Rhythm Games (Guitar Hero, Rock Band, etc.)
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I've been toying with the idea of purchasing Rock Band. But I only have a PS2 (and not enough money to upgrade) so no downloadable songs for me.
I have Guitar Hero III and enjoy it but adding drums seem so much more exciting.
But the real highlight of Rock Band for me is the multiplayer. It's great for party play. You won't have the option for online play on the PS2, so I think it'd be helpful if you have some local friends who'd like to play with you.
it would definitely be better if you have local friends who would play with you because you have 100 times more fun when you have 3 other people making a full band with you.
btw, they are releasing a track pack disc for $30 for ps2 that includes 30 songs
Luckily, I live with my sister so I pretty much always have at least one other friend to join me and at least a couple of my other friends enjoy the game (but don't own it.)
Aside from the drums (I was a percussionist in high school, though I never played trap) the biggest appeal for me is the music. Guitar Hero is fun but the majority of the music isn't to my taste. I don't listen to much classic rock. I'm more of an alternative-indie type person and Rock Band seems to be much more friendly towards alternative music.
I'm also very keen to get Rock Band, if it's ever released here in Aus.
I'm loving even my limited PS2 Rock Band. Makes me wish I had a current system to download content.
I won't let my bf get anymore DLC until we're done with the Band World Tour. It's annoying to pick a mystery setlist on Expert and have it randomly select a song I've never heard before.
My problem with music games, especially those with vocals, is that I have a tendency to improvise and interpret (probably due to my music background) than strictly playing what I'm given.
But, I do love them.
By "Guitar Hero", do you mean Guitar Hero III (or one of the variants) or Guitar Hero: World Tour (which is due for release very soon.)
Both GH:WT and Rock Band allow players to use guitars, drums and a microphone to simulate a whole band. Rock Band has been doing this for a while (Rock Band 2 is available in the US), while it's a new feature in the Guitar Hero series. However the instruments for GH:WT look pretty good, and they have a reasonable pedigree from their previous versions.
GH:WT and Rock Band 2 are supposed to have full instrument compatibility on the PS3 and Xbox 360, so as long as you have a set of instruments you can buy the other one as a standalone game and have them both. In that case it probably comes down to the set list:
Rock Band 2 set list
Guitar Hero: World Tour set list
Rock Band 1 set list (importable into Rock Band 2, but maybe only on the XBox 360 version?)
The PS3, XBox 360 and Wii versions will all support downloadable songs, as far as I know. I'm not sure if this is available on the PS2 - a PS2 doesn't have a harddrive, and the last time I looked at it their online functionality was.. limited, to say the least.
I haven't played either of the games, because Rock Band hasn't been released in Australia yet. In fact, an official release date for Rock Band 1 was only announced after confirmation of the release date for GH:WT in Australia. I've ordered GH:WT mostly because I think the instruments look better, but partly because I'm annoyed at how Harmonix/EA have treated us over the whole Rock Band thing.
I am crazy excited about getting my hands on GH:WT - but Rock Band is also a very popular game. As long as the instrument compatibility works out I'll eventually be able to have them all if I want to.
Thanks for all that info!
He's been playing GH3: Legends of Rock at the library, so I know he'll be happy with that, but I didn't know of the impending release of World Tour. Off to investigate...
I also found this guitar compatibility chart which lists which controllers are compatible with which games - but only on the same system. It's also a little out of date, and doesn't mention RB2, GH:Aerosmith (which I'd assume is the same as GH3 for these purposes) or GH:WT.
Also, if you really have to have the most awesome guitar when you're jamming with your mates, Logitech are releasing their own (gorgeous) third-party guitar controller - for USD$250.