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GameRevolver.com reviews Rock Band

For years, Guitar Hero has stood alone. The lone ranger that rules supreme over all music games to date. Never has there been a challenger that has dared step up to the plate to the super power that is the Guitar Hero series. That is, not until now.

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Syko3541d ago

The paragraph should read:

For years Harmonix has made the monster hit Guitar Hero. The lone ranger of music games that rules supreme over all music games to date. Never has there been a challenger that has dared step up to the plate to the super power that is the Guitar Hero series. That is until Activision took over and butchered the series, Now we have the TRUE successor to the Guitar Hero series, the Harmonix developed Rock Band.

I mean after all you wouldn't want to see Harmonix trying to make a skateboarding game would you??

blusoops3541d ago

9.6 overall, day one purchase for me!!

solar3541d ago

real instruments are for old people...

games4fun3541d ago

did you get 1,000,000 pnts and become a super rock star? I bet you did lol jk.

Syko3541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

LOL, It's the new age Karaoke too.

Edit-1,000,000 POINTS!! Congratulations YOU ARE [email protected]!!

That's it? God Damnit....

solar3541d ago

lol gamers, na i royally suck at guitar hero. whatever part of my brain that operates my left hand must be damaged by my abuse ive put myself thru the last 10 years. :(

my fav part has to be randy playing in his underwear. randy has some of the best episodes.

i know how much the japanese love karaokee....id love to see some horrible rock band youtube videos :)

steriotyp3541d ago

but do to over use of the system, the site has gone down. We will have it live again momentarily. Thank you for your patience.

Syko3541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

Here are a few corrections to your review:
-The Box is 21lbs.
-That picture on page 1 is from GH2,With no mention of why(If it was meant to be there)
-The part where you talk about copyright infringement with the Singstar games on PS2...You know Harmonix also made all of the Karaoke Revolution games with mics for the PS2 don't you?

-Quote "So the truth is, other than adding the drums in, that virtually work the same way as the guitar always has, Rock Band has failed to break any new ground when it comes to basic game play."

........So no mention of The Band World tour? Or how the DLC is integrated back into the single player experience? What about the endless setlist where you play the songs like a full 3 hour concert?? Or yet another omission, How bout the Create a Character mode or the intense customization options?? None of this breaks new ground! It's just GH with drums is a ridiculous statement.

-Quote "The online support is nothing terrific, there are no death matches or capture the flag"

..........WTF does that even mean?!?!(Are we playing Halo or Rock Band) You know that they have the Tug-of-War mode and Score Mode(Which you fail to mention). Plus the ability to have Drum offs online. And Guitar matches online. Hell even Wikipedia has more info than this review.

From Wikipedia: "Tug of War" (much like Guitar Hero's "Face-off," in which players trade playing sections of a song to move a meter in their favor) and "Score Duel" (much like Guitar Hero II's "Pro Face-off," in which each player plays the song in its entirety to earn points). Other multiplayer modes include "Head-to-Head Play" and "Band Quick Play." Also included in Rock Band will be "Tutorial Mode" and "Practice Mode," which will allow players to practice songs for each instrument. For players who want to experience an all-day concert atmosphere, an "Endless Setlist" mode will involve playing the entire setlist from start to finish without having the chance to back out.

-Plus after playing the Demo the Graphics are the best this genre has ever seen, while clearly not deserving of a 10 it is far superior to the freaky looking singer in Guitar Hero and the stiff 2 movement drummer. It is fluid and great looking.

All in all either you skimmed the game or only reviewed it with limited time and research on the demo version. At any rate this is the worst review I've seen and it feels phoned in to say the least.....Hell at least the site is working again that's a WIN.

Where as I feel this review is an automatic FAIL.

steriotyp3541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

Unfortunately, for this review, I am not the writer. Currently on the site, I take all of our journalists work and upload it to our site for viewing. I do agree, there is a lot that could have been added to the article, however, I do stand behind the final verdict. So, I will address each of your criticisms now.

........So no mention of The Band World tour? Or how the DLC is integrated back into the single player experience? What about the endless setlist where you play the songs like a full 3 hour concert?? Or yet another omission, How bout the Create a Character mode or the intense customization options?? None of this breaks new ground! It's just GH with drums is a ridiculous statement.

Yes you can create a character and sure you follow the world tour. For the music Genre, these are firsts, but in gaming, this is far from the truth. What Mark was trying to portray is that in terms of adding something new to the gameplay element, not much is there. GH3 allows you to battle on guitar, Rock Band lets you battle on Guitar as well as all other methods. Nice addition, but not revolutionary.

-Quote "The online support is nothing terrific, there are no death matches or capture the flag"

..........WTF does that even mean?!?!(Are we playing Halo or Rock Band) You know that they have the Tug-of-War mode(Which you fail to mention). Plus the ability to have Drum offs online. And Guitar matches online.

Online play is something that is still in infancy. To be considered truly remarkable, they need to bring something great to the show. If they had allowed for an audience to listen in. That would be new. But just playing online with friends is terrific too, hence the 10 on Game Play.

-Plus after playing the Demo the Graphics are the best this genre has ever seen, while clearly not deserving of a 10 it is far superior to the freaky looking singer in Guitar Hero and the stiff 2 movement drummer. It is fluid and great looking.

We couldn't agree more. The singer in GH3 looks like Steven Tyler had 3 too many Botox treatments. Although character animation is more refined than the GH predecessors, it does not stack up to other games of our day. No matter what the genre is, Games should strive to be pretty like CoD4, God of War ( A last gen game might we add) and others. Rock Band gets some leeway as does GH as these games do not require beauty. Heck for all most gamers care, it could just be the score board and some flashing lights. Although we admit it looks better than GH3, it is still nothing new.

Although I can not vouch directly for our writer, the score stands and Rock Band is a game to test the ages. I appreciate any critiquing you have and encourage you to post it on the articles of our site. This is the only way our staff will know what you are needing out of our site. Thanks for your reply and I hope that you will like our future reviews more than you this one.

Steriotyp
PS. The image of Guitar Hero is a mistake and thank you for catching it. I have replaced the image and really appreciate your response. Thanks again!

Syko3541d ago

Well thanks for the response, And that is well counter pointed. I think the only thing that truly pissed me off was the apparent lack of effort and the somewhat Guitar Hero fanboy bias.

I agree that he got the score right, It just felt like a cut and paste or phoned in review.

But still no mention of The Band World Tour is unforgivable.
(Bubbles + for the response though, appreciate it...I am not as pissed about it anymore. lol)