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DC3
Developer Harmonix Music Systems, Backbone Entertainment
Publisher Harmonix Music Systems, Microsoft Studios
US Release Date October 16, 2012
Japan Release Date October 19, 2012
Europe Release Date October 19, 2012
Genre Music, Rhythm
Mode Single-player, multiplayer
Rating 5/5 - Microsoft Store
Platform XBOX 360 Kinect
Media DVD-ROM


LDance Central 3 music video game developed and published by Harmonix Music Systems and co-developed by Backbone Entertainment. It is the third installment of the Dance Central series and was announced at E3 2012 during Microsoft's press conference.[1] The game was released on October 16, 2012 in North & Latin America, & on October 19, 2012 in Europe, Asia, Australia, & Japan.[2] E

GameplayEdit

Gameplay is similar to the previous two games in the series in which players follow dance moves which are tracked by the Xbox 360 Kinect. The more accurately the players dance, the more points they earn. Harder difficulties mean harder moves for the players to follow. New to Dance Central 3 is the Crew Throwdown mode where two teams of up to four go head-to-head in a series of performances, dance battles & mini-games. There will be a "Keep the Beat" mini-game which will have the player track the rhythm and the "Make Your Move" mini-game which will have players compete making up routines on the fly. Also new to Dance Central 3 is the Beginner mode, a difficulty mode for people completely new to dancing games, and Party Mode, where random songs and minigames are played and as people play, they are progressively moved up or down a difficulty depending on how well they are performing.[3]

CharactersEdit

All of the characters from the previous two games return with the addition of Rasa and Lima, both of whom form the DCI crew. Despite for Dare, MacCoy, and Oblio not appearing in Dance Central 2, DCI, Lu$h, Hi-Def, Flash4wrd, & Riptide are available from the start, while the D-Coy, Murder Of Crows, Glitterati, D-CYPHER, Icon, and Ninja Crews are unlocked through leveling up. The only characters who do not return are CYPH-ELITE and ELIOT. Both of them will return in near future in whatever new Dance Central series.

Character Crew
Rasa DCI
Lima DCI
Miss Aubrey Lu$h Crew
Angel Lu$h Crew
Mo Hi-Def
Glitch Hi-Def
Taye Flash4wrd
Li'l T Flash4wrd
Emilia Riptide
Bodie Riptide
Maccoy D-Coy
Dare D-Coy
Dr. Tan Murder Of Crows
Oblio Murder Of Crows
Kerith The Glitterati
Jaryn The Glitterati
CYPH-56 D-CYPHER
CYPH-78 D-CYPHER
Marcos Icon Crew
Frenchy Icon Crew
Shinju Ninja Crew
Kichi Ninja Crew

VenuesEdit

Stage Crew
DCI HQ DCI
Free Skate Lu$h Crew
Toprock Ave. Hi-Def
Invite Only Flash4wrd
Studio 675 Riptide
Crow's Nest M.O.C.

StoryEdit

The player receives an invitation to an underground dance party. When the player's swag is verified Rasa and Lima welcomes the player to "the party." It begins with a dance to Bass Down Low, in which upon successful completion the party's secret is revealed that it's Dance Central Intelligence (DCI) and they want to recruit the player to be an agent. To prove the player's skills Rasa and Lima tests the player to Sexy and I Know It. After passing it, they intercept a transmission from Dr. Tan revealing that "Project Lockstep" has reached its second phase. Rasa and Lima explain to the player that they sent various crews back in time to learn the dance crazes of various dance eras for use against Dr. Tan. Furthermore, Dare and Maccoy (who are also DCI agents) are revealed to have gone missing.

Before being sent away via DCI's time machine, the player learns that to return from the past and back to the present, they need to power Boomy the time-travelling boombox, by constant motion - that is dancing. The player is then brought to the 70's in a skate park, where Lu$h Crew is located. Angel is having a good time in the era, however Miss Aubrey dislikes it heavily because her hair is feathered and the stage smells like hotdogs, just as she won't stop complaining about it. As such, they study the dance craze to learn it is the Hustle. Upon completion, they all return to the present, much to Miss Aubrey's relief (where she insists to be taken to a stylist at once) and Angel's disappointment. Just in, DCI informs the player that Dr. Tan's armies are spreading like a virus, and DCI seems to be the only safe place left.

