Just Dance 2018 is the ninth official game in the Just Dance franchise. The game was revealed at E3 2017 on June 12, 2017, and was released on October 24, 2017 in North America and two days later in Europe and Australia. It is the last Just Dance game made for the PlayStation 3.
One of the major complaints is that mashups, a fan favorite mode consisting of dancers from the previous titles from the current game integrated into one routine, didn't return for this installment. Made even worse is that the mode wouldn't be brought back in further titles.
Another major complaint is the addition of the Kids Mode feature. It was reviled by a good number of fans, citing its unnecessary approach because the series had already been kid-friendly as it is, a waste of resources, taking up about a quarter of the tracklist, criticizing its songs for being compiled of royalty free music and melodies, and of course, their choreos for being very simplistic enough for young children to understand. This mode alone, alongside with the fact that it returned for the next games, has caused a negative stigma among fans that songs in the main tracklist containing 2D characters/cartoony backgrounds should be in Kids Mode.
The choreographies themselves have received some criticism by many fans. While some songs like Iggy Azalea's "Boom Boom" and Katy Perry's "Swish Swish" were met with acclaim, some routines like Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (covered in-game as Hit the Electro Beat) and especially Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" have received major flak for being too easy, repetitive, and/or unpolished.
The same thing goes for covers of songs, which depending on the quality of the cover hasn't been received so hotly, like with "How Far I'll Go", originally sung by Auli'i Cravalho from the Disney 2016 animated film, Moana.
The tracklist includes a number of songs that are relatively obscure by fans, like the otherwise well-received "Fight Club" by Lights.
Speaking of tracklists, their Just Dance Unlimited batch were criticized for having less songs than last game.
There is also Michelle Delamor's "Keep on Moving".
If you first boot up the game, you'll notice that 15 of the 41 songs are freely available to dance, while the rest is locked until you dance to more songs.
The Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are basically Just Dance 2015 with an updated track list and minor changes, similar to EA Sport's FIFA Legacy Edition.
Weirdly, releasing this game on those systems is too late in their lifespans, because people moved on to newer hardware before then. As with the previous games, there is still no Microsoft Windows version, making it worse.
Gold Moves, which are special moves that rewards you extra points if done correctly, are placed awkwardly and randomly during regular moves of some songs, making it unrewarded as a result. Thankfully, it has been fixed in the next game.
The Double Rumble routines, which are exclusive to the Switch port, have been criticized for being unnecessary.
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go version of The Emoji Movie has became the world's #1 hated song, as it never gave the remake, and instead went on for SPA's movie.
While it is cosmetic only, you have to spend 100 Mojo coins (Just Dance's in-game currency) in order to use the gift machine only once in order to redeem avatars.
Made worse by the fact that the amount of Mojo coins you redeem depends on how good you last scored on a routine, creating some kind of grinding in order to collect the 10 CD-style stickers needed to redeem the unlockable All You Gotta Do (Is Just Dance) by "The Just Dance Band".
Like with the series' predecessors, this game has inconsistent censorship when it comes to lyrics:
In "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)", the line "Finish your glass of wine", has the word "wine" censored while other songs got away with using it.
"John Wayne" suffered from the same problem too, with the word "beer" in "Big swig, toss another beer can" being omitted while songs like "Tik ToK" from Just Dance 2 leaves "beer" out.
In "Kissing Strangers", there is a verse featuring Nicki Minaj, but it's so heavily censored that it makes one think why her vocals weren't removed completely.
The game had a lot of really fun Alternate routines to dance to.
A lot of the songs had really good and detailed backgrounds, more so than Just Dance 2017.
Ubisoft made 2 original songs exclusively for this installment that are really awesome to listen and dance to, which are All You Gotta Do (Is Just Dance) (which also serves as the franchise's official theme song) and Sugar Dance.
The World Dance Floor (Online Mode) came back with the Team Battle, which was absent from JD2017.
Dancing Queen, which was originally supposed to be on Just Dance 2015 but was yanked out at the last minute for unknown reasons, was FINALLY released as a Just Dance Unlimited exclusive after years of requests by fans to make it playable.
"All You Gotta Do (Is Just Dance)" is unlocked at the start in the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii versions, while the other versions have you unlock it by progressing through the game.
The Nintendo Switch version featured exclusive routines featuring Mario and Rabbid Peach.