Holy crap points!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, my favorite gaming related wobsite just got better and more time sucking. Thanks guys, I really appreciate having less time now due to sperging out on achievements. 
 
Just kidding, like I have anything else to do!

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Temporary Rock Band DLC Review for 7/22/08

So because my PC is still down and probably won't get fixed till FRIDAY ( :( ) I offer you this as an alternative review for the time being:

ROCK BAND 7/22 DLC DRUM/GUITAR/BASS VIDEOS. WOOP.

Last -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfEq9l3xGXo
Burn - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8fyVq4nIKI
Capital G - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP-Y9HYVT44

Junkies for Fame - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYAW1jlk1Ig
Devour - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nmyk6Yb8_M

You might recognize the bassist. :)

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Rock Band DLC Review for 7/1/08 (crossposted broken HTML edition)

(FIrst verse, same as the second, only it... came first... or something. I dunno, just read.)

They say "a fool and his money are easily parted" and with me being a giant Harmonix whore, I buy pretty much all of the Rock Band DLC that comes out. Because of this, I figured why not use this unhealthy obession with spending fake Microsoft money (here's a sad realization for you, it's not really fake.) on little clicky guitar button songs and give you, the viewer at home, a bit of a heads up on whether or not Joe Average should buy songs for everyone's favorite Rock Out Simulator.

<b>Note</b>: I probably will not personally review the drums side of these songs, as I reeeeeeally suck at drums and rarely get a chance to play them. I wanna get better, I do, but I just... well... have no excuse, really. I will however, give the difficulty tier that Harmonix places the songs in.

This week's DLC is the CrueFest pack, featuring three songs from artists currently on tour with Motley Crue's CrueFest. The pack includes songs from the Crue themselves, Trapt, and Papa Roach. The pack is 240 MS Points ($3.00) or you can buy them separately for 80 MS Points ($1.00) a piece. The good thing about cheap DLC is that no matter how bad it may be, I'll probably still get it.

Also included is the song "Promised Land" from the Rainn Wilson movie "The Rocker." This song is free of charge. Hooray.

First off is <b>"Down at the Whisky"</b> by <b>Motley Crue</b>:

<b>Offical Rock Band Store Rating:</b>
Band: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Guitar: <font color="red">****</font><font color="grey">*****</font>
Drums: <font color="red">*****</font><font color="grey">****</font>
Vocals: <font color="red">*</font><font color="grey">********</font>
Bass: <font color="red">****</font><font color="grey">*****</font>

<b>Vocals</b>: It's a pretty easy song, judging by the fact that it's a tier one song and I gold starred it on my 2nd run. Vince Neil's voice ain't what it used to be, so he's kinda keeping it low key these days. Still fun to sing, though.

<b>Guitar:</b> This is probably the hardest song of the four songs released today, however it's still pretty easy. It's got a few tricky parts here and there, but nothing that's gonna cause you any trouble passing it.

<b>Bass:</b> The Crue's last song in Rock Band, Saints of Los Angeles had a pretty crazy bass track which was really fun to play. This one however, does not. It's your basic "keep the rhythm of the song and don't you dare do anything else" bass tracks. Kinda boring, and not very fun. It's got a couple fast double notes in succession that messed me up a time or two, but I only played it once.

<b>FINAL VERDICT:</b> Unless you really love The Crue's less than stellar return album, then by all means buy it. If not, then I'd stay away from this one. It's fun a couple times, but not much more than that.

Next we have <b>"Who's Going Home With You Tonight"</b> by <b>Trapt</b>. Yes, Trapt. They're still around, I guess.

<b>Official Rock Band Store Rating:</b>
Band: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Guitar: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Drums: <font color="red">*****</font><font color="grey">****</font>
Vocals: <font color="red">**</font><font color="grey">*******</font>
Bass: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>

<b>Vocals:</b> The vocals on this one can be kinda tricky as there's a lot of high notes quickly followed by lower notes in places. It's ok, really. Nothing to write home about.

<b>Guitar:</b> Chord Chord Chord Chordchordchord singlenotesinglenotechordchordchord. Repeat ad nauseum. Pass.

<b>Bass:</b> It follows the guitar mostly, but with a few HOs and POs for good measure.

FINAL VERDICT: All 5 Trapt fans will probably buy this, but you shouldn't.

The final track in the CrueFest Pack is <b>"Time Is Running Out"</b> by <b>Papa Roach</b>. When I first heard that a song called "Time Is Running Out" was coming to Rock Band, I got giddy as the only song I knew with that title was by Muse. Imagine my shock. I checked YouTube for a video or something to make sure that P-Roach, as the kids call them, didn't fuck up and cover Muse. Thankfully, they didn't. Heads were gonna roll, believe you me.

