Dance Central Spotlight
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Whether you're a new owner of a Xbox One or have owned one and looking for game Dance Central: Spotlight is a game to check out. You'll have fun and if you have a family, they will as well.
Dance Central Spotlight is a great Kinect game on Xbox One with excellent body tracking and feedback. The lack of included tracks and modes makes it a lesser experience than previous titles but it's not a deal breaker. The small amount of starting songs is a bummer, but Harmonix has continuously proven its DLC support, as long as you don't mind throwing down some extra cash.
It speaks volumes about the core mechanics when Dance Central Spotlight can still be considered a good game despite its issues. The demand for some accuracy in your moves makes it a challenge that can be brought into a party environment without alienating players of any skill type. While the new model gives you fewer tracks up front, it allows for deeper soundtrack customization, and it does so in a way that's cheaper than it was on the Xbox 360. However, the grinding needed to unlock some of the more interesting routines can get tiresome, especially for veterans of the series, and the crashes in the multiplayer portion are unacceptable when you consider how easy they are to trigger. If that portion is fixed, then feel free to add a full point to the score, but for solo players who don't mind performing the same songs multiple times to unlock the exciting content for parties, Dance Central Spotlight is a fairly solid purchase for $10.
Dance Central Spotlight seems like a logical next step for Harmonix. It's a safe release that's not tied down to an expensive physical copy, but rather a small serving that looks to be the appetizer to a build-your-own dinner combo comprised of only the delectable songs that fit your musical taste.
But then again, this is nothing we haven't experienced before in prior Dance Central games, and this is the first title for the Xbox One after all. I think what this game really is, is just a 10 dollar download fee so that you don't have to constantly switch consoles back and forth to play. To be honest, that's not so bad. If you still have the dancing bug in you, give Dance Central: Spotlight a shot. If not, well, it's not like you are missing out on much other than a short 10 track offering.
Dance Central Spotlight offers a good amount of content at a low price, and features more routines than ever before. It may be something of a safety dance, but if you just wanna dance, Harmonix's latest has you covered.
Dance Central began as a simple game with engaging, realistic dance-based play when it first launched. Since then, there has been a devoted effort to keep the series going — but with little innovation.
Fans might be a bit upset with lack of of game modes and mini-games that usually get packed into a Dance Central title but this price I think they'll be able to appreciate the trade-off. It's definitely worth picking up if you want something fun to do with your Kinect besides telling it to go to Netflix.
Dance Central Spotlight may not break the mold when it comes to being the ultimate next-gen experience, but it does provide a comfortable groove that fans will no doubt want to slip back into – especially as far as the new price point is concerned. $10 is a good value, and being able to add songs and DLC at your own free will is a nice freedom to have. Although, seriously, "Turn Down For What." That's a party in itself.
Dance Central Spotlight retains and even expands on the great gameplay of previous entries, but its underwhelming amount of tracks and features, along with an annoying progression system, may mar the experience for veteran fans.