This Gameplayer article treats these two games as heavyweight fighters preparing to do battle for the World Title in this Christmas season's charts. It runs through the feature lists and includes hands-on experience with the games.
"In the blue corner we have the plucky newcomer Rock 'The Drummer' Band, led by veteran trainer Harmonix and with more signature moves than any other fighter in its class this competitor has the talent, the enthusiasm and the momentum to make a bold bid for the belt. In the red corner is the veteran Guitar 'The Riffinator' Hero, a dual world champion training under rookie Neversoft. Its experience is undeniable, its popularity unquestionable, but has this veteran got the energy and support to hold onto its prized position at the pinnacle of the music/lifestyle genre?"