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Jerry Bruckheimer Games is no more


And nothing of value was lost
Mar 05
// Darren Nakamura
Do you remember Jerry Bruckheimer Games? You would be forgiven if you didn't. After we first heard that the studio would be partnering with MTV in 2007, and then that it had acquired talent from Microsoft and Ubisoft in ...

Review: Dance Central 3

Oct 15 // Chris Carter
Dance Central 3 (Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: HarmonixPublisher: Harmonix/MTV GamesRelease: October 16th, 2012MSRP: $49.99 Dance Central 3 attacks and tops the previous iterations in two ways: It bolsters the party scene by including the incredibly streamlined party mode, and it enhances solo play with story mode and specific dance tutorials that actually strive to teach you the moves themselves. As far as I'm concerned, PaRappa the Rapper is the only game in the genre to truly pulled off a fun, unique story mode, so I was initially fairly hesistant to accept Dance Central 3's. Have you ever been to Disney World or Disneyland and seen those cheesy pre-ride shows? The ones that require you to suspend your disbelief and just go along for the ride? That's kind of what Dance Central 3's story is like -- and I love it. [embed]235808:45301[/embed] As a member of the Dance Central Intelligence agency (DCI), it's your job to travel through time and stop the evil Dr. Tan from eliminating the spirit of dance everywhere. In order to progress to the next decade, not only do you have to score 15 total stars across the five select songs of the era, but you also have to decipher a handful of "era craze" dance moves. I don't want to spoil things for you, but depending on your perspective, this will either be the most exciting or most frustrating part of the game. During certain songs, there are special moves that you have to complete. I would rehearse songs at least a few times for some of these moves, because on occasion they can be extremely difficult to pull off. Once you get all of them, you can assemble them to decipher then master the "era craze," a definitive dance for each decade. When they're actually completed, you feel an awesome sense of accomplishment, and odds are you actually learned that move in real life -- a twofold process that helps Dance Central 3 transcend its predecessors. If this sounds appealing to you, you'll most likely get addicted to "catching them all," and I hope this mechanic returns in Dance Central 4. Time travel is the catalyst to give you an excuse to check out tunes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, as well as the more contemporary 00s and 10s. While there are around ten-and-some-change songs from the 70s and 80s eras (which puts them far below the song count of the 90s and beyond), an amicable attempt is made to include a ton of classic songs, which is already an improvement from the decidedly contemporary-centric Dance Central 1 and 2. While you're doing all this, you'll earn level-ups and thus more unlockables, such as playable characters and costumes. Speaking of the characters, they're actually more fleshed out in this title due to the fact that they're supposed to represent their eras, giving them a bit more personality. As for the gameplay, individual dances are much more unique and feel more closely related to each song. I was actually smiling the entire time while doing the Tin Man Hop from Daft Punk's "Around the World." Same thing with "cleanup" move during the "skeet skeet" hook of Lil Jon's "Get Low." As evidenced by the story mode, Dance Central 3 sells more of an educational stance than the past two titles even in the free play modes, and I like where they're going with this. Specifically, it has dances like the Electric Slide, the Dougie, and the Macarena, obviously put in to show you how to groove step by step and actually learn the dance -- kind of like how Rocksmith sought to do the same thing with real instruments. Party mode is what you'll want to put on if you're having a party, obviously. It's a streamlined mode that randomizes everything and dynamically changes the difficulty depending on your performance, kind of like God Hand (yeah, I name-dropped God Hand in a rhythm game review). Thankfully, you can also use Microsoft's Smartglass to DJ the songs in Party mode, which is a nice touch, and the H-O-R-S-E mode is one of the best additions to the franchise to date. Fitness mode is back and still as great as ever. Because of the sheer amount of songs, you can set a playlist and watch your calories burn off in front of your eyes, just as in past games. You can set goals for yourself after inputting your personal info, whether it's a daily or weekly target. Songs start immediately after one ends, which lets you keep a solid heart-rate. The focus on these popular dances is a cool addition, as they'll most likely come in handy at a wedding or a club or something at some point in your life. I'm not ashamed to admit that I didn't know how to dance until my mid-20s, and this game would have helped me tremendously in high school. An all-new easy mode simplifies things, making this game the most accessible entry yet. It's little incentives like this that will entice non-dancers to attempt the game, which is a great thing when it comes to this genre. As is the case with Harmonix games, Dance Central 3 will wholly support DLC, whether it's songs you already own from past titles or a steady release of future songs. You can also easily import all of your songs from Dance Central or Dance Central 2 for 400 Microsoft Points per collection (with the code included in new copies). Oh, and there might be "Gangnam Style" DLC down the line, if you're interested. The fact that you can import music from the first two games is one of the most appealing aspects of Dance Central 3, as I personally have benefited thanks to owning more songs than I know what to do with. It's absolutely perfect for Party mode, as you almost never hear the same song twice, and Harmonix should be commended for this kind of support. So long as you enjoyed the series in the past, you should jump on the opportunity to tackle these new modes. If you're not sold on dancing in front of a robotic camera yet, I doubt Dance Central 3 will change your mind, but this iteration makes more convincing arguments than ever before.
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Get down like Doc Brown
The Dance Central franchise took me by surprise. In the very early stages of Kinect, I was extremely skeptical of the tech --  to be blunt, I didn't really believe in it. After testing the first entry at E3, however, I w...

