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The Black Eyed Peas Experience - hands-on preview

Following the huge success of its previous "Experience" title for Michael Jackson, Ubisoft has granted the gift of motion-controlled immortality to the famous foursome responsible for the soundtracks to just about every major sporting event in the last five years. The Black Eyed Peas - will.i.am, Taboo, apl.de.ap and Fergie - is the multi-platinum genre-crossing group known just as much for their catchy music as they are for their well choreographed moves. Visually and musically, it’s no wonder that they were next in line for their own dance-based game.

Above: You'll enjoy a third-person view of your avatar for most of the game

At a recent Kinect event held by Ubisoft we got the opportunity to try out The Black Eyed Peas Experience and legitimately worked up a sweat while learning and performing the routine for “Boom Boom Pow.” Famed choreographer Fatima Robinson (who, besides the Peas, has worked with artists like Michael Jackson and Rihanna) is responsible for the heart-pumping footwork and her contribution to the game has given the Experience a legitimate feel. Even though “Boom Boom Pow” didn’t have a routine to it originally, the moves that Robinson paired with the song flow well and are fun to learn and perform.

Above: You'll also enjoy the Peas' lovingly rendered eclectic fashion choices

Before a full song can be performed, players must first unlock a series of stages (visually defined as concert posters in the game) that break down the choreography in the final routine. After successfully passing each stage, unlockables like clothing for your avatar are made available based on your score. The final routine pits you against the Peas in a virtual battle for dance supremacy. Silhouettes and names of upcoming moves, a gameplay feature that has become standard in all motion controlled dance games, are shown at the top of the screen to keep you in sync. Meanwhile, visual cues, like starbursts on your avatar, pop up when you’ve hit a move perfectly. At the end of the battle, besides tallying your score, a new feature that determines your followers (yes, just like on Twitter) rates your performance. The bigger your following, the more perks you can unlock for your avatar.

Above: A sampling of the final song list

A final song list has yet to be announced, though we imagine all their chart toppers will be present and, hopefully, a few lesser-known surprises. (“Joints & Jam” anyone?) The Black Eyed Peas Experience is slated for release on November 8.

Sep 12, 2011

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18 comments

  • soranamineforever - September 13, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    Yeah, no, just no. I can only imagine Ubisoft letting people play Assassin's Creed: Revelations, before calling people's attention over to this game. That didn't happen, of course, but an interesting thing to ponder.
  • trent-power - September 13, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    They weren't that bad before Fergie. Nothing like they are now. I used to like them alot but whatever they decided when they brought her on ruined everything. As for the game, probably garbage.
  • kicking222 - September 13, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    Great press release, guys- let me know when GR returns to objectivity.
  • Turboash - September 13, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    Humanity is doomed.
  • KnightDehumidifier - September 13, 2011 6:01 a.m.

    Enjoy all the classic songs they've sampled, remixed beyond all recognition of their originality, with the ubiquitous autotuning that violates the very notion of music, and dance to it.
  • jmcgrotty - September 13, 2011 2:24 a.m.

    The first piece of DLC is going to be a penis for Fergie. No way someone looks like that and is a female.
  • AuthorityFigure - September 13, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    BEPs have about 1/1000th of the talent of Michael Jackson. Vocally, compositionally, and choreographially... They suck. The game should suck too.
  • Darkhawk - September 12, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    PR bulls*** PR bulls*** PR bulls***. Rather unusual for Gamesradar, actually... How can they justify this drivel when compared to previous BEP-Game articles?
  • NightCrawler_358 - September 12, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    They have a kareoke feature for people who can't sing very well. It's called "Super Bowl 2011!" *drum bounce*
  • Redeater - September 12, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    *Rimshot Zing! That made me laugh.
  • Crypto140 - September 13, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    So many people climed they hated the Super Bwl preformance, but they still listen to them. Kids of America, become indivudals and stop giving these bad people money!!!!
  • bebl09 - September 12, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    GR must've been paid for this as they actually seem positive rather than being completely cynical. Or is that just the UK team? :P (And I'm not saying that like it's a bad thing, it's pretty obvious that this game's gonna suck lol so why pretend otherwise?)
  • birdro - September 12, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    I know right? Every preview I've seen from GR yet for this has been totally apathetic, this just feels weird...
  • GamesRadarCheryll - September 12, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    I actually really enjoy dancing games, guys, so maybe that's where the lack of apathy comes in. And, on the scale of dancing games (with that horrible Smurf dancing game Chris talked about a while back being on the very low end), BEP actually isn't all that bad. Too bad I just generally don't like BEP's music, but fans are totally going to love this. So, there you go.
  • kicking222 - September 13, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    "The Black Eyed Peas ... is the multi-platinum genre-crossing group known just as much for their catchy music as they are for their well choreographed moves. Visually and musically, it’s no wonder that they were next in line for their own dance-based game." ALSO, THEY CURE ILL PUPPIES! Cheryll, I'm not saying you're a bad writer- you aren't- but this is weak.
  • GamesRadarCheryll - September 13, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    Fair enough, kicking. But BEP (at least the three dudes in the group) started out as a dance crew in Los Angeles prior to getting into music, so they were talented dancers/b-boys from the get-go. As for their catchy music, you have to admit even when you hate the song they DO tend to get stuck in your head. (Seriously, I haven't been an active fan of the Peas since Bridging the Gap dropped in 2000, but I can probably still recite a bunch of lyrics from "Boom Boom Pow" from memory.) Visually they've always pushed the boundaries on what's expected within Hip-Hop fashion-wise. Granted, they can hardly be considered a Hip-Hop group now, but their style sense has definitely drifted towards more Gaga than GZA since their start. However, point taken, kicking. I'll try harder next time.
  • austin128 - September 12, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    Michael Jackson... Black Eyed Peas. Eh, they're popular.
  • Redeater - September 12, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    Does this come complete with a dedicated Fergie crotch wetting button?

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