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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant workout for MJ fans but purists beware, 29 Dec 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Michael Jackson: The Experience (Wii) (Video Game)
I admit that as a hardcore fan since 1991, I was not intending to purchase this game as I'm wary of anything with Michael Jackson's name on it that has been released posthumously. There are many sources trying to make a buck with his name and not everything is of the high quality we have come to expect from the King. However, I received the game as a gift and was happy enough to give it a go.

Pros:
-Surprisingly (to me at least) it does give you a decent workout, even at the Easy/Medium levels. After going through a few routines, my heart rate was up and I was slightly out of breath (I normally run for exercise).
-The song list does not play it safe, rather it contains some lesser-known fan favourites (Money, Sunset Driver, Ghosts, to name a few).
-The backgrounds for songs are impressive and nicely thought out.
-There are some cheeky touches, such as the MJ dancer blowing you a kiss at the end of the choreography.
-Said character has been realised in a tasteful way - it kind of looks like MJ but not so much that you consciously think it's him (the face is blurred, for instance). I was concerned I would find it difficult to identify with a virtual MJ, but this was not the case; it just felt like someone dressed up as him.

Cons:
-Choreography is frequently changed/simplified from the originals seen in the short films. This will be particularly frustrating for people who have danced to MJ before and know the "pure" choreographies. In fact, fans will notice that choreography from OTHER songs is often cut and pasted inside the choreography of a seemingly unrelated song. It really is imperative to start from scratch.
-You have to dance through at least five songs at 1-star level to unlock all remaining warm up videos. I find this odd and even risky in terms of injury.
-Much of the training videos, once unlocked, concentrate on legwork, which is consistent with the way MJ danced. However, these complicated steps will earn you no points in the game since you hold the Wiimote in your hand.
-Song-specific training videos seem to be of questionable use since they often include steps/moves that are from the original video/performance and not the game choreography.
-You have to enter your name for high scores again and again after each song, it is not saved for you. A frustrating problem that would have been so easy to fix during development.
-The scores you get seem to be somewhat random; during identical repeats of the same choreography, I would sometimes get one star ("OK") and sometimes three ("Perfect") without doing anything differently.
-For those who are REALLY self-conscious about dancing, the threshold may be too high as even the Easy level routines can be quite complicated and move fast (they do become familiar after a few tries though). The game is advertised as a party favourite but I don't see how anyone bar professional dancers will have the reflexes to perform any of the choreographies after a drink or two!

Verdict: I will definitely hang onto this as a workout game. There is a nice variety of routines to choose from, many of which are very challenging. Even if you're not a great dancer, you're likely to have fun with the game. After all, the music is brilliant!
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