Just Dance 2018

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Just Dance 2018
Just Dance 2018 Switch cover.jpg
When will they learn from their mistakes?
Genre: Rhythm, Dance
Platforms: Wii
Wii U
Nintendo Switch
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Release Date: NAOctober 24, 2017
EUOctober 26, 2017
Developer: Ubisoft Paris
Ubisoft Shanghai
Ubisoft Pune
Ubisoft Bucharest
Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Franchise: Just Dance
Previous Game: Just Dance 2017
Next Game: Just Dance 2019

Just Dance 2018 is the ninth official game in the Just Dance franchise. The game was revealed at E3 2017 on June 12th, 2017, and was released on October 24th, 2017, for North America, and on October 26th, 2017, for Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Why It Sucks

  1. Almost all the songs have Gold Moves that are exactly the same as regular moves, making the earning of a "YEAH!" in the Gold Moves unrewarding and pointless.
  2. To add to WIS #1, a lot of the songs recycled old moves from previous entries, making them very unchallenging.
    • This is obvious in Rockabye, where it reused the exact same move from the chorus of Problem in its own chorus.
  3. The routine for Shape of You is awful and boring to dance to.
    • It received so much hate upon its first reveal that many fans considered Redoo's fanmade routine of the very same song to be the more superior version.
  4. The Extreme versions of John Wayne and Tumbum are too easy and barely challenging.
  5. The Double Rumble levels, which are exclusive to the Switch port, have been criticized for being unnecessary, and some say they act as nothing but a tech demo for the Nintendo Switch.
  6. Mashup mode, which has been a fan favourite in the franchise, is noticeably absent in this entry.
  7. Ubisoft announced that they will not port the game to PC, despite numerous requests to do so.
    • When confronted with why it happened, all Ubisoft could say is that the PC port for Just Dance 2017 "did not sell well", despite it being the most popular port for the game.
  8. Nicki Minaj's verse for Kissing Strangers is so heavily censored that one would wonder if Ubisoft should edit it out altogether instead.
  9. The cover for How Far I'll Go is flat and emotionless compared to the original version by Auli'i Cravalho.
  10. Most of the songs are locked in a pseudo-paywall, where 15 of the 41 songs are freely available to use and the rest will only unlock if you complete 2 songs.
  11. While it is cosmetic only, you have to spend 100 Mojo coins (Just Dance's in-game currency) in order to use the Gachapon machine ONCE in order to redeem avatars.
    • Made worse by the fact that the amount of Mojo coins you redeem depends on how good your dance skills are, creating a Star Wars Battlefront II-esque grinding in order to collect the 10 CD-style stickers needed to redeem the aforementioned All You Gotta Do (Is Just Dance).
  12. The cover for Blue (Da Ba Dee) is extremely cringeworthy to listen and dance to and completely fails to capture the cheesiness and charm of the original version.
  13. The Kids Mode for the game received the most flak, as it is seen as unnecessary and way too easy.
  14. A lot of the songs have been criticized for focusing more on style than substance, with really good backgrounds but terrible routines.
  15. The line from Blow Your Mind (Mwah), as in "Finish your glass of wine", has the word "wine" pointlessly censored in an attempt to prevent kids from learning about alcoholic drinks.
    • John Wayne suffered from the same problem too, with the word "beer" in "Big swig, toss another beer can" being replaced with a pathetic chime sound.
      • Oddly enough, TiK ToK from Just Dance 2 doesn't have the word "beer" censored.
  16. Three words: Dame Tu Cosita. Noting can describe how bad it really is.
    • The moves used are ripped off from the song's fanmade music video.
    • In an attempt to make it kid-friendly, Ubisoft gave the routine a cartoonish background and the moans were replaced with duck quacks. Just to be clear, the song as a whole IS COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE FOR KIDS.
  17. The movements the player has to do in some songs are tiring and even painful. In particular, having to lean back FAR as the final Gold Move in Keep On Moving can hurt your back.
  18. One of the original songs Ubisoft made, Sayonara, is a ripoff of Babymetal's "Gimme Chocolate!!".

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The game had a lot of really fun Alternate routines to dance to.
  2. A lot of the songs had really good and detailed backgrounds, more so than Just Dance 2017.
  3. Ubisoft made 2 original songs exclusively for this instalment 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.
  4. The World Dance Floor (Online Mode) came back with the Team Battle, which was absent from JD2017.
  5. 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.