Every year, we look forward to a new installment of that saga that we are passionate about. It is inconceivable to go another year without FIFA, without Call of Duty and, of course, without Just Dance. In the middle of the Christmas season, we look forward to another installment of this musical title with which we turn our living room into a dance party. It has been more than 10 years in which we have enjoyed house parties to the sound of our favorite songs, discovering genres that we did not think we would like and artists that we later went to follow the track on Spotify. Likewise, Just Dance has saved our sanity in insane times of pandemic and continues to do so in the face of an uncertain Christmas. A) Yes, Just Dance 2022, from Ubisoft, gets us dancing on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Google Stadia and Nintendo Switch. And, although he has known how to keep up in certain aspects, in others he gives a little stumble.
Just Dance marks an encore
Just Dance 2022 is presented in a very continuous way and this is not bad if the formula works. After all, its core lies in an unusual proposal in the medium: a musical game in which we are invited to dance for the simple pleasure to do so, while encouraging us to self-improve to recreate each choreography as accurately as possible. Everyone is welcome on the dance floor, regardless of their video game experience. At least, the philosophy has always been this since that first launch on the familiar Wii. But, in the last generation, the game system collides with this maxim, as we will see later.
Thus, Just Dance 2022 arrives without major changes, with a very intuitive navigation system that takes us to Kids mode, Just Dance itself or the Quick Play that had already been incorporated in the previous version, with the random playback of songs. And, as is traditional, in the main game we access different songs, playlists prefabricated or ours created. We can also customize the dance card and participate in the World Dance Floor, the world tournament between all the dancers of the world and that works in the same usual way. Players must dance to three songs and will be ranked according to the score achieved. Aesthetics also continue to be the hallmark of the house: psychedelic decorations, with slender dancers with undefined features so that we can identify ourselves, and funny videos with original choreography for each song. Many of the pieces make a clear tribute to the original video clip, such as Chandelier (Be).
Dancing is easy
The mechanics remain like the Just Dance predecessors: we are given an instructor whom we must imitate with our body, and in the lower part we will see a silhouette of the following steps that we will execute, accompanied by the lyrics of the song that appears karaoke style. On each instructor will be our name and score, which we will increase as we manage to make the passes. According to our precision, we will be scored from “ok” to “perfect” and with an X if we have made a complete mistake or if the movement has not been detected. The final result will be rated 0-5 stars, which if exceeded will reach the SuperStar and MegaStar categories. If we wish, we can activate the Sweat mode, in which the counter becomes the calories we are burning with dance.
In the repertoire we will find songs of various difficulties, although the movements are very simple to perform, as well as keeping the rhythm of each song. Perhaps the most difficult subjects are those that require greater energy, quick reflexes, and coordination. At times, we may unlock alternate versionss of each song if we reach a certain score or if we dance it a specific number of times, which offers us a new challenge while bringing freshness to the game. And, as usual, the Kids section is composed of children’s songs with choreographies adapted to the smallest of the house, with the punctuation reduced to “haha” and “wow” to always create a positive feeling in which there are no mistakes .
And, indeed, after each Just Dance session it is impossible not to feel good. After all, it’s about a simple and aerobic exercise in which we release endorphins and make us feel better, while feeding a feeling of self-improvement affordable for everyone. It is not necessary to be in Olympic hero form, and at our party we can have a maximum of 6 dancers in total, which will make the session more fun. In addition, with each song we will earn mojo to exchange for titles, avatars, stickers and random backgrounds.
A misstep towards the new generation
Before deciding if Just Dance 2022 is a game that we want in our playroom, we must bear in mind that it is necessary to have a more or less spacious room to be able to play properly. Likewise, we must take into account the platform for which we are going to dance and this is where, a year later, the same problem remains as in last year’s edition: if we opt for PlayStation 5, we can only dance with the mobile on the hand and app Just Dance Controller. As we said at the beginning of this analysis, this option leaves out a large part of the public and raises various uncertainties: is it safe to give a small child a mobile to use as a dance peripheral? In addition, it is uncomfortable to dance with your mobile during a prolonged session and it is surprising that by now the compatibility with the HD camera of PlayStation has not been implemented in the new generation. On the other hand, we have seen a notable improvement in precision with Just Dance Controller compared to last year.
Finally, it remains to talk about the selection of songs, in which we access a repertoire of 40 songs that covers a great diversity of genres, among which there are excellent choices. We got like the catchy PopStar of the KDA, Chandelier of SIA, Judas by Lady Gaga and also 90s dance classics like Free From Desire of Gala and Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat), classic of synthpop. And, as promised in its presentation, we found the fun Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels, by Todrick Hall.
However, when we have been dancing for a long time, it is impossible not to wrinkle our nose at the censorship in the lyrics of some songs that make erotic overtones. The absurd comes when we find songs like Slowly, which in itself talks about sex, with silenced parts, while any minimally savvy person can read between the lines.
On the other hand, Just Dance 2022 may fall short if we are one of those who are going to use the game every day to dance. If we want to access a larger and vast menu of songs, we can choose to subscribe to Just Dance Unlimited, where we will enjoy all the songs from the previous Just Dance, along with some exclusive new additions. However, the selection with which this new edition is presented is more than satisfactory and according to all kinds of tastes. As every year, we will live a very enjoyable game that will not only serve to brighten up family parties on strange Christmases, but also as a daily title with which to keep fit in a fun way.
This game has been analyzed in its version for PS5.
Just Dance 2022 arrives without news, with a formula that works more than well: very simple dance mechanics, affordable choreographies for all audiences and a dance mode designed for the little ones. Its repertoire of songs covers a great diversity of genres, as well as including very popular songs that will appeal to a large part of the population. However, this edition continues to have the same error as the previous one: in the version for PlayStation 5, it is only possible to play with the mobile phone and the Just Dance Controller application, which is not the most advisable for the little ones or for their own comfort.
- Excellent selection of songs
- Notable improvements in accuracy
- A game that shows that dancing is for everyone
- In the version for PS5, it is only possible to dance with your mobile
- Censorship in some songs
A game with a remarkable finish that we will enjoy and remember. A good buy, highly recommended for lovers of the genre. It is well cared for at all levels.
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Just Dance 2022, analysis. More precision, better dancing – MeriStation