In The Groove
A game very similar to DDR without the flare
This game is very similar to DDR with a few tweaks so that it doesn't appear exactly the same. The up sides to this game compared to DDR is that you can fully enjoy the song without a guy shouting at you every 5 seconds if you are doing good or screwing up. Also I really enjoyed the song list which had a good variety of techno and dance songs that DDR does not have. The down sides were the menus and the graphics, which compared to the flare of the DDR games, left very much to be desired. Also there was no main mission mode or story mode for those who get bored with just dancing. Basically if you are just looking for a game with cool techno and dance music different than DDR, you will like this game. If you are hoping for something challenging or something with a new flare to it, this game will be a bit disappointing. Only real reason to get this game is for the music.
What ddr used to be
Back when I played all of the dancing type games with a few of my friends, in the groove was by far our favorite game. In the groove took everything that was great in ddr and put it into one package. Back when the ddr games were released when I used to buy them, there would generally be only 4 or 5 songs per game that I would really like which were mostly the techno songs such as the Maxs, paranoia's and a few other of the higher difficulty songs. All of the pop and the japanese techno songs I would just ignore for the first part. I remember one day though when I was going through youtube videos I stumbled upon a video of someone playing pandemonium from ITG and thought it was the coolest thing. After looking up the game that it came from I ordered it online for 20 dollars and started playing it when I got home. What made the game so great is other than maybe 5 or so intro songs, every song in the game was very unique and interesting. The difficulty range of it was far greater than ddr was like at the time and still may be true today. The mods for the game are all far better than ddrs, the music is a lot crisper and many of the step charts are very unique. The downfall of the game though is that it was too good and quickly caught konami's attention which caused a law suite that ended this game. So if you like the different max songs in ddr and the more technoish ones and want a game consisting of all that type of music, spend the few bucks and buy in the groove. This game isn't being made anymore and has been not in stocked at some stores due to the law suite so if you get the chance to pickup a copy then by all means take it because it won't be on the shelf much longer.