This is the worst music based game I've ever played. My 3 year old niece has a plug and play guitar game made by Disney, and even that was better than this. Don't waste your time or space in your Queue.
The Set List: Solid, with quite a few tracks that some of us has hoped for in Rock Band and/or Guitar Hero. Yes, they are "covers" - but a lot of them sound very good. Some you might even swear are the actual master tracks.
Create Your Own Solo: Not a bad concept at all ... and can make a song enjoyable for a brief moment. While playing a "gig", you are given the opportunity to have your own solo in the middle of a song. It's a great concept, but just falls somewhat short on what they were aiming for.
Studio Play: Obviously wanting to touch on the "play your own song" concept coming in the newest Guitar Hero installment. It's pretty good, and can entertain for a little while ... however, with the limitations in the mode - it will grown old quickly.
NEGATIVES: I'm not real sure where to start here ... but my roommate said it best: "It looks like they only had 5 dollars to make this game" -- and it really does. The presentation is pretty good, with the drummer looking authentic, and light shows moving nicely along with the music ... but what REALLY brings this game down is the fret board. The main ingredient to a successful rhythmic game ... and they missed it COMPLETELY. The fret board is small - downward scrolling - which makes actually playing a song a test even to the most seasoned RB/GH players.
All-in-all Konami should take a step back and look at what it is that works so well for the GH/RB franchises ... and try their best to duplicate that. If they did it right, and continued to provide as good a set list as in this game, I'm sure not too many people would complain. Besides ... all we want is great music, and an interface that does spur a migraine by the second song.
posted by Brickhouse (SMITHS STATION, AL) Nov 11, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
gamers (71%) found this review helpful
The soundtrack in this game, covers they may be, some not to great of covers, is what I wish the other games could of put out. The songs are exactly what a Rock game should have in it. So you will enjoy playing them and not dread it, like I did in Rock Band (1 and 2).
This game is getting a lot of flak for being different. What some complain about is the different way it scrolls the notes on the screen. Instead of what you may be use to, the notes come down the screen from top to bottom on the left side of the screen. This is a learning curve, but after you get it down it's very simple to play. The "hammer-ons" and such are tricky, it seems the game wants you to not strum them, and if you do strum them, you better do it perfect or it won't play.
The career mode is cool. You have albums you can choose between 5 songs on each album (only have to beat 3). Once you beat 3 you go gold. If you complete all the challenges on that album (objectives like changing difficulties while playing & "don't play the bad notes") the album goes platinum. Not sure what happens then b/c I didn't bother with it. After you finish 2 albums, you play a special show where you pick 3 songs for your setlist. Each of those songs you pick you get an area in the song where you can play your own solo however you want. This is the area I enjoyed most. I had a blast strumming my own solo's.
The areas this game falls short, badly, is: -graphics: very 3 years ago, nothing special here, however, the sets look badass. -music: all songs are covers, some good, some bad. This shouldn't be the deciding factor b/c the instruments are still mostly the same and this is what I usually pay attention to in my music selection, not the singer. -buggy: at points in the game my system would freeze. usually when loading sets. not sure if this was my system or the game.
Overall you should rent it at least and make your own opinion. You will still have fun playing these songs, this soundtrack owns.