Plot: What’s it about?
The Black Eyed Peas Experience is the latest game to make use of Kinect’s sensor tech, letting you sing and dance to the group’s most popular songs. This game also makes some sizable improvements over The Michael Jackson Experience, making this a more well rounded, not to mention more fun release. The dance routines seem to have taken some inspiration from Dance Central, with great instructional elements and vibrant, fun visuals. The Black Eyed Peas have been replicated with fluid, well designed on screen avatars, with all of their signature looks and moves. That ensures that fans get an experience faithful to the group’s vibe, which is important in this kind of release. You’re able to create your own dancer as well, with a good deal of custom options to make just the right kind of character. The sight of your own custom avatar on screen with the Peas is quite cool, especially if you conjure up a creative character.
The core mechanics are what you’d expect from a dance game, you’ll need to match the moves shown on screen, scoring points based on your performance. The game has a superb coaching system, so you can work on individual moves, sections, or entire routines, letting you practice until you’ve nailed it. The Kinect sensor is put to good use, with accurate tracking that ensures your dance sessions are smooth. Up to two players can dance at once, but two more can join in as singers. You’ll need a USB mic though, as the built-in Kinect mic isn’t supported. Being able to involve four people is a lot of fun, as social sessions can move faster and let more people get in on the fun. The track list has what you’d expect, a wide selection of songs from The Black Eyed Peas, with their biggest hits all on deck. A campaign mode contains even more content about the group, as you’re taken a tour of their music and personas. This game is a lot of fun and for anyone who enjoys dance games or social games, The Black Eyed Peas Experience is well recommended.
Video: How does it look?
The game features colorful visuals that capture the dance club, party vibe of the group’s music. The dancers look great, with good designs and great looking animation. The moves are easy to watch and see the required movements, but of course not always so easy to match yourself. The backgrounds pulse with lights and color, which again help bolster that feeling of being in a club, which fits the music quite well.
Audio: How does it sound?
The music sounds great here, as expected. Some games of this kind present the music in lackluster form, but here is it is lively and effective. And since the Peas specialize in catchy dance music, it makes sense to have the music have a strong presence. And once again, the dynamic music really helps establish and maintain the intended feel of the experience.
Supplements: What are the extras?