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Dance Central Spotlight
Developer: Harmonix Music Systems
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Distributor:

Microsoft Game Studios

Release date:

September 2, 2014

Platforms:

Xbox One (Kinect)


Dance Central Spotlight is a music rhythm game in the Dance Central series for the Xbox One Kinect. It was released on September 2, 2014.

Gameplay

The gameplay for Dance Central Spotlight is the same as others in the franchise. Players must mirror the dance routine the character on screen is doing, and they get scored accordingly on the accuracy of their performance.

The game itself has been heavily stripped down compared to other games in the franchise, focusing more on the core aspects the series brings. Practice mode is the game's training mode akeen to the "Break It Down" feature used in past games, but it has been simplified in comparison from the past two games. The mode can only be accessed while the player is dancing, and from there it allows the player to slow down parts and go to previous sections/sections ahead of the routine. The player can then come back and dance from the section they were at afterwards. Fitness mode allows player to work out while playing, setting their height and weight, duration, and types of routines they want to use for excercising.

Characters

Dance Central Spotlight features fourteen characters to play as. Six of them are unlocked from the start while the rest are unlocked through certain achievements. Unlike previous titles, there are no alternate outfits for the characters.

Name Photo
Emilia
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Mo
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Miss Aubrey
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Glitch
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Taye
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Bodie
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Classified

Collecting 600 dance moves unlocks 6 new characters under the "Classified" section. These characters are the original six in suits.

  • Alpha (Emilia)
  • Beta (Miss Aubrey)
  • Delta (Glitch)
  • Epsilon (Mo)
  • Gamma (Taye)
  • Zeta (Bodie)

Hidden

Two hidden characters from the game Borderlands can be accessed by entering a code at the character selection screen.

  • Nisha the Lawbringer - Enter XXXXX ("X" button 5 times)
  • Claptrap the Fragtrap - Enter YYYYY ("Y" button 5 times)

Venues

There are six venues in Dance Central Spotlight. Unlike past games, Spotlight does not allow the player to choose a venue if they wish to.

The names of some of the venues, specifically Airport and Subway, are placeholder names as those venues have either not been named or have a name that has not been revealed publicly.

Name Normal State Peak State
Airport
HMX-U Gym
Industrial
Penthouse
Subway
Town

Songs

The game features 10 songs for the player to dance to. Unlike previous songs in the series, these songs are not ranked under categories concerning difficulty, and there are no default dancers for them. There are a total of eight routines for each song, four pertaining to the main routine (Beginning, Standard, Deluxe, and Pro) and four alternate routines (Cardio, Strength, and two others that relate to a certain theme, such as "Goofy", "Serious", or  "Manly".) Only the Beginner routine is unlocked from the start; all of the others become available as the player reaches the number of flashcards required to unlock them, which is done by earning the "Flawless" rating on the dance moves. (The rating will show up as "Collected" when accomplished.)

Song Artist Cover
#thatPOWER will.i.am ft. Justin Bieber
Counting Stars OneRepublic
Diamonds Rihanna
Happy Pharrell Williams
I Wish Cher Lloyd
Royals Lorde
Show Me Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown
Talk Dirty Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz
Titanium David Guetta ft. Sia
Wake Me Up Avicii

Downloadable Content

Downloadble Content for Dance Central Spotlight has increased as a main aspect of the game. They are used to compensate for the small base of songs given at the start (allowing for a "customizable" tracklist), and they recieve the same treatment regarding gameplay.

