When Konami introduced the Dance Dance Revolution series, I don’t anyone would have imagined that it would take the gaming world by storm, and still garner a lot of interest today. Such a simple idea of taking four directions and making a rhythm game that you danced with. It is one of those things that you say "why didn’t I think of that?". This simple idea has taken off into tons of different arcade games and just a slew of console games on different platforms that have all been quite big hits. So now Konami is taking their dancing game to the next generation in Dance Dance Revolution Universe for the Xbox 360. Does this game have the right moves to make for a great dancing experience? Read our full review to find out!
I have reviewed quite a few DDR games in my time, and I will say they have proved to be some of my shortest reviews I have ever written. There are only a few factors that you really have to work with when you are going to really critique, and the remainder is going to be set for every single Dance Dance Revolution game. So let’s get into the first DDR game for the Xbox 360, which hopes to keep you dancing for years to come.
Let’s first talk about the music, which to me seems to be the deepest lineup of music that I have ever seen in a console DDR game. The music for the first time seems to be a little bit more varied than usual, and has some really nice hits that keep the game feeling fresher than in the past. The music comes from different genres and a lot of big name stars, and if what is on the game is not enough for you, you can always download more songs from the Xbox Live marketplace.
The game has several modes to choose from ranging from workout mode to the quest mode, and even the challenge mode. The different modes that the game have are just different ways to dance to the music and not necessarily anything all that important to the game. Pretty much it is based on preferences and what you would rather do. The one disappointment in the modes is the Quest Mode, which should be the big deep mode to keep you occupied, but unfortunately the structure is so convoluted and the quest mode is so uninteresting that there is really very little point to much time into that mode at all.
In the end, Dance Dance Revolution Universe plays exactly how you expect the game to play on the Xbox 360, the same way it did on previous versions. In fact, the modes and the entire setup of the game feels very familiar, but even to this day still has the gameplay to impress from start to finish. The game does pack in some online play as well, which is sure to give even some of the more successful dancers out there a decent challenge, or at least a healthy workout. DDR: Universe doesn’t do anything to keep you away from the title, it is just unfortunate that the developers weren’t a bit more creative.
In most ways, the visuals in DDR: Universe mean absolutely nothing to the game, and in fact has very little impact at all on the games’ final outcome. This is true in the case of DDR Universe, which looks good but it doesn’t go anywhere the game hasn’t already in the past. I am sill waiting for Konami to really overhaul the whole DDR game with even more style that would help do the game right. You can just feel when playing the game that it could easily be taken to the next level, but for whatever reason that just hasn’t happened yet.
The one thing I really enjoyed about Dance Dance Revolution Universe is the song selection, which is really quite impressive, considering the selection of songs and the ability to download more on Xbox Live. This keeps the game fresh for quite some time. The dancing in the game is as solid as ever and the game manages still to this day to keep the game entertaining from start to finish. If nothing else, it is my easy excuse for exercise, except it is a whole lot more fun then going outside and running.
In the end, I did want to see a bit more from Dance Dance Revolution Universe to really take it to the real next level. In a lot of ways Konami continues to improve things in this game, however a big part of me suggests that although this is a solid game there is only more great ones to come.
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