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Genre: Music & Dancing / Release Date: 2008-09-12 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      09.06.2010 18:26
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      Fun to play, but don't expect alot of depth to the game

      I bought this game after being torn between this and Guitar Hero:World Tour. The game is very fun to play, especially as a group, but it is yet another example of a game that's been dumbed down for the Wii console.
      Let's start with the instruments needed to play the game with. The drum kit is one of the best things about the game. It's very sturdy, registers every hit (something that Guitar Hero drums don't do very well) and the kick pedal is also very strong and can take the pressure of those who really rock out when playing the drums. The microphone provided is also of good quality, picking up your voice prefectly meaning you can get a good score on the game, if you can sing that is. But then there's the guitar controller, which unfortunately isn't up to the standard of the guitar controller of Guitar Hero: World Tour. the fret buttons are genrally okay, but the problems come with the strum bar, which doesn't always register your strumming, and the whammy bar, which feel like it could fall off everytime you use it.
      Now we move onto the software, the game itself with all the songs needed to play the game. This is where the major problem with Rock Band for the Wii exists. In comparison to the PS3 and Xbox versions, it has been completely stripped of its features. There is no Create a Character option, you can't choice a city or setlist to play, and the main game mode seen in other versions, "Band World Tour", is just playing through different songs getting more diffcult as you go on, nothing like a World Tour at all. But The most major issue is no online play whatsoever, something that nearly every game has thesedays.
      The setlist of the game is generally good, with bands such as Blur, Metallica and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. You can buy additional "track packs" for extra songs, yet on the PS3 and Xbox you can download alot more songs straight into the game.
      In short, Rock Band Wii is a huge disappointment forWii owners, who yet again have to deal with a game not as good as it is on other consoles. The lack of online play is it's most major downfall, and the stripped down game modes makes you wonder of the Wii just isn't capable of having good games.

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      27.01.2010 19:25
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      Limited by the Wii's technical specs but still great fun

      After playing the Wii version of Guitar Hero 3, I had very low expectations that the Wii counterpart of the brilliant Rock Band would be any good. I tempered the fact that it had no online play against the brilliant array of tunes and have resolved that, while this is Rock Band-lite in many ways, it is still pretty good for those without a PS3 or Xbox 360.

      The greatness of the game comes from the excellent new drum kit peripheral, where you have to hit the colour-coded pads in correspondence with the on-screen notes. It's incredibly intuitive and feels quite a bit like playing the drums, and certainly more than the guitars. The game also has singing, where you have to sing the displayed lyrics while also trying to match your pitch up with a line on-screen. The guitar isn't left in the dust, though; the new Rock Band Strat guitar has another strumming section lower down that can be used for special "solo" sections to get more points. The guitar is mostly an improvement (and certainly looks a lot like a Strat), but the strummer is quite flimsy and this definitely causes me to make more mistakes.

      The song selection is arguably better than most of the Guitar Hero games (especially the newer ones), offering a solid mix of classic rock like Bon Jovi and newer metal like Coheed and Cambria. The new equipment is innovative (such that Guitar Hero subsequently copied it), and even though it will always pale when compared to the other console versions, it is a fine game for casual gamers who only have a Wii but want to rock out to some classic tunes.

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      30.07.2009 11:37
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      Great fun game, would recommend to everyone and anyone

      Firstly, I think I should point out that I'm not a massive fan of computer games in general. I bought a Nintendo Wii about 2 years ago, but other than a few goes when friends are round, its spent a lot of time gathering dust underneath my telly.......at least that was the case until I discovered Rock Band.

      For anyone who's not exactly sure what the game is (where have you been?!?!), the basic kit from the game involves one plastic guitar, one plastic drum kit (made up for 4 drum pads and a base drum pedal), and a microphone, and you get to be part of a pretend Rock Band

      The attraction of this game is obvious. You've always dreamt about being a rock star, but you're rubbish at playing the guitar / drums / bass so its never going to happen. However thanks to the technological world we live in, you can get your friends round and pretend you made it, dancing, singing and generally rocking out round your living room.

      Generally the game is great fun. There's a decent selection of new and old rock songs that you can strum along to on your guitar and 4 different levels so that basically anybody can play. Whilst back with the family at Christmas my Mum was queuing up for a go, and bear in mind she's a 55 year old lady who has never played (or wanted to play) a computer game in her life. She was loving Rock Band, which just goes to show its universal appeal. If you are a "serious computer gamer" then this will probably satisfy you as well, the levels get extremely hard, you have the option to practice songs and get yourself up to scratch, you can lift up the guitar to "rock out" and double your points etc etc. Personally for me that stuff doesn't appeal, this game is more about being able to bring people together to have fun which it is perfect for.

