I didn't want to like it.... really, I didn't. The question is how much do I like it?
- The box is huge. The drums are height adjustable which is probably the only way to save some space unless you want to take them apart and reassemble every time.
- Lay down some tape in your living room? Power for usb box, plus wires for 4 controllers make a big pile of snakes on the floor. Imagine if everything was wireless.
- Definately cool -right from the opening sequence. Nice to see MTV behind something with a guitar because all I can think of is real world and hip hop.
- Customize out the wazoo - and you don't have to buy everything - you can win stuff too! Right down to the rings on your fingers - think make a wrestler + forza graphics.
- Set list I'm not sure of yet. Most songs are slow and moody and there needs to be more female vocals for this household. Wanted Dead or Alive and Reaper are a blast.
- It does seem easy, but it's not about only YOUR skill level.
- How many can play drums late at night or start wailing while the kids are sleeping?
-Big Rock Ending is fun, but will get old really soon. If its just a button mash for notes vs. something for expression.
- Drums are a lot of work - but fun. Start out slowly and figure out how to play the kick properly or your leg will fall off by the first chorus.
-Fender has great look with low profile buttons. It can be easier to lose your finger position at first. Using the solo buttons seems to throw me off and cause more trouble than they are worth, but they are smaller so maybe some of those trills will be easier.
- Hammer-on and pull-off notes are half-sized rectangles and notes can be tricky to make out in a run.
- Still not sure what is going on with star power (err, overdrive) and how and when it works.
- whammy is very springy and rests a little farther from the face of the guitar. I prefer them closer so you can push it in and out with pinky or second last finger.
- Strum bar is wider with more of a ridge to grab between your fingers and it is SO QUIET. One of the benefits of cranking up the headphones is to drown out the clicking on the GH controllers. Fender comes in two pieces but the second piece is short, not like the 1/2 and 1/2 Gibson which can be packed away a little easier.
-No encores? Gimmicky, yes but fun. - like achievements.
- The RockBand mic can be slapped to play percussive elements like tambourine or ... more cowbell.
So we're looking forward to 'Brass In Pocket" and some more fun songs to play. Can RockBand do this without becoming "singstar XL?" Is that a bad thing? Can this be a party game that is a little easier to play, leaving GH series for the hardcore? Personally, I could live without MOSH 1, but I don't want only be looking for a note on every down beat, either.
No doubt, RockBand is cool - but how much fun is it?
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