Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
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  1. Mar 9, 2012
    There just isn't quite enough here to warrant a full-price purchase in my eyes. You've got the 15 songs and a Battle Mode but that's about it.
  2. Mar 8, 2012
    A solid rhythm game and probably one of the best to ever be on a handheld, Michael Jackson the Experience is a great offer for fans of music games or if you just love yourself some classic Michael Jackson songs. The audience may be limited because of the single artist in the game but if you can appreciate Jackson's music or just love any music game than Michael Jackson the Experience HD is definitely worth checking out.
  3. Mar 5, 2012
    You'll dislike the approach Ubisoft took to the presentation of Michael Jackson in the title, as well as the paltry number of songs on offer, but look past these issues and this is a great rhythm-action title that makes smart use of the Vita's touchscreen.
  4. Mar 5, 2012
    Let's start with the good: the touch controls work perfectly and this game's graphics are astonishing. However, there's not nearly enough songs and moves to keep Michael Jackson: The Experience in your Vita for longer than a couple of days.
  5. Games Master UK
    Apr 4, 2012
    Stick with the Wii, PSMove or Kinect versions. [May 2012, p.101]
  6. Mar 5, 2012
    Though Ubisoft's attempt with Michael Jackson The Experience is an admirable one, the game just doesn't have enough legs. Even without factoring in the $40 price of entry, the lack of content and replayability really hurts the overall product.
  7. Feb 14, 2012
    Like the other Michael Jackson games, Vita's first rhythm game suffers from a short setlist and only one real mode of play. It's a shame the experience ends in a tragic few hours, as dancing with your fingertips offers a special sort of enjoyment fitting for the King of Pop's best tracks.
  8. Feb 28, 2012
    This is a competent port of MJ: The Experience. It's technically sound, but it just feels a little short on content and a bit high on price.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Apr 11, 2012
    You can easily lose a few hours stabbing your Vita to Smooth Criminal, Thriller and Beat It. It sucks then, that those hours (two of them) represent the entire runtime of this. [April 2012, p79]
  10. Mar 8, 2012
    Could have been a thriller if there was more content for players to sink their teeth into. The gameplay hits all of the right notes, and is enjoyable enough to whisk you away, but you'll come crashing back down to reality once the playlist has run dry.
  11. Mar 2, 2012
    Unfortunately, despite some great music and a decently slick interface, the whole experience proves a little too shallow for all but the most diehard MJ fan.
  12. Feb 24, 2012
    Michael Jackson: The Experience HD is a good game for what it is: a single-player rhythm game built for a touchscreen. There are two-player battle modes available, but most players will never use the feature, as it requires a second Vita and another copy of the game. It's different in nature, but an entertaining game in its own way.
  13. Feb 20, 2012
    Although fun, the gameplay of Michael Jackson: The Experience HD is very short, limited and lacks depth. Only the most enthusiastic fans of the King of The Pop will appreciate it.
  14. Feb 19, 2012
    With only a few hours of focussed gameplay, this is a little light on lasting appeal. Don't let that put you off though, Michael Jackson's music has a timeless quality and the presentation of this game is top notch.
  15. Feb 15, 2012
    If you ever find Michael Jackson: The Experience at a fraction of the asking price, I'd definitely recommend picking it up. It's not an astounding game, but it's a decent distraction that can soak up an hour of two of your time.
  16. Feb 14, 2012
    While this is visually the best looking Michael Jackson game ever, we find it difficult to recommend this title to anyone but the most rabid of fans, unless there's a promise to deliver DLC in the future. Fifteen tracks does not a King make.
  17. 60
    Those wanting a group experience on par with the console versions of the same game might be disappointed in its less-accessible multiplayer and being limited to two people, in addition to the logistical problems presented by the touch screen-based play style. On the other hand, Jackson fans who don't mind the experience now becoming mostly single-player and involving no dancing on their part will find a fun, entertaining rhythm game.
  18. Feb 27, 2012
    I expected worse from Jacko's Vita performance. With the first songs the finger dancing manages to entertain, but if you compare the experience to its' bigger cousins you'll miss variety as well as a whole lot of content.
  19. Mar 20, 2012
    Michael Jackson The Experience HD would only appeal to hardcore fans of his music, and even then the short lifespan of the game won't guarantee a memorable experience anyway.
  20. Apr 2, 2012
    With only 15 songs on offer, Michael Jackson: The Experience HD will surely appeal only to real fans of the King of Pop. If you're not among them, look elsewhere.
  21. Feb 28, 2012
    Michael Jackson The Experience is probably the weakest title in the Vita lineup. It appears a desperate effort from Ubisoft to ride the wave of Michael's post mortem popularity, giving players a bad porting of the console version.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
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  1. Apr 13, 2012
    It's just come down to 11.99 on PSN (UK) and at this price it's a steal..
    I have little interest in Jacko, but appreciate that this kind of
    It's just come down to 11.99 on PSN (UK) and at this price it's a steal..
    I have little interest in Jacko, but appreciate that this kind of thing is perfect for an on-the-go console...
    Graphics are very good, sound with headphones is nothing short of stunning, and it's crazy addictive...
    There are some brilliant challenges, loads of unlockables and plenty to keep you going until the inevitable DLC packs come along...
    No, it's not worth £20, but half that? Definitely. The best 1gb of fun you'll have on your memory card for a while - surprising amount of fun to be had!!
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