Song Artist(s) Year Release Still available for Purchase
Take On Me a-ha 1985 September 2, 2014
A Little Respect Erasure 1988 September 2, 2014
Love Shack The B-52s 1989 September 2, 2014
Creep TLC 1994 September 2, 2014
Here Comes The Hotstepper Ini Kamoze 1994 September 2, 2014
Little Talks Of Monsters and Men 2011 September 2, 2014
Safe and Sound Capital Cities 2011 September 2, 2014
I Love It Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX 2012 September 2, 2014
Next To Me Emeli Sande 2012 September 2, 2014
One More Night Maroon 5 2012 September 2, 2014
Scream & Shout will.i.am ft. Britney Spears 2012 September 2, 2014
All of Me (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment Remix [Radio Version]) John Legend 2013 September 2, 2014
Applause Lady Gaga 2013 September 2, 2014
Come & Get It Selena Gomez 2013 September 2, 2014
Heart Attack Demi Lovato 2013 September 2, 2014
I Need Your Love Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding 2013 September 2, 2014
Pompeii Bastille 2013 September 2, 2014
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) Lana Del Rey 2013 September 2, 2014
Turn Down for What DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon 2013 September 2, 2014
Ain't It Fun Paramore 2014 September 2, 2014
Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz 2014 September 2, 2014
Bailando Enrique Iglesias ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona 2014 September 2, 2014
Maps Maroon 5 2014 September 2, 2014
Problem Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea 2014 September 2, 2014
Summer Calvin Harris 2014 September 2, 2014
The Way Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller 2013 September 16, 2014
Latch Disclosure ft. Sam Smith 2013 September 23, 2014
As Long As You Love Me Justin Bieber ft. Big Sean 2012 October 7, 2014
Black Widow Rita Ora ft. Iggy Azalea 2014 October 7, 2014
Fancy Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX 2014 October 7, 2014
Burn Ellie Goulding 2013 October 14, 2014
Bang Bang Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj 2014 October 14, 2014
I Cry Flo Rida 2012 October 21, 2014
Chandelier Sia 2014 November 4, 2014
Love Runs Out OneRepublic 2014 November 11, 2014
Anaconda Nicki Minaj 2014 November 18, 2014
Can't Hold Us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton 2011 November 25, 2014 No
Blurred Lines Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell 2013 November 25, 2014
Animals Maroon 5 2014 November 25, 2014
Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih ft. YG 2014 December 2, 2014
Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye ft. Kimbra 2011 December 9, 2014
Turn Me On David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj 2011 December 9, 2014
Locked Out of Heaven Bruno Mars 2012 December 16, 2014
Raise Your Glass P!nk 2010 December 29, 2014
G.D.F.R Flo Rida ft. Sage The Gemini & Lookas 2014 April 28, 2015
Uptown Funk Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars 2014 April 28, 2015

Legacy Downloadble Content

Songs from previous games in the series are included in this game. If a player has already purchased the song before, it can be redownloaded into this game at no additional cost. These songs also recieve the same treatment as all other songs mentioned previously. Downloadble Content from Dance Central, which did not have to option to omit Freestyle in Dance Central 2 and 3, have the option with additional sequences added to them.

