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I have been a long time fan of the guitar hero franchise but sadly my opinion of them has been slipping, there song choice has been a bit poor recently and the instrument feel low quality.
I picked up Rock Band from Amazon, it was only £7.15! What a bargain! I bought it without even looking at the set list, i just wanted something different to play with.
First of all i want to get some of the bad points out of the way, after playing a lot of the guitar hero games these where the first bad points that i couldn't help but get caught up with.
- It loads pretty slow, when the game is not installed to the hard drive it took around 20-30 seconds to load a song, this could have just been because it was the first time i had played that particular song but it was still fairly shoddy compared to guitar hero.
- Overall the game seems... less epic i guess, there is no over the top explosions or fire (as far as i have gotten in the career that is, there may be later on) it seems to always be your band playing on slightly different stages but there has been nothing about them to make the memorable.
- The graphics, they are a bit distracting, i don't know what it is, maybe just the style of artwork isn't as smooth as guitar hero but i kept finding my eye getting drawn to whatever was going on in the background instead of the notes i should have been playing.
- The game play is about the same as guitar hero, it looks like the highway is shorter, giving you less time to react, which can make expert mode harder, especially when it wants you to play chords with three buttons pressed down, However, at the same time i found it easier for some reason, i could only just do expert on guitar hero world tour but as soon as i booted up rock band, i jumped straight onto expert mode and got all the way to the final lot of songs before i failed one, getting 4-5 stars and usually around 90% of the notes hit.
- Hammer ons and pull offs are also a bit difficult to spot, in guitar hero they are normal notes lit up, easy to see, but on rock band they are normal notes with a small outline around them, making them especially hard to notice in fast songs or when using star power
That's about it! they are all minor points in my opinion as well, i can't think of any other criticisms for this game.
Now the good points, the choice of songs is amazing, as the name of the game might suggest they are all rock songs, which is exactly what i was looking for, the songs are from all ages and even my dad was singing along to some as he was sat at the computer behind me, everything about the game seems very user friendly, unlike guitar hero, there is nothing saying you HAVE to do this, you HAVE to play this gig, you can play most songs in whatever order you want, you get cash for completing songs, which you can then use to buy upgrades for your band avatar, but again, isn't compulsory.
I think the killer feature of this game for me is the downloadable content, there is so so many songs in the collection, most of them are a reasonable price as well.
The rock band set list can be found here
The VERY cheap rock band game can be found here
My experience with rock bad has not been a pleasant one. I do not have a very high opinion of this game to the fact that i feel it was rushed out, just because they wanted to copy guitar hero and hope for the same kind of success. I know you thinking rock band was first to come up with drums and mic as well as a guitar and yes you are right, but they messed it up, sure they beat guitar hero to bringing it out first, but the game has no substance. Yes its cheaper but a reason, the software isn't as good and the equipment is made on a budget and you can tell this.
Don't get me wrong, this game is good, but no where near in the same league as guitar hero. I think if i hadn't of played anything else then i would love this game, but i had so i don't.
It has a rubbish song line up, silly menus, and the most annoying thing is that the notes don't seem to match up to the music, so you feel like your just strumming aimlessly to coloured dots rather than music. it would be just as easy to play if you muted your TV.
If you ever dreamed of being a Rock Star then this game can give you the experience. The game itself comes boxed with a drum kit, guitar and a microphone.
The drum kit is a strange one, i havent finished the career as a drummer so maybe its because im still new to it. The kit itself is quite nice its not ugly to look at and easy to set up. The only real problem i have with it is that when your using it, the sound it makes is louder than the actual music on the television...... so this can be off putting. But like i said i have still to finish this career so it might grow on me.
The guitar career challenged me quite abit. I dont seem to be able to move my fingers quite fast enough or atleast in rythm. I still had great fun playing through with the guitar. I found the instrument itself to be of a better quality than the one i had for Guitar Hero 1 and 2. There were some fantastic oppertunities to play throughthe songs i use to hear my dad playing on his stereo when i was younger as well as the more recent songs from big artists.
I have played through using the microphone from start to finish i found this to be very enjoyable if you like a sing song every so often. It gets addictive and you keep telling yourself i will turn it off after this song.....but it never seems to happen and you carry on and on until before you know it you have finished the career of a singer. There is some great songs to sing along too but then there are some what i wouldnt have personally put on the game because there not really singing there just talking.
Its a great set up and i think its nicely priced for what you get. Some great songs to be played. And its a must if your a big music fan and gamer.
This game took the world by storm and it is easy to see why.
It had a big variation of music and gave families something that they could all have fun with. I believe that variation is something that is needed in a computer game to make it fun and this had loads of variation which means it was tonnes of fun!
It is questionable whether the guitar was worse than the guitar hero one or whether the drums were right but you honestly could not fault this game. Admitedly i did find the Rockband guitar hard to use after using the guitar hero one but if it bothers you that much you can actually use the guitar hero controller on rockband!
