Hands-On: Dance Central VR Made Me Dance Like No One Was Watching

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I’m not a superb dancer. You’ll be able to ask anybody that went to highschool with me, attended my wedding ceremony, or have been ever unlucky sufficient to witness me enjoying any of the assorted Simply Dance or Dance Central video games and so they’ll all agree that I simply can’t dance. However that didn’t cease me from having enjoyable with Dance Central VR.

At GDC 2019 final week I met with Harmonix at an offsite demo suite to take a look at this new iteration of their in style dancing rhythm recreation and was delighted to search out it working on not solely the Oculus Rift, but in addition the Oculus Quest.

Test it out for your self:

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For a recreation that’s abruptly been introduced out of nowhere there’s quite a lot of meat on its bones. With 32 songs at launch starting from well-known trendy hits to basic dance jams it’s shaping as much as have a extremely strong monitor listing. Thus far that features:

<a href="https://youtu.be/LsoLEjrDogU" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q= Mars ft. Cardi B — “Finesse (Remix)”
<a href="https://youtu.be/Io0fBr1XBUA" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q= Chainsmokers ft. Daya — “Don’t Let Me Down”
<a href="https://youtu.be/HMUDVMiITOU" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q= Snake & Lil Jon — “Flip Down for What”
<a href="https://youtu.be/HEXWRTEbj1I" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q= — “What’s Love”
<a href="https://youtu.be/EPo5wWmKEaI" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q= ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer — “Give Me All the things”
<a href="https://youtu.be/phOW-CZJWT0" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q= Base & DJ EZ Rock — “It Takes Two”

Not dangerous, proper? The primary one I picked was Finesse and the dance strikes didn’t disappoint. For these unaware, Dance Central works by having you mirror the strikes of an NPC that’s dancing in entrance of you. There are cue playing cards off to the facet as effectively to information you on what’s coming subsequent as soon as the strikes and also you simply comply with alongside to the beat of the music. Since that is on the Quest and Rift which means it’s monitoring your fingers and head motion to match the dance strikes. You’ll additionally must match the hand gestures as effectively, akin to making a fist or flat palm.

All in all of the gameplay is just about similar to the way it labored on Xbox with Kinect, besides this time you’re in VR. And now there’s multiplayer too. You’ll be capable to hop on-line and be part of individuals in a social hub house, do solo and crew dance battles, and even simply grasp across the DJ sales space and chat. It’s an impressively social recreation while you actually dig into it. The cross-platform multiplayer ought to assist it change into a well-liked celebration recreation vacation spot each on-line and domestically with pals. Passing the Quest round will probably be tremendous easy, particularly if casting works like Go.

Throughout my demo Harmonix additionally confirmed me the Wardrobe the place you may deck out your avatar with varied garments and outfits you’ve unlocked in addition to a mess of hair types and even totally different cellphone skins. There’s a dance studio too for practising the place you may break down songs into segments and sluggish them down to essentially nail the dance strikes. Every music could have two difficulties and so they’re together with excessive rating leaderboards.

Harmonix informed me that Dance Central VR is fully-funded by Oculus as an Oculus Studios title which suggests it would embody absolutely cross-platform multiplayer and will probably be 100% cross purchase so if you happen to personal it on one headset then you definitely’ll personal it on each. This additionally implies that it’s an unique to the Oculus Residence Retailer.

For somebody that likes music video games quite a bit akin to Beat Saber, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, DDR, and the unique Dance Central video games, this new VR iteration feels improbable. Dance Central VR will probably be hitting Quest on day one as a launch title and coming to Rift at the very same time as effectively.

For those who’re going to PAX East, you may test it out for your self. And don’t neglect to tell us what you assume down within the feedback under!

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