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  • Summary: 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. 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. Rock Band ships with 45 fearsome tracks from artists like Bon Jovi and The Ramones to Black Sabbath and Stone Temple Pilots. Full support for downloadable content delivers never-ending challenges. New content will be available every week. Download full albums for play with Rock Band including the iconic rock album 'Who's Next' by The Who. Metallica has signed on to offer several tracks as digitally-distributed game levels for Rock Band as well as "Enter Sandman" for the Rock Band ship disc. Create your own rock avatar! Mold a unique rocker using Rock Band's character creator. Chose from gender, body shape, face, hair, clothes, tattoos and signature moves. Don't forget to pick your specialized rockin’ instrument. Drumming in the spotlight! Showcase a real drum solo with Rock Band's freestyle drum fill windows featured in each song. Break out your own rhythm and style as anything goes! Vocalists can bring the crowd to their feet during Rock Band’s freestyle vocal fill windows. Ad-lib your own words or shout to the crowd to raise the rock intensity of the performance. Band mates can fail out of a song for poor performance, but the band still plays on. Rescue your failing mate by busting out signature moves and blistering solos to wow the crowd with showmanship. Earn bonus points for your band during Rock Band’s Unison Phrase opportunities if everyone plays perfectly. [Harmonix] Expand
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  1. Positive: 72 out of 72
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  1. The carnival atmosphere makes Rock Band a total blast to play, or to even just watch, waiting for your turn. Even with the high price of admission, Rock Band is well worth purchasing.
  2. 100
    An unparalleled, one-of-a-kind experience that represents the very best that gaming has to offer.
  3. At the end of the day (or night even), Rock Band is easily one of the best party games ever made and one of this generation’s best, most enjoyable experiences.
  4. Rock Band's longevity will last as long as it has support for it.
  5. A dream come true for music fans and gamers alike. If you've recently won the lottery, it's a must-buy. [Issue#29, p.88]
  6. 90
    Rock Band may not be the type of game that defines a generation, but it's definitely the kind of game that raises the bar in its respective genre.
  7. Rock Band is like a new graphics card. The card has fantastic power and has everything you'd want, but the incredible high price in Europe makes for a difficult choice. Will you go on with the purchase and rock out this summer or wait a few months for a better version?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 67
  2. Negative: 11 out of 67
  1. PDodd
    Jan 23, 2010
    This is the only game to date (bar Rock Band 2) that i can play with my wife and my two girls at the same time and actually enjoy the experience, the actual guitar play aswell for some reason feels more real then GH3 and the fact that you can use the GH controller with this but you can't use the Rb with GH3 makes it a bigger boon to play. Expand
  2. EthanW.
    Dec 26, 2007
    This is one of the best if not the best game of the year besides portal. Revolutionary feeling while playing this game. The reason their aren't more positive user reviews is the fact that they are all to busy playing it to care. Drums - really fun but hard, vocals - more fun then i thought they would be, guitar/bass - brilliant. There is a reason this game won music game of the year at the VGA's over guitar hero 3. Its better. Expand
  3. NickC.
    Nov 18, 2007
    Simply the best rhythm and party game ever made.
  4. TaylorC.
    Apr 29, 2008
    Near perfect game. Totally the best music game ever made and one of the best games of any genre.
  5. SteveK.
    Jan 31, 2008
    This game is amazing and deep. Very well made. A great party game that gets you very invovled. Having fans and little challenges in the gigs (kinda like Fable's bast system) is an ingenious way to make you more invested in your performances. It's not without it's faults though. The interface is a little klunky and user unfriendly. Navigating the menus is much much harder than it should be. They've made some poor choices to make the game user unfriendly.... why is solo play only for singers? I realize you can go into multiplayer and just do one instrument, but the tags solo and mulit are a bit deceptive, no? And why is it that if I set a band leader, I can never change his/her instrument plus I HAVE to play with that guy all the time. Sometimes you just get sick of singing. :P This was a very poor choice. Giving players more freedom is always a good thing. Most of these things can be forgiven, but I would advise Harmonix to WATCH a few new players try to navigate their menus and set up a band and play the game for the next round of RB. Expand
  6. XanN
    Feb 1, 2008
    This game is awesome. It far exceeds the GH series, if nothing else, just for the multiple instruments. The drums are by far my favorite. Now for the bad things: I've had two guitars break on me...not user fault by any means, and the user interface of the game is horrible. Once you establish a "leader" you have to continue to use that leader and whatever instrument you started with at the beginning. That means that your custom made character can't switch between instruments. Oh, and can do a solo career with any of the instruments. Don't turn on your xbox with your 360 controller. That will automatically make you the singer. Plug in the guitar or drums and then turn on your xbox. then use said controller to navigate the menus. Overall, this game is excellent for parties. Expand
  7. RyanF.
    Nov 23, 2007
    Not worth the price. Broke already

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