Game Review: Michael Jackson - The Experience

Michael Jackson – The Experience

Game Review: Michael Jackson - The Experience

Since the death of the king of pop in June 2009, many products licensed under the «Michael Jackson» baton have been launched: from remastering his albums to a documentary, books, sticker album and even chewing gum! Within these products it is obvious that a video game game could not be missing. Produced and designed by Ubisoft Montreal, the game promises hours of uncompromising fun within the singer’s universe. The question that remains is: does it do what it says?

Since the death of the king of pop in June 2009, many products licensed under the baton «Michael Jackson» were released: from remastering their albums to a documentary, books, sticker album and even chewing gum! Within these products it is obvious that a video game game could not be missing. Produced and designed by Ubisoft Montreal, the game promises hours of uncompromised fun within the singer’s universe. The question that remains is: does it do what it says?

First of all, it is good to introduce a historical fact: this is not the singer’s first game released for consoles. The game «Moonwalker» was launched in 1990 to arcades, Mega Drive, Master System and Sega Genesis and was produced by Sega. Completely different from the game developed by Ubisoft, the “Moonwalker” is based on the artist’s eponymous film, released in 1988 while the Ubisoft game is a fun multiplayer dance game.

Launched in November 23, 2010 for Wii, PSP and Nintendo DS, in this review I will discuss the version for the Nintendo console. One thing that is good to make clear is that just like “The Beatles: Rock Band” is for «Rock Band», The «Michael Jackson: The Experience» is for «Just Dance» that is, it is a special version of a series with already established mechanics. For those who do not know, I explain: the screen of your television shows movements to be imitated (like an aerobics class, so to speak) and, with just Wiimote in your hand, you must repeat the movements with perfect timing. Simple and extremely easy to play. You can follow the movements to be made both by the dancers present and by the display on the side bars of the screen. The difference of this game for “Just Dance” is the choice of how to dance. You can take on both the role of Michael and the dancers, when present, who most often have a different choreography and, usually, easier than the king of pop.

The essence of the game is the timing. He is your greatest ally and, most of the time, your greatest enemy. Each movement to be made has a specific pose that determines its movement was perfect or terrible and, in this scheme, the score is made. You often get irritated by this system, fact! A pose that you know you did, a perfectly performed movement and no point given. My tip is: when playing, every time you finish a move, make a move with your wrist, «showing» the game that your move has been made.

The evolution of the game, for the most enthusiastic, also leaves something to be desired – and a lot. As it is a game aimed at a casual audience, who does not spend hours in front of the TV playing, every 27 songs present in the game are already released from the beginning. What can survive the game, in this sense, is the fact that as you dance more and more songs, you release training videos (which, in my personal opinion, is quite unnecessary – if you are going to train the game , you do it before you start playing and not after, right?). In the end what matters most is the multiplayer mode. This game was thought to play in group (and on the Wii up to 4 people can get together to play it) and guarantees, a fact proven by me, many hours of sweat and fun.

With a fun and competent music selection, designed to entertain everyone, easy to play and with graphics that fulfill their role, «Michael Jackson: The Experience» leaves nothing to be desired. Released, currently, only for the Wii and portable, the game arrives at Xbox 360 and to Playstation 3 this semester – with support for Kinect and to Playstation Move, successively – and it is a fact that will also guarantee hours of fun.