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Dancing Stage Unleashed 3

If you've never had a go at making yourself look like a sweaty twerp in front of everyone, now's a great time to give it a go!

We're normally great at these dancing games. Honest. We've got more rhythm than Bob Marley. Except for when Cheryl Tweedy or Rachel Stevens are shaking their asses all over our telly. That's when our skills are comparable to those of a one-legged hippo.

But we're not complaining. Konami has chosen a decent line-up of licensed tracks for its latest dance extravaganza. Whether you're a rocker, love your pop, chill to R&B or are just a pervert, there's something in there to get you working up a sweat. And they've packed in even more varieties of gameplay, with a modes list as long as your arm. New to the list are the Quest and Freestyle modes.

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Quest mode takes you on a musical journey across the US, busting out your crazy skills in each state to prove you're the best dancer around. You can use points to buy items that help you out, but we're not going to spoil that for you just yet.

In Freestyle mode, you're left to stamp on whatever arrows your heart desires - there are no steps to follow. The game monitors the variety of steps, your timing and speed. If you over-exert yourself, the game tells you to chill out a bit. If you're neglecting to do any jumps or hold an arrow down, it'll nag you for lack of variety. At the end of each song, you will be rated for effort, accuracy and style. It's where you prove to your mates that you don't need stupid arrows to tell you how to dance.

As usual, you'll also be powering your way through a full arcade-style mode, and Workout, Challenge, Training and Edit modes are all back for another dance. Fire up Xbox Live to download new songs and characters, chat with other Dancing Stage nutters and take part in rapid-stepping faceoffs in games of up to eight players. If you're into the rising arrows already, this is good stuff. And if you've never had a go at making yourself look like a sweaty twerp in front of everyone, now's a good time to give it a go.

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