Without music, DDR is just coordinated arrow jumping. Rather than stick to the more techno-heavy soundtracks of past games, DDR Universe 2 shakes things up a bit by pulling in a wide mix of songs going as far back as the 70's. These include songs like Sister Sledge's "He's the Greatest Dancer", Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie", The Bangles's "Walk Like an Egyptian" and Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out". While these songs are great, the real highlight is Men Without Hats's "The Safety Dance", which comes complete with the original video. Though it may not be the most P.C. of things to say, there's something about dancing midget court jesters that can make anything automatically awesome. Ravers shouldn't have fear though, since the techno is still here too.
Speaking of visuals, DDR Universe 2 does a great job at giving you something to look at in the background while giving you absolutely nothing to look at in the background. Confused? Put it this way, a bunch of scrolling arrows would look a bit plain so the backgrounds are fixed up with flashy visuals that do enough to stimulate your rods and cones without distracting you from the scrolling arrows. It also helps that there's no equivalent of the first game's Cascada video, which was easily the most distracting thing to ever grace a DDR game.