Let There Be Rock!
Dec 2, 2008
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Great song choice, fun, creative, and is great no matter what your ability might be.
Cons:It is very addictive and resembles nothing to the actual guitar or drums.
The Bottom Line: This is a great game for the whole family, it will include everyone no matter what the age, or the level of ability.
Rock Band is a music video game that was developed by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonix_Music_Systems, published by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTV, and distributed by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Arts. Rock Band allows players to perform in a virtual band by providing up to four players with the ability to play three different peripherals modeled after music instruments like a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guitar which allows you to choose between lead guitar or bass guitar, drums, and a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microphone. These instruments (equipment) are used to simulate the playing of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_music by hitting scrolling colored notes on-screen which match to the colored notes on all the instruments. Players with the Xbox 360 version can interact through both online and offline multiplayer capabilities. The game comes with 58 default songs, but with this Xbox 360 version you can also download songs off of Xbox live, (internet) straight to your game. This game is an extremely fun game with different instruments, levels of difficulty, and even being able to start a band and create your own characters!
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There are a total of three instruments included with the purchase of the game, and it consists of one guitar, one drum set, and a microphone. All instruments plug into an adapter that is plugged into the Xbox
The guitar is a plastic version of a real guitar which comes in one default style which 5 color-coded buttons on the neck of the guitar which you press with your fingers to match the color-coded scrolling signs on the screen (other styled guitars can be purchased individually). Then to strum, there is a revolving bar on the lower part of the guitar that you must strum every time you hit a colored note. The game also provides you with stickers so you can personalize and create your own styled rock guitar!
The microphone is just a standard microphone. It comes in black with your typical gray or silver speaker on top. To play, the original words to the song of your choice are displayed on top of the screen. The words are matched up with the rhythm, beat and pitch that you must match your voice too in order to score extreme points!
The drums are a stand with four color-coded pads on top and a pedal on the bottom for the bass. There are two drum sticks included with the game, but a stool or chair for the drummer is not included with your purchase. In order to rock out like Tommy Lee you must match the color-coded bars on the scrolling screen to the color-coded pads which are located on your drums. Also, the bass pedal does not have a color to recognize it like the pads do, so it is displayed on the TV screen as a yellow bar instead.
Starting a Band
Once you and your friends get better, it's now time to start a band! Your band can consist of characters you can create and personalize, and once you find a name worthy of your skill for your band, then you're ready to rock the WORLD! When you first start your band you will play at a couple of gigs, and then once you start gaining fans and money you'll then move on to bigger and better gigs. If your liked, then you'll be paid for your performance, but if your do a bad job, you'll either have to abandoned the gig and lose fans, or keep trying until you pass the song.
Like stated before, in the game you are able to create and personalize any sort a character you desire, whether you want to create yourself, a friend, or even a famous person. You are able to change face types, eye color, hair color, clothing, and accessories. Also you can change height, weight, skin tone, and even body art and piercings of the character you choose. With all the extra cash you'll be earning from amazing the crowds, you'll then be able to buy more clothes, accessories, or to do anything you wish with your money.
Levels of Difficulty
To make the game something for the entire family to do, there are four different levels of difficulty for all the instruments to match anyone's ability. Since there are different instruments, then the levels of difficulty vary.
For the guitar, easy is the first level. This in my opinion is a level any beginner should start on. This level consists of using only three out of the five color-coded buttons that are located on the guitar. It's a slow easy level that gives all beginners a taste of what the games is like. Next comes the second level which is medium. Medium now adds one more button to use, so you're now using four out of the five color-coded buttons. It is a little bit more of a difficult level that prepares you for the next level. Hard is the third level, which now uses all five of the color-coded buttons. This is a much faster and much more difficult level compared to medium. Finally the forth level wh0ich is Expert. This is the hardest level that you can get to and it it's extremely fast and hard. It uses all five color-coded buttons, but also puts a twist on the difficult by adding combinations of colors into the mix.
For the drums there are only three difficulty levels, easy, medium, and expert. Just like explained above, the levels gradually get harder, but instead of just adding more buttons and combinations, you also have to add the bass pedal. The drums are a much harder concept to adjust to, rather than the guitar. It's much harder and faster to comprehend if you're not use to it.
The microphone is the final instrument, and consist of the same three levels as the drums; easy medium, and hard. This type of instruments, allows you to actually sings into the microphone, but instead of matching color-coded buttons like the guitar and drum set, you are match the words to the song, and your rhythm and pitch to what's shown to you on the screen.
What I thought
I thought this was a very fun and very creative game. If you're anything like my family that's close and loves to have fun together then you'll love Rock Band. The difficulty variation is wonderful and makes it so anyone is able to play to their ability. When my family and I get together Rock Band is a huge event for us. It allows us to all be together and challenge each other with our skill. I've played this at home, at friends house and even school. The first time I played the game was at my neighbors house and we spent all day creating a band and trying to get better, but just like anything else there are always pros and cons. The downfall to this game is that kids get addicted, and it resembles nothing to the actual guitar, or drums. This is awesome game and loads of fun. Everyone will enjoy this game and you'll enjoy it for hours of endless fun.
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