Michael Jackson: The Experience

Common Sense Media says

Ideal for young King of Pop fans who enjoy dancing.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Some mild references to violence in the song Smooth Criminal ("He left bloodstains on the carpet").

Sex

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.

 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

It could be argued this game is a marketing tool to sell more Michael Jackson music and other related merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

 

 

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

As you'd expect from a Michael Jackson game and the folks who brought us the successful Just Dance series, Ubisoft's MICHAEL JACKSON: THE EXPERIENCE is a dancing game that lets up to four players perform like the King of Pop, and are each graded on his or her performance. More than 25 of the late Jackson's hits are in the game, including "Billie Jean," "Beat It," Bad and "Black or White." While the music is authentically Michael, the onscreen dancer is a MJ lookalike who teaches you the moves, which you must mimic (and aided by onscreen arrows to follow). Other dancers are in the game, too, dancing against backdrops that resemble classic Michael Jackson videos such as "Remember The Time," "Thriller," "Bad," and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."

Is it any good?

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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.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Michael Jackson music, games, and other products should be released after MJ's passing.

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Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 23, 2010
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:E10+ for Lyrics, Suggestive Themes (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old January 24, 2012
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7
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Michael Jackson: The Experience

Michael Jackson: The Experience has a great screenshot. Every video looked just like Michael Jackson and he had the same costumes from the original video. The moves were so familiar to his real dancing and it gave you dance lessons from some of his backup dancers. The game is easy for all ages to play. Michael Jackson is a big idol. Everyone would love playing every single song .The whole game is so realistic. This is a dancing experience.
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old July 28, 2014
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8
QUALITY
 

ok

What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Fun For The Whole Family-Mostly

Anyone who is a fan of the music of pop legend Michael Jackson knows his songs aren't always fully kid-friendly, and playing this game without knowing what you're getting yourself into can get real awkward real fast. Does this make it bad? No! The game has solid routines, neat visuals, and of course, the music of Michael Jackson. If you can steer your kids away from songs like "Man In the Closet", then they'll have a blast. If you want a dance game with more depth, don't expect much here. However, the replay value is high, so if you like a little fun competition for scores, it's worth a shot. Overall, fans of the music of MJ will probably like the game. People who like a more varied experience, however, won't find too much. I'd say give it a rental at least. You might be surprised at just how well you can pull off "Billie Jean".
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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