<b>Official Rock Band Store Rating:</b>
Band: <font color="red">**</font><font color="grey">*******</font>
Guitar: <font color="red">*</font><font color="grey">********</font>
Drums: <font color="red">*</font><font color="grey">********</font>
Vocals: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Bass: <font color="red">*</font><font color="grey">********</font>

<b>Vocals:</b> CUT MY LIFE INTO PIECES THIS IS... not that kind of song, actually. Papa Roach is no longer a band that hates their dad anymore, so they've mellowed out and gave you a song that you can actually sing. It's not bad, pretty easy to sing.

<b>Guitar:</b> The easiest of the pack, if you can count "123, 123, 1234, 123" you can probably FC this song. Just remember your colors and you'll be ok.

<b>Bass:</b> Bass also follows the guitar pretty much, so you should have no problem with it at all.

<b>FINAL VERDICT:</b> I'm beginning to sense a pattern here. Skip it.

Lastly, we have "Promised Land" by Vesuvius, which is apparently a band from the Rainn Wilson powered motion picture vehicle, "The Rocker." Well as a free promotional tool, it's already done it's job as I hadn't even heard of this movie before the DLC announcement last Friday.

<b>Official Rock Band Store Rating:</b>
Band: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Guitar: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Drums: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Vocals: <font color="red">****</font><font color="grey">*****</font>
Bass: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>

<b>Vocals:</b> Feather your hair, put on some spandex with tassels, and rock the eyeliner, as this song is as 80's Cheese as it gets. So cheesy that it's kinda hard to sing. It also helps that I've never heard the song before, so maybe some more listens could help out. That is, if I wanna listen to it some more. I'm all for 80's cheese, but this song is pretty terrible to listen to.

<b>Guitar:</b> It's a really simple song with one exception. Its solo. You're jamming along all good and all when it hits you like a wall of notes. Zig zags from hell, like a tiny section of Green Grass and High Tides coming back to haunt you. It's over fast however, so if you have some Overdrive saved up, you can easily cheese through it.

<b>Bass:</b> Not near as hard as it's guitar counterpart. Just basic bass type stuff. Nothing flashy.

<b>FINAL VERDICT:</b> Well, it's free so you can't go wrong with that. If you had to pay for it, however, this would be a pass in the worst way. I'd definitely say get it, unless you're running out of hard drive space. If that's the case why are you buying DLC anyway? Stop that.

So there you have it for this week. It's a big 'ole <b>PASS</b> on the CrueFest pack and a <b>DOWNLOAD</b> for Promised Land.

Man, I picked a hell of a week to start this, huh? Hopefully next Tuesday's DLC will be better, but with THE WHO 12 PACK OF AWESOME coming out July 15th, next week might as well be an afterthought. Except for me, I guess. DLC obsession is my habit and my curse. Woe is my wallet.

Till next week!

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Rock Band DLC Review for 7/8/08 (crossposting remix edition)

(Because I want to contribute a little something to  the site, and I'm too lazy to do anything new right now, I'm gonna repost my last two weeks of Rock Band DLC Reviews that I did over on 8bitfix.com. Hope you enjoy!)

Alright ladies and gents, it's Tuesday so that means it's the highlight of my week (...aw that sounds sad) NEW ROCK BAND DLC!

This week we have one hell of a week as we get 4 tracks. Two from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and two from your favorite band and mine, RUSH. From RHCP we get two tracks from their latest album Stadium Arcadium. Snow ((Hey Oh)) and Tell Me Baby. Both good songs to listen to, but do they translate well to Rock Band?

As for Rush, usually the norm when Rush is involved, we get covers. It's happened with Tom Sawyer, Limelight, and Working Man. Until now. COVERS NO MORE. This week we get Closer to the Heart from A Farewell to Kings and Working Man. Now, you're saying to yourself, "We already have Working Man, why should we pay for it again, what's going on this is madness!?!" Well for one, if you make a Sparta joke, you're banned. Second, this is a master, and not only a master, but an alternate take of the song with a different solo and everything. According to Harmonix, the guys in the band were "really excited" to see this version of Working Man in the game, so if they're excited, you all should be. Welp, on to the review! We'll get the bad out of the way first:
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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow ((Hey Oh))

<b>Offical Rock Band Store Rating:</b>
Band: <font color="red">****</font><font color="grey">*****</font>
Guitar: <font color="red">*********</font>
Drums: <font color="red">******</font><font color="grey">***</font>
Vocals: <font color="red">*</font><font color="grey">********</font>
Bass: <font color="red">****</font><font color="grey">*****</font>

Vocals: This song is really easy on vocals, but not only that, it has SEVENTY SEVEN PHRASES. I personally got 399k on it on my 2nd run. Top score as we speak on XBL is 412k, so if you want a song that gives you a metric fuckton of points, this is the song for you.

Guitar: Ugh. This song is stupid hard on guitar. Like, "make you wanna punch your mother" hard. "Well mabye u n00b u just suk at geetar." you might say. Fine, don't believe me? Check this out: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNFejiCtcl0">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNFejiCtcl0</a> (Sup CorporalGregg)

Ok, watched it? Yeah, that's what I thought.

