The Good Parts (3 out of 5)
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 is still the same interactive video dancing as the first version with a new twist and a few new moves to keep the energy high and the crowd energized throughout the experience.
The new Dance’n Defend mode rocks the floor with nightmarish difficulty that will have you swearing and sweating as you try to keep up with the new random elements that keep you guessing and hopping.
Combines the interactive game play of the Dance Dance Revolution franchise with the physically engaging, innovative, and easy to stand up and dance mechanics of the Wii home video game console wonderfully to create an experience that will have you coming back for more.
The Parts That Need Improvement (3 out of 5)
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2’s might be a bit too hard for gamers who haven’t played a previous title in the series or even gamers who aren’t expecting as much of a challenge as this title provides. The learning curve can be steep and some may find themselves standing, sweating and swearing at a failed game screen, even in the Workout mode where it shouldn’t be an issue.
The Graphical Look (3 out of 5)
The graphical presentation in Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 is the same as all the titles in the series for the Wii Game Console. The details and textures are average at best and many of the screens all have the same look and feel to them. The characters included are dull and uninspiring, with a very unappealing look even for cartoon-like animations. You can stick the head of your Mii on a character, but they look mismatched and disjointed when you do.
The menus and read-outs are easy to read, with bright colors and distinctive looks that stand out from surroundings.
Sounds in the Game (5 out of 5)
The sound track includes fewer generic tracks to bore you among the four decades of smash hits included and the tempo and pace of the music suits the game play beautifully, adding energy at times and keeping your audible senses tuned and involved in the game. Many of the tracks are certainly forgettable, but they did include many popular and entertaining tracks, like "Umbrella", "Walking on Sunshine", and "Black and White" among others.
Playability (5 out of 5)
Dance Dance Revolution has always been one of the most playable titles for the Wii Game Console and Hottest Party 2 certainly continues the experience and adds to it by making it both more interactive and challenging at the same time. The addition of the requirement for hand gestures and a random element to the on screen arrows used to prompt you provides another interesting, engaging and satisfying level to the game play.
The fully choreographed dances for each song included have great variety in challenges for the average and advanced dancer and allow you to unlock the ability to use your own Mii as your avatar and a nice variety of gear to use as you strut your stuff.
The Groove Arena mission mode has a nice steady diet of unlockables that provide a sense of progression that is rewarding to play.
Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 allows you and up to three friends to compete against each other in a satisfying multiplayer mode that’s one of the best parts of the experience.
Hottest Party 2 also includes a Training mode, Free mode, and Workout mode.
The Bottom Line (4 out of 5)
Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 is the same fun, engaging, and satisfying party experience for friends and family that you played last year. Only this year they injected some adrenalin to the franchise with some new and challenging game play elements and a few new modes that hype up the atmosphere of the dance and provide new dance moves to help you get your groove on.