Nirvana in "Rock Band" game

Earlier this week, Rock Band - a new game by Harmonix - was released. Similar to the Guitar Hero games, players form a band and work their way up from rags to riches by pleasing fans and racking up points, and then unlocking bigger and bigger venues.

In front of the animated band performing on stage is a kind of giant guitar fret board, with a camera that sails down it as the song plays, to show players which notes/drums to hit at certain points in the song. Color-coded buttons on the guitar neck and drum pads must be hit at the correct time, while the singer must follow the karaoke-style lyrics to hit the right note at the right time, for the proper length of that note. It sounds difficult, and for new or younger players it is, but there is a practice mode and multiple levels of difficulty.

The music soundtrack in Rock Band is extraordinary, featuring nearly 60 classic and newer rock songs, mostly from the original bands (unlike many Guitar Hero songs, which are remakes by sound-alike artists). Highlights include The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again, David Bowie's Suffragette City, Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper, The Ramones' Blitzkrieg Bop, Nirvana's In Bloom and Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead or Alive.

Published by MTV Games, Rock Band is available for the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.

Posted in NFC news section at on 11-24-2007 @ 4:35 PM (GMT).

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