Still current, still fun, still expensive
Aug 30, 2008 (Updated Aug 31, 2008)
a Somewhat Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Fun, kids don't get tired of it that easily
Cons:A little expensive, you need room to store the drums
The Bottom Line: Unlike a lot of games that are released, hot, and then just fizzle into nothing, Rock Band has a good shelf life. Try to try before you buy.
With Christmas right around the corner, and *update to fix an error* this product having its share of reviews already, I figured now would be a good time for an update, from a PARENT's perspective. Many of you out there are parents, and it will be you going into your wallet for such a product for the enjoyment of your child.
Recommend this product?
For the parent who won't spend hours using this themselves, here is a review *you* may find helpful. If you are going to be the person using this game, I suggest the plethora of other reviews on this site for more helpful information. You'll find everything you need from those wonderful writers.
My son bought this for himself after Christmas last year, with his spending money. It was $169, and I was honestly surprised by the quantity of -things- that came with it. The drum kit (which comes with sticks) alone frightened me...I didn't know where we were going to store it. We keep his video system and its attachments in his room, but it's found a suitable place behind his bedroom door. The guitar is similar to that of Guitar Hero games, and the microphone is like the ones from Sing Star games.
In addition to this, you get the game. We actually had to re-buy just the CD of the game, after my husband tripped over the XBox unit while the Rock Band disc was inside, and scratched it, ruining the game. So we dropped $50 on that. Now the cost of this game was up to $219. (Granted, my son paid the lion's share out of his own money, and it was only $50 on us, but I think we can agree that in total, this wasn't cheap.)
I'm not too savvy on how the XBox Live subscription works, but my son tells me about new songs that are available through it all the time. It's nice that there's an alternate way of getting new pieces of the game without physically having to travel to the store. (The transactions by my son are overseen by my husband. XBox is a realm I stay away from when it comes to playing and buying things over it.)
I'll say that in the almost 9 months he's owned it, he hasn't lost interest in it. Friends can and do come over to play it with him, often. They make their own "band" and compete with other "bands" through the XBox Live feature.
I've heard talk of another Rock Band game coming out, but this one is solid enough to get a few years' use out of...if your kid wants one that badly, you were actually smart to wait. Unlike last year, you can now get these refurbished/secondhand from places like Gamestop.com, who will give you a warranty and a deep discount on the cost of the game.
Your whole family can play this, too. I'll admit, I've had a go at it and it was fun. I'm not coordinated enough to try the drums or guitar (the guitar can also double as a bass guitar, so it's 2 controllers in one) so I lent my voice to it and scored like a 99% on medium-level of difficulty. Not too shabby for somebody's Mom, and it was fun.
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