine has a few dead pixels). He also got all the instruction booklets included:

I really like the little illustration of the Game Gear in the Sega Game Gear Instruction Manual. Here are two pages from the inside of the booklet:

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Xbox 360 Dashboard update 2011 to include Facebook Update!

Illustration by Pat Henzy


On December 6th Xbox Live finally gets a Facebook update. Sure the Xbox itself gets an entire dashboard update on that date, but the thing I’ve been waiting for is the Facebook update. Now I can finally automatically have my achievements posted to Facebook just like all my PS3 friends(trophies). There has been a huge population of Xbox gamers that have been asking for this feature for a fairly long time. A few of the other things that the update will add are quite cool as well. One of the additions is a feature called Beacons (a way to let your friends know what you’d like to play in the near future). They are also adding Cloud Storage, this should allow you to access your Gamertag and game saves from any Xbox and it should be a quick process (as opposed to the current Gamertag migration). Microsoft will also be bringing Bing search to the Xbox. Unfortunately you will only be able to search a limited number of sites (Netflix, Hulu, ESPN and Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace). This number may become larger over time. The new dashboard is also supposed to work much better with Kinect as well. The future is looking bright.December 6th

Just Dance 3

So about a month ago I signed up to preview Just Dance 3. It was through Ubisoft and a program called House Party. Well today I got my Free copy of Just Dance 3, Just Dance Kids 2 and a ton of coupons for $25.00 off when you buy Kinect and Just Dance 3. I also got a Kinect poster as seen in the picture below. Part of the program is that I will review the game and show it to others (that’s why they sent the coupons). I am very excited to try the games out and post a review, I also can’t wait to find out if there are any other games in the program I’ll be able to try out.
Expect a full review within the next week or two.