      As with anything there are a few drawback to the game which are as follows;

      Firstly, if you do just buy the game because you want to have it for parties, evenings with friends, etc, then you don't get instant access to all the songs. You will have to sit play all the songs to unlock further songs. Fortunately once you do it on easy level they're all unlocked for "quick play" use. So its isn't that much of a bother, just takes a bit of time. Just don't expect to be able to buy it, turn it on, and straight away play all of the 70 or so songs.

      Some of the thinking when the game was designed is also a little bit silly. When you turn on your Wii you have to select the game from the Wii menu using your wii remote, and then everything can be controlled with whatever instrument you're playing once in the game. The other day I ran out of batteries for the Wii remote, so despite the fact I had a fully charged guitar, and was ready to play, I couldn't actually select the game from the Wii menu with the guitar and couldn't play the game. Very frustrating.

      Its also worth mentioning the drums. These are fun to use however the noise the create is a little unpleasant. I've found that you have to turn the sound up pretty loud to drown out the sound of the drumstick whacking the pads. Effectively you just end up listening to a dull whack for 3 minutes when you're using the drums. Bear in mind this also resonates throughout your house, so if you have neighbours, drumming anytime after about 11pm is a no no.

      However all in all this game is great fun and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I'm yet to see anyone not have fund whilst playing it, which is what its all about.

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        12.07.2009 14:44

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        Very good game and very enjoyable.

        This game is one of the most fun and enjoyable games on the market. It is thrilling to experience what it is like to be in a band. There are four drums and a bass pedal on the drum set and 5 keys on the guitar and it incluses a microphone aswel. You can either buy all of these in one package or buy each instrument seperatley. A few disadvantages of rockband is the drums make alot of noise when they are hit and you have to buy the game seperatly wheras on guitar hero you get the game with it but rock band is cheaper when you buy the game and instruments together. All of the insruments are easy to use and they feel really nice to hold and maneuver. The game is very easy to set up and all the instructions to set up the instruments are included. I would reccommend that you buy rockband because it is easy to set up and it has more games out to play on than guitar hero.

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        05.07.2009 17:02

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        A great game - I recommend it along with the soon available Rock Band 2

        My daughter was delighted when she walked into the shop and purchased Rock Band. It is a great game, I must say. I have learnt to be more amidextrous. Playing my Strat on the left setting, even though I am right handed. I can play just as well. My daughter had always wanted a Fender Stratocaster of my own, and this Christmas she is telling me she wants a Squier -sunburst. I love the drums, they are amazing, and even though they are loud when you hit them, I just love them. And the microphone, it is probably the only downfall, as it is not wireless. Being wireless would of been the thing that tops it off, as it means you get to feel like you are really performing, no tangling and tripping over wires for the wanna be superstars. The games songs are great, with some fun songs to play ranging from Bon Jovi to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and a few rock! rock ones like Green Grass and High Tides in there but the option to download songs was a missed oppurtunity, along with some other features that other consoles have. I really recommend this game, and you should make sure you buy Rock Band 2 if you like it.

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        16.06.2009 16:49

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        Great for your nights in with friends and can only get better as new add ons come out

        I bought this as a birthday present for my boyfriend who was already a big fan of guitar hero and it really didn't disappoint. This game is so addictive and great for us normal folk who know we'll never be in an actual band but through this game we get to pretend just for one night that we can rock along with the likes of oasis and blur.

        As you have the entire band ensemble, you don't get bored as you can swap from guitar to drums, from lead guitar to bass or even have a go at the vocals. The tracks list is excellent, with music from across the decades and with new add ons and rock band 2 all coming out soon, this game can only grow and get better and better over time.

        Although I did feel that this was a bit pricey when bought with the instruments pack, I also feel that it is a bit of a con that you only get one guitar seeing as this means you can't play the two player duels until you have a second guitar. That said even without this is so much fun, I cannot wait until later in the year when we get the beatles tracks for this!

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        10.06.2009 03:23
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        Well worth it!

        The basic idea is that you and your friends (you can play solo too) are members of a rock band. Gameplay involves playing through a song and either "failing" (being too bad and getting booed off) or successfully completing the song.

