On the horizon is 2023, which turns out to be a completely different year from 2022, so naturally we have a brand new Just Dance game to review. Yep, it’s time for an annual update to Ubisoft’s long-running franchise, and while it’s tempting to just cut and paste last year’s review here – these games don’t really change much other than the playlist from version to version – there were actually a few significant changes this time around.
First of all, and the best news for us personally, is that you can now turn off persistent notifications and ads for the Just Dance+ subscription service. If you remember Just Dance 2022, this was one of the most frustrating aspects of last year’s effort, with constant reminders that you don’t have all the content on offer, even though you just forked out fifty pounds a game (which, by the way) , will not be released on physical media this year – beware of these codes in the boxes!). It’s great to see that Ubisoft understands that people probably don’t want to be forced to spend more money every time they tune in for a quick hit or a workout.
Moving on from that, and the whole thing has also received a nice facelift, with streamlined menus that are easier to navigate than previous installments, plus a redesigned graphical style that, while looking a little odd, is a definite improvement over the creepy one. dancers of yesteryear.
There’s also a new online mode that lets you fight up to five other players (just make sure you don’t twist your Joy-Con and cheat the system) and Enter The DanceVerses, the story mode, gives you a reason to play the songs you could would skip telling the story of dancing heroes and villains between tracks that will be added as the months go by.
Ubisoft also saw fit to overhaul the customization options. Now there are tons of goodies that you can unlock as you progress. You can jump into your dressing room and change avatars, backgrounds, borders, icons, emotes and more, plus there’s a whole bunch of goals and checklists to complete and check off as you improve your skills. The songs have also been split into handy categories for 2023, meaning you can easily jump to workout hits, party anthems, or other nice relaxing stuff for a more relaxing gaming session.
In terms of tracks, you get a decent basic offer of $40 up front, and the game subscription service offers a lot more if you choose to pay for it. You can check out the full track listing right hereand so far we really enjoy Britney Spears jokes. toxicsuperb Justin Timberlake Can’t stop feelingand magnificent telephone featuring Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Oh, and BTS is in the mix this year, so their legions of fans should be happy with that.
All in all, it’s a decent entry for Just Dance 2023, a definite improvement on what came before, and a much less annoying version of the game than the one we were served in 2022. If you’re not a fan of the series, there’s nothing else here that will really change your mind – it’s still the same dance mechanics at the core of what’s going on – but if that’s your cup of tea, this is the best time we’ve had with this franchise so far. since.