Song Artist Decade Release Date Still Available for Purchase
Because of You Ne-Yo 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Get Busy Sean Paul 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Lapdance N.E.R.D. 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Marry the Night Lady Gaga 2010s September 2, 2014 Yes
The Edge of Glory Lady Gaga 2010s September 2, 2014 Yes
Closer Ne-Yo 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
D.A.N.C.E. Justice 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Don't Touch Me (Throw da Water on 'Em) Busta Rhymes 2000s September 2, 2014 No
Weapon of Choice Fatboy Slim 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Turnin Me On Keri Hilson 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Get It Shawty Lloyd 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Commander Kelly Rowland ft. David Guetta 2010s September 2, 2014 Yes
Say Hey (I Love You) Michael Franti & Spearhead feat. Cherine Anderson 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Round & Round Selena Gomez & the Scene 2010s September 2, 2014 Yes
Heard 'Em All Amerie 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Girls & Boys Blur 1990s September 2, 2014 No
La La Land Demi Lovato 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Alejandro Lady Gaga 2010s September 2, 2014 Yes
Paparazzi Lady Gaga 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
Whip It Nicki Minaj 2010s September 2, 2014 Yes
Airplanes B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams 2010s September 2, 2014 Yes
Temperature Sean Paul 2000s September 2, 2014 Yes
I Got You Dancing Lady Sovereign 2000s September 2, 2014 No
Hello Good Morning Diddy-Dirty Money ft. T.I. 2010s September 2, 2014 Yes
Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine, Pt. 1 James Brown 1970s September 2, 2014 Yes
Le Freak Chic 1970s September 16, 2014 Yes
Don't Cha The Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes 2000s September 16, 2014 Yes
Planet Rock Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force 1980s September 16, 2014 No
Say Ahh Trey Songz 2010s September 16, 2014 Yes
London Bridge Fergie 2000s September 23, 2014 Yes
Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani 2000s September 23, 2014 Yes
Fergalicious Fergie ft. will.i.am 2000s September 23, 2014 Yes
We Run This Missy Elliott 2000s September 23, 2014 Yes
Control Janet Jackson 1980s September 30, 2014 Yes
Sorry For Party Rocking LMFAO 2010s September 30, 2014 Yes
Nasty Janet Jackson 1980s September 30, 2014 Yes
Escapade Janet Jackson 1980s September 30, 2014 No
Party Rock Anthem LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock 2010s September 30, 2014 Yes
Never Say Never Justin Bieber ft. Jaden Smith 2010s October 7, 2014 Yes
All Around The World Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris 2010s October 7, 2014 Yes
Beauty and a Beat Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj 2010s October 7, 2014 Yes
Lights Ellie Goulding 2010s October 14, 2014 Yes
Low Flo Rida ft. T-Pain 2000s October 21, 2014 Yes
Let It Roll Flo Rida 2010s October 21, 2014 Yes
Give Me Everything Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer 2010s October 28, 2014 Yes
Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) Pitbull ft. T-Pain 2010s October 28, 2014 Yes
International Love Pitbull ft. Chris Brown 2010s October 28, 2014 Yes
SOS Rihanna 2000s November 4, 2014 Yes
Only Girl (In The World) Rihanna 2010s November 4, 2014 Yes
Disturbia Rihanna 2000s November 4, 2014 Yes
S&M Rihanna 2010s November 4, 2014 Yes
What's My Name? Rihanna ft. Drake 2010s November 4, 2014 Yes
Umbrella Rihanna ft. Jay-Z 2000s November 4, 2014 Yes
Yeah 3X Chris Brown 2010s December 2, 2014 Yes
Gangnam Style PSY 2010s December 2, 2014 Yes
Twisted Usher ft. Pharrell 2010s December 16, 2014 Yes
Euphoria Usher 2010s December 16, 2014 Yes
What Makes You Beautiful One Direction 2010s December 23, 2014 Yes
I Gotta Feeling The Black Eyed Peas 2000s December 30, 2014 Yes
Glad You Came The Wanted 2010s January 6, 2015 Yes
Forget You Cee Lo Green 2010s January 6, 2015 Yes
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 2010s January 6, 2015 Yes
Take Care Drake ft. Rihanna 2010s January 6, 2015 Yes
Hot in Herre Nelly 2000s January 13, 2015 Yes
Promiscuous Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland 2000s January 20, 2015 Yes
The Way I Are Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson and D.O.E. 2000s January 27, 2015 Yes
We No Speak Americano Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP 2010s February 3, 2015 Yes
Scenario A Tribe Called Quest And Leaders At The School 1990s February 10, 2015 Yes
Down On Me Jeremih ft. 50 Cent 2010s February 17, 2015 Yes
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) C+C Music Factory 1990s February 24, 2015 Yes
Word Up! Cameo 1980s March 3, 2015 Yes
Milkshake Kelis 2000s March 10, 2015 Yes
Let It Rock Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne 2000s March 17, 2015 Yes
Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It Dem Franchize Boyz 2000s March 24, 2015 Yes
O.P.P. Naughty by Nature 1990s March 31, 2015 Yes
Straight Up Paula Abdul 1980s April 7, 2015 Yes
Super Freak Rick James 1980s April 14, 2015 Yes
Wild Thing Tone Lōc 1980s April 21, 2015 Yes
Whoomp! (There It Is) Tag Team 1990s April 28, 2015 Yes
Spice Up Your Life (Stent Radio Mix) Spice Girls 1990s May 5, 2015 Yes
Informer Snow 1990s May 12, 2015 Yes
Whine Up Kat DeLuna ft. Elephant Man 2000s May 19, 2015 Yes
Tempted to Touch Rupee 2000s May 26, 2015 Yes
Break Your Heart Taio Cruz 2000s June 2, 2015 Yes
Replay Iyaz 2010s June 2, 2015 Yes
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