The Black Eyed Peas Experience
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The Black Eyed Peas Experience is the latest dance game to arrive on Kinect, the funkiest electronic device since the dancing flower pot. And while Fergie, will.i.am and the other ones may be used to platinum records and topping the music charts, the group's virtual counterparts face some pretty stiff competition from recent video game releases Just Dance 3 and Dance Central 2.
Unfortunately, despite The Black Eyed Peas Experience proving itself to be a perfectly competent and enjoyable party game for hardcore fans of the band, we're not sure it's got the 'Boom Boom Pow' to hang with the genre's heavy hitters.
As I'm sure most of you will have figured out by now, The Black Eyed Peas Experience is an all-singing, all-dancing video game homage to the chart-topping hip-hop/RnB act. Featuring nearly 30 songs spanning the group's entire career - though it is inexplicably missing breakthrough hit 'Where Is The Love?' - players must mirror onscreen dance moves to earn points, fans and unlockables.
The problem with any band-specific music game, however (Guitar Hero: Metallica and The Beatles: Rock Band, for example), is that they only really work if you're a big fan of the group. If you love the Black Eyed Peas, have all of their albums, know the lyrics to all of their songs, and even pre-ordered Cher Lloyd's debut album before her duet with will.i.am was scrapped, then you're in luck.
If you're not a fan of the group, the game is enormously limited compared to the likes of Just Dance 3 and Dance Central 2, although there's no denying that songs such as the aforementioned 'Boom Boom Pow', 'My Humps', 'I Gotta Feeling' and 'Just Can't Get Enough' are infectious and funky enough to grace the very best rhythm action titles available today.
The gameplay also hits the right steps, ensuring that there is enjoyment to be had for all but the most ardent of Black Eyed Peas haters. The dancing mechanic isn't particularly original or innovative - reminding us of a slightly less comprehensive version of Dance Central - but ticks all of the desired boxes. The Kinect sensor picks up dance moves accurately, awarding points based on the movement of pivotal body parts, though the scoring system is generous enough to allow for a small amount of improvisation (aka mistakes).
To make things a little easier, players can slow down troublesome moves and practice with a dance coach, while your onscreen assistant actually performs each step during transitions, a welcome change from the usual still-frame picture approach found in other games. If you're not feeling the dancing, unedited and occasionally racy song lyrics scroll along the bottom of the screen, perfect if you fancy a good old-fashioned sing-song, or want to learn gibberish.
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