Music and rhythm gaming continues to thrive at industry convention E3 2011, which played host to a number of promising new music video games without Guitar Hero or Rock Band anywhere in the title.
Coming October 11 for Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii and PlayStation Move, Just Dance 3 continues in the popular multimillion-selling motion control dancing series’ booty-shaking tradition. Platform-exclusive options will include four-player choreography on the Wii and karaoke sing-alongs using voice controls on the Kinect, with songs like Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” and Black Eyed Peas’ “Pump It” featured.
Sony’s rival hip-wiggling simulator Everybody Dance for PlayStation Move, featuring playable dance routines for 40 tunes such as LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” Usher’s “OMG” and Duck Sauce’s “Barbra Streisand” is also due in stores this fall. Developed by the team behind global sensation SingStar, players can get jiggy with it in time with boogying silhouettes, and the title will additionally offer co-op play and video recording and sharing through social networks. Enthusiasts can also create custom dance routines or compete in 20-man multiplayer challenges.
Music in Motion, an app for Microsoft’s new Kinect Fun Labs collection of downloadable high-tech virtual toys, will also let you play air drums or guitar using simulated instruments controlled via body movements.
Other upcoming releases of note include the mini-game enabled Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3, based on the popular TV series and due this fall, and Nintendo’s gonzo sonic micro-game collection Rhythm Heaven, coming soon for Wii. Newcomer Hyperkin, known for its creative gaming peripherals, also plans to launch Dance Battle Vs. in winter. A competitive game featuring multiple styles such as salsa, capoeira and belly dancing, it will feature an internationally-flavored rock, K-pop and Bollywood soundtrack.
Paired with other new high-profile music and rhythm outings like Dance Central 2, Rocksmith and Sound Shapes, all signs point towards a promising, if not equally high-profile, return to form for the once chart-topping music game genre.