Excerpt: Fundamentally, the rhythm genre hasn’t changed much since its inception. From the earliest days of the genre, to its evolution in Japan with Konami’s “Bemani” games, like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Freaks, to the eventual stateside success of Harmonix with Guitar Hero, there hasn’t been much evolution, just iteration.
Excerpt: There's a New Stop On the Rock Band Tour, But Is This One a Game-Changer? At one point in time the music/rhythm genre of gaming was a fancy way of grouping a handful of games in with the Dance Dance Revolution series. Guitar Hero and it's plastic toy controller turned the genre on it's head and gave it new life. Years after Harmonix created Guitar Hero they one-upped their own formula and created a whole rock band experience in a game aptly named Rock Band.
Conclusion: Rock Band 3’s experience is contingent on how much you are willing to invest into the title. While you can certainly enjoy the experience sticking with the plastic guitars, venturing into the realm of real music playing via the Pro Guitar and Keyboard accessories will add to the overall experience and make you simply not want to put your instruments down.
Excerpt: I’ll admit it outright, I’m a Rock Band geek. I never thought I would be one to spend money almost monthly to get more songs to play in a video game, but here I am with a substantial library of Rock Band songs to play. Rock Band 2 was a great update to the game, and everyone knew that Rock Band 3 needed to elevate things somehow.
Excerpt: The NHL franchise from EA is what I would call a sports game anomaly; those who have never watched the game or even like it still seem to rate the games. Like myself, I have never even seen the sport; the closest I got to an ice rink was just before the local one closed down in the 90′s.
Conclusion: Rock Band fully deserves the unreserved acclaim that it was met with in America six months ago. It’s a superb game that captures music making in a way that nothing has before. However, things have changed since then. New competitors will be on the scene very soon indeed, and we expect many people will feel it’s worth waiting just that bit longer to see how they turn out - and how they’re going to be priced - before handing over £180.
Summary: How do you follow the greatest band in the world? After the titanic success of Beatles Rock Band, that was the question facing Harmonix, the creators of the Rock Band franchise. Not all bands, obviously, are as famous or ubiquitous, as the Fab Four, whose songs are well-known even to those who have an active hate of all things Johnpaulgeorgeringo, but it’s interesting to note that Harmonix hasn’t plumped for a mega-band, a U2 or Coldplay or a Foo Fighters, for their next...