As I've said in a previous review one of my favourite games on the Wii is Guitar Hero world tour and when we bought this a few years back we went for the whole band bundle which included guitars, microphones and a drum kit. The game then allows you to play these songs using all the instruments either against each other or against the computer. If you've had a bad day I think the best medicine is to get on this drum kit and bash the hell out of it.
The drums are not my favourite instrument in this game as I much prefer the guitar and playing the tune but it is quite an authentic little piece of kit and if you fancy yourself as a budding drummer in a band then this is the game for you.
The drum kit came in parts so you had to assemble it yourself but it was very easy to put together. Be aware though that it does take up quite a bit of room so you need to have a space for it if you wish to keep it assembled or be willing to take it apart after use. Basically the kit has a moveable stand which allows you to adjust the height to the person that is playing it. I find it's best to play sitting on a stool as a couch is often too low to reach the drums comfortably. A dining room chair works well too, anything that gives you a bit of reach to get to all the pads on time. Obviously these drums are made out of plastic so they do look quite fake compared to a real drum kit but in terms of a accessory for a video game I think these are well made and a really good product.
The drum hit has five pads which are all different colours and which coordinate to the notes you see on the television screen. The top two pads are the cymbals and the bottom three are the drums. You also get a foot pedal as well which appears on the screen as a long purple line. The drums have a quick response time when you play the note corresponding to the note on the screen so you can be quite in time to the music and hit your notes and hopefully win the game playing these drums.
The drum kit is great although my only complaint with it is that when you hit the drums (pads) they do sound rather plasticy and not that authentic. The cymbals make a tinging noise on the screen but it does still sound a bit plastic because in reality you are hitting plastic and not real drums. The drum sticks are wooden and really great. They make a perfect drum stick sound when clicked together and are quite fun to play with.
I say that this is not my favourite instrument in the bundle as I think they are really quite hard and I think I have quite good rhythm. In the easy levels the drums are a bit repetitive because you just play the same note over and over again but when you get to the harder levels it gets really hard. You almost have to be like a professional drummer with arms all over the place playing the drums at about 100 miles an hour but if you can do that I'm sure its great fun.
All in all this is a fun accessory for the Wii guitar band game.
After having a go with the guitar for guitar hero (and being rather bad at it!) my husband had a go on the drum kit at a friends house, and decided he fancied being a drummer rather than guitarist! It didnt take long for him to then decide he wanted his own set. After numerous rows, and plenty of him hogging the set, he finally moved over, learnt to play the guitar and let me take over on the drum kit!
The drum kit is on plastic legs, which extend in height to make it more comfortable for you to play. The good thing about having the kit wireless is that you are not restricted to being in a certain place - which certainly helps if you are playing as part of a group!
The drum kit consists of 3 'pads' and two cymbals, which are elevated away from the pads, just like a real drum kit. Each of the 3 lower pads is circled with a different colour, one red, one blue and one green. The two cymbals are also coloure,d one yellow, one orange. On the floor, connected by the only wire, is a foot pedal. You also have the drum sticks to play with! At the top of the lower panel on the drum pad, is a control pad to help you connect to the game and choose characters etc.
When playing, your 'game' is on a kind of strip. As the notes move towards the 'target line' you have to play your drums and hit the notes in time to the music. Each note is represented by the colour on the pads, and the foot pedal is represented by a coloured line. Hit the pads, foot pedal and cymbals in time to the music to score! You score more points for combos, the more correct notes you hit you build up star power, which when high enough you hit two pads together to turn your notes into bright blue ones which increase your score.
We have found our kit can be quite tempremental, and chooses how sensitive it wants to be! Sometimes you can tap the pads lightly and they register, other times we have found we have to bash them pretty hard for them to register. The cymbals always seem to need to be hit harder than the pads to register.
Progressing through the games, once I got the hang of the drum kit, I found myself managing the songs on easy fairly well, so attampted to move up a level to try and rock out harder! The only problem with this is that the foot pedal is brought into play a lot more, and this can lead to a very sore ankle from constantly pressing down on the pedal!
As well as playing this with the Guitar Hero games, we have played other brands, like Band Hero and the Lego band game and found this drum kit to be compatible with all the other games we have tried so far, which is great as you dont need seperate kits for different games.
This is a great piece of equipment, brilliant fun to play as part of a whole band, or with a couple, I even play alone to practise to try and beat my friends!
Only problem is sometimes I forget I am not a real drummer!!
The guitar hero series of games is great fun to play and I got the drum kit as part of the range of controllers you can by to go with it. Its great fun but you need to go a bit easy on it if you want it to last.
