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Platform 360 Publisher Microsoft Game Studios Developer Harmonix Music Systems Release Date 2012-10-16

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Dance Central 3 review: like everyone's watching

Dance Central 3 represents the most profound understanding of what the Kinect is capable of to date. While other titles are designed around the hardware's unique control limitations, Dance Central 3 doesn't sacrifice a modicum of quality at the altar of motion. Instead, Harmonix has used that motion in ways that no developer - not even itself, until now - has thought to in the lifespan of Kinect. There are elements to Dance Central 3 which don't only represent some of the best game design I've ever seen in a motion game, but some of the best design I've seen in any video game, moving or otherwise. It's a dizzying improvement over Dance Central 2; a game which already may be the best application of Kinect's functions. It's also the best sequel Harmonix has ever put together. S...

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How the Kinect saved my health, and why I don't want to see it go away

I was diagnosed with Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy at the Seattle Children’s Hospital in the spring of 1998. It is a rare condition that causes a malfunction of the body’s neurotransmitters, which, when functioning normally, send signals from your brain to your nerves. The disease causes many issues that affect my daily life; I get tired very easily and my joints are often inflamed and sensitive to touch. I get stabbing pains in random areas of my body and during periods of high stress, I have deep spasms that build in my side until they release jolts of seizing pain up my neck. I have problems with body temperature, "brain fog," and poor blood circulation. Even on my good days, it can be difficult to walk by dinnertime. The therapists spent six hours a day trying to reprogram my...

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Dance Central 3's full library of DLC on sale this week

The full catalog of downloadable content for Dance Central 3 is on sale this week, with many tracks available for 50 percent off their original price, Harmonix announced today. Beginning today and running until June 3, players can snag more than 80 tracks and a score of song packs at deep discounts. For $3 (240 Microsoft Points), players can purchase bundles like the Fergie Fan Pack, Flo Rida Fan Pack, Ne-Yo Fan Pack and Sean Paul Fan Pack — each including two songs by the artist with different dance routines. Dance Packs stuffed with 14 routines including tracks by Lady Gaga and PSY's "Gangnam Style" are available for $18 (1440 Microsoft Points), while five-track packs can be purcahsd for $7.50 (600 Microsoft Points). Individual songs are also available for $2 (160 Microsoft Points)...

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Regular Dance Central 3 DLC releases ending this month

Dance Central 3's regular schedule of downloadable dance routines will end this month, developer Harmonix announced today. "This month will be the last DLC for Dance Central 3 for the near future," the company said. Last month, Harmonix announced it would end the weekly schedule of Rock Band DLC song releases on April 2. The studio cited the same reason for the end of Dance Central 3 updates as it did for Rock Band: Harmonix is "[moving] forward with several new titles currently in development," and "the talented developers who make [Dance Central] content are needed on other projects." Harmonix pointed out that between the importation of Dance Central and Dance Central 2 routines and all the downloadable songs the company has released, the Dance Central library now contains more...

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Dance Central 3's February DLC includes One Direction, Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj and more

Dance Central 3's upcoming slate of DLC set to hit this month includes One Direction, Justin Bieber, Ellie Goulding and B.o.B., according to a press release. The DLC kicks off tomorrow, Feb. 5, with One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful." Feb. 12 will bring the Justin Bieber Dance Pack 01, which includes "Beauty and a Beat" (featuring Nicki Minaj) and "All Around The World" (featuring Ludacris). Feb. 19 introduces Ellie Goulding's "Lights," and Feb. 26 will add B.o.B.'s "Airplanes" (featuring Paramore's Haley Williams). Each track will be available from the Xbox Live Marketplace and Dance Central 3's in-game Music Store for 240 Microsoft Points ($3) each. The Justin Bieber Dance Pack 01 will cost 400 MSP, offering a savings of 40 MSP ($0.50). For more on Harmonix and its...

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How one Harmonix fan came to help create the end credits of Dance Central 3

Dance Central superfan David Nguyen has detailed the story behind his hiring by developer Harmonix to help to create the 16-bit pixel art credits in the end sequence of Dance Central 3. Writing in a blog post on Destructoid, Nguyen states he came to the attention of Dance Central 3 project director Matt Boch following his creation of cross-over images between Dance Central and Pokemon, designed in a 16-bit style. Nguyen was asked by Boch if he would be interested in working on a project for Harmonix, later getting him to sign an NDA and promising further information at a later date. Nguyen — who studied animation at Vancouver's Emily Carr University of Art and Design — was finally phoned by Broch and asked to create animated sprites of Dance Central 3 characters in a 16-bit style....

