When i first saw this game was set to be released, i was soooo excited. I used to play the drums years ago, but not really had the chance to get back into it.
As an avid player of the guitar hero games too, i thought this would be pretty similar, and the track listing just added to the quality that i was expecting, Bloc Party, Blur, Queen, Sum 41 to name but a few. For a full track list, check out this web page:
I waited a few weeks after the game was released to see what reviews were like from people who had already bought the game, and they were very positive, again comparing it to the guitar hero series.
So, i eventually bought the game for round about £22 (RRP is £24.99). I couldn't get into the box and get the disc out quick enough.
However, i was quite disappointed when i played the game. There is a career mode in which you start off at small venues and work your way up to bigger venues by scoring highly by hitting the beats at the correct times.
I started on easy level which involves being in control of the Hi-hat, snare drum and one cymbal using the remote and the nunchuck. This was a bit boring as the drumming didn't really compare to what the actual song was doing, so i decided to go up to the next level. This involved the above as well as three toms, so fill in sections were much better, and the drumming was actually true to the song.
Now for the negatives.
1) When using the nunchuck as the rhythm stick, (ie the one keeping the timing) the rection of the nunchuck sensor isn't true to how the drums are played, so you actually have to physically strike the nunchuck down to get any sense out of it, rather than just a flick of the wrists. This may be different if you used two remotes, as the sensor would probably be better for this technique.
2) The band that is on the stage (that you are the drummer for) seem to be playing a completely different song to the one that you are playing. For example, the band seemed to be going mental and playing a quick song, while the song that was actually being played was "we will rock you".
3) With the above happening, the crowd reaction is the same. The crowd appear to be going as mental as the onstage antics, yet the songs aren't in time, which i think is quite a bad problem for the game, and one that ruins the whole spectacle.
4) Drum rolls can be really hard to do using the nunchuck as you need the physical drum action, rather than the wrist movement which is how it should be done. This is bad because your meter reading gets lower for every beat you miss, so a bad drum roll can end in you being booed off stage.
5) The songs aren't done by the artists themselves, they are all "as made famous by" which makes playing them even worse. I didn't know this before i bought the game, if i had done, i probably wouldn't have bothered.
Overall, a huge disappointment, but is still playable for the same reasons as guitar hero. You can pick it up 2nd hand for about £12-15 so if you still fancy a drumming game then give it a go but if you are expecting a great game, as good as guitar hero, you will be disappointed.
Get ready to rock out on Wii. Ever wanted to be the drummer in the worlds biggest rock band? Its simple: just swing the Wii Remotes as if you were air-drumming to smash the snare, tap the tom or beat the bass. Then, hit the road to play in some amazing venues across the globe.