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Awesome, but renters beware
posted by monlienNH3 (AUGUSTA, GA) Nov 20, 2007
Member since Jul 2003
57 out of 63 gamers (90%) found this review helpful
This game apparently ACTUALLY requires the use of the guitar, drum, and mic peripheral. Unlike Guitar Hero, you cannot play with the standard controller. Head the warning, do not rent it unless you have an Xplorer or Les Paul around.
But since I'm here, if you do have the instruments (and if you do, you probably won't be reading a Gamefly review), this game is freaking awesome! You can play single player career on drums, guitar, and mic. The single player career is slightly more bare bones than Guitar Hero, but it's still a lot of fun. The guitar parts seem easy to those who have mastered GH2 and GH3, but it will still pose a challenge to those who aren't masters of the series. However, the drums and vocals will be a true challenge to anyone who isn't a seasoned drummer or vocalist.
The heart of the game is in the Band World Tour mode - which unfortunately REQUIRES 2 or more local players, but if you've got a partner or you're willing to do double duty (guitar/vox or drum/vox), prepare to be addicted. It's a huge upgrade from the way we've been playing the Guitar Hero series. Instead of making your way down a list of songs, you play shows at small clubs and work your way up by gaining fans and money. You can create your own setlist (using the songs on the disc or with DLC), play random setlist, or play single songs. The way it's set up will definitely add to the life of the game - not that I ever got sick of GH.
All this money you make from single player and Band World Tour can be used to purchase clothing, tattoos, accessories, and instruments for your custom rocker. The initial customization doesn't seem that great, but once you start browsing through the huge selection of clothing, you'll end up with a truly unique rock legend. The only possible downside to the character system is each character is locked to one and only one instrument.
There's no reason for the hate. If you like GH, you should like Rock Band.
This....Game....Is....FRE- AKING AWESOME!
posted by ShOoTeR129 (GREENSBURG, PA) Nov 20, 2007
Member since Oct 2007
23 out of 27 gamers (85%) found this review helpful
More Acessable And More Fun Than Guitar Hero
posted by SILENTEVIL (MERCED, CA) Jan 19, 2008
Member since Oct 2006
5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Another aspect of Rock Band that I enjoy is all of the customization. Instead of having certain character to choose from, you completely customize your rocker. This isn't as robust a system as you'd find in Oblivion, but it does allow for quite a bit of tweaking. For example, you and pick different hair styles, piercing, and even tat your character up however you see fit. Who doesn't like having you own unique character to play with? And, as you progress further in the game, you can use the money you make to buy to clothes, guitars, hats, etc. for you character.
Although I think that graphics in this style of game are not all that important, I do think that this is a better looking game than Guitar Hero. Maybe it's just the visual style, but the graphics just seem to have a higher level of detail, and also have a cleaner, more polished look. Like a said, I'm not entirely sure of that matters to this type of game, but I do love games that look pretty and play well. Overall, I'd definitely say that Rock Band is a must play for anyone who loves music. After all, there is simply no better way to be able to pretend that you are a rock star your shelf.
"Fore, We have Rock!"
posted by Elpablo (OCEANSIDE, CA) Nov 20, 2007
Member since Oct 2007
6 out of 10 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
Good for the majority
posted by ZPdrummer (BATON ROUGE, LA) Nov 21, 2007
Member since Nov 2006
4 out of 7 gamers (57%) found this review helpful
Best group game
posted by greenzen (YOUNGSTOWN, OH) Jan 9, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
5 out of 9 gamers (56%) found this review helpful
best game ever
posted by moneyg (KENT, WA) Aug 11, 2008
Member since Jul 2008
2 out of 4 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
What you would expect
posted by SergeantPope (CHARLESTON, IL) Feb 5, 2009
Member since Apr 2007
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Rental=good / Purchase at $160= think hard
posted by Slipstream (GLENDALE LUKE AFB, AZ) Jan 3, 2008
Member since Apr 2006
2 out of 5 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
As for the singing. Well, on easy, you can do fine. On anything higher and you'd better know the song and dedicate a lot of time to getting your tone right or you'll fail quite quickly. You can plug your headset into your regular controller and sing while you play guitar, but like i said, if you don't remember the words by heart, it's gonna be tough...and unenjoyable.
Online, it's pretty much the same as GH 3 online minus the drums. Can't find to many people taking up the singing position for reasons above.
This game is probably good for a party game. Then again, it's still kinda boring playing the dull parts.
The only thing i REALLY like about RB is the character customization. You have so many shirts, pants, shoes, hair styles and accessories to modify them with that it's unlikly to find another with the exact same character. Now if only they could put that level of customization in GH.
posted by zenubio (FARMINGTON, MN) Nov 25, 2007
Member since Aug 2003
2 out of 5 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
Guitar Hero who?
posted by IamtheStig (HUDSON, FL) Dec 9, 2007
Member since Dec 2006
3 out of 8 gamers (38%) found this review helpful
That being said:
This game was touted as a "band simulation" of sorts. We were told we would be able to start a band and take it online, well you can and you can't. If you buy the whole shebang, and get three other people over to your house, you can make a band and take it online. You can't make a band with friends online and play against others online. That is why we have a friends list and subscribe to xbox live so we can play with friends online. The exclusion of this is ignorant, rumours have it though that it will be fixed sometime soon.
Overall a great game and a great experience.
posted by Zman008 (AVELLA, PA) Feb 2, 2008
Member since May 2004
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
-Interaction w/ band mates on Solo (going back to back with them and singing in the mic is really cool.
