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  • Summary: Rock Band 4 offers the unique social play of a full band experience—featuring a next-gen microphone, wireless drums and guitar, and a revamped world tour campaign mode. Add your personal signature to every performance. With Freestyle Guitar Solo, you can string together blistering licks andRock Band 4 offers the unique social play of a full band experience—featuring a next-gen microphone, wireless drums and guitar, and a revamped world tour campaign mode. Add your personal signature to every performance. With Freestyle Guitar Solo, you can string together blistering licks and wow the crowd with your own incendiary solos. With a soundtrack featuring some of the world's biggest acts, plus an ever-expanding catalog of over 1,500 playable songs, it’s easy to put together a keen set list. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 9, 2015
    90
    Takes the core of what the series has always excelled at and confidently drags it on to Xbox One. [Dec 2015, p.74]
  2. Oct 5, 2015
    90
    With the 65 songs available with Rock Band 4, a downloadable library that can add up to 1,500 songs, and the future exporting option of previous Rock Band discs, you’ll playing for a while.
  3. Oct 7, 2015
    88
    Rock Band 4 is a fantastic game to feel music games with the new generation of consoles. The improvisation mode is very fun, though we would have liked to see new features.
  4. Oct 5, 2015
    80
    It's a return to form, putting the focus back on four-player fun without any overly-complicated mechanics. The new additions all focus on just letting loose and having a good time and even those mechanical additions aren't forced. The DLC situation is something of a mess, but those willing to bear through it will have a sure-fire party gem on their hands.
  5. Oct 15, 2015
    80
    It seems like every aspect of the game from its’ backwards compatibility for both instruments and DLC, to its playable music platform approach, ultimately has every Harmonix fan at heart. This culminates in a very welcome return to form for the series, and a very worthy first entry to the new console generation.
  6. Oct 9, 2015
    78
    Rock Band 4 is, by no means, the best entry in the series. It has a limited set list and many of its trademarks were either omitted or diluted. Having said that, Harmonix improved the most important aspect: gameplay. The Freestyle Solos and a more social mode enhance the experience, making it deeper, and safeguarding the legacy of the franchise.
  7. Oct 16, 2015
    60
    Rock Band 4 feels more like a maintenance release than a proper relaunch of this once-popular franchise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Oct 16, 2015
    10
    Totally worth it, and with the game is only getting better with patches. Keep every song you every bought and import the last 3 games...Totally worth it, and with the game is only getting better with patches. Keep every song you every bought and import the last 3 games... eventually. Improved graphics and features that make this feel like leaps and bounds father than the way 3 left you. The guitar is lighter, the drums are wireless and everything is a higher quality. Plus, the free style will blow your mind with happiness! Don't miss out pick yours up now.

    Google Chandlee Style to find out more about my experience with this game and equipment
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  2. Oct 20, 2015
    10
    Best next-gen music game out there, with awesome updates to the instruments and fun/fast action to quickplay for parties. Love the series,Best next-gen music game out there, with awesome updates to the instruments and fun/fast action to quickplay for parties. Love the series, LOVE this new game! Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2015
    9
    I am thoroughly enjoying this new "platform" as they are calling it. The on-disc set-list is a good mix of songs that I knew and ones that II am thoroughly enjoying this new "platform" as they are calling it. The on-disc set-list is a good mix of songs that I knew and ones that I didn't. I've always appreciated the varied list of performers included in prior Rock Band titles. Having my DLC from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One is an extreme plus.

    While the game itself is the bare bones Rock Band experience as it was stated to be, it is still a great platform from which they intend to expand upon and is a solid entry in the franchise. New features and songs have been said to be the plan moving forward rather than a new game every so often and Rock Band 4 is an excellent party game from which to expand upon.

    Make sure that you check Mad Catz's website for firmware updates for the instrument peripherals as recent updates have improved performance especially for the drums.
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  4. Nov 8, 2015
    7
    The weakest game in the core Rock Band series is still fun for dedicated fans. Personally, I enjoy the fact that not much has changed, asThe weakest game in the core Rock Band series is still fun for dedicated fans. Personally, I enjoy the fact that not much has changed, as Guitar Hero: Live changed practically everything... and look how well that turned out. Go for it if you have lots of DLC from Rock Band history, else skip it and pick up a cheap copy of RB3. Expand
  5. Oct 7, 2015
    6
    Rock band IV is the same, re-skinned, music party game that it has always been. The formula is all there, the guitar, the five buttons, andRock band IV is the same, re-skinned, music party game that it has always been. The formula is all there, the guitar, the five buttons, and the difficulty system.