The set comes in a well made box that protects it in transit and you get all the bits you need to have great fun with the kit. I didn't think it was hard for me to set up and I liked that.
The set I got had 5 drum pads and they are sensitive to how hard or soft you hit and use them. I was a bit rough with them to begin with and had to try to play a bit less energetically to make sure I didn't break them. One of my friends ended up having problems with their kit and had it replaced but mine didn't have that problem.
The set also comes with a hi hat and a cymbal to make it feel more realistic and I liked the way it was when it was all set up for me to use. The kit looks good when set up but it does take up a bit of space if you want to leave it out.
The kick pedal on my kit was well attached but I had to get used to being a bit less heavy footed when I used it because my instinct was to jam my foot down hard and that wasn't doing the kit any favours.
The stand is ok of a medium quality but I wouldn't call it heavy duty. It works and can be set up or put away easily enough when you get used to it. I didn't knock mine over even though I did play a bit too heavy on it at first.
You get proper wooden drum sticks with the set and that makes you think you are really drumming when using the kit in time to the music. I think thats a good touch.
The kit is a lot of fun when you get used to it and at first it takes a bit of time to get up to the rights speed to play a lot of the harder tracks. I was banging and crashing all over the place at first but I soon got used to it and picked up a bit more speed and skill.
The tutorials can be a good help when you are getting used to the kit. You do end up thinking you are playing on a proper kit not a game controller. When you get into the zone with this its a good laugh.
I liked the kit and would recommend it if you can pick it up cheap. I think the kit is selling for close to £55 / £60 and that is about right but you could get it for less if you are lucky.
We purchased the drum kit for the PS3 and to use with Guitar Hero though it should be said that the drums can also be used with other PS3 music games. It is just a case of having to look and double check which games they work with. PS2 users will also be pleased to know that the wireless drum kit is compatible with the PS2 as well as the PS3. The drum kit can be used with 4 Guitar Hero games which are:
* Guitar Hero World
* Guitar Hero 5
* Guitar Hero Greatest Hits
* Guitar Hero: Band Hero
The drum kit works wirelessly which is one major plus point as you are not left having to contantly untangle wires every 5 minutes or getting yourself tangled up in them as you move about the room. It needs 2x AA batteries to make it work though surprisingly the batteries are included as well as two very authentic looking drum sticks which are wooden.
The drum kit has 5 Pressure sensitive drum pads including high-hat and cymbal on black plastic though the kit is really sturdy and you do start to think of it as a real kit as it is such good quality. It comes with a stand which is expandable or can be made smaller if you are short on space. The drum kit can even be taken off and you can just it on your lap (a little awkward) or on a table.
The drums are alot of fun and feel as though they are made to a high quality. I should say that these do not make a massive drum sound when they are hit though you can hear a small noise. They aren't meant to be realy drums and the reaction from them is heard as it should be on the game. You don't have to hit the drums too hard to get a reaction though when you are rocking out in the moment it is pretty hard!
The Guitar Hero drum kit is really expensive if you buy it alone. At the moment it costs £84.99 just for the drum kit which is extortionate (and possible a Christmas price hike). It works out much better to buy the whole band set which comes in one bundle for just under £120.00 which is what we purchased as it worked out so much cheaper.
I have one issue with the drum kit and that is sometimes when you hit the drum or the symbols it doesn't register on the game. This is really annoying as you miss out on points and you cannot get the bit multiply points. I have heard many an expletive come out of my mouth when this has occurred! This and the expense of the drum kit alone are my only downside.
The drum kit is a whole lot of fun, especially when you play it with a group of people and become a real band. After all, everyone wants to be a rock star at some point!
Around a year ago, my partner and I purchased the whole 'Guitar Hero: World Tour' set. This includes the game itself, a microphone, guitar controller and drum controller. The drum was an important part as it was the first time this instrument had been introduced to the 'Guitar Hero' franchise. There are good sides, and bad sides to this particular controller.
Firstly, setting up the drum controller is easy. Children may need help from adults purely because of its size but I imagine any child over 8 could assemble it on their own with ease. However, the actual playing of the drum is quite tricky. My friends and I all had a go at it and where a couple of people took to it like a duck to water, the majority of us found it very hard to pick up. Although admittedly, we had a good laugh whilst attempting to play and for this reason, I really enjoyed it.