Bass: Snow bass comes in two flavors. Delicious calm, easy parts and Ben and Jerry's Applechord Delight. As you can see in the above video, it starts off fine enough then by the end of the song you're bombarded with super fast chordchordchordsinglenotesinglenotechord. It's crazy.

FINAL VERDICT: Unless you like painful guitar songs that make you wanna hate life, then by all means, get it. It's fun on vocals, too, but that may not be worth it. Pass.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby

<b>Offical Rock Band Store Rating:</b>
Band: <font color="red">******</font><font color="grey">***</font>
Guitar: <font color="red">****</font><font color="grey">*****</font>
Drums: <font color="red">******</font><font color="grey">***</font>
Vocals: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Bass: <font color="red">*******</font><font color="grey">**</font>

Vocals: This song is probably the most fun out of today's pack to sing, if only for the fast rapping parts. Kiedis was always good at that, so until Give It Away comes out on Rock Band 2, this'll have to do.

Guitar: Pretty fun on guitar, not to hard, not too easy. Just right, as you might say.

Bass: Much like Snow's bass, Tell Me Baby's bass also hates you. It's earned the honor of being one of now two songs that I've ever TWO STARRED on Bass. The other being Thrasher.It's a crazy weird HO/PO riff that doesn't ever let up. THANKS, FLEA. God. :(

FINAL VERDICT: I'd say get this one, the vocals are fun and the guitar is, too. Just stay away from bass. Ugh.

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Rush - Closer to the Heart: I don't know what finally got into Rush to give Harmonix master tracks, but man am I glad they did. Maybe Neil Peart needed more money for Ayn Rand novels or something, I don't know, but bless them for it.

<b>Offical Rock Band Store Rating:</b>
Band: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Guitar: <font color="red">****</font><font color="grey">*****</font>
Drums: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>
Vocals: <font color="red">****</font><font color="grey">*****</font>
Bass: <font color="red">***</font><font color="grey">******</font>

Vocals: Man, it sure is weird singing Real Geddy Lee instead of Fake Geddy Lee in these Rush songs. Somehow though, it feels just right. Geddy's vocal range is such an enigma. You can either sing like him, or you can't. Fortunately for me, I can sing like a grandma and be proud of that fact. (I love you Geddy please don't hurt me)

Guitar: This song is about somewhere between Tom Sawyer and Limelight as far as Rush songs go. Not as hard as Tom, but harder than Limelight. It's Rush though, so no matter the difficulty, it's gonna be fun.

Bass: The Bass is pretty simple, but still manages to be fun. It's not one of the stronger Rush bass songs (COME ON RED BARCHETTA) but it's worth it.

FINAL VERDICT: Duh, get it. It's RUSH for God's sake, but even if you somehow manage to not enjoy Rush (philistine) you will still love this song.

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RUSH - Working Man (Vault Edition): This is an alternate take of Working Man taken from the sessions of the Self Titled album. It stays true enough to the take they used, but there's a few differences in the guitar chart and the drums are a bit different. For the most part Bass and Vocals are exactly the same. But, this is a master track so you should get it anyway.

<b>Offical Rock Band Store Rating:</b>
Band: <font color="red">******</font><font color="grey">***</font>
Guitar: <font color="red">*******</font><font color="grey">**</font>
Drums: <font color="red">******</font><font color="grey">***</font>
Vocals: <font color="red">******</font><font color="grey">***</font>
Bass: <font color="red">******</font><font color="grey">***</font>

Vocals: Like I said, these are similar to the original Working Man cover vocals, wiht the exception of this is actually Geddy instead of Fake Geddy. Trust me, I like Real Geddy much better. It was easier to me to sing as I knew exactly how this one went from listening to the original track so many times.

Guitar: Ok, so this is a hard song. That being said, it's easier than the cover version and honestly, way more fun. This is probably one of my favorite guitar songs to play in the entire game. I love it.

Bass: While the RHCP songs were hard and spitting in your face on bass, Working Man on bass is like that one personal trainer you had that gives you a hard time, but comforts you and pushes you to be better. It also buys you a protein shake after a hard set of butterfly presses, but that's beside the point. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, Working Man bass is hard, but super, super fun. It doesn't stray much from the original version.

FINAL VERDICT: You know what I'm gonna say. Even if you've gotten the cover version already, get the Vault Edition. Do it. Now.

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Welp, that about does it for this week. Get your hands on Tell Me Baby, Closer to the Heart, and Working Man (Vault Edition) and stay far away from Snow ((Hey Oh)). It'll only end in tears.

Join us next week when we'll have DLC from some English band, The Whats, or something. The Why. I dunno. Probably won't be any good.


Oh who am I kidding, THE WHO 12 PACK OF MOTHERFUCKING AWESOME: NEXT WEEK!

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