Let's face it - if you've played one dancing game, you've played them all. The format is pretty standard by now: watch the scrolling arrows, step in the corresponding directions and, in most cases, trip over your own feet and embarrass yourself in front of friends and family. All to a thumping techno beat. This is how it has been since the genesis of the genre and how it will continue to be for the foreseeable future... at least until they program the PlayStation 7 to grow legs and join you in
Publisher Codemasters has officially started up the publicity machine for Dance Factory - its do-it-yourself answer to the classic stomping-on-arrows-in-time-to-music game Dance Dance Revolution. The first output is a new website and trailer, the latter of which you can watch by clicking the Movies tab above. Dance Factory is unique in that it's built around a long-overdue feature: by reading the beats in music CDs, it enables players to create custom levels using their own music collection.
Have you burned through Dance Dance Revolution's entire song catalog? Or have you always wanted to try a dancing game, but thought the music wasn't really your thing? Enter Dance Factory. Due out in August, it's the first game that'll actually let you stomp to tunes from your own CDs. At first blush, Dance Factory looks like your typical DDR clone, as a series of cascading arrows tell you which part of a dance mat to step on in time with music. The key difference is that Factory generates
Another year, another dance mat title? Not quite. When Codemasters' Dance Factory makes its moves on the arrows in April, it's bringing a setlist limited only by the size of your music collection. Like PlayStation oldie oddity Vib Ribbon, it can build routines from any music CDs you feed it. At last, the chance to do a relaxing shuffle to your favourite ambient album, or at the other extreme, shorten your lifespan to the rhythm of a death metal drummer. If you already have a four-directional