It is fun, entertaining and most of all time consuming (if you want it to be). It takes quite a while to get used to playing this game and once you have mastered one difficulty all you have to do is raise it up to the next level and it is as if you are playing a completely different game.
This game has embraced all the key features of being a rock band without making it too much like you are actually playing the instrument. This gave the game an edge i felt as they did not want to make people feel as if they were actually playing an instument and therefore making it much easier to play.
Overall this game is extremely well designed and is revolutoionary for the gaming industry. I feel that Rockband 2 will be brilliant and cannot wait for the release.
I would like to begin this review by stating that if you are still on the fence between getting Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band, I cannot stress enough that you should go for the latter. Everything about Rock Band, from the overall presentation of the game to the minor details incorporated into the gameplay itself just seems to be superior.
It is of course a matter of opinion, but having spent a considerable amount of time with both games, I have to state that personally after playing Rock Band it feels like taking a step backward to return to the Guitar Hero series.
As for the Rock Band instruments themselves, they are of reasonable quality - I have had the gear for a few months now and nothing has broken so far (fingers crossed), although there are varied reports on the internet of broken kick pedals and so on, so make of that what you will.
However, the responsiveness and general feel of the instruments are second to none, and being a musician myself I can confirm that the feeling of playing these instruments is very close to that of the real thing.
Now if only they would do something about the banging noise of those drums...
There are two questions you need to ask yourself if you are thinking about buying this game. First, do you want to spend a lot of money on an Xbox game. Second, rock band or guitar hero? In this review I will give my own experiences.
Answering the first question to begin with, from my experience it is definitely worth paying the hefty money for one of these music games. I think rock band is around £100 which is more than double the price of normal games, however I have personally played this more than twice the amount that I would play a normal game. One of the really great things about this game is that you can have up to four people playing which makes it really sociable.
Answering the second question, I would personally go for guitar hero. From my experience there is not a lot between them, but the swaying point for me is the drums. Unfortunately on rock band the drums are much more plasticy than the guitar hero ones and accordingly they don't sound anywhere near as good.
However this is definitely still a good shout and if its going very cheap it is worth buying.
Rock band compared to its other leading brand is very much the runner up in my opinion. Dont get me wrong there are alot of diferent tracks which i like playing that should have made it on the other branded game but apart from that i just feels wrong lol. From the cheaply made guitars that feel as if they'll break with every strum and button press to the drum kit with out standard cymbal atattchments and uncomfortable playing stance. If i was going to buy one allover again it would be the other brands band collection and id buy rock band 1 and 2 on their own (second hand of course) so i have decided to rate this as 2 stars out of 5 because the games ok and then band atattchments are not very good at the moment but all could change lets wait and see!!
Worth having alook at the game only!
Yes! It's true, Rock Band ACTUALLY changed my life... from a gaming perspective anyway lol. I hated the XBox so much before my other half bought this game. Typical girl gamer really - I like platformers and puzzle games (and I suck at those too), and like every other girl I know, I find it so tedious watching first person shooters (CoD, Gears etc) - it's just the same thing over and over again!
Rock Band however made me enjoy playing games again. I'm into music any way and naturally had an interest in playing. I've given everything a go and love every bit of it!
The game itself does what it says on the tin (case..) - It's a game where you're part of a rock band. You can create your own bands for you and your friends or choose to have a solo career. There is the option of working through the career where you play the gigs and earn the money and unlock the new songs but for the more impatient gamer you can always just buy some XBox points and head to the online store and download the songs you want to play.
The game comprises of 4 instruments - vocals (mic provided), guitar, bass, and drums. And each instrument has 4 difficulty settings - easy, medium, hard, expert. There's not an awful lot to say about the difficulty settings really!
The music is rock music and there are some more popular songs available but they're still on the "rock" end of the scale. There are so many bands available to download and play, our most played tend to be the heavy metal - metallica, megadeth, dream theatre but there is such a great variety from the 1970s right through to today.
All of it. It's a nice change for everyone to get involved and have some fun. I think first person shooters and the like tend to take themselves far too seriously and it's kind of difficult to do that when you're getting booed off the stage for being rubbish not only by the game but by your friends and family too!
The guitar is also such a vast improvement on the one from Guitar Hero! The fret buttons are larger and placed right next to each other so it's a lot easier to moved your fingers around - it's a much better simulation of playing the guitar. The strum bar now springs back instead of clicking, which I found INCREDIBLEY annoying about the last game! Additional to the Rock Band guitar is the bottom fret board which can be used throughout regular play if you find it easier but was mainly adapted for guitar solos in which you don't have to strum if you use it - I can't get the hang of it though.
*Also, you can use the drums on Guitar Hero world tour and not the guitar, but you can use the old Guitar Hero guitars on Rock Band? Strange...
