Rock Band

14Jul07

I recently (finally) purchased a second guitar for Guitar Hero II and have been having a blast playing the sometimes overlooked cooperative mode. This got me thinking about the upcoming EA/MTV/Harmonix venture Rock Band, so I decided to check it out a little more.

Rock Band Screenshot

This game looks amazing. If you don’t know what Rock Band is, think Guitar Hero + Drum Mania + Karaoke Revolution. You don’t need four people to play, and I plan to mostly bypass the singing part of the game, but the drumming alone gets me excited for it.

The drum accessory that comes with the game can apparently take quite a beating, and Harmonix claims that unlike with Guitar Hero, if you can play Rock Band’s drums on Expert difficulty, you can play the drums in real life. Judging by the videos on YouTube, I don’t doubt that claim. They’ve even revamped the guitar accessory to include small fret buttons near the body of the guitar for solo sections where you don’t have to strum. That’s not to say that you can’t use your old Guitar Hero Axes though.

Excited? I haven’t even touched on the announced set list yet, which is what gets me more pumped than anything. I know almost all the songs they’ve revealed, and I can’t wait to drum to them. Here’s the list:

  • “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Öyster Cult
  • “Enter Sandman” – Metallica
  • “Go with the Flow” – Queens of the Stone Age
  • “In Bloom” – Nirvana
  • “Learn To Fly” – Foo Fighters
  • “Main Offender” – The Hives
  • “Mississippi Queen” – Mountain
  • “Paranoid” – Black Sabbath
  • “Reptilia” – The Strokes
  • “Rockaway Beach” – The Ramones
  • “Say It Ain’t So” – Weezer
  • “Suffragette City” – David Bowie
  • “Tom Sawyer” – Rush
  • “Vasoline” – Stone Temple Pilots
  • “Wanted Dead or Alive” – Bon Jovi
  • “Won’t Get Fooled Again” – The Who

Can’t wait ’til November for a Guitar Hero related fix? Don’t forget that Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s drops in ten days.

EDIT: Joystiq just put up their first hands-on with Rock Band.

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3 Responses to “Rock Band”

  1. 1 heather

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thats it.
    I’m quitting school and living in your basement.
    (cause i assume we *ahem*cooler people who are Sony fans dont get to enjoy this too???)

  2. 2 andrewprocter

    It’s coming out for PS3 and 360. But 360 owners don’t get Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s. I think we get the songs via download though…

  3. 3 Ali

    We are gonna have alot of fun with rock band:)


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