Rock Band Review
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System: PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Harmonix 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: MTV Games, EA 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 20, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Your band will eventually acquire a manager who will guide you to earning a tour bus, jet, roadies, and a PR firm. All the while, you are racing to reach the Rock Band Hall of Fame. Racing might not be the best way to go about reaching this goal because it will take several hours to reach this level of rock god. In fact, none of the band will be able to play on easy or medium if this is your ultimate goal. One of the key factors into reaching the Hall of Fame is how many fans you have, and on the lower difficulty settings, you are cut off from receiving new ones after you reach a certain number. The hard difficulty will be your first step to achieving this plateau of rock. So you will need to do some practicing outside of your band's tour in order to ensure you reaching this goal.

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For those among us who don't really have the friends around to play through the Band mode all the time, there is a solo mode. Here you are able to play through songs with any of the instruments at your disposal. This mode is solid enough, but I found myself wanting to band together more than I wanted to play in the single player mode, with the exception of when we were facing off against one another. The battle modes are honestly more enjoyable online than when you and your band are with one another, mainly because when the band is together you'll want to play together as a band in the career mode or watch each member battle it out online against the other players that think they are top notch.

The online mode options are simplistic and smooth to move through with a total of three options for you to choose from. You can get a band together and play a few songs in quick play, but none will count towards progress in a career mode. Tug of War is probably the best online option in the game. In this mode, you will battle it out with another player in different parts of the same song. Your goal is to win over the crowd. This is fun with each instrument, especially the drums. Of course, there is also the two-player duel mode we have grown accustomed to. The online play is smooth and holds no extreme difference from the main game.

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Rock Band has one thing going for it: the necessity to having friends to play and the willingness to work together. It may not be enough for everyone to drop 170 bucks on the game and equipment, but I can say if you even remotely have thought about this game, it is worth it. With the only major problem being the smaller track lists when compared to Guitar Hero, Rock Band has potential. You will have to look towards the future and see the albums and other songs soon to be available as downloadable content that are sure to increase the replay value of the game. Besides, maybe you can get your band together beforehand and collect instrument fees before you go buy the game.

If you're looking to take your drumming experience in Rock Band even further, check out our review of the ION Drum Rocker!

By Matthew Walker
CCC Project Coordinator


  • Rock out your way! Players can beat on drums, sing along, groove as a bassist and shred riffs as guitarists (using a licensed replica of the legendary Fender Stratocaster) - either in single player career mode leading a band, in multiplayer as part of the band or against each other - in person or online!
  • Unrivaled song library! Major record labels and leading music publishers have signed on to provide unrivaled access to master recordings and legendary rock artists - from punk, metal, and alternative to classic and southern rock of the 60s, 70, 80s, 90s and 2000s.
  • Fully customizable! Form your own band, create and customize your own rocker, and then travel on a fast rise to fame around the world in a quest for rock 'n' roll glory!
  • Rock 'n' Roll Never Dies! Supports downloadable content for never-ending challenges.
  • Play together in your living room or across the world! Rock Band offers deep online functionality, allowing players to rock together whether they're in Rhode Island or Reykjavik.
  • Rock Band ships with 40 of the most epic rock acts ever (with downloadable songs and albums to come)! Nirvana's "In Bloom," Metallica's "Enter Sandman," Queens of the Stone Age's "Go With The Flow," Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly," The Hives' "Main Offender," Mountain's "Mississippi Queen," Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," The Strokes' "Reptilia," The Ramones' "Rockaway Beach," Weezer's "Say It Ain't So," David Bowie's "Suffragette City," Rush's "Tom Sawyer," Stone Temple Pilots' "Vasoline," Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" - AND MORE!

    Not as great as I would have liked to have seen. However, the realistic approach over the glam was welcomed.
    It'll vary for each person playing, but the controls are solid enough.
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Great music, and even great covers.
    Play Value
    Nothing better. As long as you can get your friends together. Single player is ok, but you really want this for the full band experience.
    Overall Rating - Must Buy
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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