Michael Jackson: The Experience is a motion control game allowing you to dance like the King of Pop.
If you own a Kinect and are also a Michael Jackson fan, you might be considering picking up Michael Jackson: The Experience. If you've played dance games before like Dance Central you should have a good idea how MJ: The Experience works. Tracking your whole body you are able to pull off all the moves like the king of pop. Some moves are easy to perform but many are also tricky and will require some practice before your dancing like MJ. The game doesn't have a career mode but you can still dance through MJ's greatest hits in Solo. From Billy Jean to Beat It, you name it it's here. Each song has a different visual backdrop to represent the track but they look a little bland. There's some nice visual effects though with your body covered in a white sparkling effect, making the game feel magical. The game places you in the middle of the stage with two virtual dancers standing at each side of you. Seeing yourself on the stage makes you feel like a star and immerses you in the game quite well.
At the end of each performance the game rates you out of five stars. You can either be rated, OK, Good or Perfect. As you perform moves you will earn points that rack up. Performing moves in a row will trigger a multiplier but getting a good or perfect score in a row will trigger the King Power. When this appears you must place your fist above your head when a crowed appears, giving you bonus points.Card shaped pictures illustrate each move at the bottom right of the screen but it can be hard to make out what move you need to perform, so you end up following the virtual dancers instead. The game does unfortunately have lag issues and can be off-putting when trying to keep in rhythm. The scoring system is also off. Quite frequently I would perform a move totally different and it would still reward me with perfect. You can also dance along with friends in Party mode. There's two modes available, Co-op and Battle. Co-op allows you to dance with a total of four other players. Each player takes in turns dancing to get the highest score. Another player can also sing along to lyrics with a microphone. Battle is basically a battle between two teams. Both modes can be entertaining, especially when watching your friends dancing or singing along.I struggled to master many dancing routines so that's why the game features a tutorial mode called MJ School. Here you can learn each move step by step with a video tutorial. Michael Jackson: The Experience might not be the experience you where hoping for, but it can still be a fun party experience if you don't care about the lag and other issues it holds.
Review by Gareth Smith