Will Preston

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All forthcoming Rock Band DLC incompatible with RB1/RB2

by on Nov.11, 2010, under News, That VideoGame Blog

It’s that time again! Time to trade in your old copy of Rock Band for the latest one with go faster stripes and go faster…keyboard. As of October 26, 2010, all downloadable tracks released will not be compatible with the older Rock Band games.

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One step closer to Flute Hero. A First Look at Rock Band 3

by on Oct.19, 2010, under First Look

Widescreen TV only!!!

There were two major opinions to the whole Rock Band/Guitar Hero gaming series; The ‘Gamer’ and the ‘Musician’. The ‘Gamer’ plays the plastic guitar, gets into the songs and spends time improving on his five-fret technique. However, the ‘Musician’ plays the plastic guitar, wonders why he is wasting his time on a cheap imitation of the real thing and goes back to learning Freebird in it’s entirety.

There is a middle ground to this, but you really have to question a musician who takes time out to play on a video game version. I’m a rather big fan of plank spanking a five-freter, but at the same time I learn to play the bass guitar. Those aren’t fence marks on my trousers, they’re Levi’s new Ripped Indecisive™ range.

What shocks me about Rock Band 3 isn’t the long release time since the last one, it’s the new guitar featured. Rather than keeping it at just a plastic imitation, the new model features 6 strings and plenty of frets, with the option for the game to teach you to play guitar. For real. What a fantastic idea, if buying a real guitar and learning to play that wasn’t already the logical option. Not only this, but a brand new instrument offers the exact same function.

This is looking to set you back £100

Now you can play keyboard if you fancy some tinkling over some widdling. The new keyboard is completely functional as a MIDI instrument, as well as having the option to play on a stand or strap to yourself as a ‘keytar’. Now you can be Jan Hammer and bash out some eighties ivory madness. So that’s five people playing the game together. Can your room hold that many people? Well we’re not done here yet. The backing vocals from The Beatles Rock Band is being featured as well.

That’s about seven people playing a game on one Xbox. That’s almost enough for a Slipknot tribute act.

So it could be the ultimate party game, or the ultimate waste of time. Already with a good set list and not much change to the game’s core set up, is this more than just an add on pack? I mean, the reason for the long time waiting is there is no real need to update the core game. Rock Band 2 got it perfect. And now they are attaching bells and whistles the size of Humvees at the risk of overloading the formula. Mind you, I had the same reaction when I saw them add a drum kit and microphone to the mix.

It’s out next week and I’m only buying it once I have the room the size of an amphitheatre and I need something to distract me from playing a real instrument.

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Rock Band 2

by on Jan.14, 2009, under Review, Video Games

Rock Band 2 - Box

Poncey hair not included

Hair sprayed blonde perm? Check! Tight spandex jumpsuit? Check! Grade 8 music talent? Ah, it’s only a game! Ever since the Guitar Hero series rocked the world with it’s mock rock styling’s, gamers and rock fans alike have been air guitar-ing to such an extent, that it was only a matter of time until they turned up the amps of rock experience on the series.

Rock Band 2 perfects itself as the sequel to the greatest music based party game of all. As well as being able to download songs off the internet (for a fee of course), songs from the first Rock Band can be uploaded as well. But with that said, Rock Band has a fantastic set list in its own right. With classic songs such as AC/DC’s “Let There Be Rock” and the legendary “Living On a Prayer”, you’ll be the envy (and annoyance) of your neighbours for weeks to come.

Players can take part in the new and improved “World Tour” mode, where you take your freshly created band on the road, making fans, money, and even staff, along the way.

Rock Band 2 - Party Play

Do this for too long and you'll see falling colours in your sleep!

With Rock Band being such a perfect game, there wasn’t need for many improvements in a sequel, but Rock Band 2 went further, by adding a drum trainer, an improved song select screen and “No Fail” mode; perfect for first timers/drunken friends.

Providing you pay the extra money for the complete instrument package, you have yourself the party experience of a lifetime. But as AC/DC said; “It’s a long way to the top…”

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