Country Dance™ All Stars
Country Dance All Stars is packed with a great playlist and offers a nice mix of 30+ classics and new songs. In the beginning the menus were frustrating, but once you learn what works and what doesn’t you’ll cruise right along. You use your right hand for commands like continue or enter and your left hand to go back. The game offers 3 game types: normal, perfection, and freeze. Perfection only scores moves that are rated “Great!”. In freeze they stop the music and you have to hold a pose. Along with single player there is also two player multiplayer, which can be played as co-op or competitive play, but are both local only. I jumped right into normal single player only to find my dancing skills were pretty rusty. I was disappointed to find the rehearsal mode didn’t offer much help. Rather then allow you to control the speed of a song; you had to repeat the same section of the song over and over at full speed.
I pushed my perfectionist nature aside and called my boyfriend in for some co-op game play. The choreography was matched nicely with the songs. Some songs even follow a specific line dance routine. These were a great addition and I hope to see more line dancing songs as DLC. All specific line dance songs are marked with a pair of boots next to the song name. Although each song has it’s own unique routine, the routines are made up of several repeated moves. About half way through a song you’ll start catching on to the routine. It’s also a nice addition to have the lyrics played at the bottom of the screen. I can see this being a great addition if you’re having a few friends over. With proper lighting the Kinect only had minor issues reading our movements. The same issues can be found in many Kinect games.
The gameplay graphics are below average. You can’t customize or pick a dance character, but rather you’re given a mix of the same female and male characters that lack any personality. The mediocre graphics I can over look, but there’s this weird detail in the character shirts that I’ve never seen in a game before. The patterns on all the characters shirts are masked around a static pattern. So as the character dances their shirts slide around moving across the pattern. It’s hard to explain, but it looks like they’re having wardrobe malfunctions left and right.
Country Dance All Stars for Kinect is lacking a few details that separate it from other Kinect dance games, but over-all we had a blast playing it. If you’re a gamer that’s also a country fan this is a fun game to add to your library.
We’d like to thank @ReverbGames for giving us the chance to review the game we had a blast.
Alan Jackson – “Good Time”
Ashton Shepherd – “Look It Up”
Billy Currington – “People Are Crazy”
Blake Shelton – “All About Tonight”
Brad Paisley – “Water”
Brooks & Dunn – “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”
Carrie Underwood – “Cowboy Casanova”
Chad Brownlee – “Carried Away”
Chris Heers – “Dirt Rich”
Dierks Bentley – “What Was I Thinkin’”
Easton Corbin – “Roll With It”
Eric Church – “Hell On The Heart”
Gwyneth Paltrow – “Shake That Thing”
Hayley Mclean – “Good Time Bone”
Jake Owen – “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”
Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
Josh Kelley – “Georgia Clay”
Josh Thompson – “Beer on the Table”
Josh Turner – “Why Don’t We Just Dance”
Katie Armiger – “Best Song Ever”
Keith Urban – “Better Life”
Kellie Pickler – “Tough”
Lady Antebellum – “Lookin’ For A Good Time”
Laura Bell Bundy – “Giddy On Up”
Little Big Town – “Little White Church”
Luke Bryan – “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)”
Miley Cyrus – “Hoedown Throwdown”
Miranda Lambert – “White Liar”
Rascal Flatts – “Life Is A Highway”
Sugarland – “Stuck Like Glue”
The Last Ride – “Take You Down”
Tim McGraw – “Felt Good on My Lips”
Trace Adkins – “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”
Zac Brown Band – “Chicken Fried”
(Additional songs will be available as DLC)