Dance Central Spotlight
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When Microsoft first launched Kinect for the Xbox 360, there was only one true must-have game: Harmonix's Dance Central. From 2010 to 2012, the Dance Central franchise was the premiere Kinect series, and now Harmonix is looking to repeat their success on the Xbox One with Dance Central Spotlight. This new entry returns to the series' origins with an emphasis on dancing, learning new routines, and having a genuine blast - be it with a group of friends or on your own. It's time to bust-a-move and Dance Central Spotlight is shining its light on you.
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.
If you have an Xbox 360 and a Kinect handy, you'd be better off just picking up prior Dance Central games on the cheap and reaping the benefits of an extended library, better multiplayer, and more game modes. But for everyone else who bought an Xbox One and has a Kinect collecting dust, it's a great way to bring some life to your next party.
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.
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 Spotlight has fewer features than its predecessors, but it still has the moves to keep the party going.
Spotlight focuses on movement itself
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.
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.
The dancing is fun, as it always has been in Dance Central, but a number of discarded features and bugs make this the weakest game in the Dance Central series