|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Vicarious Visions||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 3, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another grave problem for Band Hero on DS is there is essentially only one mode of play. After creating and customizing your four band members, you'll have the option to Play or take on Fan Requests. You remember Fan Requests from the latest editions of On Tour, don't you? If not, these are side challenges that test your skill by having you best specific criteria. Disappointingly, most players will never get to try their hand or voice at the Fan Requests because they are only unlocked by connecting to Band Hero for Wii - that's inexcusable.
Being able to access major game functionality only by buying yet another game is shameful. Fortunately, playing the game through Play mode is what most players will pick up the title for anyway, and it is a good bit of fun. However, other than a few asinine mini-games such as crowd surfing and hand slapping, all you'll be doing is playing through songs with no real advancement or reward other than a few unlockables. Why a fully-fledged career mode wasn't included is beyond me? The best part of Play mode is that you can hook up with friends in Co-op, or challenge a buddy in Versus.
Band Hero was a great idea that suffers from dismal execution. Multiple poor design choices have led to a game that is utterly flawed. While there is still a good deal of fun to be had if you own a DS Lite, I'm bamboozled as to why the game is so limited in scope and not more inclusive of other systems and more extensive in terms of game modes. To go from bad to worse, this game retails for $49.99 - quite a pretty penny. It's a real shame this game doesn't live up to its potential. I expect good things from this off-shoot IP in the future, but as it stands now, I simply can't recommend it.
CCC Editor / News Director