Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero

August 13, 2009
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Many Guitar Hero fans might dismiss Rock Band as a knock-off, but that is a mistake: Rock Band is as much fun as the mega installment. Even if you don't like Guitar Hero, even if you're not a video game buff, you will love the opportunities offered in Rock Band. If bass and guitar are too difficult for you, you can be the band's lead singer, which is easy as long as you stay on-pitch. (You don't have to actually be a good singer to lead your band to a passing grade). If you've mastered the bass and guitar and you're looking for a challenge, try the drums. They take a lot of practice and concentration, but if you take the time to master them, you'll really wow your friends. You can play with a group or on your own, and even if you play with friends, each player can choose his or her own level of difficulty (Easy, Medium, Hard, or Expert). If you do not play well enough, you will fail out of the song and your instrument will be muted from the audio mix. However, you can activate your Overdrive to bring your failed partner back into the mix, "saving" a player, which can prevent your band from failing the song if you save the player before the Band Meter hits the bottom.

The game offers 58 core songs as well as over 600 downloadable songs. Unlike the Guitar Hero games, which have complete lists of predetermined songs, players can complete unique sets of activities at each venue. You can have single songs, multiple song sets, "make your own" setlists, and mystery setlists. A band can also choose to perform in a "benefit concert" which earns no in-game money but more fans, or "sell-out" which earns more in-game money but loses fans. You can also compete for a recording deal with a record label. Individual players can also compete against each other in a "Tug of War" much like Guitar Hero's "Face-Off."

My only beef with Rock Band is the choice of core songs. Rock Band focuses more on bands that were big in the late 80s and 90s rather than the more classic choices offered in Guitar Hero.

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thisguy said...
Feb. 24, 2012 at 11:37 am
i personally like guitar hero a lot better and rockband is more of a knock-off of guitar hero.
Santa said...
Dec. 20, 2011 at 9:55 am
i like rock band cuz u use all types of instryments
KayVee said...
Nov. 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm
it's very true that both games have copied each other at some point. Rock Back came our after Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero copied the band instruments and downloadable content, Rock Band copies some Guitar Hero songs. But overall, I enjoy Guitar Hero a lot better. I'm not going to argue about how.. OH MY GOD IT'S SO MUCH BETTER ROCK BAND SUCKS LOLLLL, but I will say that Guitar Hero focuses a lot more on actual instrumental songs, like what you're actually playing. I've noticed Rock Band usually has... (more »)
Youallfail replied...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 10:43 am
I agree, Rock Band did copy Guitar Hero. I like Guitar Hero much more, I enjoy the songs, and I like the guitars better. Rock Band had a good idea, but I'll stick with Guitar Hero.
14acreec said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 10:03 am
i would rather play for real like i do in a band
Gamerman said...
Jul. 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Rockband is the best guitar hero copied the band thing
Nuclearnerd said...
Jun. 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm
I just think guitar hero and rock band are kind of silly. Why Pretend to play instruments when you can learn to play gutar or the drums or something. No offense to anyone who likes it. Just my personal opinion.
eddsworldrocks said...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm
hi Guitar hero is way better. Another nap attack then
Dusing said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 2:00 pm
GUITAR HERO IS THE BEST!!!! i don't know what your thiking
Preston Enis said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 12:35 pm
I like rock band alot more because of the drums, mics and the songs.
Darkwolf_of_the_Pit said...
Oct. 1, 2009 at 9:41 am
Good review. You may have wanted to include a bit more detail about guitar hero though.
resilva This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm
thanks for the tips, appreciate it!
JAXONC This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm
Agreed. It was a good review, although considering it was a 'V.S' article, she included more facts about Rockband, because it was his/her preferred game. (To; Darkwolf_of_the_Pit)
Flogo718 replied...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 10:49 am
yeah, I agree. V.S suggests that it is focused on both subjects not just the one.
ur mom said...
Sept. 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm
Great review but Guitar Hero offers almost all of that stuff and i think the drums on World Tour are better. But, i think that Rock Band is better for band career.
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