Michael Jackson The Experience HD (Vita Version Reviewed)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Genre: Music Rhythm
Release Date: February 15, 2012
Local Multiplayer Only
Parent Talk: The ESRB rates Michael Jackson The Experience HD E10+ for everyone over the age of ten because of mild lyrics, mild suggestive themes, and mild violence.
The songs. From Beat It to Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Black and White, Bad, Billy Jean and more, few rhythm games can claim to offer so much classic music. Michael Jackson’s has always been awesome to dance along with, and putting his name on a music game is a great match.
+ It’s fun. You simply slide your finger on the screen in different ways to try to match the symbols. The songs make this basic formula enjoyable. You’ll be nodding and dancing to the game as you try to best your high scores in no time.
+ Solid difficulty. I’ve never been skilled at this genre, but I’m sure even vets can meet their match here. Three distinct difficulty levels means you won’t master everything in one go.
+ HD visuals. MJTE boasts tons of clips from classic MJ videos, all redone in CGI. They look amazing.
+ Tons of unlockables and goodies.
+/- Based on the console game. Since the big brother was designed for actual dancing, you’ll tire of watching MJ dance on the screen. The ideal scenario would have been to play each song while MJ dances via a storyboard or a video clip. I was becoming bored from just sitting there tapping and not having much to look at. Elite Beat Agents is a great example of visually-exciting music game.
– Only 15 songs. Unless you’re a hardcore fan of the genre, chances are you’ll play each song once, then mess with your favorites a bit more and call it a day. There’s no online support either. You can play with a friend close by, but the odds of that taking place are low.
– One mode. There are no mini-games, or anything else besides regular play.
– Expensive. This should’ve been $20, possibly $30 if the publisher felt so inclined, but $40 is too much for what you get.
Michael Jackson The Experience HD is a fun title that doesn’t offer much for the asking price. If you enjoy music-rhythm games, then look into this. The solid gameplay and killer tracks are great. Just don’t expect much else and you’ll be good to go.
Final Score: 7.0/10