There is no ending to: Rock Band

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There is no ending to: Rock Band

Rock Band is a party game. The common complaints I have heard are that the difficulty isn’t high enough, and that the guitar controller doesn’t ‘click.’ These complaints seem to come mostly from people who like Guitar Hero. Both of these complaints are true: the difficulty is not as high as Guitar Hero 2, and the Guitar is harder to use on Expert Difficulty to hit quick notes. Both of these don’t matter as much as the fact the game is meant to be played with 4 people, each with a beer in hand.

Rock Band is a party game. It plays like Guitar Hero, and the drum parts are very challenging, but it is not designed to be a challenging game. As most of us know, Guitar Hero 3 is made by Neversoft (Not the original development house of GH1 and 2). Harmonix went from GH1 to GH2 to Rock Band. We all liked Guitar Hero 1. It had a good song selection and a great difficulty curve for newcomers. Guitar Hero 2, however, was not welcomed as warmly. It’s song selection was not as strong/interesting, the difficulty created with random strings of notes in the middle of songs rather than difficult/interesting chords, and the song difficulty isn’t as smooth. The xbox360 version, which launched later, has a restructured song list in an attempt to have a better difficulty curve. Some people may disagree with this assessment, but these are generally the same people who like Guitar Hero because of the challenge (practice songs repeatedly, trying to get a high score/stars) rather than because you feel like you are playing music or pretending to be a rock star. One thing I would find it hard to argue with: If Guitar Hero 2 had launched the series, it would not have been as popular.

Harmonix listened to this. Neversoft did not. Guitar Hero 3 increases the difficulty again, and incorporates more battle modes for the competitive gamer. Harmonix toned back the difficulty (somewhere between GH1 and 2 for the Guitar parts). This has been met with mixed reactions. The odd part is: those coming from Guitar Hero like the challenge, but it is the vocals and drums that provide that in Rock Band; the guitar and (especially) the bass that are easier to pick up and play.

I like Rock Band’s direction. The first thing I hear from friends is “that’s because you suck at guitar hero.” So? I’m busy beating Fallout, Bioshock, Rainbow Six Vegas, No More Heroes, watching Space: Above and Beyond, and working on this site, rather than sitting in practice mode playing sections of a song that I don’t even like. I don’t really want to play well on expert. I just want to play on the lowest difficulty I can and still progress with Band World Tour mode. I play the game for the multiplayer Band aspect, rather than score.

(I also like Rayman Raving Rabbids, Mario Party, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Chu Chu Rocket, and Super Smash Bros.)