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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY hard, but great fun for fans, April 17, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Michael Jackson The Experience - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
I haven't played this game for the Wii or the X-Box 360, but I've read that the 360 version is better, so if you have both the PS3 and the X-Box 360, you might want to look into the differences between the two before you buy.

I, however, got this for the PS3 and have been really enjoying it since. The dancing is fun and the singing is cool too (although the singing is harder than it ought to be since Michael's voice is so high). As a Michael Jackson fan, I'm happy that the songs are all his (although I could see how someone who isn't quite as much of a fan might want a bit more variety... especially since the dances are so hard).

The visuals are nice. I wouldn't really call them graphics since the visuals are made up entirely of non-interactive videos with the dancers' faces kind of blurred out to hide the fact that it's not actually Michael dancing. Perform perfectly and Michael will perform perfectly, put the controller down and do nothing and Michael will still perform perfectly with no change to the video (the only thing that will change will be the area that tells you whether you got the move perfectly, good, OK or not at all). The videos are great though; they're rendered in 1080p and have a great attention to detail. Michael's outfits from the individual short films are all present and accounted for (even that ridiculous dollar-store-looking plastic thing from Remember the Time). Songs that have back-up dancers (like Bad and Thriller) have back-up dancers here and ones that don't (like Billie Jean and Earth Song), don't. The backgrounds do their best to mirror the videos (Bad is in the subway station, Thriller is in the graveyard and Leave Me Alone has rotating tabloids). My personal favorite detail was in the Ghosts video when Michael transforms into the skeleton about 3/4 of the way through.

The music comes though great as well. The box lists it as Dolby Digital (without any further specifics) and my receiver lit up as PCM 7.1, but I believe it was upscaling as I didn't really hear any kind of directional cues to make me think it was playing in discrete surround sound. Still, I wasn't expecting a surround track, so the lack of surround effects wasn't missed, and the most important thing was just that the music sounded good, which it did.

But all of that really means nothing without gameplay, so I'm happy to report that the game is fun... ***HARD***... but fun. The Move controller/Eye track your movements, and while I'm sure you *can* just waive your hand in the defined movements, why would you want to? There aren't any locked songs or music videos so it's not like you're going to be pressured to get through the songs for the sake of the unlockables. Even the trophies are mostly unlocked by simply playing the game (with only a few for doing it well). After a weekend playing the game, I'm beginning to learn the moves, and even though I still look pretty bad, at least it's giving me a workout while I'm learning. If you are one who needs unlockables to keep you moving through the game though, you're going to be disappointed as the only unlockables are the videos that teach you how to do the moves (why aren't they available before you start doing well?) and still-pictures with text (lame).

The game's songs are: Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, Workin' Day and Night, Beat It, Billie Jean, Thriller, The Girl is Mine, Wanna Be Startin' Something, Bad, Dirty Diana, I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Leave Me Alone, Smooth Criminal, Speed Demon, The Way You Make Me Feel, Streetwalker, Black or White, Heal the World, In the Closet, Remember the Time, Who Is It, Will You Be There, Earth Song, Money, Stranger in Moscow, They Don't Care About Us, Blood on the Dance Floor, Ghosts, and Sunset Driver (with Another Part of Me as a Walmart exclusive). At first I was disappointed by the inclusion of the slow songs, but after playing it, I'm happy they were included because they make for better singing songs.

We were promised day-1 DLC, which didn't happen, but I'm sure it's coming (hopefully on Tuesday the 19th)... so it would be great to see more dance songs added like Jam, Scream, Threatened and Breaking News, and more singing songs like Man in the Mirror, You Are Not Alone and Human Nature because, after a while, I did start to feel like I wanted a lot more than the 20-something tracks included in the game.

So if you're a fan of Michael Jackson's music, this is a lot of fun. Much like the Wii version, you have to unlock the videos that teach you the moves (which is REALLY stupid), but it doesn't kill you since you can follow along without them. The difficulty level is very high, but you can't fail out of songs (like in Rock Band) and there are no real unlockable goodies so it's not frustrating when you're not doing well... and at least you're moving.
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Initial post: Apr 19, 2011 5:23:01 AM PDT
Aaron Merkel says:
The moves that you eventually unlock are almost entirely different than the moves in the actual game. These unlockable videos are just extras.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2011 9:29:09 AM PDT
Moonwalker says:
I, admittedly, haven't watched them all yet, but while I was watching them they seemed like the ones from the game (the gallup from Ghosts, the click click march from They Don't Care About Us), but if that's true then it's great for people who need unlockables to get through a game and not-so great for those looking for help getting through the game. Either way, very fun game... can't wait for the DLC!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2011 5:11:13 AM PDT
Aaron Merkel says:
Yeah, they really did an awesome job for the Wii and PS3. I can't wait for a sequel!!

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 5:35:32 AM PDT
LenaGirl says:
The Kinect version sucks BIG TIME!!! It took us all of 15 mins to realize that it was a really bad version.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2011 6:02:50 AM PDT
Moonwalker says:
Kind of a shame, there was a lot of potential there. Still, it makes me feel better for going with the PS3 version.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2011 11:46:39 PM PDT
R. Balmes says:
Does anyone know if the WII version better than the PS3?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 2:31:41 PM PDT
I can't imagine that the Wii version would be better, unless it has some features that aren't in the PS3 version (which I doubt). The Wii can't do anything that the PS3 can't do, and the PS3 version is a lot of fun.
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