Excerpt: G uitar Hero and Rock Band have become runaway successes, bringing in pot loads of money for their respective developers and bringing casual and hardcore gamers together. The hardcore ones will sit alone practicing “Through the Fire and Flames” on expert, while the casual gamers can sit with their mates and enjoy a fun night in. Both the critics and the public are in consensus, so it makes sense that other developers would try and cash in on this lucrative market.
Excerpt: Ultimate Band on the Nintendo DS is a little bit different than the Wii version. Many of the same songs are included, but the motions are limited to the touch screen. For an instrument like the drums this is fine. For guitars, the strumming is the only thing emulated. That is not a bad thing, it just does not feel like the Wii version.
Excerpt: As simple, easy-to-grasp music games go, Ultimate Band deserves a nod of appreciation. Sure, these are simplistic cover versions of pop songs, the story is juvenile, and overly easy gameplay dominates the game. But it also doesn't cost $160, and it plays on a game system nearly every family in America with small children has in their living room.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is the latest game to jump on the music game bandwagon, but unlike some others, it doesn't require guitar and drum peripherals to play. The E10+ rating refers to some very mild language such as "crap," "ass," and "hell" in lyrics. Players can deck out band members in new outfits and accessories, but they're all actually quite tame and tasteful.
Excerpt: My first exposure to Ultimate Band for the Wii was at Disney Interactive Studios Holiday Event in late 2008. A few weeks later I also had the opportunity to sit in on an interview with members of the development team from Fall Line Studios. Ultimate band presented itself as an interactive music game without the need for additional instruments which seems to be required for other such titles.
Summary: Ultimate Band is an all new music experience giving gamers and music lovers of all ages the chance to realize their dream of becoming a rock legend when they build their own band or jam alone, fueled by the power of the Wiimote and the DS stylus.
Summary: Fans of rhythm games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero usually have gaming areas that look like the backstage of a rock concert. Usually, there are multiple plastic guitars, drums and mike strewn about the area. The unique selling feature of Ultimate Band from Disney Interactive is there is no need for a room full of fake guitars and drums.
Pros: Easy for younger gamers, Quick learning curve, Easy to pick up and play, No need for fake instruments
Cons: Controllers inaccurate, Cover songs could sound better
Summary: Before you think about picking up Ultimate Band, there are two things you should know. First: there’s no need to purchase expensive plastic instruments, instead you’ll use your Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and imagination to mimic the instruments on screen. Second: although other full band rhythm games create the illusion of playing a song by tying notes to your button presses, Ultimate Band does not.
Pros: Changing the voice of the frontman is a nice touch, The drum controls almost feel like playing the drums, Charming characters and family-friendly presentation
Cons: The bass controls are too finicky, Playing as the frontman is lame and tiring, Unreliable gesture recognition, Being forced to replay songs isn't fun
Excerpt: Recently there has been a real flurry of music games hitting the shelves, and obviously some are better than others. Some also carry frightening price tags that include all the instruments required to play them… Ultimate Band is a Disney game, and does not require any peripherals. Your remote and nunchuk are the instruments, as they are in Wii Music!