GamesRadar's seemingly annual Platinum Chalice Awards 2007

Winner: Rock Band
EA |360,PS3,PS2

We choked back a little vomit when we first saw the price for EA's Rock Band bundle. One hundred and seventy freaking American dollars for one game? Eff that noise. No game is worth that much, even if it does come with a microphone, guitar and drum set. No way we're dropping that kind of cash to dick around with a bunch of plastic instruments.

That entire paragraph represents our "pre-Rock Band all-nighter" train of thought. After spending hours with an entire fake band, custom-built musicians and 58 songs of pure rock bliss, our wallets couldn't open fast enough. Playing guitar alone is nothing special, but get everyone in a room and bust out Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" and you'll see why everyone's flipping out over this Guitar Hero killer.

Just be sure you mod the drums and scrounge around for a Guitar Hero III controller first - the Rock Band controllers are, at the time of this writing, prone to malfunction. Bit of a bitch, ain't it?