On October 28th the face-melting world will finally get its hands on the next iteration of the Guitar Hero franchise. And what is that you say? ANOTHER guitar playing game is coming out on November 23rd, and it has drums, the bass, as well as a microphone? Yes my axe-slinging friend, two games with guitars are coming out.
While the general gameplay and guitar seem to be fairly similar between Guitar Hero II and Guitar Hero III, the guitar playing in Rock Band has some interesting new additions. One of these such addition is smaller frets at the bottom of the neck of the guitar that are used for solos. These notes can be pressed without stumming the guitar on solos and will be extremely helpful on harder note streaks.
Also, the creators of Rock Band have added a nob on the guitar that allows for the user to change what kinda of sounds come out of the guitar. With new additions like these, I can’t help but try to think why someone would rather get Guitar Hero III than Rock Band? While playing the guitar in the first two Guitar Hero games was absolutely amazing, it got to the point where it seemed like it needed something more, and another slew of songs just didn’t seem like it would do it for me this time.
Ever since I played the first Guitar Hero, I thought about how awesome it would be to play another instrument, especially the drums, and how cool it would be create an entire band with my friends. While the bundle for Rock Band is significantly more pricey than Guitar Hero III (about $80 more), it seems like it’s worth it for what you are getting. Also, from what I’ve seen of the confirmed song lists, it seems like Rock Band’s is more solid.
All in all, if I had to put my money on one of these games for the holiday season, it would most definitely be Rock Band. As a matter of fact, I just preordered it.