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Rock Band 4 vs. Guitar Hero Live: Hands-on Showdown | VGChartz Preview

VGChartz's Jake Weston: "Music games are coming back in a big way this year, if E3 is any indication. The kings of the genre - Guitar Hero and Rock Band - are both getting new entries after a near half-decade of absence, in the form of Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4. Interestingly, both are taking a back-to-basics approach, with Guitar Hero returning to its single guitar approach and Rock Band returning to the classic guitar-vocals-bass-drums combo (no keyboard, a la Rock Band 3). I decided to check out both music games on E3’s show floor to determine which is the rhythm game to beat this year."

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mkis007822d ago

Weird that amplitude, guitar hero and rock band all happen to be coming out this year...after each of them being absent for a long time.

NukaCola821d ago

I am more excited for GH Live. I have never been a Rock Band fan but it's awesome that 4 can play all your DLC. The new Guitar Hero guitar is exciting as they are changing up the way you play and I hope that there's some technical tunes in it.

Baka-akaB821d ago (Edited 821d ago )

I will support Rock Band , i'm more interested by its "game" nature , and not looking for a pseudo-realistic fmv experience . The fmv feels rehearsed and fake , wich , well it is , and the other mode with music video feels jarring and not immersive for someone like me .

Besides RB4 will feature eventually my already purchased dlcs from RB1-3 .

Finally the new freestyle mechanics looks really fun

Dravidian821d ago

I never got "immersed" in the backgrounds of either GH or RB. Honestly aside from 1 or 2 songs (Bohemian Rhapsody) I dont pay attention to the background unless I'm not playing. I just enjoyed the gameplay of both series. So personally I'm unphased by the live action. It's just "different" to me.

I think both GHLive and RB4 are targeting different audiences and have different strengths.

GHLive will be more technical, difficult, and focused on guitar and competition. It'll have plenty of free songs via GHTV, but playing a specific song cost in-game or real money.

RB4 has a bigger library out of the game via paid dlc. If you already have RB songs it may be a better choice. There are also more diverse instruments (Drums and Mics). It seems more focused on working/playing together.

Both games have different targets and seem to perform them well. That's all that matters to me. I personally prefer what GH has to offer, but I plan on getting both games eventually because I think they'll both be good.

Skate-AK821d ago (Edited 821d ago )

Not sure if I could go back now that I have been playing Rocksmith 2014 for 6 months or so.