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Music Game of the Year

Music GotY

The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

Next up is Music Game of the Year.

Third Place – Just Dance 2016

Just Dance 2016 is the most accessible version of the popular dance title so far, allowing you to use the Kinect or a smartphone to track your dance moves. It certainly made for an inclusive experience, and with excellent modes, a focus on fun, and impressive movement tracking, grooving around your living room has seldom been so fun.

Dave Moran said in his review:

Just Dance hits all the right moves again, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and doesn’t expect you too either. It’s bold, it’s bright and most importantly it’s fun

And that’s what we’re after from our rhythm games: fun.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – Rock Band 4

This music category would have been severely limited if it wasn’t for these next two title reviving the plastic instrument strumming, and whilst Rock Band 4 doesn’t shake things up much, it does offer a hugely impressive rooster of songs to jam along with.

Phil Kowalski said in his review:

Let’s face it, the Rock Band title has oodles of playability. Even if you’ve got the rhythm of the average X-Factor contestant, you’ll find picking up a guitar and following the colours a pretty simple affair…

And this accessibility, tweaks to the career mode, and the absence of the title to make the heart grow fonder, all came together to make Rock Band 4 a Christmas number two in the charts.

Check out the review here.

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Music Game of the Year – Guitar Hero Live

An innovative and intuitive new button layout and FMV framing may not sound like enough to make a huge difference to how strumming along on a plastic guitar feels but turns out to be just what the genre needed to refresh it.

Dave Moran said in his review:

Freestyle Games have gone for a brave change to a system we were all very used to, having played every day for a week I can honestly say I’ll struggle to go back now. It feels more natural, some of the button combinations certainly feel like you are playing a real guitar.

And with GHTV adding another neat mode of constantly changing tracks to play, this latest Guitar Hero offering thrashed the competition.

Check out the review here.

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Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Just Dance 2016 review

Just Dance 2016 returns to consoles and it’s as bright and bold as ever. Grab a headband, some neon leggings and limber up while I tell you how the world most popular dance game as managed to get even better.

I probably don’t need to explain to you what Just Dance is, but I’m going to anyway. Just Dance 2016 involves choosing yourself a music track ranging from today hits to old school classics and then doing your best to mirror the dance moves you see on screen, the more accurate you are the higher the score.

The game comes with 44 songs for you to dance along to, with hits from Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor and Katy Perry. There are also some classics including Summer Nights from Grease and even a special remix of the Angry Birds theme tune. All of the songs are very well chosen, perfect for parties and also great for working out too.

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What Just Dance does best is theme each dance very well with each song, as you would expect, the Angry Bird theme tune sees you trying to keep in time with Angry Birds while ‘dancing’ to the William Tell Overture will have you racing horses against your friends. It’s brilliant fun and will have people of all ages joining in. Being able to dance with others for certain routines is a lot of fun, our rendition of Summer Nights would have even had Craig Revell Horwood out of his seat applauding.

Some of the routines are tougher than others but because of the way the videos are presented you ultimately just end up having a lot of fun with the game. Once you have competed a routine you’ll see a playback of you dancing which you can share with the world, as well as applying different effects such as a big head mode. The score you get will give you points towards unlocking new remixes of songs, you can also use UPlay points too.

There are some great new modes to get into the groove with also. Dance Party is the main mode which allows you to play on your own or compete against your friends. Dance quest puts you up against some AI opponents over three songs, with the aim of beating them and unlocking further quests. In the true spirit of Just Dance, Showtime mode allows you to show off your moves and lip sync to your favourite songs before sharing it to the world. The workout mode returns allowing you to really work up a sweat while also getting fitter at the same time.

With Microsoft changing their minds and deciding to sell the Xbox One without Kinect, Ubisoft needed to find a way to make sure that they could cater Just Dance to include those who did and didn’t have the much maligned device, without a viable option sales of the game could easily suffer. Thankfully they have managed to find the solution and surprisingly it works really well. All you need is a smartphone and the Just Dance Companion app, once you have connected the phone to the console you are good to go. It actually turns out to be a bit of a party piece as you can have As many people as you want taking part as all they really need is the app, during the time of the review I had no issues with the phone or Kinect itself.

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If you have favourite songs from previous Just Dance games then we have just the thing for you, Just Dance Unlimited allows you to gain access to over 150 songs with new tracks being added weekly. At $40 a year it’s a bit steep in price but if your are desperate to dance to ‘The eye of the tiger’ and ‘Who let the dogs out?’ then this may turn out to be good value.

