UK Release Date: April 15, 2011.
Genre : Music, Dance.
Platforms : Xbox 360.
PEGI Rating : 12+.
Publisher : Ubisoft.
Players : up to 4.
As you would expect the Xbox 360 Michael Jackson The Experience has a lot of similarities to the successful Wii version launched last year. It allows players to tackle nearly 30 Michael Jackson songs from big hits such as ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billie Jean’ to lesser known tracks such as ‘Workin’ Day and Night’ and ‘Sunset Driver’.
Each song has its own background, which is either taken straight from the music video – such as the graveyard scene in ‘Thriller’ – or features a stage show with the man himself. With excellent graphics on the Xbox the integration of players into the game appears seamlessly into each scene thanks to the Kinect camera.
Unlike the Wii version, the Xbox offers the ability to tackle most songs either vocally or by busting a move. Nine times out of ten, the songs feature both singing and dancing parts, but in the case of some of the slower songs such as ‘Heal The World’, the only option is to sing. However, the game does not allow players to sing and dance at the same time.
The game comes with a comprehensive dance school, which features real-life dancers going through most of MJ’s more famous moves. The lessons are broken down into a number of bite-sized tutorials and can be replayed with relative ease, giving players the chance to get to grips with each manoeuvre.
One of the most entertaining aspect of the game is the multiplayer option. It gives players the chance to tackle whole songs together by jumping in and out at regular intervals. And you never know what to expect next, so while one player is grabbing their groin and moon-walking, the next player is crooning like a strained cat. It’s the element of surprise that creates extra enjoyment and makes it a real fun party game.
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