I really recommend this product to anyone who holds regular gatherings and has a keen ear for rhythm. It a lot of fun to play as a band and doesn't necessarily have to be restricted to children! My friends and I are all in our twenties, yet we had a blast and played for hours! Just stick at it, and it gets easier.
The Guitar Hero series blasted onto the gaming world in the days of the PS2 giving gamers the chance to act out their rock star fantasy playing along to classic rock anthems from years gone by from the comfort of their own living room without the need to learn the instrument. It was only a matter of time before this was expanded into other instruments and with rivals Rock Band trying all sorts to knock the franchise down a peg Activision launched Guitar Hero World Tour which allowed gamers to take on the Guitar, Bass, Mic and the items reviewed here the drums!
Now of all the instruments to recreated on the video game consoles the drums seems the most natural when playing. The kit that goes with the game, working on both PS2 and PS3 version, is a large piece of machinery. About 1 metre across and can stand up to a metre high depending on your preference. It takes some time assembling and unless you have the space to leave it up its gonna take an extra 5-10 minutes to pack it up and put away each time.
In the pack of course you get the drum base with four pads, two symbols which attach to the main pads, a pedal and of course the all important drum sticks. It feels solid and sitting at the kit on whatever it is you are using feels the closest you can get to drumming without actually doing it.
The first thing to mention is the noise. Hitting the pads is noisy, no effort seems to have been made to do any sort of noise reduction and seeing how they aren't actually drums the sound is equivalent to batting a cardboard box and its grates. Especially sharing a house this isn't ideal at all as the noise echoes throughout particularly if playing upstairs. Thus you need the TV volume up to hear the songs and creating more noise. Not ideal!
Playing the drums feels real enough, in tandem with the game's design, you do feel like a genuine drummer and that you are playing in rhythm and time to the song. It comes more into life when the other machines are being operated by your mates but nevertheless alone its still fun if you can tolerate the noise.
The game itself is tough as it gets on and the pedal doesn't help as its very stiff, quite high and thus awkward and at time painful to use. For me the pedal ruins the whole kit as it means you end up messing up songs parts through no fault of your own.
Another problem is the pads going dud or not responding. Personally this has happened a few times with me and ruined combos etc but reading online there are many accounts of pads going totally dead and faulty kits. Might be worth being aware of this before shelling out.
Lastly, being wireless helps as it means no wires to get in the way or drumming but it does require batteries and goes through them very quickly. Even the expensive ones so it may be worth investing in a few sets of rechargeable to keep you going.
All in all the kit is a solid piece of kit and worth buying if you own the World Tour game and can tolerate the noise!
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I understand that this is the PS2/PS3 version but from what I have seen the only difference is the control buttons. The drums themselves are collapsable and can be reduced to 2 different parts. The cymbals are also detachable for transportation and these along with the drum stand are height adjustable. The actual drum pads themselves are surprisingly life like as you encounter a similar level of rebound as when you hit a real drum skin. After a few months my snare drum (red pad) began to become less responsive but since I got the kit changed and I started to be more gentle with it, my snare is still in working condition 18 months on. The cymbals are also very responsive and lifelike. The kick pedal is made of plastic so it's not too life like but it still does a good job. Overall I think it's a great piece of kit that offers hours of fun as there's nothing more primal than wallopping stuff with sticks (which are included).
This Drum Kit is primarily meant for the Guitar Hero video games. It will however work with some other musci games. The Guitar hero Games it will work with at the moment are: GH World Tour, GH 5, GH Greatest Hits & Band Hero. The drum is also compatible with both PS2 & PS3 console.
The drum comes complete with a stand with is expandable, but the drum can be taken off & it can be shrunk down somewhat at save space. The drum works wirelessly buy having a usb dongle inserted into your Playstation 2 or 3. As it is wireless it runs off two double a batteries.
The drums feel a decent quality. They don't make a huge drum sound when you hit them (which is probably a good thing) but the do make a little noise. In any of the video games they are meant for they are a great deal of fun & a really good accessory.
On the downside, they aren't cheap & are much better value when bought with a band set. On this drum, the up & down button are behind the middle drum a little out of reach. On the newer drum these buttons are underneath the middle drum making it a bit easier to reach. The last & most important downside to mention is that the collison detection is not the best in game. Sometimes you will hit one of the cymbals & the note won't register on screen. This is a decent niggle as because you are playing for points & earning multipliers you'll never get the best score you deserve.
I would recommend this accessory as the game is huge amounts of fun to play. I wouldn't recommend buying it on its own though unless you can get it for around £40. This is because you can get the new updated drum plus Game, Guitar & Mic for around £120.00. That's a better deal.