Dance Central 3
Developer(s)Harmonix
Backbone Entertainment
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Director(s)Matt Boch
Producer(s)Jon Carter
Designer(s)Jim Toepel
Marcus Montgomery
Programmer(s)Ryan Challinor
Isaac Bender
Artist(s)Matt Perlot
Lisette Titre
Writer(s)Helen McWilliams
SeriesDance Central
Platform(s)Xbox 360
Release
  • NA: October 16, 2012
  • AU: October 18, 2012
  • EU: October 19, 2012
Genre(s)Music, rhythm
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Dance Central 3 is the third game in the Dance Central series. It was revealed at E3 2012 at the Microsoft Conference. It was released on October 16 in the US, Canada and South America and October 19 everywhere else.[1]

Gameplay

Gameplay has been the same with the past 2 Dance Central games where 1 player or 2 players mimic what the dancer is doing on the screen. Player(s) get points depending on how they did.

Many new features have been added to this game.

Crew Throwdown: In this mode, 2-8 players go head to head against each other. After making this picture pose, they go head in head where it will pick a song and one of the 5 types of modes to play it in. Those modes are

Perform: Aligned with the Perform mode included in the game

Keep The Beat: A freestyle-esque mini-game where players stay in beat to the song for points.

Strike A Pose: A mini-game where players mimic the positions the characters are doing for points.

Story

The player receives an invitation to an underground dance party. When the player's swag is verified Rasa and Lima welcome 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-traveling boombox, by constant motion - that is dancing. The player is then brought to the '70s 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 '80s to learn its dance craze with Hi-Def. On meeting, 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 traveling. The player alongside Hi-Def subsequently learns 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 analyzed by the computer to find out any countermeasures, Rasa instructs the player on their next objective. The player is now headed to the '90s where Flash4wrd is 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. Afterward, 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 have 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 is 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. Realizing 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 2010s, 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. Afterward, 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 have 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 Glitterati. Jaryn marks how the dance world is saved, to which Kerith suggests they start some trouble for DCI. They laugh, hinting a possible sequel...

Master Quests

Once the player completes the Story mode, Master Quests becomes available. It gives out all the songs each crew is defaulted for in Dance Central 3, and once the player earns all the stars within each quest, a QR Code image is released for players to scan and receive art of the crews, however this has since been unavailable. Scanning the codes redirect to the main site.

Soundtrack

Songs

The following 46 songs appear on the Dance Central 3 disc.[2]

Song Artist Year Choreographer Difficulty (Out of 7) Crew Default Character/Outfit Default Venue
"1, 2 Step" Ciara ft. Missy Elliott 2004 Chanel Thompson 2 Riptide Emilia - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" TLC 1991 Frenchy Hernandez 4 Flash4wrd Taye - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"Around the World" Daft Punk 1997 Kunle Oladehin 6 Hi-Def Mo - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Bass Down Low" Dev ft. The Cataracs 2010 Nick DeMoura 5 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Better Off Alone" Alice DeeJay 1998 Marcos Aguirre 1 Lu$h Crew Angel - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)" Panjabi MC 1997 Ricardo Foster Jr. 5 Hi-Def Glitch - DCI Agent Toprock Ave.
"Boom Boom Pow" Black Eyed Peas 2009 Marcos Aguirre 3 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Boyfriend" Justin Bieber 2012 Torey Nelson 3 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Calabria (2008)" Enur ft. Natasja 2008 Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Ching-a-Ling" Missy Elliott 2008 Frenchy Hernandez 5 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Cupid Shuffle" Cupid 2007 Devin Woolridge 3 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Da Butt" E.U. 1988 Ricardo Foster Jr. 3 Hi-Def Mo - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Disco Inferno" The Trammps 1976 Frenchy Hernandez 3 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"Electric Boogie" Marcia Griffiths 1982 Kunle Oledehin 4 Hi-Def Mo - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" Backstreet Boys 1997 Spikey Soria 4 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"Firework" Katy Perry 2010 Chanel Thompson 3 Riptide Emilia - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Get Low" Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins 2003 Devin Woolridge 5 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Hello" Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette 2010 Marcos Aguirre 5 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - DCI Agent Crow's Nest
"I Am the Best" 2NE1 2011 Frenchy Hernandez 5 Flash4wrd Taye - DCI Agent Crow's Nest
"I Will Survive" Gloria Gaynor 1978 Frenchy Hernandez 3 Lu$h Crew Miss Aubrey - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice 1990 Marcos Aguirre 3 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"In Da Club" 50 Cent 2003 Devin Woolridge 2 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Studio 675
"Let the Music Play" Shannon 1983 Ricardo Foster Jr. 4 Hi-Def Glitch - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" Los Del Rio 1996 Frenchy Hernandez 2 Flash4wrd Taye - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera 2011 Devin Woolridge 6 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Mr. Saxobeat" Alexandra Stan 2011 Marcos Aguirre 4 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Now That We Found Love" Heavy D & The Boyz 1991 Chanel Thompson 6 Flash4wrd Taye - Retro Fitted Invite Only
"OMG" Usher ft. will.i.am 2010 Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 7 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"On The Floor" Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull 2011 Chanel Thompson 5 Riptide Emilia - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Samba de Janeiro" Bellini 1999 Devin Woolridge 5 Riptide Bodie - Crew Look Toprock Ave.
"Scream" Usher 2012 Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 5 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO 2011 Torey Nelson 6 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Starships" Nicki Minaj 2012 Torey Nelson 2 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"Stereo Love" Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina 2009 Marcos Aguirre 4 Lu$h Crew Angel - DC Classic Studio 675
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson 2012 Spikey Soria 7 Flash4wrd Li'l T. - DCI Agent Invite Only
"Supersonic" J.J. Fad 1988 Ricardo Foster Jr. 6 Hi-Def Glitch - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"Tan-Step" M-Cue 2012 Ricardo Foster Jr. 5 Murder of Crows Oblio - Crew Look Crow's Nest
"Take Over Control" Afrojack ft. Eva Simons 2010 Spikey Soria 5 Flash4wrd Taye - DCI Agent Crow's Nest
"Teach Me How to Dougie" Cali Swag District 2010 Torey Nelson 5 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ
"The Hustle" Van McCoy 1975 Marcos Aguirre 1 Lu$h Crew Angel - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"Turn the Beat Around" Vicki Sue Robinson 1976 Marcos Aguirre 3 Lu$h Crew Angel - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" Sean Paul ft. Keyshia Cole 2006 Marcos Aguirre 2 Hi-Def Glitch - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Wild Ones" Flo Rida 2011 Kunle Oladehin 5 Hi-Def Mo - DCI Agent Studio 675
"Y.M.C.A." Village People 1978 Marcos Aguirre 1 Lu$h Crew Angel - Retro Fitted Free Skate
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" New Kids on the Block 1988 Kunle Oladehin 3 Hi-Def Mo - Retro Fitted Toprock Ave.
"You Make Me Feel..." Cobra Starship ft. Sabi 2011 Torey Nelson 7 DCI Lima - DCI Agent DCI HQ

