gamers (90%) found this review helpful
First the main reason for this review:
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.
posted by ShOoTeR129 (GREENSBURG, PA) Nov 20, 2007
Member since Oct 2007
gamers (85%) found this review helpful
The title says it all, this is the best music game today. Look, i'm writing a review for the special edition. Just the game itself and the regular control is basically worthless. I'd give it a 4/10. Now, if you have a guitar from one of the previous Guitar Heros (any of the guitars will work as long as it's for the xbox360) you've got something. With a guitar you can play either Bass guitar or regular guitar. Rock Band with a guitar is a solid 8/10. I have to highly recommend you get the full Rock Band set. It comes with a microphone, guitar, drum set, Rock Band game, USB HUB with four slots to plug all these instruments in, and headset adapters for people who have wired headsets. The microphone is the most realistic. You have to get the tone of the words right. It's really fun. Once I saw the guitar, I was blown away by how realistic it was. I myself have a black Fender Stratocaster with a white pick guard, and the game's guitar is the exact same thing except without the strings and the pickups. Playing guitar is different than Guitar Hero. The guitar has 5 buttons on the top part of the neck, and 5 more smaller buttons closer to the neck that are for solos. Another change in the guitar is that when you strum the guitar, you don't hear that clicking sound like that of Guitar Hero. You can barely hear the guitar when you strum it in Rock Band. The drums are great. They require about 5 minutes of assembly, but it isn't that bad. I actually think this game is better than Halo 3. I don't care what anyone says, every one with a PS3 or Xbox 360 should have this game.
For the record, this review only covers the guitar portion of the game, simply because I don't have access, yet, to a drum set or microphone. It is impossible to not compare this game to Guitar Hero III. After all, they are both very similar (at least when comparing the guitar mechanics of the two). Rock Band is a little easier, and will therefore appeal to more of an audience. I personally think that Guitar Hero III, while being an extremely fun and entertaining game, is more catered to the hardcore guitar players out there. In fact, I've found that I can play Rock Band for long periods of time without my hands hurting, where as while playing Guitar Hero III, after a couple of hours, my fingers are absolutely killing me.
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.