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21/04/2011 Family Junior Gamer Review
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Michael Jackson: The Experience Nintendo Wii

Michael Jackson: The Experience

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Michael Jackson: The Experience adds his classic moves to the Just Dance formula on the Wii. Our junior gamer tried it out, with a little help from her dad, before having a go on the 360 Kinect and PS3 Move versions to see how they compared...

Sometimes I get to play games that are too old for me. Not on my own, but with my family. Michael Jackson: The Experience is one of these games.

I really wanted to play it because it's like Just Dance, but with all Michael Jackson songs. I think it is only a few of the songs that are too old for me. I didn't dance to them, and let my dad choose which ones were suitable.

The game plays the same as Just Dance, but you can choose whether you want to be the main dancer or the backing dancer. I found the backing dancer moves usually a bit easier to follow.

Best of all though, I liked it when mum danced as Michael Jackson and the rest of us were the backing dancers. There is only room for four players at once so we couldn't quite all play together, but we took turns so that worked out ok.

On Kinect or Move you can sing along with a microphone as well as dancing.

There are different versions of the game too. I haven't tried the tap along DS or PSP versions but my friends had the Kinect and Move ones which I had a go on.

I think the main thing that's better on the 360 and PS3 versions of the game is that you can sing along with a microphone as well as dancing. The Wii game has the lyrics on the screen but it can't hear you when you are singing, so it doesn't get any points.

On the PS3 I liked using the microphone to sing along to while my friends danced to the music. I seemed to always win though, I'm not sure if the singing is easier or if I'm just a really good singer. The dancing seemed just the same as on the Wii, but you use the really cool light up controllers.

I think the Wii version is actually best for me.

I did try the 360 Kinect version too, at another friend's house but we had to get her dad to help us get it working. You could only dance one at a time as far as I could tell. It was cool the way you could see yourself on the screen, but quite a lot of time it couldn't see me. Worst of all was that if her younger brother crawled in front of where we were playing the game seemed to think he was trying to dance and put him on the screen.

I don't mind that we don't have the 360 one at home, because I think the Wii version is actually best for me. If we had a PS3 I do think I'd sing along more though.

Written by Ben Loverrock

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Ben Loverrock writes the Junior Gamer column.

"Playing games when you are five isn't easy, but I've found some really good ones and I like writing about them. My dad helps me type out my reviews and then reads them back to me so I can check there aren't any confusing words."

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