The player travels back to the 80's to learn its dance craze with Hi-Def. On meet, Glitch in the name of Hi-Def wanted to challenge the player to a dance-off but was reminded of his duties by Rasa. Glitch laments that if they returned to the present, the street they are currently performing in will get demolished, only to be debunked by Mo who knows Glitch is reluctant to return as he fears getting motion-sickness from time travelling. The player alongside Hi-Def subsequently learn the dance craze; the Electric Slide. Returning to the present, a motion-sick Glitch is escorted away by Mo to rest.

Rasa and Lima inform the player that Dare and MacCoy were found but were under mind control, thanks to a head device Dr. Tan used on his army. While Lima has the mind control device analysed by the computer to find out any countermeasures, Rasa instructs the player on their next objective. The player is now headed to the 90's where Flash4wrd are having a house party (at their childhood home).

Welcomed by Flash4wrd, Taye and Lil' T had so much fun that they ended up coming with a new dance craze called the House Party but were scolded by Lima for disrespecting the time-space continuum. Afterwards they dance to learn the dance craze of the era revealed to be the Macarena. Once they return to DCI headquarters, Dr. Tan has breached the security system. Lil' T mistakes it as a consequence of she and Taye's messing of the house they were in, but Taye rebukes her, saying that Lil' T had not been born yet.

With a threatening video message from Dr. Tan directed to DCI, Rasa and Lima has the player hurry to the 2000s era to get Bodie and Emilia of Riptide back. The player ends up in a studio where Riptide is hosting a show called Dance Central Live. Riptide are unwilling to go back in the present since the show is currently in mid-season. After which they receive a transmission from Rasa that the DCI headquarters is under attack but the transmission was cut off. Realising the mission was more important, Riptide and the player race to study the dance craze, revealed to be the Cupid Shuffle.

Back in the DCI headquarters, DCI has gone into silence and emptiness. Bodie and Emilia get taken away in the darkness forcefully, wherein the player receives a transmission from Dr. Tan that he has sent the dance crews to the pre-historic era where he claims dinosaurs have taken care of them (depicted in a childish drawing). He then commands the mind-controlled Rasa and Lima (wearing the head device) to defeat the player in a dance battle. During the conflict, the computer finishes the analysis of the mind control head device and reveals its weakness: expressive movements or "swag." The player, short circuiting the head devices with the aforementioned swag, manages to free the agents to which Lima explains that Dr. Tan's flaw is that he "cannot innovate, he can only imitate". With renewed hope, the player is instructed by Rasa to go into the future where Dr. Tan has settled, not without powering Boomy for the trip and learning the dance craze of the 2010's, being the Scream.

Reaching the future in "Tantopia," Dr. Tan revealed that he wants to dominate the future; by controlling everyone's dance actions so he will unify the world under the same dance moves. He brings out two new robots, M.O.C.-78 and M.O.C.-56 and a mind controlled Oblio (who is revealed to be Dr. Tan's son) to challenge the dance crazes learned previously. Afterwards, the robots were destroyed. Not willing to give up, Dr. Tan hesitates and challenges alongside his son the player to the hardest dance of all: OMG. Eventually, the player succeeds and Oblio breaks free of the mind control head device. Liberated, he questions his father's actions to which Dr. Tan said it was all done for him. Disgusted, Oblio tells the player a way to defeat Dr. Tan -trapping him in the time stream with freestyle dancing, which is Dr. Tan's weakness. With Oblio's advice, the player succeeds in defeating Dr. Tan once and for all and returns to DCI headquarters.

Rasa and Lima commends the player for their actions and has informed that all of the crews (including Dare and MacCoy) have been rescued and the dance world is safe again. The player is now tasked with a new mission: to get the party started!

