In case you didn't figure it out yet, this blog serves as both a two-fer for the week (I rarely pull two blogs in one week, I'm a lazy muthafucker) and it also serves as a way for me to talk about the recent music/rhythm releases.
That would be Guitar Hero 5 and The Beatles: Rock Band for those living in caves and under rocks of massive proportions.
If it's good, then I like it. Whether YOU like it or not is subjective. I needed to say all that to get to this point: Guitar Hero 5 and The Beatles: Rock Band. In order to understand my following comments, you needed to know where I come from with music.
With Guitar Hero 5, I remember that the setlist didn't originally look too appealing to me. I kept thinking "there are great songs on here, but for a whole band experience, they could've picked better ones". After playing a few songs up at Game Crazy, I knew that more time needed to be put into that game to really grip it. After getting it here at work, I have come to realize that Guitar Hero 5 is the new Guitar Hero 2. Whether you agree with that or not, the tracklisting is great and it makes all the right advances for the franchise to make it feel a bit fresh again. It's not about the songs this time, surprisingly enough...although all the songs (even the super shitty ones) feel good for the game. The real deal sealer comes from all the subtle improvements to the franchise:
- The new Party Play makes jumping in and out of a song a breeze, a painless procedure that makes me smile with glee
- The improved graphics and presentation, including dynamic camera movements and angles as well as updated and far better character models, are thrown on top of great performances of songs
- The tracklisting features great songs from the past (ranging from "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits to "Comedown" by Bush), as well as newer songs ("Demon(s)" by Darkest Hour and "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz are standouts for me)...and they even throw a couple of my favorites in the mix (Tom Petty and A Perfect Circle? PINCH ME!)
- EASY FUNCTIONING MENUS that aren't super confusing (I say this because I've seen kids that struggle trying to get into a round of World Tour, yet they were having no issue with GH5)
- Great online play, and the new setup of "any instrument you wanna play" makes getting an online match SOOOO much easier
- You can import World Tour songs into GH5...AND IT'S ABOUT FUCKING TIME!!!
One of the only downsides? Neversoft needs to use a little more discretion when they are using certain characters on certain songs. Axel Steel singing No Doubt's "Ex-Girlfriend" is a bit too odd. Sure, there's also that whole "Kurt Cobain singing Bon Jovi" thing...but whatever. People know how I feel about that, and if you don't...then just listen to the sound of a shotgun and you'll understand quickly. You can do that up close and personal or at a distance - whichever suits you. = D
I recommend Guitar Hero 5 to anyone looking for a fun and decently challenging music/rhythm game. Also, I send a special thank you to Neversoft for using the same line for the bass drum kick that they had in GH: Metallica. It's much more solid and has the right look and feel compared to that weaksauce shit that you had on World Tour.
Next up is Beatles: Rock Band, a game that I didn't really care much about. Personally, I'm just not a fan of their music. There's some choice songs here and there, but for the most part, their sound just doesn't appeal to me. By no means am I trying to under-credit their influence on music or their legacy. I just personally don't care much for them. With that said, The Beatles: Rock Band is a pretty damn good game! I've found myself investing a serious portion of time into it, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that the achievements in the game are actually fun and a bit challenging to get. There's also the fact that it is a really great fan service of a game - the presentation is top-notch, beyond many games that we've seen. I found myself drawn in SOLELY because of that. The songs aren't too difficult, as I five-starred them all with only about one or two plays. They are fun to play with a whole band, but only if they enjoy the music. It was really great to play stuff like "Don't Let Me Down" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"...and I can already tell I'm going to be getting very frustrated trying to get 100% notes on "I Saw You Standing There". Personally, I wouldn't pay more than $30 or $40 for the game itself, solely because it's all Beatles songs and it's not totally my type of digs, but if you're interested in a lovingly made game, then check this one out.
With that said, I end this wall of text and say I CANNOT FUCKING WAIT FOR SOME DJ HERO!!!
Until next time...piece!