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Dance Central 3 gets Lady Gaga, LMFAO tracks for the holidays

Dance routines featuring music by Lady Gaga and electronic music duo LMFAO are coming to Dance Central 3 over the holidays, developer Harmonix announced today. On Dec. 25, players can purchase Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" from her 2008 debut album The Fame, along with 2009's "Alejandro" from her second album, The Fame Monster. Both songs cost 240 ($3) Microsoft Points individually or 400 ($4) when purchased together. "Alejandro" is set at Moderate difficulty, while "Paparazzi" will provide a challenge with its Tough difficulty. On Dec. 31, LMFAO's "Sorry for Party Rocking" on Legit difficulty will be available for 240 Microsoft Points, or bundled with previously-released track, "Party Rock Anthem" for 400 Microsoft Points. Both songs are off the duo's 2011 album Sorry for Party Rocking. D...

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Shimmy to 'Call Me Maybe' in Dance Central 3 on Dec. 4

"Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous earworm of a pop song, will be available to download in Dance Central 3 tomorrow, Dec. 4, for 240 Microsoft Points ($3), Harmonix announced today. The studio first announced back in October that the song would be available at some point. Choreographed by Spikey Soria, the "Call Me Maybe" routine is one of the toughest in the game — its difficulty is rated as "Off The Hook." Harmonix also announced that anyone who buys Dance Central 3 at GameStop between today, Dec. 3, and Dec. 16 will receive a voucher good for a free download of "Call Me Maybe." "Gangnam Style," the other candidate for biggest song of 2012, made its way to Dance Central 3 last week. Check out our feature on how Harmonix put that song in the game.

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Best Buy Cyber Monday deals: Nintendo 3DS, Mists of Pandaria, more

Best Buy's Cyber Monday deals feature discounts on Nintendo 3DS hardware and software, as well as the Mists of Pandaria expansion to World of Warcraft. The big-box retailer is also offering an online-only deal on select games: buy one, get one 50 percent off. Here are a few highlights out of over 50 items on sale today: $19.99: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Star Fox 64 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D $23.99: Dance Central 3 $29.99: Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (360/PS3) $20 off Nintendo 3DS ($149.99) or 3DS XL ($179.99) buy one, get one 50 percent off over 50 games including Halo 3: ODST, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, Red Dead Redemption, Dead Space 2, Fallout: New Vegas, The Beatles: Rock...

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NHL 13, XCOM: Enemy Unknown lead Amazon Cyber Monday deals

Amazon's list of Cyber Monday deals includes some low prices on 2012 hits like NHL 13 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The online retailer is using the day to re-run some offers from Black Friday and the preceding week, such as the XCOM deal. That discount (to $25 from $59.99) applies all day — or at least until supplies last — but there are also plenty of Lightning Deals that only last for a limited time. Here are some highlights: Lightning Deals: SSX, $15.99 (12:10 p.m. ET - 4:10 p.m. ET); NHL 13, $25 (4:10 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. ET); Dance Central 3, $22.99 (4:10 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. ET); Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you Steal our Garbage?!!, $19.99 (8:10 p.m. - 12:10 a.m. ET) all-day discounts: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC download/360 only), $25; Dishonored, $29.99; Lego Batman 2: DC Super...

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Dance Central 3 getting two new Usher songs and 'Gangnam Style' this month

Two Usher songs and "Gangnam Style" are headed to Dance Central 3 this month, according to a press release from Harmonix. In a video released today, R&B and dance aficionado Usher introduces "Euphoria" and "Twisted," which will be available tomorrow, Nov. 20, for 240 Microsoft Points each or as a bundle for 400 MSP. Both tracks are from his most recent album, Looking 4 Myself. Usher's choreographer, Aakomon "AJ" Jones, designed the in-game moves, just as he did for two Usher tracks already included with the game, "Scream" and "OMG." Next Tuesday, Nov. 27, will see the release of PSY’s "Gangnam Style" in Dance Central 3. The track will come complete with the song's now-iconic dance moves, which recently earned it a slot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most liked video in...

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  • Xbox 360
    • Released 10/16/2012
    • Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
    • Developer Harmonix Music Systems
    • Score 9.5
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