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Sifl and Olly are sock puppets that review videogames


Sep 04
// Jonathan Holmes
The late 1990s were a very different time for entertainment. It was a time when MTV played music videos most of the time, and when they didn't, it was usually so they could show you something that you couldn't find anywhere ...
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Ne-Yo's 'Closer' is coming to Dance Central 2 tomorrow


Jan 09
// Brett Zeidler
Been getting enough of the dance game craze yet? Well, I'm sure some of you out there aren't because the dancing games are still selling like crazy. As a result, new DLC is on the way for Dance Central 2 tomorrow and this tim...
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New Alan Wake & BioWare title, MGS:Rising to debut at VGA


Nov 03
// Maurice Tan
It's almost that time of the year again: the run-up to the Video Game Awards and the inevitable announcements of new games as Call of Duty steals some Best Character award from a game that actually has characters. First of al...
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Earlier this year, Yoostar 2 launched onto the Xbox 360 and PS3, allowing players to insert themselves into their favorite movies. Shortly thereafter, the game was integrated with Yoostar Playground, adding expanded soci...

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MTV Games closes its doors


Feb 04
// Nick Chester
After Viacom's sale of Harmonix, it looks like MTV Games is closing up shop, according to MCV. The company's international office was reportedly closed on Wednesday, with only a handful of financial staff on hand in the compa...
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Dance Central DLC: Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Blur


Dec 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
Here's a video promoting the latest batch of DLC for Dance Central. You can see moves performed for "Control" by Janet Jackson, "Disturbia" by Rihanna and the always excellent of "Girls & Boys" by Blur. Watching this tra...
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Leave the house, visit a store, get free Rock Band 3 DLC


Nov 24
// Nick Chester
You should already have your free DJ Hero and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock downloadable content. But how about something for Rock Band 3? Sure, why not!This one involves leaving the house, so put on some pants. This Friday i...
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If Jersey Shore were an RPG


Oct 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
This is probably good for a chuckle. It portrays a terrifying vision of the future in which Jersey Shore is licensed and produced as a videogame. Thankfully, the blow is softened somewhat by how clearly it's satire. Sti...
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Rock Band surpasses 2,000 songs next week


Oct 05
// Jordan Devore
Here's my dilemma, one that I'm sure many of you can relate with: I can't go to the Rock Band store. Physically, I can, but knowing how many worthwhile songs are up for purchase and how impulse buying is far too easy when it ...
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Surprise reveal from major electronics firm coming today


Oct 04
// Dale North
I won't even claim to know what this is. We just wanted to point this out so that you can wait alongside us and maybe throw out some guesses while we wait.  What are we waiting for? Well, it seems that a "major consumer ...
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Rock Band DLC: The Doobie Brothers make Rock Band debut


Sep 24
// Nick Chester
Like it does every week, a bunch of music is coming to the Rock Band store next week. Spot the tracks that don't quite fit in. (Hint: They're performed by a group that rhymes with The Boobie Mothers.) Anthrax – “...
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Rock Band 3's Pro Guitar for dummies


Sep 15
// Nick Chester
Playing a real guitar is complicated, at least more so than picking up a five-button plastic one. Teaching someone to play guitar, even more so. Doing it with a videogame using and expanding on an existing "gameplay vocabular...
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Bob Marley 'greatest hits' album coming to Rock Band


Sep 13
// Nick Chester
When Rock Band 3 hits shelves on October 26, Bob Marley & The Wailer's "Get Up, Stand Up" will be playable on the disc. But it won't be Marley's Rock Band debut -- according to a commercial spotted on VH1 Classic, the mus...
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Rock Band DLC: Dio's 'Holy Diver'; what more do you want?


