AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack review

  • Great music
  • Iconic set list
  • Superior note chart patterns
  • Old Rock Band mechanics
  • No online
  • Not worth the price

AC/DC Live is the laziest title we’ve played in a long while. It’s the ultimate in barebones gaming; just eighteen songs and virtually nothing else. There's no band involvement a la Guitar Hero: Aerosmith; there are no interviews; no documentaries… AC/DC themselves don’t even make an appearance, in person or in digital form. Fan service? Hardly.

Adding insult to injury, AC/DC Live falls back on Rock Band’s mechanics instead of RB2’s. Career mode is segregated into solo and multi-play rather than the drop in/drop out progression tree which should now be the standard. The ability to import your existing band would have been welcome, but even that’s not an option here. Nor is choosing your character. Turn the game on and you’re thrown into a generic band of chumpheads. Which schmucks do you play as online, we hear you say? Well, astonishingly, there isn’t any online component. At all.

Rock Band connoisseurs will find the lack of features appalling, especially for a game marketed towards AC/DC fans. At least the music itself is a perfect fit for Rock Band’s template, and Harmonix’s superior note chart patterns continue to shine through. As a track pack, AC/DC Live is a great success.

The price tag, however, soon erases any smiles. Thirty bucks is a big price tag for 18 songs, and the ability to input them all into Rock Band 2 means the standalone game is redundant. This release marks a step back for Harmonix to the days before DLC became a viable content expansion option. We recommend the track list to any AC/DC freaks out there, but this type of retail release shouldn’t be encouraged. AC/DC we salute you. Harmonix: you should know better.

Jan 5, 2009

More Info

Release date: Nov 02 2008 - PS3, Xbox 360 (US)
Dec 19 2008 - PS3, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: Harmonix
Franchise: Rock Band
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Lyrics


  • Defguru7777 - January 12, 2009 12:20 a.m.

    Why do game developers enjoy metaphorically (and in one unfortunate case literally) kicking their fans in the testicles?
  • The_Author - January 6, 2009 10:35 a.m.

    I wouldn't even buy this if was dlc! Come on Harmonix, give us some more Dream Theatre.
  • Corsair89 - January 5, 2009 9:10 p.m.

    Oh, God. Those features do sound appalling. Why isn't this DLC for RB2?!? That way we could've gotten kick ass AC/DC songs in addition to it's already enormous and kick-ass soundtrack. I sure hope this doesn't become a trend in music games. Guitar Hero has already started its downward spiral, not you too, Rock Band!
  • cart00n - January 6, 2009 5:58 a.m.

    Yeah, but wasn't this a Wal-Mart exclusive or something? I thought it was pretty obvious from the git-go that this was just a smash and grab for all involved, that the only reason it was released in stores at all was so Wal-Mart could get more people in its stores for the holidays. Most likely, Wal-Mart dictated the price. It'll go down to bargain-bin prices soon enough. This isn't RB's downward spiral, they're simply cashing in on their names. More and more, I'm seeing musical acts creating exclusive albums for department stores, makes sense for RB when you think about it...
  • kanucksfan - January 6, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    This isn't DLC because AC/DC does everything with disks. That's also why they don't have songs on iTunes. I just rented the game, got the code off the instruction manuel, achievement whored off it for a week, saved it to my hard drive and paid only 1/4 of the price
  • SpartnPride - January 5, 2009 11:02 p.m.

    Wow, I was expecting so much more...
  • DisposableSaint - January 5, 2009 10:41 p.m.

    I was expecting this, I agree Corsair, this schould've been 800 MS points on LIVE Marketplace.

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