In a post-credits scene, a dark single-lit room is shown with two chairs occupied by the Gliterrati. Jaryn marks how the dance world is saved, to which Kerith suggests they start some trouble for DCI. They laugh, hinting a possible sequel....

TriviaEdit

  • The move "Oladehin" is named after the choreographer Kunle Oladehin.
  • The move and character "Frenchy" is named after the choreographer Frenchy Hernandez. This happened in Dance Central 2 as well.
  • This is the first game to feature three new crews; DCI, D-Coy, and Murder of Crows alongside 2 new characters; Rasa and Lima.
  • Dance Central 3 contains the highest song count of the series (46), followed by Dance Central 2 (44), Dance Central (35) and Dance Central Spotlight (10). Dance Central 3 also has the highest amount of crews and characters in the Dance Central universe (11 crews of 22 characters).
  • MacCoy, Dare and Oblio return from the first game they were featured. However ELIOT and CYPH-ELITE do not appear in the game for the second and first time respectively.
  • This is the last game where Angel, Li'l T, Kerith, Jaryn, MacCoy, Dare, Oblio, Dr. Tan, CYPH-56, CYPH-78, Marcos, Frenchy, Kichi and Shinju would appear as they do not in Dance Central Spotlight. In addition this also currently marks Rasa and Lima's only appearance in Dance Central, as they do not return in Spotlight.
  • This is the first game to include a track list and venue rather fitted for 'Story Mode' than dancing in general.
  • Dance Central 3 is the only game to include an artist more than two/three times, Usher being the one with four songs in total from both the game and DLCs in just one Dance Central, five songs in total if including the import of 'Yeah!" from Dance Central 2.
  • 'I Am The Best' by 2NE1, is the first Korean song to appear in a Dance Central game.
  • 'Tan-Step' by M-Cue is the first song on Dance Central to include its own choreography for an entire dance.

SoundtrackEdit

On discEdit

The following 46 songs appear on the Dance Central 3 disc.[2][3] All songs are unlocked from the start except Tan-Step (marked in pink) which is unlocked after M.O.C. crew is unlocked. Story Mode Songs are highlighted in orange. Era Craze songs that are in Story Mode are highlighted light blue. After completion of story mode, all of the songs, including Tan-Step, become part of the Master Quest. Each crew has a total of 9 songs in the Master Quest, except MOC, that has only Tan-Step. The rest of the Lu$h-Crew songs are highligted blue. The rest of the Hi-Def songs are highligted yellow. The rest of the Flash4wrd songs are highligted green. The rest of the Riptide songs are highligted red. The rest of the DCI songs are highligted black.