Sep 10
// Nick Chester
Next week's Rock Band Music Store downloads looks to be one of the most eclectic batch of releases yet. From Dio to Morrissey, Julianna Hatfield to The Smiths, "random" is a good word to describe it. But this must be said&he...
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Video reminder: Rock Band 3 has keyboards


Sep 08
// Nick Chester
In case you had forgotten or missed the memo, Harmonix and MTV Games have released a new Rock Band 3 trailer today that focuses on the game's new instrument: keyboards. Yes, the upcoming iteration of the music title will let...
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Rock Band 3 DS looks like Amplitude with more Smash Mouth


Sep 07
// Nick Chester
It's no surprise that Rock Band 3 on the Nintendo DS is being mostly ignored. Its console siblings are packed with new features, including the much-talked-about "Pro" modes and the new keyboard peripheral. On Nintendo's hand...
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Rock Band Avatar 'rocks' Xbox Live or something


Sep 02
// Nick Chester
I've spent a lot of MS Points on Rock Band songs, but very few on Avatar items. By "very few" I mean zero. So Harmonix and MTV Games introducing Rock Band Avatar items seems like some kind of ploy into tricking me to purchase...
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Rock Band DLC: Going country for the fourth time


Aug 27
// Nick Chester
Hey, people living in the midwest -- don't say Harmonix and MTV Games never gave you nothing'! Next week, the Rock Band Store will be updated with its fourth country pack, shockingly titled "Going Country Pack 04." The nine s...
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Dance Central's prettiest pictures rock the dancefloor


Aug 17
// Ben Perlee
Oh hey, check it out! In addition to the announcement of brand new songs for Dance Central, Harmonix sent over a positive slurry of brand new screenshots and character art for the game. There's a little something for everyone...
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Updated Dance Central tracklist is full of satisfaction


Aug 17
// Ben Perlee
Harmonix was thoughtful enough at a recent press event to show off some of the brand new tracks you'll be able to dance to in the Kinect exclusive Dance Central. Part of the event was to show off many of the new songs that pl...
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Check out these brand new screenshots of Rock Band 3


Aug 16
// Ben Perlee
If you take a look at some of the screenshots Harmonix swung our way, and you look deep enough, you can see some heavy duty Pro mode action at play. With Pro Keys and Pro guitar, whoever is rocking that really knows their stuff. Do you think you can handle it? I don't think I can handle it. I think my hands might cramp up. I think I'm a little sad now.
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Marley, INXS, Slipknot and more confirmed for Rock Band 3


Aug 16
// Nick Chester
Eurogamer has the details on 10 more tracks that will makes their way to the Rock Band 3 disc this October, and it's music from artists spanning the globe. Whether you're looking from music from Germany or Australia or Mexico...
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Rock Band DLC: Single song explosion!


Jul 30
// Nick Chester
Track packs of a single artist are for the birds! So next week, MTV Games and Harmonix will be providing single songs from eight different artists, a handful of which have never appeared in Rock Band (or any other music game)...
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SDCC: Snoop Dogg, Salt N' Pepa tracks in Dance Central


Jul 24
// Nick Chester
[Update: Young MC's "Bust A Move" has also made the cut because, well, it had to be on the disc.] Look, I already know the choreography for Salt N' Pepa's "Push It," and I'm not afraid to admit it. Do you? Well, get ready to ...
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Rock Band DLC: Avenged Sevenfold, Juanes ready to rock


Jul 23
// Nick Chester
Three Avenged Sevenfold songs will join the music of Latin superstar Juanes in Rock Band next week, Harmonix and MTV Games have announced. The Avenged Sevenfold pack will include: "Nightmare" "Scream" "Seize the Day" Songs are $1.99/160 MS Points/200 Wii Points a piece, or you can get the full pack for $5.49/440 MS Points. If you missed it, get more info on the Juanes six-track song pack here.
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Rock Band DLC: Creedence Clearwater Revival track pack


Jul 02
// Nick Chester
Harmonix and MTV Games are making it up to Creedence Clearwater Revival fans who weren't too keep on the "Fortunate Son" cover that made its way to the game back in 2007 when Rock Band was first release. (More like "Unfortuna...
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Rock Band 3 gets fancy vocal-correcting tech


Jun 30
// Nick Chester
I've got perfect pitch and the voice of an angel, but the reality is, everyone who steps up to the microphone to play Rock Band is not me. That's where iZotope technology comes in. Besides just being a silly name that my word...
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I'm sorry: Nickelback track pack hits Rock Band next week


Jun 25
// Nick Chester
Next week, a "Nickelback Track Pack" is coming to the Rock Band Store. I have nothing else to say about this, so here are the songs in the pack: "Burn it to the Ground" "Figured You Out" "Never Again" "Photograph" "Rockstar" "This Afternoon" The tracks are going to cost money or something, and will be available for those consoles that Rock Band is available on. Just… whatever.






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