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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: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  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.

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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. Oct 18, 2015
    7
    Overall, Rock Band 4 is a fun game that needs more time to mature and have features added. In its current state, it is more of a throwback toOverall, Rock Band 4 is a fun game that needs more time to mature and have features added. In its current state, it is more of a throwback to RB2 than a progression of the series, which was a huge leap for the series, but sadly a lot of features that I truly loved and have found missing from this iteration; there are no keyboard parts, no online play, no song filtering options, and very limited character and band customization. These are a lot of features missing at launch that I hope will be implemented over time through patches, and I hope they do because I want to like this game more but right now it feels incomplete.

    That being said, I do like the new guitar solos and the option to choose between them or the older style of solos. The new instrument controllers are quite nice, and the tilt sensor on the guitar is much more reliable than any previous models. And it's extremely nice that so many of my paid downloadable songs have transferred over from the 360 version of RB3. The option to have the game make votable suggestions between songs is a fun way to keep the momentum of a party going without going back to the song selection screen and scrolling for a long time.
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  5. Dec 29, 2015
    7
    Rock Band 4 is a long awaited favorite of mine. I've had all of the Rock Bands, including this one. The best memories are playing with yourRock Band 4 is a long awaited favorite of mine. I've had all of the Rock Bands, including this one. The best memories are playing with your friends in career mode and completing the"Endless Set-list".

    Things that I've noticed is that the career mode is terribly short. Someone could probably beat the game is one sitting. There are really no cool set-lists like there were in Rock Band 2 like the: 80's Set-list, Alternative Set-list, etc. What's most disappointing is there is no online multiplayer (at least yet). Rock Band 4 seems like a copy and paste of all of the other Rock Bands, minus online and a expansive career mode. A copy and paste with less content. Seems bizarre.

    Pros:

    -Up to 4 players can play. Great for "rocking out" with friends.
    -Great songs that come with the game.
    -Tons of songs offered on the marketplace (DLC).
    -Songs difficulty range from "boring easy" to "literally impossible". So, a wide rage so everyone regardless of experience can play.
    -Upgraded gear (guitar, drum set, microphone) so they last longer and are more responsive.

    Cons:

    -Very expensive. To receive just a guitar and the game will put someone out $129.99. Want the drum set and microphone? $249.99. Seems expensive.
    -Less content than previous Rock Bands.
    -No online

    Breakdown:

    Graphics: +2/2 (Simplistic, but graphics aren't really the concern for a game like Rock Band. -0)
    Mechanics: +2/2 (Runs very smooth. Little to no lag. No game breaking glitches. -0)
    Replay ability: +1/2 (Fun initially, but with no online, the game becomes repetitive quickly. -1)
    Career mode: +0/2 (Too short. Almost no specific set-lists, either random songs, or chosen songs. -2)
    Game play: +2/2 (Very fun, especially with friends. -0)

    Rock Band 4 is a very fun game, but all of its content, like specific song set-lists, online, and a decent career mode was left out. Disappointing to say the least. Overall, Rock Band 4 was a very decent game.

    Total: +7/10
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  6. Oct 12, 2015
    6
    My review for the game on the first week from launch, i will modify it, if the game get major updates eventually.

    6/10 Fair Pros:
    My review for the game on the first week from launch, i will modify it, if the game get major updates eventually.

    6/10 Fair

    Pros:

    Awesome 1080p 60fp new graphics
    Cool gameplay with new freestyle features
    Hudge choice of DLC available in the music store from well know bands
    Great career mode with rewards
    Legacy DLC compatibility (Being able to re-download for free previous songs you bought
    Great choice of artist for the setlist and upcoming DLC
    Cool voting system in Show and career modes
    Legacy game controller adapter allow you to play with your old wireless instruments
    Very useful to see a countdown on vocals when you have nothin to sing
    Professionnal mics for vocalist have better detection for the game
    Cons:

    No online multiplayer make the game dull if you play alone, + not possible to play with the best players around the world or your consoles friends list
    No more Pro modes
    No more Keyboard
    Not possible to buy RB Network songs or play the ones we bought (There a lot in RB3)
    Lots of legacy songs, packs & games we bought are still not available for free. We wait for upcoming updates
    Lack of previous RB3 settings for instruments and gameplay
    Hudge lack of customization for characters, compare to RB3 (Same clothes pretty much)
    Lack of filters for our songs library make it hard to find your songs when you have a lot
    Lack of features like; pratice mode, drum freestyle, online play
    Mediocre on disc setlist, could be better
    Less stats are shown when you complete a song (Such as ranking)
    No songs ranking for Career mode
    Issues with somes instruments without updating the firmware
    Characters & crowld animations are basically the same (Would be nice to see people trashing on punk, metal music, as well as body surfing, stage diving... only the singer does stage diving)
    New instruments are still the same but with minors upgrades
    Instruments are now too expensive
    Xbox one need an expensive adapter for previous instruments and only available in USA, other contry have to order it on amazon.com (No need for PS4, Microsoft fault)
    No midi drum compatible yet on xbox one
    Not possible to do make a setlist in quickplay
    No party shuffle un quickplay
    Vocals Freestyle can't be enjoy, cause they're too short, only good for points
    Pre-order was delay for some buyers
    New notes graphics are confusing on Expert
    In game graphics bugs
    characters still have floating guitar/bass !! (no strap) Would be nice to be able to customize strap,
    .... the list is long

    Final words:

    The gameplay & graphics are nice, but the game could be so much better, big lacks of ideas, and the game is missings too much previous settings and features including: RBN, Keys, online and Pro modes. Because of that, you may get back on RB3 faster then you thought.

    We understand that Harmonix lost sponsors like; MTV & EA, so that's probably why they didn't put much money for making this game, but they still have a lot of work to do if they want to improve RB4 !! I still got hope the game will get better with upcoming DLC and updates, but as for now, the game is really dissapointed because it seem half done.
    C'mon Harmonix, at least bring us back the Midi drum compatibility for xbox one and online play for both consoles !! This review is subject to change anytime. Harmonix annonced a big updates for Dec 8th. Hopefully will have pro drum and online multiplayer as a Christmas gift !! I'll cross my fingers and toes !! ;)
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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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