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So I’m doing something a little different with this “Post-Script”: Reviewing a title that has been released on two systems. “But wait”, I hear you say. “Aren’t cross-platform releases the exact same thing with minimal to no changes?” In some cases, yes. In other cases, even though some games may have the same name, the similarities stop there. Look at 2009’s Ghostbusters game. Both Wii and HD versions have the same main story, but are presented in two entirely different ways. And such is the case of Michael Jackson: The Experience.

There is one continued “grouse” point that I will bring up for both: Store-exclusive content. The game is pretty much the same wherever you go, save for Wal-Mart, where buyers get an extra exclusive track “Another Part of Me” from the Bad album and the Captain EO mini-film. I personally love this song, and the news wasn’t widely hyped, so it’s irritating to miss out on such a catchy tune. Buyer beware. More content for the same price.

But the Wii version and Kinect version are two separate beasts. I’ll point out all the major differences:

Wii: The game is set Read the rest of this entry

New Michael Jackson Video Game.

Well, I guess the rumors were true.

My only concern is that it’s being done by Ubisoft. Please don’t piss away this great license and make it just another lame Just Dance clone.

Look at Sega’s Moonwalker, and EA’s Beatles: Rock Band to see how to treat this property right.

Good-Bye To A Legend.

While I would normally not post celebrity news in this blog, given his relationship to video games, it would almost seem a shame not to.

If you haven’t read it by now, pop star Michael Jackson has passed away today. I grew up with him as so many my age did, getting into Thriller, and he was an iconic part of both the ’80’s, and my childhood.

Given his artistic penchant to make cinematic quality music videos, it seemed natural for him to enter the video game arena. I spent countless hours playing Moonwalker on my Genesis, and also in the arcades. There was rumored to be a sequel made, but Jackson’s legal troubles of the time reportedly caused the game to never go past the idea stage. Regardless, Sega brought him back in both Space Channel 5 games, and Midway later had him do mocap for his cameo in Ready 2 Rumble Round 2. While it was never 100% confirmed, it was heavily rumored that he created a lot of the music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3. And of course, two of his songs were found in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as the time frame of Read the rest of this entry

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