Rock Band 2! That is the word for today. In September, the next
Rock Band is coming, and it sounds pretty damned sweet. However,
before diving into this giant tangle of knowledge on the sequel, a
small bit of info on the original...
Who's Next is out,
greatest hits of The Who pack is coming in the next month. For
$2 a song or $20 for the 12 song pack, we'll see My Generation, Who
Are You, and plenty of other true classics of rock. Unfortunately,
Who's Next is out due to the rumors floating around the net being
true; the masters are AWOL.
Back to Rock Band
2, and how DLC like this ties in; all DLC from the games will be
fully compatible across the franchise. In other words, this will be
the first game to allow DLC to go across titles on the 360 and PS3.
Definitely not a bad deal when you see how big of a library this
means RB2 could have when the game launches. Hell, I'll be starting
with probably around 180+ songs on a rhythm game when it's launched.
That's enough to get me happy to pay another introductory $60 price
While no tracks
have been announced that will be on the core RB2 game, some big hype
is being generated with phrases like how these tracks will be the
best soundtrack ever for a game and it will showcase "who's who" of
rock music. Knowing Harmonix, this is hype I can easily swallow.
instruments and core game are all being redone to refine the
experience. While the details are pretty vague at this point, I
think the ideas being floated about DLC fitting into BWT is sounding
sweet. The people at Harmonix seem intent on finally realizing what
I've been wanting (and posting about wanting on this site) for a
long while; a way to tie in DLC fully within the BWT. This will be a
definite requirement for me to fully enjoy the game. Afterall, the
one thing that has always made me sad about BWT is that as my DLC
library grows, most sets are not being expanded upon. I mean it's
all well and good to have DLC show in custom and random sets, but
you still have 90% of the sets floating around the same damned songs
you've been playing for over six months.
I also am excited
about the possibility of seeing something new for the songs that
kill me every time. In other words, I'm excited about being able to
no longer be slain by Green Grass or Flirting With Disaster. I need
something else to kick my sorry ass. This should fulfill my desire
by having the old core songs out of the picture. I do, however,
still see the strong possibility of Harmonix releasing the original
tracks as DLC at some point to allow the full set list of the games
to be crossed over...like how some GH songs showed up on GH2 for the
Overall, most of
the details are pretty vague for now, but I do have some solid
questions/wondering thoughts I would love to hear the
answers/explanations for sooner than later. For one thing, I really
hope we can somehow transfer characters from RB to RB2. I've spent a
lot of time on making my guitarist, and I don't want to rebuild him
if it's not needed.
Is there a way to
transfer instruments for a character on RB2? I mean could we have
our guitarist also play drums without making a new character?
Afterall, RB seems to imply that Dave Grohl doesn't exist, for
On the same line
of thinking; can one character do singing and instrument work, or
will you still need two characters to handle the job? Afterall, it
takes some fun out of RB by having to make an extra character if I
want to pull vocal duties while playing an instrument.
I also want to
know all of the instrument changes. I mean the guitar looks the same
on the outside
(but a bit sweeter with the sunburst and the wood paneling), but are
there new effects on the pickup selector. Also, I really want to see
where the new drum design is heading. I hope we do finally see the
cymbals up high like on a real drum set. Maybe also an official mic
(not the Mad Catz one) with a d-pad and buttons to eliminate the
need for the extra 360 controller.
At least the
guitar looks similar, so it's pretty safe to say that the
instruments are pretty universal. In other words, it doesn't look
like features will be out of action for people who like using the RB
Strat as opposed to the RB2 Strat. I mean after paying so much on
the original bundle, I know I don't want to buy a new bundle instead
of just the game. However, if the new instruments are much better
(maybe a f$#@ing metal bass pedal already), I do hope they are
available from day one...in case they are worth the investment from
Of course I have
one more question that has haunted me since the original Rock Band
came along; what's with the music selection in terms of decade?
First off, we have only a few songs that fall into the 1960's (I'm
sorry, but Harmonix, Fortunate Son is from 1969, not the 70's). Yes,
the Beatles are coming soon, in rumor and theory. However, there's
more to the 1960's than the Beatles. There's a lot of good old music
in that decade that gave the true birth to Rock, and not just Rock
More than that,
where's the love for the 1950's? Yes, there wasn't much rock from
that decade, but you cannot just pass off Elvis, Little Richard, and
most of all Chuck Berry. I would love to see the 50's get a little
love with some Johnny B Goode action. Maybe also some Richie Valens
with La Bamba. It's not a decade to ignore for fast and fun songs.
Maybe the instruments were a bit simple, but that didn't keep Silver
(Pixies) or Roxanne from coming to RB.
Anyway, there are
too many questions possible to ponder right now. This is great news
overall, and September cannot come soon enough. Hell, E3, when more
info will be released, cannot come soon enough. Normally, I am
against sequels to rhythm games, just because it feels like a rehash
of more of the same, I think this will be more than worth the price.
Between keeping DLC from RB and the fixes we should be seeing in
place on RB2, this game will probably be able to keep me happy for a
long time to come (much like RB has been in my schedule at least
every Friday since Thanksgiving of 2007).