Just Dance 2023 review (Switch eShop)

2023 is on the horizon, which, as it turns out, is a very different year than 2022, so naturally we’d have a new Just Dance game to review. Yes, it’s time for the annual refresh of Ubisoft’s long-running series, and while it’s tempting to cut and paste last year’s review here – these games don’t really change beyond a playlist from version to version – they shift There are already some significant changes made in this time.

First things first, 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 more frustrating aspects of last year’s efforts, with constant reminders that you didn’t have all the content on offer, even though you just shelled out fifty pounds for the game (which, by the way, you didn’t get). Physical release this year – beware of those codes in the boxes!). It’s great to see Ubisoft realize that people probably don’t want to be paid to spend more money every time they tune in to get a bop or a quick workout.

Going from this to everything its look has also been nicely improved, with streamlined menus that make for better navigation than previous entries, as well as an overhauled graphical style that, while still looking a little weird, is a definite improvement over the spooky-looking dancers from years ago.

There’s also a new Online Mode, which allows you to battle against up to five other players (just make sure you don’t shake your Joy-Con and cheat the system), and Enter The DanceVerses, a narrative-driven mode that gives you a reason to play songs you might otherwise skip. Others by telling the story of dancing heroes and villains between tracks that will be added as the months go by.

Ubisoft also saw fit to give the customization options a nice overhaul. There are now a lot of goodies that you can unlock as you progress. You can jump into your locker room and change avatars, backgrounds, borders, decals, emotes, and more, plus there’s a whole bunch of goals and checklists to complete and tick off as you improve your skills. The songs are also divided into instrumental categories for 2023, which means you can easily jump into workout songs, party anthems, or some cool stuff for a more relaxed gaming session.

In terms of tracks, you’re getting a decent basic offering of 40 upfront here, with the game subscription service offering a lot more if you decide to forgo it. You can check out the full track list here, and so far we’re really having fun with Britney Spears toxicAwesome, Justin Timberlake I can’t stop feelingAnd wonderful phone Featuring Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Oh, and BTS is in the mix this year, so their legions must be content with that.

Overall, it’s a good outing for Just Dance 2023, a definite improvement on what came before and a much less disruptive version of the game we were presented with in 2022. If you’re not a fan of the series, there’s still nothing here that will really change your mind – still exactly the same. The dance mechanics are at the heart of the proceedings – but, if that’s your cup of tea, it’s as good a time as we’ve had with this franchise so far.

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