Rock Band screens debut

Are you ready to rock... without Guitar Hero? The first images of thrash-metal-contender Rock Band have finally strutted out on stage and all we can say is "damn that still looks a lot like Guitar Hero." Similar visual stylings aside, Rock Band hopes to one-up its predecessor in every conceivable way, offering different music tracks for drums, vocals, bass and lead guitar, plus the ability to play online with three other rock wannabees.

After perusing the press release further, we noticed this juicy bit as well:

"Master Recordings provided by EMI Music, Hollywood Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s Universal Music Enterprises and Warner Music Group’s Rhino Entertainment."

This could mean Rock Band will feature all-legit performances, not the "as made famous by" stuff that Guitar Hero is stuck with (save for a few generous bands). But even this wave of great news is a balanced with this rather arrogant statement:

"... Rocked out by YOU and millions of soon-to-be drummers, guitarists and vocalists around the world. Groupies not included."

So we're guaranteed to absolutely love this game no matter what. You hear that, millions? You're over Guitar Hero and only want to play Rock Band now. Could this be the beginning of a cool/not cool feud between two rival rockers? You know, with Hero being the cool kid because they did it first and know the scene versus an EA-MTV fueled title with an "unrivaled song library" that's cool because it says it is?

Oh hell, we'll be playing both no matter what. At least there's healthy competition now.

June 11, 2007


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