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Rock Band: Special Edition (Xbox 360, 2007)

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Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero

Jan 2, 2009
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Pros:Drums, Mic, and SUPERB Guitar!

Cons:Songs could definately be better but you can download some for free

The Bottom Line: Great game but songs are best downloaded, the ones it comes with are just ok...  but there are free ones to download so that's neato!


Alright guys, here's the scoop; I'm not going to go into detail about each game but rather I'm going to give you my opinion about different parts of the game that I either enjoy or dislike.  So here's my epinion:

Rock Band:

I LOVE the accent of having an entire band there is amazing!  Especially when you turn your 7.1 Surround Sound on Studio or Concert and rock it out with Two Guitars (one for Bass), the Mic, and the Drums!  The drums however do feel a bit cheap (Especially after you play Rock Band 2 - nice upgrade guys!) and I have heard of many people having to replace or rig up their kick petals and/or their actual drum tops (mainly the red and yellow ones seemingly).

The guitar that comes with Rock band compared to Guitar Hero one is superb.  In comparison there really isn't one unless you're counting the button pattern and colors.  It has a beautiful whammy bar and different modes you can switch it to (which I haven't really heard any difference when using) as well as keys on both ends of the fret so that you can feel like you're really hammering out those high notes if you really feel like it.  Also, the strumming mechanism (the fake strings) is a lot softer; it doesn't click when you push it down like the Guitar Hero guitar and it feels like you can attempt more portions of the song more fluently (mostly the parts where you have to strum a gazillion times in a row to match the songs crazy speed on the harder levels!).

Guitar Hero:

Now here is my biggest thing about the two games (other than the equipment), the songs.  The songs on Guitar Hero are far better in most cases (unless you go out and buy all the extra ones available - which I have not cause I'm a broke college kid, ha).  As far as stock goes, the Guitar Hero selection, I believe, is much better as far as Rock goes.  Rock Band has a bunch of songs from all eras but they seem to pick the B-listers and Guitar Hero spent more time picking out their selection (Maybe Rock Band wanted those songs but since they came out second they were idled to get stuck with those.. haha j/k).  Actually on all of the Guitar Hero games that I have played (minus the Aerosmith one cause I'm not a fan) the songs have been a bit more exciting as far as the song choice itself AND the way that you play the actual song on the guitar.  I can only imagine thus far how the Guitar Hero World Tour game plays with all of the instruments as well as cymbals for the drums - HOW COOL!

I actually went to the Rock Band 2 release party and was escorted by MTV out to LA - they flew me out of Detroit (but I live in a nice area an hour or so northish) and me and my girlfriend sang on stage with the new songs and such - however they did not have the nice plush drumset that they do now (I wonder if that's only for PS3... I'll have to look into that one cause that's what I played that version on and the version at the release party was on Xbox 360, which I have).  The song list was very cool and they had a lot of newer songs on there from bands like Paramore and other such newish rockers out there that hit the trend of the mainstream.

Well by this point I've seemed to ramble on quite enough, if there's anything else you would like me to comment on I'd be more than happy to, just list it in my comment section and I'll take care of it.  But for now, Guitar Hero = better songs, Rock Band = better party fun (but now the tables have turned since the release of the new Guitar Hero World Tour with the drums and mic; so Rock Band, LOOK OUT!  CAUSE I'M A HIIIIGGGHHHWAAAAY STAAAARR! 


Recommend this product? Yes


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