A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The message is generally a good one -- dance to familiar songs, with friends, and get some exercise at the same time. However, some of the song lyrics and the moves Michael Jackson performs are sexually suggestive.
Positive Role Models
Some believe Michael Jackson is a good role model as he preaches love, racial tolerance, environmental responsibility, and kindness to children. He was also one of the most successful pop artists in the world. But it's no secret MJ also battled with drugs, plastic surgery, and accusations of child molestation.
Ease of Play
The game is very easy to learn as you follow the onscreen prompts to perform the moves. This is especially true if you've played similar games like the Just Dance series.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild references to violence in the song Smooth Criminal ("He left bloodstains on the carpet").
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual lyrics and imagery are in the game. With the songs, words include "She said he's not coming back, because he's sleeping with me" (Dirty Diana) and "I got it coming and it's ecstasy" (from Streetwalker). The signature Michael Jackson moves include placing a hand over the crotch area and thrusting hips forward and back.
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Products & Purchases
It could be argued this game is a marketing tool to sell more Michael Jackson music and other related merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Michael Jackson The Experience is rated "E10+" for some suggestive lyrics (mainly sexual, a little violent) and there are some suggestive moves, too, including thrusting hips and crotch-grabbing. But at its core, this is a dancing game that celebrates Michael's music and his dance moves. This is a review of the Wii version.
Is It Any Good?
Michael Jackson The Experience is great fun, but you must be a Michael Jackson fan who likes dancing to get anything out of this game. While listening to more than 25 of Michael's biggest songs, you can try and dance like him -- including doing his signature moonwalk, the zombie dance from "Thriller," "the lean" from "Smooth Criminal," and yes, grabbing one's crotch (ahem) -- and compete for high score with or without friends. Some might not like that this game doesn't star Michael but a choreographer who looks like him (down to his skin, clothing, and hair style). The game is very similar to Just Dance 2, but with Michael's music and imagery -- but what it lacks in ingenuity it makes up for in a good time. Some versions of the game include a sparkling glove, which might also be a treat for fans.
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