With so many dance and music-themed games hitting the market, one had to wonder when the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, would get his proper due. It may have taken a while, but fans of the musical icon finally got their wish when Michael Jackson: The Experience was released for the Wii gaming console. Does it live up to the hopes of the fans? Let's take a closer look.
The prospects of the Wii's motion-controlled gaming coupled with hits from the king himself are undoubtedly promising. Unfortunately, this is one title that fails to deliver for a variety of reasons that not only deal with the game itself, but also with the hardware on which it is played.
Like its other dance video game counterparts, the premise of Michael Jackson: The Experience is quite simple. You are given a music track, and you must follow the on-screen characters to mimic their movements. As usual, timing and accuracy is everything, but that is much easier said than done. This is not only due to the game's design, but also due to the complicated nature of the subject matter. After all, we are talking about Michael Jackson here, and everyone with even the simplest recollection of music history knows that he was a master at dancing, so trying to follow his moves is definitely something that takes time and practice to master. The overall aim of the game is to get the highest score possible, and success is measured in your score and a star system.
By far, the most unfortunate and disappointing aspect of Michael Jackson: The Experience is how it fails in helping its players get acclimated to the overall difficulty of the game. Most dancing and music-based games are meant to be enjoyed by gamers of all experience levels, allowing even the biggest novice the chance to pick up a controller and get the hang of things. Michael Jackson: The Experience disappoints in this regard, and is rather backwards in design.
Depending on how you like to attack challenges, you may be the type to turn on a game and learn as you go. Others, however, may want to see some tutorials for guidance before jumping in. In Michael Jackson: The Experience, the tutorial videos, which are part of the game's Dance School section, will teach you how to perfect parts of songs. The only problem is, these videos are locked. In other words, you have to master parts of the game to learn how to actually master it, if that makes any sense. These tutorial videos should be unlocked from the start to give you a guide on how to play properly.
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