Just Dance: the worst part of every E3. Just Dance sometimes feels like the Ubisoft series no one can takes seriously – or even cares about anymore. This year's edition really doesn't add much in terms of gameplay or modes, but it's still solid.
Firstly, the tracklist: there's a lot of variation this year, with modern hits like DNCE's 'Cake by the Ocean' and Ariana Grande's 'Into You' mixing with mid-noughties favourites like O-Zone's 'Dragostea Din Tei' (also known as Numa Numa) and Shakira's 'Hips Don't Lie'. There are a couple of golden oldies such as Haddaway's 'What Is Love' and Wham's 'Last Christmas', plus – if you're Associate Editor Robert Ramsey – there's a bit of Hatsune Miku, too. Bleh. [Does Ramsey even like Miku – Ed?]
As always, it's not only the variation of the songs that makes this game so fun, but also the dance moves and the theme of the dances. 'What Is Love' is about a handlebar moustache-sporting 90s kid at a karaoke concert, 'Cake by the Ocean' stars a dancing deep sea diver, and 'Ghost in the Keys' by Halloween Thrills is about a bunch of pumpkin-heads who don't look dissimilar to the Spooky Scary Skeletons guy.
There's plenty more where that came from – there are 40 songs in the game, with more unlockable if you've got enough uPlay points. Not only that but the points that you earn from doing well in songs can be spent on remixed versions of the songs, as well as duet, trio, and quartet versions.
Disappointingly, though, there's only one new major addition this year: the new Just Dance Machine mode, in which you need to refill a UFO's fuel tank using your dance skills. Really. Essentially, you play five of 32 possible routines that can be as simple as rock or dubstep to as niche as playlists Russian folk or the French cancan. Upon completion, you earn new routines depending on how well you did. It's a nice new addition, but doesn't really change anything up, although it does bolster the lineup of modes.
Just Dance 2017 may be a good dancing game for anyone who doesn't take themselves too seriously or wants to have a good time with friends, but if you bought 2016, then don't bother. The new Just Dance Machine mode is fun, but it's hard to justify a purchase unless you're a big Just Dance fan.
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