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Michael Jackson The Experience has been released on Nintendo Wii and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"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....."
- Junior Gamer (Thu, 21 Apr 2011)
"Michael Jackson: The Experience may lack depth, complexity and progression, but slick game-play and fantastic source material courtesy of the King of Pop makes it an huge amount of fun..."
- Fit Gamer (Sat, 25 Dec 2010)
"Michael Jackson The Experience turns Just Dance into a one gloved tribute to the king of pop. Although this is more of the same, the format is easily strong enough to support the themed release..."
- Domestic Gamer (Thu, 25 Nov 2010)
The Michael Jackson The Experience seems a perfect fit for a tailored Just Dance game. Classic moves, great tracks and a greater sense of history make this a promising dance game.
While his music may not "unite us all", there's no doubt Michael Jackson is as popular now as ever. The Michael Jackson The Experience takes the exscuisit Just Dance 2 formula and injects it with the iconic King of Pop.
Although this sounds a little opportunistic at first, Just Dance's game play is a perfect fit for Jackson's single gloved persona. Whereas other performas have to have one hand altered to enable players to follow moves with the Wii-mote, here it's entirely natural for Jackson to show off one white glove.
The same strong sense of music and performance continues with track selection and choreography that both make sense. More than 25 songs are featured, from Bad, Beat It, Billie Jean to more recent hits like Earth Song and Black or White.
As in Just Dance 2, you can play with up to four people symaltaneously. And it features the new Duet mode where players face off with different dance moves. New here though is the option to dance as Jackson himself or a member of his dance crew.
It of course incorporates the classic Jackson dance moves, although this raises a question how it's hand tracking mechanic will cope with feet oriented Moonwalk action. There is a school mode where these moves can be practiced, complete with training videos.
Whether you will also be able to download Jackson tracks via Just Dance 2's online store remains to be seen, but that would be a nice addition.
The Michael Jackson The Experience is released on DS, PSP, Wii on 26th November.
Michael Jackson The Experience brings Just Dance's winning formula some Jackson style. While a promising proposition on Wii and PS3, it's the Kinect version that promises to be the defacto Jackson dance and sing experience.
Michael Jackson The Experience Wii offers your favourite Just Dance features wrapped around a Jackson theme. This includes multiplayer for up to four players, Duo Mode offering 1 vs 1 and 2 vs 2 face offs and of course a strong Career mode.
You work your way through Jackson's signature moves as you rehearse and dance along with Michael's authentic choreographies. As well as dancing, you can also sing along to Jackson's hits. Karaoke style on-screen lyrics combine with the already challenge dance performance to create an all round package. The current list of songs include:
The Wii, DS and PSP version are released 29th November. This is followed up when Ubisoft bring their Michael Jackson The Experience to the growing ranks of 360 Kinect and PS3 Move dance games - joining Dance Central, Dance Masters and Dance Paradise.
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