I was a little skeptical of the track list at first, but it’s actually really good. A rhythm-based game of this nature depends heavily on the song choices, so it’s really the last place you’d want to go wrong as a developer. Some of my favorite picks are “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas, “Man in the Box” by Alice in Chains, “That’s What You Get” by Paramore, and “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World. Some of the songs aren’t what you’d expect from a Guitar Hero perspective, but then this is Rock Band, and not Guitar Hero, so maybe it adds up. Another aspect of the track list is that you become familiar with bands and songs you maybe didn’t know that well (or not at all). It’s a fun way to find more music you’d like to listen to.
The guitar, bass and drums are all a lot of fun to play, but I didn’t find the vocals to be quite as enjoyable, mostly because I’m not that familiar with a lot of the songs (I’m not a bad singer either). Sure, they have the lyrics at the top of the screen, but they can be pretty hard to follow, especially if you don’t know the melody or the rhythm of the song at all. You don’t really need to be a proficient vocalist to play this game either, you just need to go higher and lower in pitch at the right moments in order to get a good score. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with that. Let’s just say that – at times – you might do better by following the overall pitch of the tune, rather than trying to emulate the original vocalist.
This game is a must-buy if you like to play video games with your friends. At the end of the day, it’s just a game and it’s about as much fun as you make it. It’s definitely more fun with friends.