Song Artist Decade Choreographer Difficulty (Out of 7) Crew Default Character/Outfit Default Venue
"1, 2 Step" Ciara ft. Missy Elliott 2000s Chanel Thompson 2 Riptide Emilia - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" TLC 1990s Frenchy Hernandez 4 Flash4wrd Taye - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"Around the World" Daft Punk 1990s Kunle Oladehin 6 Hi-Def Mo - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Bass Down Low" Dev ft. The Cataracs 2010s Nick DeMoura 5 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Better Off Alone" Alice DeeJay 1990s Marcos Aguirre 1 Lu$h Crew Angel - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)" Panjabi MC 2000s Ricardo Foster Jr. 5 Hi-Def Glitch - DCI Agent Toprock Ave.
"Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas 2000s Marcos Aguirre 3 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Boyfriend" Justin Bieber 2010s Torey Nelson 3 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Calabria (2008)" Enur ft. Natasja 2000s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Ching-a-Ling" Missy Elliott 2000s Frenchy Hernandez 5 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Cupid Shuffle" Cupid 2000s Devin Woolridge 3 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Da Butt" E.U. 1980s Ricardo Foster Jr. 3 Hi-Def Mo - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Disco Inferno" The Trammps 1970s Frenchy Hernandez 3 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"Electric Boogie" Marcia Griffiths 1980s Kunle Oledehin 4 Hi-Def Mo - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" Backstreet Boys 1990s Spikey Soria 4 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"Firework" Katy Perry 2010s Chanel Thompson 3 Riptide Emilia - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Get Low" Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins 2000s Devin Woolridge 5 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Hello" Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette 2010s Marcos Aguirre 5 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - DCI Agent Crow's Nest
"I Am the Best" 2NE1 2010s Frenchy Hernandez 5 Flash4wrd Taye - DCI Agent Crow's Nest
"I Will Survive" Gloria Gaynor 1970s Frenchy Hernandez 3 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice 1990s Marcos Aguirre 3 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"In Da Club" 50 Cent 2000s Devin Woolridge 2 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Let the Music Play" Shannon 1980s Ricardo Foster Jr. 4 Hi-Def Glitch - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" Los Del Rio 1990s Frenchy Hernandez 2 Flash4wrd Taye - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera 2010s Devin Woolridge 6 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Mr. Saxobeat" Alexandra Stan 2010s Marcos Aguirre 4 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Now That We Found Love" Heavy D & The Boyz Feat. Aaron Hall 1990s Chanel Thompson 6 Flash4wrd Taye - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"OMG" Usher ft. will.i.am 2010s Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 7 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"On The Floor" Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull 2010s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Samba De Janeiro" Bellini 2000s Devin Woolridge 5 Riptide Bodie - Crew Look Toprock Ave.
"Scream" Usher 2010s Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 5 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO 2010s Torey Nelson 6 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Starships" Nicki Minaj 2010s Torey Nelson 2 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Stereo Love" Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina 2000s Marcos Aguirre 4 Lu$h Crew Angel - DC Classic Studio 675
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson 2010s Spikey Soria 7 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - DCI Agent Invite Only
"Supersonic" J.J. Fad 1980s Ricardo Foster Jr. 6 Hi-Def Glitch - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Tan-Step" M-Cue 2010s Ricardo Foster Jr. 5 M.O.C. Oblio - Crew Look Crow's Nest
"Take Over Control" Afrojack ft. Eva Simons 2010s Spikey Soria 5 Flash4wrd Taye - DCI Agent Crow's Nest
"Teach Me How to Dougie" Cali Swag District 2010s Torey Nelson 5 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"The Hustle" Van McCoy 1970s Marcos Aguirre 1 Lu$h Crew Angel - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"Turn the Beat Around" Vicki Sue Robinson 1970s Marcos Aguirre 3 Lu$h Crew Angel - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" Sean Paul ft. Keyshia Cole 2000s Marcos Aguirre 2 Hi-Def Glitch - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Wild Ones" Flo Rida featuring Sia 2010s Kunle Oladehin 5 Hi-Def Mo - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Y.M.C.A." Village People 1970s Marcos Aguirre 1 Lu$h Crew Angel - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" New Kids on the Block 1980s Kunle Oladehin 3 Hi-Def Mo - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"You Make Me Feel..." Cobra Starship ft. Sabi 2010s Torey Nelson 7 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ

Importable contentEdit

Main article: Dance Central#Soundtrack
Main article: Dance Central 2#Soundtrack

Dance Central 3 is able to import all songs from both Dance Central and Dance Central 2 for 400 Microsoft Points ($4.99 local currency) per disc. If a physical disc is used to perform the import function, the user will also need the unique code from each game's manual; however, if a Games on Demand version of Dance Central 2 is used, then no export code is required. Also, if the user has previously imported the original Dance Central, then the import function does not need to be performed again.[4]

Downloadable contentEdit

Main article: Dance Central#Downloadable Content
Main article: Dance Central 2#Downloadable content

All previous downloadable songs are forward compatible with Dance Central 3; however, any new content released on or after October 16, 2012 is only compatible with Dance Central 3.[5] You can't buy them on Dance Central 2.

