Rock Band's Gone Country!
"The new music really adds more flavor to the Rock Band franchise...If you enjoy Country music then this purchase is a no brainer. GameZone
Rock Band Country Track Pack on Nintendo Wii is a standalone software product that allows owners of Rock Band and Rock Band2 to keep the party going with 21 songs from an outstanding mix of country artists, including Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts and the legendary Kenny Rogers. Many of the tracks will be exclusive to the Rock Band Country Track Pack.
"If you're a fan of country music and fake plastic instruments, then this collection of songs should be right up your alley. Gaming Nexus
IGN.com 7 of 10
Call me crazy, but I'm starting to think this newfangled concept of "music games" is going to be successful. Rock Band has been around for a couple years now, and in that time over 40 million songs have been downloaded by users, and the online library is now over 500 tracks deep. That's a whole lot of music. In an attempt to expand that audience though, MTV Games is packaging track packs across PS2, Wii, 360, and PS3 which can be purchased instead of going on and nabbing the music one-by-one or in artists packs. You're getting the same songs you can find online, but you're also getting them at a cheaper price if you buy in bulk...On the flipside, major issues hold back the game as a stand-alone offering, and it's multiplied even worse on Wii and PS2 where the ability to download and import the songs into other versions of Rock Band isn't included. That's right PS2/Wii guys; if you wanted to buy this one and add the tracks onto the main versions you won't be able to. It's played on this disc, and only on this disc, and that's just part of the more frustrating elements that come with the "track pack" concept...The Rock Band Country Rock Track Pack is a decent value as long as you dig all 21 songs. With that being said, don't assume you're getting the full Rock Band experience with this game, because you aren't. There's no career mode, no venue or character select, none of the fan systems, online, or additional content you'd find if you drop the money for the full-on game. For PS3 and 360 users that want 21 songs at $10 off (essentially what it comes down to if you do the math) this is a fine way to buy in bulk. For Wii and PS2 though, there's no ability to cash these tracks in as downloadable ones for Rock Band and Rock Band 2, so I'd advise against purchasing the hard copy unless you want to be popping discs in all the time just to play a few additional tunes. No connectivity with the main versions of Rock Band really hurts the non PS3/360 versions. If you dig all the songs, buy it. If not, it's time to embrace the DLC formula and kiss physical track packs goodbye.
- Mark Bozon