Thursday, November 22, 2007
I've seen a million faces - and I've rocked them all!
Been playing a lot of Rock Band for the past couple of days. The UI and Menu Flow are some of the worst I have ever seen which makes me think that Harmonix did the 'game' part but EA or someone else did the shell. I could be wrong but I've played a lot of Harmonix games (not just guitar hero) and I don't remember any of their games being this odd. To put into perspective - me and James Chen who both have played a ton of DDR, Beatmania, Pump It Up, Guitar Freaks, Drum Mania, Guitar Hero, etc and we were struggling for like 30 minutes to figure out what was going on.
We also joked that there should be an option when you turn the game on: Are you busy? or Do you have a job or a girlfriend? If you pick yes then all the songs are automatically unlocked. The one company who I thought would never change finally has - Namco with Tekken. Even they realized unlocking characters is boring and just give the player the option to play everyone right away (at least with Tekken for PS3). I understand the need for single player to have a 'game' where you unlock songs but don't punish me when playing multiplayer. I hear there is an unlock all code but that feels like too much work also.
It's definitely a fun experience when it all comes together - no doubt. The only part I'm not a huge fan of is the guitar itself. While it definitely doesn't look like a 'toy' guitar like the Guitar Hero one does - the GH3 Les Paul is a hundred times better.
There are some interesting design choices for sure though - World Band Tour being offline only is absolutely terrible. Not to mention the concept of the, 'leader' which people everywhere are complaining about. While online - the microphone can be used but everyone else hears the original vocal track for the song that is being played. At first I thought this was a bad idea but in general I think American's are shy when it comes to singing (as opposed to Asia where Karaoke is a religion) so it sort of works.
It's thanksgiving break so I'm going to try to finish Ratchet and hopefully start on either Mario Galaxies or Assassin's Creed. Have a good holiday everyone.