        There is an initial outlay because you need to buy the right equipment for the game - namely the guitars, drums, etc., that you use to "play" music with. You can sing, play guitar or play drums. I think you can play with as many of each instrument as you like (you can certainly play with at least two guitars), but obviously you're limited by the equipment you've bought.

        One of the best features of the game is the way you can set individual difficulty levels - for example, you can set Mike on Guitar 1 to expert, Fred on guitar 2 to easy and Katie on drums to medium, rather than having to choose one difficulty level for all of you. This is a GREAT social game and this particular feature was in my opinion really well thought out.

        Another cool feature is the way you can get people back in once they've failed. What happens is, if someone misses too many notes, they fail and are "out", and the rest of you have a certain amount of time you can "save" them in, or else you all fail. You earn "saves" by playing really well, making little or no mistakes and having accurate rhythm.

        I think that this is a great social game and it's really enjoyable to play as a group. The downside is the cost of buying the equipment (and when you first see it, especially the guitars, you'll think it looks a bit tacky and basic - the guitars have a few buttons and one "strum button") but once you get over this you'll have a fantastic time with it and be glad you invested!

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        18.05.2009 09:58

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        An excellent game that is a great laugh.

        Rock Band on the Wii is a great game for all the family. It is excellent as 3 or 4 people can be involved all of the time, its excellent for having a laugh and is great for all those wannabe rock stars out there. It takes a bit of getting used to but after a while you gradually get better and better and after a while you can start to unlock more and more songs to play. In the standard setup there are 3 parts, the microphone, drums and guitar, I believe you can buy an additional bass guitar if you want the complete band experience but I found to standard setup was fine. If like me you will soon find you favourite item to play and usually it's because it is the one you play the best and are hopeless at playing the others!

        Overall this is an excellent game for bringing people together and having a laugh, using at the person on the microphone!

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        02.03.2009 01:42

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        This is what the Wii is about - family fun!

        Rock band is exciting.

        It is the sort of game you can play for hours and hours, and hopefully improves your cognative brain power as well.

        Or at least, that's what you might think. You might also think it helps improve your ability to improve musical instruments, but it doesn't. Maybe you'll feel like a better drummer, but you won't.

        In short, it is just a big ball of fun - exciting, and never dull - you can waste hours on it.

        There are easy to very difficult levels, and the drums are slightly easier than the guitar, which can be hard to master.

        I'm not sure the singing is quite as accurate as some of the marks, but that may be because it was on an easier level.

        But, the key thing is, it ensures you feel like a rock star, like you're in a band - particularly if the family are all playing along at the same time. It is what the Wii should be - fun!

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        31.01.2009 13:45
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        Buy it !! and rock on !!

        A lot of people have written a lot of negative presss about Rock Band on the Wii, primarily centred around the fact that's it's basically just a PS2 port and lacks all the extras (online play, downloadable content, game modes) that are an intergal part of the other next gen versions of the game, but....

        It's still a great game, and within minutess of putting this in your Wii, you will forgot about what is not there, and you will just get on with enjoying yourself ! There is nothing quite like bashing away on the drums on struming along on the guitar (the singing I found not as rewarding to be honest!) and pretending to be a rock star !

        Graphics are okay, (but if you are busy worrying about the graphics you are not really playing the game), and the songs are great (check out the tracklist).

        So overall, a great game, and I would strongly recommend it (although it is expensive when you buy the instruments !)

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        16.01.2009 17:12
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        Excellent Game for all ages with all levels of musical ability.

        I was given Rock Band as a present. I used to play the drums in a band for 10 years and gave it up a few years ago due to injury. I always told people I missed playing them and wish I hadn't sold my kit. So this was the idea behind the gift.

        The game itself is excellent, I've always liked Guitar Hero on the Wii, but the ability to have the drums and a singer on as well as the guitar really adds to the experience that is Rock Band.

        The only problem I found was trying to find anyone who is capable of holding a note and playing the drums while I play the guitar.

        The drums are good and easy for both drummers and non drummers. The guitar I got with the Wii was a fender Stratocaster replica, it has the buttons at the top and the bottom of the fret board which allows people with different grips and hand sizes to be able to use the guitar also means you can look extra cool playing down near the bottom like a proper rock god.

        The Microphone is good but unfortunately with rock band the game there are not many songs I knew the words to sing along with, Creep, Beetle bum and 1 or 2 others.

        Graphics in the game are what you expect from a Wii game, nothing amazingly special but good enough quality to do the game justice.

        The game plays well on the Wii, I have played the game on the X-box as well and wasn't as impressed with it as I was on the Wii.

