Now, though, Just Dance 2 makes a concession of putting a big glowing Michael Jackson glove over each dancer's right hand - this, after all, is the game's favourite part of the body. It's a little tweak to the aesthetic, but it helps remind players to always prioritise their right hand.
The music selection is unremittingly aimed at the tweenie-pop market - understandable, really, seeing as the members of that demographic will play the game without being forced. The game's cover boasts over 40 'hit tracks' (I counted 41) but can be boosted with DLC at 300 Nintendo points a pop. Highlights on the disc include Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend, Cher's Shoop Shoop Song, Elvis' Viva Las Vegas, Outkast's Hey Ya! Wham's Wake Me Up Before you Go Go and Fatboy Slim's remix of Sympathy for the Devil. Jackson 5 and in-house covers (boo) of Toxic and Crazy in Love. Bafflingly, Lady Gaga's Just Dance fails to show up for a second time - while I understand Gaga is so hot right now, you'd think Ubisoft would have enough profit from the original to license the moon.
There's certainly enough on the disc to appeal to retired disco divas, too, which means Mum and Dad could probably be persuaded to join in with the youngins from time to time. A new team battle mode is begging to be used for some seasonal Moany Parents vs. Whinging Offspring battles, for instance. I stick with my Wham.
One reason it works so well is because the moves are absolutely ridiculous. There is simply no way for two fat men to look cool when trying to pirouette around each other in Vampire Weekend's A-Punk, for instance, but seeing as it's so outlandish you don't have to worry about looking like a pleb. This is the core of many great physical games - nobody expects you to have the contortionist abilities of Houdini when playing Twister, for example.
Elsewhere, Ubisoft doesn't hesitate to ride the fitness bandwagon in Just Sweat mode, which gives you 'sweat' points for playing songs and then charts your daily progress on an exciting line graph. Sweat points are nicely designed to avoid the game having to make any kind of specific boasts as to actual calorie expenditure, but seeing as you'll be sweating after thirty minutes of Just Dance you can probably guess that it's working.
In the face of technologically-superior Dance Central, perhaps, Just Dance 2 might look at little limited - but it certainly helps that you'll be having fun without spending over a hundred quid on the camera. To conclude, then: A copy of budget-priced Just Dance 2 will ultimately make you a happy-looking tit with enough change in your back pocket to make a cool jingly noise when you're doing some booty shaking.
VideoGamer.com Score7 Score out of 10
- Great party game.
- Diverse song selection.
- You'll look like a tit.