PS4 Review: Just Dance 2016

Another year, another Just Dance. But is there more up Ubi’s sleeve this time?

Just Dance 2016 is upon us folks and it’s more accessible than ever thanks to the smartphone app that takes away the need for Wii Remotes, Kinect, PlayStation Cameras and PlayStation Move controllers. You can still use them if you so desire, but if you don’t want to or simply don’t have them then you can just dive in even with a cheap smartphone. The results of using the app seems to vary but I didn’t have any issues with it. So besides that, is anything new this year?
First of all, you can work together with friends to achieve a high score in Dance Party, there’s also actually a Dance Quests mode that gives you tasks to complete the game. World Video Challenge lets you take on your friends and online rivals, while you can customise dance routines in the Sweat and Playlists mode. The final new addition is JDTV (Just Dance TV to you and me) which shows the best community videos and fan-made dances. All in all, some nice new additions.

The tracklist contains classics and new songs such as:

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
Animals – Martin Garrix
Blame – Calvin Harris Ft. John Newman
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Gibberish – MAX
Hangover (BaBaBa) – Buraka Som Sistema
Hey Mama – David Guetta Ft. Nicki Minaj, Afrojack & Bebe Rexha
I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
Ievan Polkka – Hatsune Miku
Let’s Groove – Equinox Stars
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars
Want To Want Me – Jason Derulo
William Tell – Overture – Rossini
The Little Mermaid – Under the Sea
There’s even oddly an Angry Birds tune thrown in and the less said about anything with One Direction in it, the better. It would have been nice to have some Queen songs in like We Will Rock You, The Show Must Go On or even Fat Bottomed Girls would have been sweet. Maybe next year we’ll get to dance like the ghost of Freddie Mercury. The game’s interface will be familiar to those who have played previous entries, but is easily accessible to newcomers as well.

The Verdict

Just Dance 2016 adds some nice new modes and additions, while improving the overall experience. The tracklist is a mixed bag however and isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but if at least one tickles your fancy then you should dust off your dancing shoes and give it a go.

Score: 8.0