Importable content

Main articles: Dance Central Soundtrack and Dance Central 2 Soundtrack

Players can import songs from Dance Central 2 for a set price. If a physical disc is used to perform the import function, the user will also need the unique code from the game's manual; however, if a Games on Demand version of Dance Central 2 is used, then no export code is required.

The import of the original Dance Central songs was previously possible with the same method and for the same price as for Dance Central 2, but since October 25, 2016, new import purchases are no longer possible (old purchases remain intact). If the user has previously imported the original Dance Central into Dance Central 2, it is also available in Dance Central 3.[3]

Downloadable content

Main articles: Downloadable content for Dance Central and Downloadable content for Dance Central 2

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.[4]

On March 8, 2013, Harmonix announced that new DLC releases for Dance Central 3 ended after March due to the company shifting its resources to next generation projects.[5]

Song Artists Decade Choreographer Difficulty (Out of 7) Crew Default Character/Outfit Default Venue Release Date Dance Pack
"Euphoria" Usher 2010s Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 5 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ November 20, 2012 13
"Twisted" Usher ft. Pharrell 2010s Aakomon “AJ” Jones and Usher 6 DCI Rasa - DCI Agent DCI HQ November 20, 2012 13
"Gangnam Style" PSY 2010s Devin Woolridge 5 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted DCI HQ November 27, 2012 12
"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen 2010s Spikey Soria 7 Flash4wrd Li'l T - DCI Agent Studio 675 December 4, 2012 12
"Alejandro" Lady Gaga 2010s Marcos Aguirre 3 Lu$h Crew Angel - Street Style DCI HQ December 25, 2012 12
"Paparazzi" Lady Gaga 2000s Marcos Aguirre 4 Flash4wrd Taye - Street Style Studio 675 December 25, 2012 12
"Sorry for Party Rocking" LMFAO 2010s Kunle Oladehin 5 Hi-Def Mo - Street Style DCI HQ December 31, 2012 12
"Whip It" Nicki Minaj 2010s Marcos Aguirre 5 DCI Lima - DCI Agent Studio 675 January 8, 2013 12
"International Love" Pitbull ft. Chris Brown 2010s Kunle Oladehin 5 Hi-Def Mo - Street Style Studio 675 January 15, 2013 13
"Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" Pitbull ft. T-Pain 2010s Torey Nelson 7 Riptide Bodie - Retro Fitted DCI HQ January 15, 2013 13
"Glad You Came" The Wanted 2010s Marcos Aguirre 2 Lu$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 Studio 675 March 19, 2013 12

References

  1. ^ Conditt, Jessica. "Dance Central 3 announced with a Q3/Q4 launch date". joystiq. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Harmonix's Critically Acclaimed Dance Franchise Returns this Year with Dance Central 3". Retrieved 4 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "How do I import my Dance Central songs into Dance Central™ 3?". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Exciting New Tracks Headed To Dance Central 3 From Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, And More!". Harmonix Music Systems. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  5. ^ "New Dance Central 3 DLC Releases Ending in March". Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved 8 March 2013.[permanent dead link]