-Solo buttons on guitar
-Make solos for Drums
-Throughout solo you dont keep the same bandmates
-Naming of band on solo
-The game is so good you just want there to be more
posted by jonthegrea (FOREST CITY, PA) Nov 20, 2007
Member since Oct 2006
4 out of 14 gamers (29%) found this review helpful
Not for Guitar Hero vets.
posted by zMDude (SOUTHFIELD, MI) Dec 27, 2007
Member since Dec 2003
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
Harmonix proves that when it comes to general interface design, they are still the leaders while Neversoft is just a pretender. With the simple and clean interface, the added gameplay of the solo sections and additional 5 frets, the ability to create your own character, the ability to get add star power while you're using it and the band tour mode, Rock Band crushes Guitar Hero 3 and its pathetic guitar battles.
However, where it counts: the songs, Guitar Hero 3 wins out. To the expert Guitar Hero player, Rock Band's selection will be dull. Clearly the songs were picked to give everybody equal play, but this just results in most songs being uninteresting. Towards the end of the setlist, you will find a handfull of songs that are devoid of gaping dead spaces, repetitive notes and slow playing, but they will feel out of place against the rest of the lineup.
You can take the game online, but only in quick play modes. Band tour is locked off to online players, meaning if you want to get the most of the experience you have no choice but to have three available friends when you fire up the game.
If these games were racers, Guitar Hero 3 would be Gran Turismo, and Rock Band would be Mario Kart. There's nothing wrong with either game; they just target different audiences.
People who want involved and technical play should get Guitar Hero 3.
People who just want a (expensive) party game to drag out of the closet when the friends come over will be fine with Rock Band.
The score I give is based on myself, a Guitar Hero vet who rented this instead of taking the $170 dollar dive. For groups of friends who are together often, this is a ten. Everybody else? Not so much.
posted by catinabox (SOSO, MS) Apr 3, 2008
Member since Jan 2006
2 out of 10 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
Rock Band is awful
posted by Homegrown (GALVESTON, IN) Jun 14, 2009
Member since Jun 2009
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
Not for Gamefly.
posted by Armour (LEWISBURG, TN) Nov 25, 2007
Member since Aug 2006
1 out of 7 gamers (14%) found this review helpful
The idea in itself is genius, Much like the game. It has beautiful graphics and the gameplay is unparalleled. Sounds like a good game huh? You would be right but you forgot the part where you just rented it from Gamefly and you don't have any of the needed instruments. "That's fine, I'll just buy the instruments myself." Again great idea, except the instruments won't even be for sale from any stores until February '08.
I would recommend removing this game from your GameQ and buying the Special Edition(which is already being sold for around $170) as an early Christmas present.
As a game I would rate Rock Band 10/10 but for Gamefly it's 6/10 and that's only if you feel like getting drunk and singing Blitzkrieg Bop to your friends.
Make Sure you Read the note!
posted by XGURU1 (HARVEST, AL) Nov 26, 2007
Member since Jul 2007
3 out of 28 gamers (11%) found this review helpful
FYI, heres the note:
NOTE: Gameplay requires a drum, microphone, or guitar controller. Rock Band is compatible with most music game controllers. Game does not include drum, microphone, or guitar controller with rental or purchase.
posted by steveo5607 (LOUISVILLE, KY) Nov 20, 2007
Member since Jul 2007
3 out of 49 gamers (6%) found this review helpful
came with no guitars
posted by matthew333 (WARRENTON, OR) Dec 29, 2007
Member since Dec 2007
1 out of 24 gamers (4%) found this review helpful
Nowhere near as good as GH.
posted by KNoley (TALLAHASSEE, FL) Apr 19, 2012
Member since Dec 2011
Cons: Career gets very boring after a short while, gameplay very unforgiving where I have literally been banging on my guitar exactly in tempo yet still missing the notes (drums are the same way), no star power like in GH, singing is annoying and no matter what you do to calibrate there is always a delay which makes it impossible to enjoy playing.
This could be an ok rental to just play through some decent songs, but don't waste a penny buying this thing. Hopefully the newer versions of the franchise are better, but I won't be wasting my GameQ slots or money on them.
posted by cody2ofmudd (VERONA, NJ) Sep 18, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
posted by blindfurey (NEW YORK, NY) Oct 16, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
Would have been perfect but...
posted by Skinny (THEODORE, AL) Sep 13, 2009
Member since Apr 2009
I'm no beginner to the drums on Rock Band, but for some reason I was having random notes just not register a hit. I've never had the problem on RB 1 & 2. And yes, I did calibrate my drum set.
Also, the Dreamscapes look great.... a little too great. They become very distracting and it ends up being a chore to focus on the highway (Which seems a bit shorter).
None of those gripes prevented me from 5 staring every song and challenge, but it was a bit irritating having my multiplier knocked down to 0/x2 just because it didn't register.
There's good fun to be had with this game, also the photos and videos you unlock are nice little trophies. But the game is SHORT. It's only around 40 - 45 songs.
So my advice to you is that if you have to play it now, just rent it. Otherwise wait until it drops in price. It's a great game, but not worth the $60 price tag. If you see this game for $30 then I say go for it, otherwise it's well over priced.
I'm a heavy Beatles fan, but at times I got tired of hearing them. Too much of a good thing can ruin you. So after I played this game for 2 hours, I ended up popping in RB2 just to get some variety.
Also, the songs aren't exportable which is a big disappointment for me. I would rather have them be playable in RB2 even though it doesn't have the harmony mechanic.
Unless you're coo coo for The Beatles, this game will get old quickly. I don't mean that as an insult to the group, I grew up listening to them. Maybe it's simply because the game lacked a lot of my favorite tracks like "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" or "Strawberry Fields" It's just something about this game makes it go stale after your initial playthrough, unless you're coo coo for achievements.
posted by Jared26 (WEST COVINA, CA) Aug 5, 2009
Member since Mar 2009