Following Dancing Stage's previous sojourns in the arcades, putting dancing game fans through their paces to an eclectic line-up of pop classics, the foot-confounding Konami creation brings its latest wares exclusively to PS2 for more party-friendly antics. Thing is, the beauty of dancing games is that anyone can have a crack at them; you don't need to be an expert to have a go, and they're great fun to play at shindigs with friends, family, the dog etc. In the same spirit as Sony's gathering-friendly gizmo, EyeToy, it's all about flinging yourself about and having a laugh. The other big plus of Dancing Stage Fever's console versions is that you can quietly practice and get good in the comfort of your own home, then head off to the arcades to wow the crowds with your mad boogying skills.
The biggest difference you'll spot between Fever and earlier titles in the franchise is the addition of licensed music videos, which accompany the tracks onscreen. So you can shake your stuff to the Spice Girls as they 'zigga-zig-ah' to Wannabe, go One Step Beyond with Madness or practice your fancy (feline) footwork with Cool For Cats by Squeeze. The gameplay retains the genre-standard 'step-on-arrows-as-they-flash-up-on-screen' formula, but there'll no doubt be options to ad-lib a little and go freestyle, if you fancy impressing your audience.
Fever boasts a variety of difficulty levels to ease you into the action gently too, so you can start off on Easy and, as you begin to muster confidence and master the finer points of moving around the mat in time to the arrows scrolling down the screen, you can progress to the more tricky settings. There's also the option to get physical in Workout Mode, or go head-to-head with a toe-tapping pal in Two-Player Mode.
- The first dancing game to use fully-licensed music videos to accompany tracks
- Top pop classics include: Wannabe - Spice Girls; Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners; Cool For Cats - Squeeze; All That She Wants - Ace of Base and loads more..
- Shift those pounds by tackling the Workout Mode