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Michael Jackson: The Experience HD promises something of a tangent from the successful dance excursions on other consoles, to delivering a tapping and sliding rhythm action game on the Vita.
Our reviewers generally enjoyed Michael Jackon: The Experience on Wii, PS3 Move and 360 Kinect. However, what Michael Jackson: The Experience HD offers is an entirely different experience with a remarkable take on the classic videos.
This isn't a dancing game, in the strictest sense (although I'm sure you're well to bounce your hips while you play) but instead invites you to press buttons and manipulate the touch screen to respond to on-screen prompts and make the Jackson avatar in the game dance successfully. The controls also use the gyroscope to encourage you to move with the music and dance a little.
Michael Jackson: The Experience HD looks very different from the usual Just Dance-inspired visuals we have seen before. Rather than using the original music videos, this Vita game promises a fully 3D recreation of the video in real time, allowing all of the dancers to respond to your success or failure and also provide a unique way of appreciating the classic videos and choreography.
The game also features an online head-to-head mode allowing you to battle your friends for the best performances. Possibly the option of your opponent not being able to see you dancing alone in a room will be a big plus.
It will be interesting to see how fun this game is as a rhythm-action tapping game, as to write this title off as simply another port of Michael Jackson: The Experience would be a huge mistake. If it is successful we may even see the Black Eyed Peas Experience receive a similar makeover.
Michael Jackson: The Experience HD is currently planned for release on the Playstation Vita on the 22nd February 2012.
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