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Dance Central Returns with Two Player Dance Battles

Harmonix took the stage during Microsoft's 2011 E3 press conference today to lift the curtain on Dance Central 2, detailing some of the new features coming in the follow-up to the popular Kinect-powered body mover. It's time for a dance off!


Dance Central is a lovely game, but it was obviously pushed out in rather bare bones form in order to be a Kinect launch title. Harmonix comes back for round two with a game that sounds like what the original release should have been.

For instance, the sequel adds two player simultaneous dancing to the series, something that seems rather silly to have left out in the first place. It also adds a campaign mode, so we're not just randomly picking a series of songs with no context. Harmonix also promises a much improved Break-It-Down experience, though I'll miss the random flailing.


How about music? Here are the first few on-disc tracks that have been revealed:

Rihanna – "Rude Boy"
Nicki Minaj – "Massive Attack"
Montell Jordan – "This Is How We Do It"
La Roux – "Bulletproof"
Far East Movement – "Like a G6"
B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars – "Nothin' on You"
Bananarama – "Venus"
Usher – "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love"

Not a bad selection, if you like that sort of thing. I'd miss the original batch of songs if Harmonix hadn't also announced that all songs from the first game will be importable into the second. That's more than 100 songs available at launch, making it the most musical dance title available on the Kinect when it drops later this year.

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Kinect is the Dance Central peripheral. I knew when DC 1 came out. I bought one for my niece and nephew and it works as advertised. No other game reached the pedigree of Dance Central on Kinect which is sorta damn shame, but whatever.