Michael Jackson, the King of Pop to be correct, is known for his dance moves. At last, we here at Wii3 can play a game where we can bust his entire collection of dance moves, instead of as a victory celebration at the end of another game. The Experience is a game that attempts to give people the chance to have a taste of Michael Jackson’s legendary dance career.
To clarify moves, making it easier to accomplish, the game has little figures that slide up and down, illustrating the dance move or pose. You are expected to follow these cues and try to imitate the dancers on the screen as closely as possible. You will then be given points based on the movements tracked by your wiimote, giving you scores such as bad, good or perfect. It has a score bar found on the left screen that fills as you hit the marks while you progress in the game.
Michael Jackson: The Experience will definitely be hit for all Michael Jackson enthusiasts. The game is relatively easy to follow and is great because you can share the Michael Jackson experience while dancing alongside three of your friends. With over 20 Michael Jackson dance hits, you are sure to have a fantastic experience with the game.
Even when its dance moves are difficult, the songs, undoubtedly make up for the frustration of missed moves. The game features some of his most popular dance routines including Thriller, Billy Jean and Beat It. The music alone makes you want to pick up your controller and dance! And if you’re a big Michael Jackson fan, you will be even more thrilled with the return of his most celebrated hits back in the days such as Bad, Smooth Criminal, and even older ones such as Ghost and Money. The music selection and game setup puts this game in the must play at least once category. Michael Jackson: The Experience is an experience indeed!
Michael Jackson: The Experience attempts but doesn’t quite compare with Michael Jackson’s dance magic, of course that is to be expected. One of major flaws of the game is that the Wii remote alone is not able to capture the complexity of the Michael Jackson dance moves. Instead of moving your entire body, you will be left with waving your hand around rather than actually “dancing”. And you might think the game makes Michael’s dance moves more easy, well the bad news is, it is still as difficult as it looks. This is especially true for those who intensely attempt to copy the dance routines. The game features videos of real dancers, performing real dance moves, overlaid on theme backgrounds. The game does offer video tutorials. Curiously, however, you have to complete several games to unlock the tutorials. This makes little sense and completely sucks! Those who need tutorials will have difficulty completing one dance routine to even unlock a tutorial.
And what makes the game even more difficult is its unpredictable controls. At one point, you might feel you are not being scored properly or that the game is not recognizing your moves, making it very frustrating. Unless you are a die hard Michael Jackson fan, we here at wii3 think that you’d probably be better off buying Just Dance 2. Just Dance 2 provides a better dance outlet.