A new Dance Central game is coming to Xbox One, and it's a download-only title.
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Recently my friend, who for this article we'll call "Dan", was over at my apartment for beers and video games. We'd gone through most of the big recent releases -- I showed him some craziness from Saints Row: The Third, got across the gist of Catherine and played some (shockingly fun) split-screen Modern Warfare 3 spec-ops. The Kinect had gotten a go as well, and we'd laughed our way through several levels of Gunstringer and gotten our arses kicked by the surprisingly difficult Child of Eden.
The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at the October NPD numbers, which show that dancing games like Just Dance 3 and Dance Central 2 have grown in sales 326 per cent over last year. That far outpaces the next nearest fastest-growing genre, fighting games, which grew just 33 per cent over the same period of time.
Fast Company, the business magazine read by movers and/or shakers, uncorked some outside-the-box advice for companies stuck in a rut. Harmonix Music Systems is on the list, it seems, because of stagnation in the music gaming genre, not necessarily because it's spinning its wheels, but whatever. They are being advised to make, wait for it, a shooter.
Last year, the people who made Guitar Hero and Rock Band made the best game for the Xbox 360's Kinect sensor, the hands-free dancing game Dance Central. We danced in front of it, one at a time, as it tracked and scored our moves. We loved it. A year later, we have a sequel that primarily adds simultaneous multiplayer. Worth buying?
On August 16, Dance Central will add "Sex Machine" by James Brown, "Get Busy" by Sean Paul and "Get It Shawty" by Lloyd to the in-game store. The tracks will also be compatible with the upcoming sequel, Dance Central 2.