NOT SO BEST BITS
The drums aren't as durable as you'd like them to be. The red drum is used an awful lot especially in the faster metal songs, and especially on expert and as a consequence of my boyfriends regular beatings it's starting to rattle a little and we're a little worried he may hammer it off one day! The other durability is with the footpedal - in our experience this wasn't really to do with the amount of play as it broke fairly early on but it was only the plastic that snapped and has easily been fixed with large amounts of duct tape :D
*Oh and get some noise pads for the drums, trust me your ears will really appreciate it. You can get these from most retailers like game/gamestation/hmv or ebay for about a tenner. Maybe less?
I'm also not overly fond of the difficulty for vocalists. I understand that they had to adjust the difficulty somehow, and perhaps I'm just being picky, but I don't go on hard on vocals simply because it basically expects you to sing the song tone for tone and pitch for pitch. There's no room for individual harmonies, or to choose which harmony you sing so you have to go with the one they have chosen for you to follow... and it's not always that easy to figure out which one that is!! (I think I am being too picky...)
I would suggest buying this brand new. The first thing I do when I want to buy something is go to EBay but with something like this there's no telling how much wear and tear a product has suffered. The guitar isn't so much a problem I'll do a quick price comparison now across argos, amazon and gamestation (NB: This is an online check and I know from working there that the Gamestation prices can sometimes be cheaper online than in the shop so don't harass the staff if it's different it's not their fault!!)
Rock Band, Band in a Box (all instruments included) - £97.89
Rock Band, Band in a Box (NEW) - £89.99
(USED AND NEW) from - £69.99
Rock Band, Band in a Box - £89.99
PREOWNED - £54.99 (althought currently out of stock)
Prices Correct at 23:14 on 16/05/2009
It's worth mentioning that Rock Band 2 is probably the better game as there is much more available for download and much better tracks on the game itself but I wanted to write the review for Rock Band as it is the original and it's AWESOME!!!!
I have been really impressed with this game.The band in a box comes with a guitar , drums and a microphone. All of which are really good quality and look pretty decent as well.The game itself is very easy to pick up.Over the space of the past 2 weeks everyone how has came to my house has been dying to try it out.The drums have undoubtably been the most popular,howver the singing is making a stong come back.The songs on the game are very good they vary and cover such bands as bon jovi, nirvana, the who and even rocky classsic the eye of the tiger. As you play the game and impove your skill you will unlock more songs however if your in a rush you can also go online and download and wide and very good selection of songs.There are new songs added every week so this is a game that in therory never gets old.
The drums have also have a clever practice mode along with a mode where you can just trash away to your own music.All in all a great game and one that will prove very porpular with friends and families at parties.
This has to be my favourite multiplayer game of all time. Its great fun when you have a group of friends round and a few beers.
I have to agree that the price tag is steep for the instrument pack and the game but I'm sure after 15 minutes playing the drum kit the price you just paid will be far from your mind. The choice of songs available to play through are in my opinion exceptional with a mixture of rock, metal etc and you have the choice of either playing drums, vocals, guitar or bass.
The major drawback though is the drums are rather loud and if you live in a block of flats or you have moody neighbours be prepared for the occasional complaint.
I would recommend purchasing this game along with rockband 2 (recently released) for a great game to play with friends, however on you own its good fun but not a patch on the multiplayer.
I would give this game 5/5
Note: This review is of the instruments available with the 'band in a box' version of the game, the game itself is reviewed under 'Rock Band'
--- Drums ---
A nice set up if not feeling slightly cheaply built the drums comprise of 4 coloured pads (red, blue, yellow and green) with a drum stick holder at the top of the pad section (2 drumsticks included). Additionally a kick drum is represented by a foot pedal that can be moved for left or right foot preference (or swap when you leg hurts?).
On a personal level the drums were not my cup of tea at first really as the foot pedal confused me and i couldn't get my head around how to hold the sticks properly etc. However when on my own i got into it and the sensitivity is fairly good but needs a good hit at times to get the note to recognise.
The general look is similar to that of a drum set in a basic form but without symbols (an add-on available for Rock Band 2). The stylish metal support poles look nice and the entire set can be collapsed fairly well (fits under my bed). Additionally the drum pads can be customised with skins available from eBay or Amazon to really make the instrument personal to you.
The drum pedal itself is not designed well I must add though as two of my friends have managed to break theirs simply by playing as normal, the plastic pedal wears quickly and so investing in a metal one (available on eBay) may be worth it in the long run.
--- Guitar/Bass ---
The guitar feels particularly good to hold with a nice weight and adjustable strap (can be adjusted for lefty players) with 5 buttons at the top of the guitar for notes (red, yellow, blue, green and orange). The guitar also has the same 5 notes right at the bottom as smaller versions for children or people with small hands.