        Overall an excellent gift for anyone of any age, I play it everyday to the dismay of my family and neighbours hahaha.

        The game itself can be bought from £35 up depending where you look for it, and the drums, guitar and microphone can all be purchased individually or as a set. The set retails from £95 upwards, again depending on where you go.

        I certainly think it's a good buy, and I am glad I got it as a gift as I don't think I would have spent that much on a computer game.

        Base review from my ciao account. i have added more information to it for dooyoo.

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          08.01.2009 14:55

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          Family fun and games, a must for anyone with a wii.

          This is one of the best games I have ever played. I had to wait a few weeks to play this but it was more than worth it. After discovering that I also had to buy a USB hub to be able to use the two instruments and a microphone at the same time, we were set up and ready to go. The actual setting up did not take long and after going through the tutorials we began playing. This is a game that is really eay to pick up but, as it gets progressively harder, becomes really frustrating (but in an enjoyably challenging way). Singing is a talent which I am seriously lacking but I was able to complete songs without too much distress. I found the drums difficult at first as my co-ordination is also not great. The guitar is the best thing for me to stick with, I can normally complete songs and get a score in the high 90%. This is something that can unite and entertain friends and families for hour and hours on end.

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          07.01.2009 23:01

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          overall average game.

          I like the musc alot on this game but can get abit boring if you dont have a group of people around, the game is easy for me, not that challenging and the equipment can play up alot or get in the way.
          I love the singing you really do get into it, but this game seems very pricey to me and personally i prefer guitar hero.
          But really catchy songs thats the best part of the game.
          The game can get pretty boring if your sober lol, we all played this game on new years eve, so bieng drunk and trying to play instruments and singing songs made it more fun, it did turn into a distaster zone.
          There were not many features on this game and you cant play on line either which for the price you would expect that.
          This game isnt really meant for young children more adults and teenagers.

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          05.01.2009 21:58
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          Solid game, but choose RB2 or GHWT on the wii instead.

          To tell you the truth I expected this game to have more features than it did, especially with the price tag of (converted valut exchange) 200$ for the instruments + 70$ for the game. The prices in Europe are ridiculous! ...OK. Enough about the money and more about the game.
          As far as the game goes, I expected better. Now since I did this review pretty late, (cause it came in Europe pretty late) comparing it to the Guitar Hero World Tour (full-feature online content, character creator, a lot of bonus content for the Wii version and Good-Enough graphics for such a game on the Wii, Rock Band falls pretty short. No online whatsoever (considering that GH3 nailed the online) Very compressed game video, very compressed songs, and NO compatibility with GH3 instruments, and no World Tour and character creation. Now that aside, you still get the enjoyment of playing in a band with your friends/family/rivals. 5 extra songs that you have to buy online on PS3 and X360, (at least something to make up for online) and no need to stuff that remote into the instrument (you just have to hold it to browse through menus with a mic) I was already worried that I would have to buy an extra remote for 60$.
          Oh, and the instruments look, feel nice after playing for a bit.



          Overall - Good game, even though stripped off a LOT and I say it again: a LOT of features.

          My suggestions

          *Buy GHWT bundle, and Rock Band 2, Or wait for them if you are in Europe. (because GHWT instroments work with RB2 but not the other way around)

          *Buy the Rock Band bundle and the Rock Band 2 disc (or the other way around) because they are compatible and no, the Rock Band instruments for the Wii do not work with GHWT, nor do the RB2 instruments.




          Rates:

          Graphics - 7
          Music - 8
          Features - 5
          Cross-over compatibility - 7
          Durability** - 9
          Party Level - 9
          Overall - 7.5



          ** - Compared with the PS3/X360/PS2 instruments. (The European instruments are remade like on the Wii)

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            05.01.2009 05:44
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            Great game

            Rock Band!

            I recently bought this game for my Wii with my Christmas money and really enjoyed playing it alongside my friends. You do however need to own the Wii guitar, drum kit or microphone (preferably all 3 if you wish to play multiplayer).

            I also believe this game is only fun if playing with a group of people and can become a little boring and tedious if playing by yourself. However if you are throwing a party or are having some friends round then this shall be the high life of your party.

            It can also become expensive if you do not already own the instruments as the game bundle costs around £130. I bought this after purchasing "Guitar Hero". Both these games use the same concept and unfortunately both games have similar songs on where as I would like a bit more variety.

            In order to be good at this game you must however have good rhythm, if you do not however don't worry as there are a selection of difficulty levels so you can work your way up.

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