On March 8, 2013, Harmonix announced that new DLC releases for Dance Central 3 will end after March due to the company shifting its resources to next generation projects.[6]

Downloadable contentEdit

Main article: Dance_Central#Downloadable_Content
Main article: Dance_Central_2#Downloadable_content

All prior downloadable songs are available for use in Dance Central 3. Any content released on or after October 16, 2012 is only compatible with Dance Central 3.

Song Artist Decade Choreographer Difficulty (Out of 7) Crew Character Release Date Defult Venue Dance Pack
"Alejandro" Lady Gaga 2010s Marcos Aguirre 3 Lu$h Crew Angel DCI HQ October 16, 2012 (Amazon pre-order bonus) 12
"Euphoria" Usher 2010s Usher

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5 DCI Crew Rasa DCI HQ October 16, 2012 (Best Buy pre-order bonus) 13
"Paparazzi" Lady Gaga 2000s Marcos Aguirre 4 Flash4wrd Taye Studio 675 October 16, 2012 (Amazon pre-order bonus) 13
"Sorry for Party Rocking" LMFAO 2010s Kunle Oladehin 5 Hi-Def Mo DCI HQ October 16, 2012 (Walmart pre-order bonus) 12
"Twisted" Usher featuring Pharrell 2010s Usher

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6 DCI Crew Rasa DCI HQ October 16, 2012 (Best Buy pre-order bonus) 13
"Whip It" Nicki Minaj 2010s Marcos Aguirre 5 DCI Crew Lima Studio 675 October 16, 2012 (Walmart pre-order bonus) 12
"Girls Just Want To Have Fun" Cyndi Lauper 2010s Kunle Oladehin 5 Hi-Def Mo - Street Style Studio 675 January 15, 2013 13
"It's Raining Men" The WeatherGirls 2010s Torey Nelson 7 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted DCI HQ January 15, 2013 13
"Glad You Came" The Wanted 2010s Marcos Aguirre 2 Lu$h Crew Angel - Street Style Studio 675 January 22, 2013 12
"Let It Roll" Flo Rida 2010s Ricardo Foster Jr. 5 D-Coy MacCoy - DC Classic DCI HQ January 29, 2013
"What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 2010s Marcos Aguirre 2 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - DC Classic Invite Only February 5, 2013 13
"Beauty and a Beat" Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj 2010s Marcos Aguirre 5 Lu$h Crew Angel - DC Classic Studio 675 February 12, 2013 12
"All Around the World" Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris 2010s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - DCI Agent DCI HQ February 12, 2013 12
"Lights" Ellie Goulding 2010s Ricardo Foster Jr. 6 Hi-Def Glitch - DCI Agent Toprock Avenue February 19, 2013 12
"Airplanes" B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams 2010s Torey Nelson 4 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ February 26, 2013
"Take Care" Drake ft. Rihanna 2010s Devin Woolridge 4 Riptide Bodie - DCI Agent Studio 675 March 5, 2013 12
"Umbrella" Rihanna ft. Jay-Z 2000s Chanel Thompson 4 Riptide Emilia - DCI Agent Toprock Avenue March 12, 2013 12
"SOS" Rihanna 2000s Spikey Soria 5 Flash4wrd Li'l T - DCI Agent Crow's Nest March 12, 2013 12
"London Bridge" Fergie 2000s Marcos Aguirre 3 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - Street Style Invite Only March 19, 2013 12

DemoEdit

As in the 3rd Dance Central, there is only a downloadable demo which is via Xbox Live. The demo includes two crews, DCI and Riptide crew & two stages, DCI HQ and Studio 675 (both characters and stages are already selected for the players, so there is no way to alter them). The demo besides providing perform it and dance battle for the player, it also provides a party mode for the player to use and all functions of party mode are included in the demo.

Song Artist Decade Choreographer Difficulty (Out of 7) Crew Default Character/Outfit Default Venue
"On The Floor" Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull 2010s Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera 2010s Devin Woolridge 6 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Starships" Nicki Minaj 2010s Torey Nelson 2 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ

ReferencesEdit

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