The Hip Hop Dance Experience for XBox Kinect Review

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1128968_Enlarged_1I have a confession. Ok… really I have 2 confessions: #1 I hate working out (I know I have confessed that before). #2 I have a guilty pleasure. I love listening to some hip hop songs. Now… I do not enjoy the crud that they pass off as hip hop on the radio these days. But, certain songs with a good beat get me moving. These are usually the songs of the past. Or the ones that sound like a good disco tune disguised as hip hop.

My *work out* usually consists of dancing. I LOVE to dance. I have mentioned before that I am into the dancing games. I can dance in the privacy of my own family room, and not look crazy in front of others. LOL! I can take breaks. And I can repeat my favorite songs over and over until I get the dance down!

The Hip Hop Dance Experience by Ubisoft makes me happy! I felt like a teenager with a new driver’s license when I started scrolling through the songs. They have some of my all-time favorites plus several new songs with awesome dance beats. The game includes 40-chart topping hits. Here is the complete track list (The Xbox Kinect version features a few more songs than the Wii version):

Amerie – “1 Thing”
B.o.B – “So Good”
B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore – “Airplanes”
Cassie – “Me & U”
Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana – “Run It!”
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”
Ciara – “One, Two Step (featuring Missy Elliott)”
Da Brat – “Funkdafied”
Drake – “Over”
Flo Rida featuring Sia – “Wild Ones”
Iyaz – “Replay”
Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne – “Down”
J-Kwon – “Tipsy”
Kid Cudi – “Day ‘N’ Night”
Lil Wayne featuring Static Major – “Lollipop”
LMFAO – “Sexy And I Know It”
M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
Mark Morrison – “Return of the Mack”
Mystikal featuring Nivea – “Danger (Been So Long)”
N.E.R.D. – “She Wants to Move”
Naughty by Nature – “Hip Hop Hooray”
Nelly – “Hot In Herre”
New Boyz – “You’re A Jerk”
New Edition – “If It Isn’t Love”
Nicki Minaj featuring Drake – “Moment 4 Life”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis – “Got Your Money”
Outkast – “B.O.B.”
Pitbull featuring Chris Brown – “International Love”
Q-Tip – “Vivrant Thing”
R. Kelly – “Ignition (Remix)”
Rihanna featuring Jeezy – “Hard”
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – “It Takes Two”
Run-DMC – “It’s Tricky”
Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell Williams – “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe, Remy – “Lean Back”
The Sugarhill Gang – “Rapper’s Delight”
TLC – “Creep”
Too $hort – “Blow the Whistle”
Trey Songz featuring Fabolous – “Say Aah”
Wiz Khalifa – “Work Hard, Play Hard”

Whether you are an old school hip-hop fan, or a newbie there is definitely something to make you move. My favorites on the list are 1 Thing – Amerie, Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dog, Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO, If It Isn’t Love – New Edition, Ignition – R. Kelly, Creep – TLC, Vivrant Thing – Q-Tip, Hot in Herre – Nelly, and Git Ya Money – ODB (This one is the best of all!). I tried out all of those songs as soon as I opened the game (on Newbie of course). Even though it was on newbie I did work up a tiny sweat. Of course as I play more I will increase the difficulty so I really get a good workout. :)

Now that you know my secret, don’t judge me. :) The mix of songs + the ability to choose difficulty and other modes make this game perfect for working out, just having fun, partying, or perfecting your dance moves (when alone – LOL!)

Of course you don’t have to dance alone. You can dance with a friend, or battle a friend to see who is the best. Besides dancing solo other modes include:

  • Dance Party: Choose a party, set your own difficulty and bust a move together.
  • Dance Battle: Go up against your friends to prove who has the best dance skills.
  • Power Skooling: Practice your moves until you get them perfect.
  • Dance Marathon: Want a good workout? Dance to an endless stream of tracks to keep the game going. Guaranteed to work up a sweat!

Check out the trailer below to see some of the moves.

The Hip Hop Dance Experience is rated T for teens. Some songs and dance moves may be considered inappropriate for kids. But, there are still some songs that are safe for my nine year olds to enjoy.

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You can purchase the Hip Hop Dance experience for both Wii and Kinect for $35 – $40 dollars.

Happy Dancing!

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