Summary: If you’re a seriously die-hard music fan and you absolutely must play this game, try borrowing it from someone who was crazy enough to spend $50 and buy it. If you can’t find anyone to let you play the game for free and you really can’t live without checking it out, rent it. I doubt anyone will find many good things to say about this game.
Pros: -Wiimote controls make the game feel somewhat fresh., -Extremely easy difficulty could be a good thing for small children.
Cons: -Graphical design is terrible and plain., -Music entirely consists of terrible covers that breach into genres they shouldn’t., -Difficulty will drive most people nuts; far too easy for most gamers., -Only 30 songs to choose from, compared to the average of 50-70 for most games., -Characters are far too cliche to be cool or appealing., -The gameplay follows the mindset of “Wave the Wiimote around like a maniac”.
Excerpt: Hoping to tap into the success of music games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero, THQ has cooked up its own take on the rhythm genre with Battle of the Bands for Wii. Swinging the Wii remote to the beat, players choose their favorite musical styles and use instruments equipped with machine-guns and flame throwers to take down the competition. It isn't the greatest concept in the world, but how bad can it be?
Conclusion: Battle of the Bands è un enorme buco nell’acqua. Grafica, sonoro, controlli, innovazione: tutto ridotto ai minimi termini. La modalità multiplayer non aggiunge nulla di nuovo all’esperienza di gioco. L’idea che sta alla base del prodotto THQ non è malvagia. Suonare con diversi stili alcune famose canzoni del passato è interessante, peccato che la realizzazione finale sia deludente in tutto e per tutto.