To build up energy in the game you can use the whammy bar (a metal rod that can be moved up and down and pushed in and out) on long notes to customise the sound of the note (various options adjustable include 'Echo' sound) and gain extra points.
The look of the actual guitar is fairly well thought out with an off white head with a black and white body that can be customised with new face plates for the guitar (Amazon or eBay).
--- Mic ---
A good feel to this, good weight and a metal grid on top makes it feel nice in your hand. A very simple black design with the Rock Band logo on it completes the vocal experience.
Please note that you can use an Xbox headset for vocals as well so you can do guitar and vocals or drums and vocals at the same time.
--- Overall Good ---
Great, well thought out instruments that can be adjusted for different users for comfort.
--- Overall Bad ---
The biggest bug bear is that none of the instruments are wireless due to licensing problems with Microsoft. This does result in a lot of cables trailing across the floor but once set up I don't see it as too big an issue really as you'll be unlikely to move for the rest of the night anyway due to the games obsessiveness.
--- Price ---
£97ish brand new from Amazon
second hand from CeX.co.uk...
Full Kit - £75
Drum Kit - £30
Guitar/bass - £25
Mic - £10
--- Summary ---
On occasions the instruments do feel a bit cheaply made, such as the drum pedal that break fairly easily, but overall they are nice to hold and customisable. The amount of wires trailing across the floor can be a bit annoying but doesn't distract from the enjoyment you'll have holding something that's as close to a guitar as some of the musically-challenged (namely me) amongst us will get.
At first I was a little skeptical. Having not played any of these guitar involved games before and having no experience with a real life guitar, I could have seen myself getting into alot of trouble. I was, however, wrong. The games ability to slowly ease you in, depedant on you being a novie of course, is fantastic. The easy mode uses just the three top notes, allowing you to improve timing and the ability to correctly use the strum bar. The medium mode can also be quite chalenging with its use of the top 4 frets. In medium, you will find yourself having to use alot of power cord, thus furthering your ability to steb up your "Herioc" skills. Hard and expert are not for the faint of hearted I must warn you! They will most certainly chalenge your quick fret skills. If I were to give any critisism of this game (but there aren't many) is once you've been through all the songs, you find yourself delving into your pocket for microsoft points to then buy your favourite songs. These songs in my opinion are over priced, but are still incredibly fun!
If you're a fan of rock, Rockband will most definately rock your socks!
This game allows those who are as musically untalented as me to actually feel cool while holding a guitar. First things first, the hardware for the game is great. The drums are easy to get use to and can be adjusted for all manner of people. The microphone can pick up the sound well, looks realistic and has a good long cable for so you can strut your rock stuff all around the room. The guitar provided in the "Band in a Box" isn't as good as previous pieces of hardware produced for Guitar Heroes 2 and 3 for the Xbox. The fret buttons are harder to keep your fingers in place upon, the strumming part of the guitar isn't ideal and the star power is almost impossible to activate. I myself use the guitar provided in Guitar Hero 2 for the Xbox which can be picked up pretty cheaply now. The "Band in a Box" is a must have though, as we all know bands are way more fun than being a solo artist.
The first time i saw rock band being played i thought 'this is going to be easy' as i am a guitar player anyway. How wrong could i be. But in saying that it was one of the best games i have ever played. Gone are the days of crap pixilated games and my mother shouting at me to turn my amp down. This game lets you pretend to be that rock star that we all dream about. This is game is a dealter on your own but when you've got your best mates round or your nan and your playing away to some cracking tunes it'll have you playing well into the night. And on the plus side if you start rocking while playing you'll be sure to loose weight quicker than the wii fit haha, now that is a bold statement. All in all Rock band is a wicked game to play! And should be played by everyone!
Ignoring the price tag, and the newly released "rock band 2" for a minute, let's go through what this package has to offer.
Rock Band was the first musical game of its kind to properly hit the scene and kick up a fuss as a "full band" hands-on game. Allowing 4 players to simultaneously play the game with a different instrument.
The Bundle will equip you with a Guitar, the full Drum Kit and a Microphone, unfortunately the game and a second guitar is not included in this package, which makes the price tag a little worse.
the actual game is amazing fun, without countless numbers of songs available to play on various settings and over a range of 4 instruments, it has so much content to go through, it will have yu playing for ages. Extra tracks are constantly being released for download at an extra cost.
Several exclusive gameplay mode's include a world tour, multiplayer tours, practice modes and online gameplay, as well as the general single-player modes.
There are hundreds of playlist's and locations to test your skills at on the world tour and the entire band characters and instruments are very customizable.
Although the Drums are a little noisy, and in early stages a lot of people had problems with them (not being very touch-sensitive and breaking)
A great game that i would recommend viewing before buying, but having to spend extra for another guitar and the game isn't a nice extra.