Just Dance hits all the right moves again, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and doesn’t expect you too either. It’s bold, it’s bright and most importantly it’s fun. Whether you are 9 or 90 you’ll enjoy at least one song and as long as you are prepared to step out of your comfort zone you’ll actually have a good time. Just Dance unlimited is a nice if a bit pricey idea, but will go down really well with fans of the series, also being able to play along without Kinect will see a whole new set of fans being able to access the game which can only help improve sales. Before you ask there are no videos of me dancing and there never will be, it would break the Internet…

Thanks to Ubisoft for supporting TiX

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Just Dance about to take it Unlimited

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When our very own Dave kicks out some moves in Just Dance 2016, he’s going to be in for a treat.

Ubisoft have announced a new dance-on-demand streaming service for Just Dance 2016, available at launch on the 23rd of October.

Named Just Dance Unlimited, this new service will give players access to over 150 tracks from previous Just Dance titles, with exclusive new tracks to be added over time. The summer hit, Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) by OMI, is the first exclusive track to be added and will be available at launch.

If that isn’t clear or fun enough, Ubisoft have released this informative and fun trailer to explain it all.

Just Dance 2016 is out on the 23rd of October.

 

Just Dance 2016 track list unveiled

Ubisoft have just released the full track list for its latest instalment in the best selling dance game of all time.

Featuring over 40 of the hottest songs, classic favourites, and some quirky tracks, such as Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”, and Frankie Bostello’s “Copacabana”, Just Dance 2016 promises to keep living room’s alive with the sound of music.

The latest tracks to be unveiled are:

  • “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “Teacher” by Nick Jonas
  • “Chiwawa” by Wanko Ni Mero Mero
  • “Copacabana” by Frankie Bostello
  • “This Is How We Do” by Katy Perry
  • “Drop The Mambo” by Diva Carmina
  • “Hit The Road Jack” by Charles Percy
  • “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” by The Girly Team
  • “Irish Meadow Dance” by O’Callaghan’s Orchestra
  • “Junto a Ti” From Disney’s “Violetta”
  • “Kaboom Pow” by Nikki Yanofsky
  • “Kool Kontact” by Glorious Black Belts
  • “You’re The One That I Want” From The Movie Grease
  • “The Choice Is Yours” by Darius Dante Van Dijk
  • “Under the Sea” From Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
  • “When The Rain Begins To Fall” by Sky Trucking
  • “You Never Can Tell” by A. Caveman & The Backseats

 

Ubisoft previously announced the following tracks will be included in Just Dance 2016.

  • “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars
  • “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
  • “Animals” by Martin Garrix
  • “Hey Mama” by David Guetta Ft. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack
  • “Blame” by Calvin Harris Ft. John Newman
  • “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
  • “Want To Want Me” by Jason Derulo
  • “Gibberish” by MAX
  • “Hangover (BaBaBa)” by Buraka Som Sistema
  • “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
  • “Ievan Polkka” by Hatsune Miku
  • “Let’s Groove” by Equinox Stars
  • “William Tell Overture” by Rossini
  • “Balkan Blast Remix” by Angry Birds
  • “Rabiosa” by Shakira Ft. El Cata
  • “Stuck On A Feeling” by Prince Royce
  • “Boys (Summertime Love)” by The Lemon Cubes
  • “Fun” by Pitbull Ft. Chris Brown
  • “Circus” by Britney Spears
  • “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea Ft. Charli XCX
  • “Same Old Love” by Selena Gomez
  • “Cool For The Summer” by Demi Lovato
  • “Lights” by Ellie Goulding
  • “No Control” by One Direction
  • “I’m An Albatraoz” by AronChupa

Just Dance 2016 is coming to Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and Wii U on October 23, 2015.

Just Dance 2016 gets a new feature

Ubisoft have announced nine new tracks for Just Dance 2016 and revealed a new lip-syncing-focused mode called “Showtime,” which will be available for new-gen consoles.

The new Showtime mode will allow players to unleash their inner star by creating unique music videos of themselves performing. Players lip-sync and perform along to hit songs in the game and the video footage is then turned into a fun shareable music video. The music videos pull in both creative visual elements and pop cultural references— each song will have a distinctive and visually original atmosphere.

