Product Type: Ubisoft Wii games
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My very own Experience!
Michael Jackson: The Experience (Wii)
Member Name: Anti
Michael Jackson: The Experience (Wii)
Advantages: Fun to play, variety of MJ tracks including the best ones, easy to learn and play.
Disadvantages: Lack of other game modes or extra content.
'Michael Jackson: The Experience' is a rhythm game released for the Wii in 2010. This is a spin-off from the successful 'Just Dance' series except, well, it just consists of Michael Jackson songs of course! My mom bought this game for our Wii at home because she wanted a game to do dance workouts too and all of us in our household are big MJ fans. I've started playing 'Michael Jackson: The Experience' since I came home for Easter holidays with the rest of my family and I can firmly say it's become an addiction- some flaws notwithstanding.
Gameplay for MJ: The Experience is pretty simple. You choose one of 26 tracks, all with varying difficulties to dance to. On the Wii version up to four players can play either as Michael or his backup dancers if they come in the song. You dance by following the avatar of either Michael or his backup dancers' movements on the screen with your Wiimote in your right hand, which corresponds to Michael's white glove, with different movements moving up along the left (or right if playing as backup) side of the screen; one has to time the move when it hits the top. How well you time and execute the move determines whether you get an 'OK', 'Good' or 'Perfect' star score for each. At the end of the song the number of stars is totalled up to give you both a number score and another star rating, this time out of 5.
That's really all there is to gameplay, and as a result it's very simple for people of any age to get into as all you're really doing is waving the Wiimote with no extra buttons to press. It's much more fun playing with others than solo and my sisters and I compete to beat each other's high scores. Providing your sensor bar is in a suitable place, it does a good job of tracking Wiimote movements and isn't forgiving on sloppy timing or movement. Sometimes I do think it has trouble tracking more than one player on screen, but then again this may depend on the size of your dancing area. Even though many of Michael's signature dance songs have been simplified so Joe Bloggs really does think he's doing 'Thriller' perfectly, the harder songs still do provide a real difficulty and a good workout! Trust me- at the time of writing this review I haven't achieved the full five stars on any song! Depressing...
The graphics for the game aren't anything special. The menus and screens all have the same dark blue colour scheme which I think really fits the game's tone. The animation for avatar Michael and backup dancers is quite blurry and lack attention to detail, but at least they get all of Michael's signature outfits in and I like that the background videos pay homage to either the real videos of the songs or change throughout the song ('Black or White' is the best example of this because just like the real thing, the country background and backup dancers change every so often). Besides since the Wii isn't known for games which push graphical barriers on video game consoles I think I can let the average graphics slide overall.
The 26 tracks in the Wii version of this game include:
-Black or White
-Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough
-Heal the World
-In the Closet
-Leave Me Alone
-Remember the Time
-Rock With You
-The Girl is Mine
- The Way you Make Me Feel
-They Don't Care About Us
-Wanna Be Startin' Something
-Who Is It
-Will You Be There
-Workin' Day and Night
As you can see, there is a mix of MJ classics and some less notable ones. Annoyingly I have noticed that some other version of this game include more and/or different songs instead of having the same number available across all systems. Furthermore the Wii version doesn't come with the option to download new songs to play to like the Kinect and PSMove do.
The only other menu option other 'Dance' (that is the main gameplay mode) and 'Options' is 'Dance School. Basically, the overall number of star rankings are added together, so getting certain achievements on songs (i.e. getting your first 4* rating, getting 3* across a number of songs) unlocks training videos where professional choreographers demonstrate the real, complex dance moves of the MJ songs. Unfortunately this is the only extra content available in the game; there are no other modes that you'd find in other rhythm games (such as a Workout Mode) and whilst a lack of bonus options don't detract from the games fun, they do help stop me from getting bored of the game fast once I've mastered several of the songs by giving me something to work towards.
'Michael Jackson: The Experience' is fun for all the family and very easy to get into, but compared to other games in the same genre it's pretty basic- I believe that once I've had my fill of dancing to MJ songs I'll get pretty bored unless I want a quick exercise session at home. If you're an MJ fan the fun to be had dancing to all the classics might help you overlook the lack of content here, which is what I find myself. If you're a big rhythm game fan used to the likes of Dance Dance Revolution or even Just Dance you may not find a true 'Experience' here.
'Michael Jackson: The Experience' can be bought for around £9 on Amazon or even cheaper second-hand, which I think is an appropriate price for this game.
(Review also on Ciao under the username Anti_W)
Summary: Very much a fun experience for fans of Michael, but lacking in depth.
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