"While Michael Jackson: The Experience HD is an engaging experience as far as it goes, there’s just not enough of it. Anyone who is happy that there are only 15 songs probably shouldn’t be buying the game in the first place, and fans who totally dig what Ubisoft has done here will probably wish for two or three times the number of selections."
As you plan your first purchases for the Vita, it seems safe to assume that Michael Jackson: The Experience HD isn’t at the top of your shopping list. The idea of a handheld port of a year-old dancing game (particularly one that features music from only one artist) doesn’t exactly light the imagination on fire, particularly not when there are so many other promising launch titles for Sony’s new hardware. Don’t be too quick to ignore the game, though, because it might surprise you.
Michael Jackson: The Experience originally arrived on various platforms in 2010, not long after Michael Jackson was supposed to reignite his floundering musical career. When the king of pop went to sleep one night and never woke up, his untimely passing left a void in the entertainment industry that Ubisoft rushed to fill with a dancing game. That response made good business sense at the time and it came from a logical place (then as now, the French publisher was finding all sorts of success with its Just Dance franchise), but gamers and the people who shop for them have since had time to properly mourn the loss of the most famous Jackson. Do they really need another opportunity to dance like crazy fools? Probably not.
Staff review by Jason Venter (February 15, 2012)
Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.
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