Rating the Carly Rae Jepsen Games of E3 (So Far)

There’s no denying the impact that Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call me Maybe” is having on our society. It’s infectiously catchy, and even Fred has trouble hating on her. Including this song in upcoming rhythm, dancing, and/or singing games is a no-brainer. Click though to read our analysis of the breakout genre of E3, Carly Rae Jepsen games.

Game: Just Dance 4
CRJQ (Carlie Rae Jepsen Quotient): 7.3
Fantastic Take on This: I think we all know what to expect from the Just Dance series: more waggle than the actual dancing of Dance Central. That being said, the game has confirmed the inclusion of “Call me Maybe,” as well as One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West,” and Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” making this quite an attractive purchase.
Buying It? Can’t decide on the Wii U or Kinect version.
Bonus: See if you can spot Harley from Epic Meal Time (0:54) and some other internet folks in the trailer.

Game: SiNG (Working Title)
CRJQ: 9.2
Fantastic Take on This: From the team behind the brilliant and overlooked DJ Hero games comes this Wii U party game that brings the entire party into the action. The trailer uses “Call Me Maybe” and looks like good drunken fun. Honestly, songs like “Bad Romance,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” and other pop songs got more action when my friends still played Rock Band than any of the “hard” rock or metal.
Buying It? Yuuuuup.

Wild Card Round:

Game: Dance Central 3
CRJQ: ???
Fantastic Take on This: Despite a pretty awesome performance from Usher at the Microsoft press conference, I’m not totally sold on DC3 yet. Dance Central is the clear winner in the dancing game wars of the early 2010s, but a solid track list is what’s going to keep the fans coming back. They need to lock down CRJ in a bad way, and for the love of god(s), we need Ke$ha up in this bitch.
Buying It? Track list dependent, obvz.

The game that throws in Karmin’s “Brokenhearted” for good measure will really put themself over the top. And remember kids, every party in the Fantastic Neighborhood is a dance party. Let us know what hot jamz you want in the next round of rhythm games in the comments.

Addendum: Don’t forget to check out episode 17 of the podcast for further discussion of the games of E3.


Co-host of the show, video game archivist and historian, UI specialist, and name dropper. Jon Anderson is one of the founding members of Fantastic Neighborhood.