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PUBLISHED: 18:34 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:01 11 August 2010

Rock Band

Rock Band

Rock Band is less of a game than it is a financial dilemma. Here we have one of the best games on any console at the moment, an experience that is almost untouchable when played with friends and a must for any music fan, but on the other hand we have th

Rock Band is less of a game than it is a financial dilemma.

Here we have one of the best games on any console at the moment, an experience that is almost untouchable when played with friends and a must for any music fan, but on the other hand we have the wallet crushing price of £180.

Let's start with the temptation.

Rock Band has taken everything Guitar Hero was and moved it on a step allowing four players to form a band and play songs together.

There are four instruments available to play: the guitar, the bass, the drums, or if you want to have all the glory you can go for singing. The songs can be downloaded from the internet and developers promise a huge set of songs including fully downloadable albums.

The game is at its brilliant best when played with your mates as you try to raise your bands reputation on World Tour mode.

You can customise your characters, name your band and tour different venues while playing different set lists and charity gigs. The feeling of all playing together is fantastic and its a distinctive feeling from Guitar Hero where solo performance was most important.

If this game was a reasonable price then it may well have joined Grand Theft Auto IV and become only the second game to earn a 10/10 rating.

But it isn't reasonably priced; in fact the whole UK launch of the game has been handled really badly.

First off American gamers have already been playing this game for six months while we've been left twiddling our thumbs.

To add insult to injury we are paying £180 for a package that includes the game with all of the instruments while US gamers are paying around £85 for exactly the same product.

The cost of downloading songs is also cheaper stateside.

It's with this in mind that we really can't recommend that you buy this game because it doesn't represent value for money. The instruments are flimsier than that of Guitar Hero's, and although you can use your Guitar Hero guitars on Rock Band, you'll still have to cough up for the drum set and the microphone if you want to experience it at its best.

If money is no object to you and you can stand the thought of being ripped off then Rock Band is one of the best games you'll play this year.

If not then we recommend you put that £180 towards something else - like a real guitar or drum kit maybe.


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