    I would consider this edition of Rock Band a bland expansion to Rock Band III, but worse. Many things are not in this version, such as online multiplayer, no song filtering, and a lack of Ion Drum support (which basically means no drums).
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  6. Nov 26, 2015
    6
    Rock Band 4 Review

    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly I have played a butt load of Rock Band. I am no newbie to this genre, I'm even a Rock
    Rock Band 4 Review

    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    I have played a butt load of Rock Band. I am no newbie to this genre, I'm even a Rock Band Road Crew member. I received a free band kit with the game days before its release, yet I will point out the good and the bad and the ugly in my review. Where should I start? The good? Okay, here we go:

    Rock Band is back. New Platform. New Music. New instruments. Great.

    The guitar feels better and is quieter. The drums are a far superior improvement. More bounce, better reflex, higher stand. Great.

    The bad: the guitar quits responding and has to be rebooted often. It freezes mid-song constantly. Low batteries? Or just a piece of **** Fix this immediately. If the batteries are dying, then pause the **** game. That's what Rock Band 3 did. Nothing new.

    The bad: let me make set lists. This seems obvious. It's stupid sthat this isn't built in to the game.

    The bad: where are my rankings? They're coming. Should have,been there to start.

    The bad: not launching with any disc songs? We're working on it. Give me a break. Should have had this figured out already.

    The bad: nothing new graphically.

    The bad: No music video mode.

    The ugly: all the characters look like heroin addicts.

    The ugly: all disc based songs are unavailable.

    The ugly: the legacy adapter should be a usb hub as well.

    The ugly: if Microsoft wants everything to be wireless, then my Microsoft wireless mics should work.

    Don't get me wrong, i love rock band. I just want to help you make it better. I won't comment on the song list, because I get it, and you're "b and c list" songs are pretty great. Fun to play and Introduced me to new music and ain't that what it's all about?
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  7. Oct 20, 2015
    3
    Rock Band 4 is a regressed and unoriginal game, not just unimproved in virtually every aspect from it’s predecessor, but outright lacking inRock Band 4 is a regressed and unoriginal game, not just unimproved in virtually every aspect from it’s predecessor, but outright lacking in several well-liked features omitted for what can either be described as disturbingly bare bones efficiency so sharp it suffers, or a lack of serious, genuine quality . My experience with the game was mostly unplayable, plagued by bizarre audio/visual input lag problems that cannot seem to be corrected with any number of calibration attempts. Vocals echo back miserably delayed making it frustrating to sing, the drum overdrive activation via open fills are just a mess and concentration breaking, meanwhile the “new” feature of open guitar solos is equally hurt by timing issues presented by grotesque lag. The whole aesthetic is lacking in any bells and whistles, from cutting the franchise trademark intro cutscene completely, to just a single image of default characters in an unmoving pose in plain sight in the menu as the least notable songs on disc repeat in various 15 second loops, an absolute pain if you have any reason to spend more than 5 in the menu with virtually no options aside from settings, quickplay, and tour. Accessibility in song selection is severely hindered by the removal of RB3-style comprehensive sorting, leading you to potentially sort alphabetically not by letter but band title alone in a sea of songs, assuming you have the many thousands of songs previously made available throughout the years. If not, you’re stuck with a shallow pool of mostly deep cuts and bands I’m certain could just be local independent nobodies who won some sort of contest to appear on disc. Johnny Blazes, I’m looking at you! Online play, keyboards, pro instruments, RB3 vocal enhancements, making setlists, practice mode, different quickplay venues, and anything close to a competent character creator have all been removed. Thanks! For years I have waited for what I hoped would be a triumphant return for the franchise, something resembling a huge advancement over previous games and the progress they’ve made - but I could not be more wrong. Rock Band 4 feels like a shell, just the bare minimum made to enjoy the flowing charts of songs, and maybe that’s good enough for most people, but for me, it’s just insulting. Expand

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