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The Black Eyed Peas Experience (Xbox 360 Kinect)
Get the party started in your living room with the world’s hottest group in the world’s hottest new dance game. The Black Eyed Peas Experience features 30 chart topping tracks from the Black Eyed Peas – including all of the biggest hits that transformed them into a global phenomenon! Perform iconic dance moves alongside apl.de.ap, Fergie, Taboo and will.i.am with professional choreography designed exclusively for the group. Take the party worldwide and jump on tour to experience all the energy and unforgettable venues inspired by their shows and music videos. The Black Eyed Peas Experience is the ultimate dance game and the best way to keep the party rocking.
- Get the party started: Transform your living room into the ultimate party experience with 30 chart-topping tracks from the world’s hottest group, The Black Eyed Peas, including all of the record-breaking hits from The Beginning, The E.N.D., Monkey Business and Elephunk
- Step-by-step and Seamless Coaching: It’s never been easier to learn the moves. Get familiar with each step one at a time before performing the full routine or just jump right in
- Rock Your Body: Feel the beat and dance to more than 300 of the hottest dance moves. Perform like a pro with exclusive Player Movement Augmentation technology that enhances your on-screen performance.
- Design your own choreography: Create your own personalised choreography to your favourite songs thanks to the “choreo-maker” mode. To challenge your friends, share your routines over Xbox LIVE
- Instant Multiplayer: Friends can easily jump in or jump out at any time with instant multiplayer mode
- Customise Your Experience: Bring your own sense of style to the game by selecting your avatar’s appearance. Unlock new looks and venues as you progress and complete challenges
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Now let's get objective.
I had bought this game purely on one review where the reviewer himself was surprised at just how much he enjoyed the game. As I had bought Michael Jackson the Experience and quickly grew tired of it as it was not very helpful in teaching you anything and that the songs got way too difficult to soon, I was very skeptical...but nonetheless, seems I had money to burn on this title.
Black Eyed Peas The Experience is naturally all about the Black Eyed Peas and there top hits, plus a few misses. There are essentially two modes: the first allowing you to get right into the dance, and the second that's more like a campaign mode. The best is of course to go for the second, as this is where you'll find all the info, venues and tutorials. Jump ahead and start your career and get to choose the first song you want to have a go at. Songs are rated at 4 difficulty levels beginning at casual and ending at skilled. Naturally you'll choose the casual ones first.
Once you've made your choice things start to get different - and intersteting - compared to Dance Central. This game essentially has 9 dance moves for each song. And these 9 moves are group by threes into three sessions. When you begin your first song, there will be 3 Steps. Step 1 starts with teaching you the first 3 moves. If you cannot get the move right, you simply raise your hand and it will go into a tutorial. The turorial I find is so far the best thing on the dance-Kinect market. Not only do they slow it down, but the narrator clearly explains to you which foot goes out first, which hand/arm does what and how you should execute the move. Even moves I got right from the bat I slowed down just to make sure I was following correctly. When you want to go back, you raise your hand again and the tutorial will continue. The 3 moves in Step 1 you have to learn are repeated twice and then it's kind of a mix-up "challenge" at the end. Passing Step 1 means you go on to Step 2 where it's the same thing: 3 moves, twice to practice and then to execute. I like this method of teaching as it really drills it into you and you do not feel overwhelmed by too many new moves. Finally, after completing Step 3 the entire song is available for you to dance.
During the tutorial sessions there are coaches on screen teaching you the move. Your avatar is reflected mirror-like on the TV. When it comes to the entire song, your crew is the Black Eyed Peas. Only point to note is unlike other dancing games at the moment, for some reason if you do the move wrong, you avatar won't show/tell you what/where you did wrong. This could be problematic for some who relies a lot on that corrective feedback, like in Dance Central. There is also no insert showing whether Kinect picks you up or not, something that does not distract me, but again may hinder others.
So, the campaign mode follows that method: choose a song, go through Step 1~3 and then perform it. There are mega things to be awarded like clothes for your avatar and upgrades to the interior design of your virtual venue. You'll also be given challenges every now and again by the crew of the Black Eyed Peas which you can accept to unlock even more stuff.
Co-op in dancing Kinect games seem to be the norm nowadays and the same for this game. A second person can easily jump in and be part. There are some sync bonuses when you and your partner are dancing 100% in sync. Another feature is the ability (like in Just Dance 3) to create your own choreography and share it via Xbox Live with friends for challenges. Nifty.
The presentation of the game on a whole is very energetic and vivid. Colours are very shiny and it's a game that make you feel that there's indeed a party going on.
- avatar does not show when you make a mistake or which part is wrong
- no small screen indicating whether Kinect is actually picking you up
- a little too many "awards" and Black Eyed Peas info blips between songs that slows down the tempo a bit
- to change the gamer profile when you switch dancers is really obscurely hidden (but it's there at least)
- for some reason the Kinect microphone does not work with game (or is that just me) - you need to get a wireless microphone
+ great song list - you know who they are so you know what you are getting, and all the favourites are there
+ very vibrant and energetic presentation
+ great tutorials in slow it down mode
+ co-op play works like a charm
+ opportunity to create your own moves and share with friends
+ tracking seems to be good and most of the moves are easily picked up
I have been wondering if there is an alternative to the Kinect-dancing games than Dance Central 2, and I have to praise the developer for The Black Eyed Peas The Experience in trying something different, and that it actually works. There may be some that still prefer a different approach, but this is by far the first title than can actually compete with Dance Central. This is lightyears better than the previous Michael Jackson effort, and I actually hope that we will see more games like that, probably from others like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and maybe even David Guetta. The benefit of focusing on just one artist it seems to me is that you know the music beforehand and there is very little disappointment with the setlist. On the other hand, by doing it this way, you also limit yourself to no future releases of the same artist, as it will take another 10 years minimum before Black Eyed Peas will have enough hits again to make a second game. This means that upgrades and improvement in technology (like the tracking) cannot benefit this game, unless they keep on releasing patches for the game. The publisher, Ubisoft, will have to consider using this format they've got here for The Black Eyed Peas for a more general game with a mixed tracklist.
The game is not perfect yet. It can still learn from other features like creating your own playlist or a sweat-mode. Sometimes one just wants to pop in a game and dance, and not have to navigate every 2~4 minutes through all the menus to the next song.
Having said this much, I am extremely happy with this buy. It's one of the surprises Kinect had to offer in the last two months, and it's one worth all its weight in gold. To reiterate my recommendation above: if you like Dance Central, you will like this. If you like Black Eyed Peas, you will like this even better.
If you don't like the Black Eyed Peas and / or don't want to dance like them, you should probably move on - this isn't for you!
So this is based on how the wife has enjoyed the game. She's a very happy Dance Central 1 and 2 player. Considers Just Dance 3 is okay, but this is definately a turn up for the books.
Yes, you do initially seem to have lots of opening screens, but these all seem to be 'help' centred and you can skip them. Play the game for a little longer and it develops well. You can choose your own dancer, modify them and win items (from clothes to tattoos) to modify them further.
To anyone used to Dance Central it might also seem weird having your character with its back to you, but this difference actually works well.
A good number of tracks and many more on DLC, but plenty on the disc to keep you going. The fact you can get this now for under a tenner means if you play Dance Central you should really get this as a very close contender.
And after playing one song (all 4 levels) you feel like you've had a good aerobic workout. And it's much more fun that running on a treadmill.
Highly recommended game, as this is a lot of fun to play plus you can sing along too!