Sunday, February 12, 2012

NYCC 2010: Michael Jackson: The Experience *OLD POST CONTENT*

I wrote this not too long after going to NYCC 2010. The video at the bottom is one I recorded myself. 

Billie Jean. Beat It. Smooth Criminal. How many of us stood in front of our televisions and tried to dance alone to the music videos, imitating Michael’s every move (or at least trying to)? How many of us knew the steps by heart, and danced along when the songs played on the radio? Well, now there’s a game tailor-made just for us Michael fans. Michael Jackson: The Experience will be available on the Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, PSP and the DS. Let’s check out the newest game to celebrate the King of Pop’s legacy.

For the Wii, the game can be played by up to four people.  You can choose to be Michael himself, or one of his backup dancers. The dancing itself is supposed to be more of a challenge when you choose Michael, so players beware! The point of the game, of course, is to move exactly as Michael and his dancers move, and if you are an avid MJ fan, you’ll get in the groove with no hesitation at all.

In the DS version, you have tap the screen according to the beat, sometimes dragging the stylus along a path to complete the move, accompanied by what seems to be a cartoonish teenage version of Michael. You can see actual gameplay on the DS by clicking here.

The PS3 version will use the Move, and the 360 version will use the Kinect to allow a more immerse experience for players, and won’t be released until early 2011 to allow developers to better integrate the game using the new motion software.

As a HUGE Michael Jackson fan, I am looking forward to playing this game as soon as I can. I’m a huge fan of dancing games as well, and this is definitely something fun to do (in terms of dancing to actual routines performed by an artist), and even though it’s not a karaoke game, it won’t stop me from singing along while busting a move.

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