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E3 2010: Dance Central - hands-on and butts-up!

You could say we were skeptical about Microsoft and Sony’s showy stabs at motion control. More accurately, we were probably a little too cynical and on occasion, outright rude. But with the E3 dust finally settled, I’m as shocked as anyone to tell you that one of my favorite demos of the entire show was… a Kinect dancing game?!


Above: Oh, I had help. Internet sensation of the day, Kassen Crooker was there to lend a dancing hand

Keep your War Gears and your Twisty Metals, Dance Central threw me for an unexpected loop with something wildly fresh and boldly innovative, especially when compared to a showfloor full of sequels, reboots and a tertiary dimension. Can’t believe I was so surprised… the controllerless wonder is in the incredibly capable hands of Harmonix, the leading developer of all things musical.


WARNING: The following may arouse you

As my only “hands-on” time with Kinect, I was pretty blown away by how responsive Microsoft’s new device was. Christ, the menus alone finally fulfilled the promise of graceful gesture commands Tom Cruise promised me in Minority Report, plus you see a consistent silhouette of yourself during play that lets you know when you’re acting the fool. Dance Central’s moves unspool similarly to guitar licks on Rock Band’s fret board.


Above: Moves scroll on an upwards wheel... not unlike the music selection chart in DDR?

You can see upcoming steps clearly as they approach, yet the move highlighted is the only one you need to keep with the beat. Not only did the game wade me onto the dance floor with almost instantaneous confidence, it was physically satisfying in a way that won’t exhaust someone who doesn’t have a gym membership (and smokes like a champ!)

Simple and intuitive, Dance Central is truly dancing evolved. Harmonix looks to have finally provided the legs this little sub genre needed to move forward after years of updated setlists disguised as new DDR titles and bullshit button mashers like Boogie.


Above: If the Rocky movies were about dancing, this is the frame they'd all end on

And this is coming from a lifelong wallflower who literally never dances! Born lanky and without an innate sense of rhythm, I don’t ever cut the proverbial rug out of fear of personal injury and the safety of others, but I had an unbelievably great time with Dance Central. And regardless of what you see from the video above, I actually did okay and can’t wait to play more… in private, that is.


Above: Did we mention the Freestyle mode?

Jun 23, 2010

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27 comments

  • aniq16 - June 28, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    this game looks interesting,but its till not enough to convince me to buy kinect
  • AngryScotsman - June 26, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    This is why I love this site. Please cover this game more in future.
  • illusion4dreams - June 24, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    I love gamesradar! xD
  • HumorTumor - June 24, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    I actually think this would be pretty damn fun. I'm not sure if it makes $150 justified, but maybe there will be a special bundle or something later on.
  • Zanthis - June 24, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    I don't think I can want this game any more than I already do. It justified the Kinect for me, which makes me question whether or not I actually do have a penis. Thank you Mr. Antista for making me laugh as well.
  • solidushepherd - June 24, 2010 5:40 a.m.

    Yeah, work it Chris!
  • Pytor - June 24, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    I MAY just buy Kinect now. I mean, how can you go wrong with a Harmonix game endorsed by a sexy-ass demo from Antista!
  • flabslapper - June 24, 2010 2:32 a.m.

    consider me aroused Mr. Antista...oh yes
  • OneEyedGoon - June 23, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    Chris - you are a truly hilarious man.
  • Samael - June 23, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    Oh...Oh my. DAT ASS! Why was there no age restriction on this clip? That was spicy! Chris was already on my "If I was Born Gay List", this just solidified his postion. In all seriousness, it looks pretty fun. Just not $150 fun.
  • QWERTYCommander - June 23, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    @IamNOTatalkingpony Agreed.
  • RebornKusabi - June 23, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    That... that was AWESOME!!! Your manliness was so palpable that I think I'm pregnant now... and I'm a guy too >_>
  • Lovelost - June 23, 2010 10:20 p.m.

    Great Vid. Duse I second IamNOTatalkingponys notion. Sexy!!! Best Interview/vid on the Radar
  • Cyberninja - June 23, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    thanks chris i am scared for life now.
  • alexfruen - June 23, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    Guys, check out the Napoleon Dynamite Remix of the Dance Central Nerd!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACZnlCkQBw0
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - June 23, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    Damnit Chris! I was straight until a moment ago!
  • sternparez - June 23, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    haha I'd never get this but was a funny vid. Back off Italian boiy!!
  • zigs - June 23, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    Boner. Fap fap fap.
  • Vitoruss1 - June 23, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    I am so aroused right now. You've made my every appendage hard, Chris. Haha, in all seriousness, it actually does look fairly decent. And I gotta be lovin' me any hilarious Antista-interviews that I can get.
  • MrDuracraft - June 23, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    XD It did! It did arouse me!...wait wut? And although it looks fun, I don't think one game is worth spending $150 for Kinect, plus another $50-60 for the game itself. My advice to Xbox owners, wait 6-12 months for the real good stuff that will most likely be coming out. Plus, Minority Report-esque menus are cool, but where are the Tony Stark displays of the future? ReCaptcha: on reserve, all of my money until 3DS comes out.

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