Just Dance 2016 will feature 40+ tracks from artists like Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Calvin Harris Ft. John Newman and Lady Gaga. The new tracks revealed at Gamescom include:

“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea Ft. Charli XCX

“Fun” by Pitbull Ft. Chris Brown

“Lights” by Ellie Goulding

“I’m An Albatraoz” by AronChupa

“Circus” by Britney Spears

“Balkan Blast Remix” from Angry Birds

“Stuck On A Feeling” by Prince Royce

“Boys (Summertime Love)” by The Lemon Cubes

“Rabiosa” by Shakira Ft. El Cata

Just Dance 2016 demo now available

It’s time to get your glad rags on because there is a Just Dance 2016 demo available on Xbox Live.

This year you don’t need Kinect to play the game, instead you can use a smartphone and the Just Dance 2016 app.

By holding the phone in your right hand, the gyroscopic sensor will work out how many moves you have. The full game will support up to six players across six smartphones.

The demo features Calvin Harris and John Newman’s song, Blame. You can download the demo using the link below, let us know what you think!

E3 Ubisoft Conference – round-up

The Ubisoft conference is the fourth press conference of this year’s E3 and expectations are for more information and footage of already announced games. However, will they have a few surprises up their sleeves? Aisha Tyler once again presents this year’s conference, with her genuine passion for the industry, charisma and skilful presenting helping to smooth over the sometimes awkward stage presence of developers. Mind you, our money’s on a “tall woman” joke hitting at some point during the show.

First up is a complete and wonderful surprise, a new South Park RPG is in the works, South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Smashing title by the way. Showing in-game footage the reveal trailer hints at a hilarious continuation of the previous game’s story and characters, this time, however, the South Park lad are playing super heroes rather than high fantasy. No release date yet, but colour us excited.

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Next up is another surprise, and a new IP at that, For Honor, a medieval melee-combat action game where you choose to be the heroes Viking, Knight, or Samurai in a 4 vs. 4 fight amongst a bustling battlefield. They’ll be multiple modes with different objectives, but the focus is on short, team combat scenarios. Proclamations are made of this being a new genre, we hope they’re referring to a new genre for Ubisoft, because there’s some striking similarities with the likes of Chivalry going on.

Next a new expansion is revealed for The Crew, The Crew: Wildrun, where monster trucks and dirt track vehicles seem to be the focus. Then a new expansion for Trails Fusion is revealed, Trails Fusion: Awesome Level Max, where you are a cat riding a fire breathing unicorn. We’re sold.

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A game we’ve been itching to see in action again is up next, The Division, the openworld action RPG revealed two years ago. Gameplay footage was shown of a team planning a raid on NPCs only for another player controlled team to come along. All seems friendly as the two player teams work together to take the NPC crew down, before a brilliant bout of betrayals cascades through the group to leave a lone player with all the loot. It look terrific, and we’ll finally be able to play it next year, first with a Beta, then on March the 8th it sees release.

Annon 2205 is revealed next. The popular PC building management game is now expanded so you can build off-planet on the moon as well as on terra firma.

The latest Just Dance iteration is up next, Just Dance 2016, introduced by “singer” Jason Derule whilst dancers boogie on down behind him. For the first time in the series’ history you won’t need a camera or motion devices to track you, you can instead use your phone, opening the series up to a much large audience. Additionally, a new optional subscription based streaming service can provide new tracks frequently for you to dance to.

Next comes singleplayer reveal footage of Rainbow Six Siege, showing off a story-based campaign and the return of everyone’s favourite multiplayer mode Terrohunt (terrorist hunt), allowing up to four players to team up and take out terrorist with the same permadeath consequences for mistakes. It was also revealed that everything is destructible, adding new ways to breach buildings and kill unsuspecting enemies. You can play the Beta from September the 24th.

Trackmania Turbo

Another surprise next as Trackmania Turbo is revealed for consoles. The popular PC title where you can build, share and race your own crazy, gravity defying custom tracks will be bringing that same experience to Xbox One; super-fast pace, ghost cars, online leaderboards, four player split screen, and VR support included.

Next came a new CG trailer for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, giving us all an idea of the trouble we can get up to when that’s released, as well as introducing the female protagonist, Evie Frye’s more psychotic, bloodthirsty side. She is indeed not to be trifled with.

Ghost Recond Wildlands

One last reveal remains and once again it is a total surprise. A huge openworld, beautiful visuals, violent military combat, multiple options on how a team can kill their targets: this is Ghost Recon Wildlands.

And that was the Ubisoft press conference. It was another great conference and it delivered far more surprises than we expected too, but no “tall woman” joke, disappointingly. Square Enix are next, like Bethesda this is their first E3 conference, can they reach the high bar set by everyone else so far? We’ll tell you all about it shortly.