The new Rock Band
DLC is better than I expected. However, since I expected pure shit,
it's not saying much.
To be fair, the
foreign songs (including Tokio Hotel or whatever the Monsoon people
are called) are pretty good on guitar. Ready Set Good! (Tokio Hotel)
is a lot like Monsoon, but with slightly different chords. Other
than that, the other foreign songs are good fun for expert guitar.
They are all various blasts of nostalgic rock goodness. In
particular, Hay Poco Rock n Roll (I think that's the name) is
awesome. Think along the lines of classic Rolling Stones melded with
80's rock on the guitar part.
Of course the
foreign songs will probably not see much full band time with my
usual four person band. Main reason being that the vocals will be
torture. It's only so easy to sing in a new language before you
realize that you're in a different tongue and are about to fail with
a lack of skill.
I can also say,
surprisingly, the guitar part of the free song this week is fun. The
song itself grates on my nerves since it's Nickelodeon bubble gum
crap. However, the constantly shifting chords offers a bit of
variety to keep the guitarist happy in the end. Too bad I still
can't find the will to play with the sound muted, so this will only
exist on my HDD for one reason; variety is increased on random sets.
Nickelodeon poop (Naked Brothers Band) will not find it's way to may
HDD. I did give a watch to the expert guitar youtube videos posted
by Npeaen. While the charts don't look too bad for 80MP, it still
doesn't make the songs tolerable in the least. I Don't Want to Go to
School, in particular, is horrible on the ears.
As for the two
more American of songs (I think both bands are American...if not,
who cares), they are not bad. Well, the All American Rejects song
(like the other two tracks from them for DLC) can easily become a
guilty pleasure (call it "my dirty little secret" to play...to sound
witty). It's pretty weak in terms of rock-factor...but still fun.
Tempted by Squeeze
(the Cool For Cats band) is probably the only true must play song
for a full band for this week. Unfortunately, it's lame to play solo
on guitar. Just like with Cool For Cats, the guitar chart is almost
absent. However, when you have the vocals going and get into the
song, it's still a lot of fun.
So, for costing
only $1 per track (except the free one), it was, surprisingly, a
very solid week. We're also now at that mythical 500 tracks
available to play in Rock Band 1&2. Nicely done on Harmonix's part
to uphold the promise of 500 before 2008 closes.
My one big
complaint for the week is that these Nickelodeon songs don't belong.
The game is rated T, filled with songs that don't appeal to the same
crowd as Nickelodeon music would, and nothing along these lines have
existed before in Rock Band. To add them shows that Harmonix is
being controlled by Viacom (parent of MTV and Nickelodeon).
Afterall, the target audience was never present and then to add them
as DLC will not encourage a purchase by a 10 year old just for these
three songs. It's one thing to constantly add a new genre (or
demographic), but a one time increase will not do anything for this
...the only hope
to see these songs sell abundantly would be for this genre of tween-bubble-gum-crap
to keep coming along. Now that's something I think the majority of
Rock Band fanatics can agree about...that it must not happen again.