"Rock Band Allows Gamers to Perform Music from the World's Biggest Rock Artists with Their Friends as a Virtual Band Using Drum, Bass/Lead Guitar and Microphone Peripherals, in Addition to Offering Deep Online Connectivity!"
"...you will have fun with Rock Band. We guarantee it. GamePro.com
Rock Band delivers four music games in one - challenging rockers to master lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals. Built on unprecedented deals with top record labels and music publishers, the music featured in Rock Band spans all genres of rock and includes many master recordings from legendary artists!
Full Tracklist: Most tracks recorded by the original artist!
- "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" – Jet
- "Ballroom Blitz" – Sweet
- "Black Hole Sun" – Soundgarden
- "Blitzkrieg Bop" – Ramones
- "Celebrity Skin" – Hole
- "Cherub Rock" – Smashing Pumpkins
- "Creep"* – Radiohead
- "Dani California" – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "Dead on Arrival" – Fall Out Boy
- "Detroit Rock City" – Kiss
- "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" – Blue Öyster Cult
- "The Electric Version" – The New Pornographers
- "Enter Sandman" – Metallica
- "Epic" – Faith No More
- "Flirtin' with Disaster" – Molly Hatchet
- "Foreplay/Long Time" – Boston
- "Gimme Shelter" – The Rolling Stones
- "Go with the Flow" – Queens of the Stone Age
- "Green Grass and High Tides" – The Outlaws
- "The Hand That Feeds" – Nine Inch Nails
- "Here It Goes Again" – OK Go
- "Highway Star" – Deep Purple
- "I Think I'm Paranoid" – Garbage
- "In Bloom" – Nirvana
- "Learn to Fly" – Foo Fighters
- "Main Offender" – The Hives
- "Maps" – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- "Mississippi Queen" – Mountain
- "Next to You" – The Police
- "Orange Crush" – R.E.M.
- "Paranoid" – Black Sabbath
- "Reptilia" – The Strokes
- "Run to the Hills" – Iron Maiden
- "Sabotage"* – Beastie Boys
- "Say It Ain't So" – Weezer
- "Should I Stay or Should I Go" – The Clash
- "Suffragette City" – David Bowie
- "Tom Sawyer" – Rush
- "Train Kept A-Rollin'" – Aerosmith
- "Vasoline" – Stone Temple Pilots
- "Wanted Dead or Alive" – Bon Jovi
- "Wave of Mutilation" – Pixies
- "Welcome Home"* – Coheed and Cambria
- "When You Were Young" – The Killers
- "Won't Get Fooled Again" – The Who
Bonus Songs: Unlock these songs as you progress through the game!
- "29 Fingers" – The Konks
- "Blood Doll" – Anarchy Club
- "Brainpower" – Freezepop
- "Can't Let Go" – Death of the Cool
- "Day Late, Dollar Short" – The Acro-Brats
- "I Get By" – Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives
- "I'm So Sick" – Flyleaf
- "Nightmare" – Crooked X
- "Outside" – Tribe
- "Pleasure (Pleasure)" – Bang Camaro
- "Seven"* – Vagiant
- "Time We Had" – The Mother Hips
- "Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld" – Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld
Downloadable Content: In addition to the regular tracklist and bonus songs, Harmonix has also released additional downloadable content available for purchase online via Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network. These titles include (as of Jan '08):
- "Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- "Juke Box Hero" - Foreigner
- "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" - T.Rex
- "My Sharona" - The Knack
- "Cherry Bomb" - The Runaways
- "Joker & the Thief" - Wolfmother
- "My Iron Lung" - Radiohead
- "Brass in Pocket" - The Pretenders
- "Buddy Holly" - Weezer
- "Attack" - 30 Seconds to Mars
- "The Kill" - 30 Seconds to Mars
- "Dirty Little Secret" - All-American Rejects
- "Move Along" - All-American Rejects
- "Song with a Mission" - The Sounds
- "Gimme Three Steps" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
- "Hard to Handle" - Black Crowes
- "Limelight" - Rush
- "Die, All Right!" - The Hives
- "Interstate Love Song" - Stone Temple Pilots
- "The Number of the Beast" - Iron Maiden
- Punk Pack - "Ever Fallen in Love?" –The Buzzcocks, "I Fought the Law" –The Clash, "Rockaway Beach" –Ramones
- Metallica Pack 01 - "Ride the Lightning", "Blackened", "...And Justice For All"
- Queens of the Stone Age Pack 01 - "3's & 7's", "Sick, Sick, Sick", "Little Sister"
- The Police Pack 01 - "Roxanne", "Synchronicity II", "Can't Stand Losing You"
- David Bowie Pack 01 - "Moonage Daydream", "Heroes", "Queen Bitch"
- Black Sabbath Pack 01 - "N.I.B.", "Sweet Leaf", "War Pigs"
"It's an experience like no other in videogames... Sal Accardo, GameSpy.com
"...one of the most rewarding co-op events you could ask for. Dan Amrich, GamesRadar.com
IGN.com 10 of 10
Metallica, The Ramones, The Rolling Stones -- these are some of the legendary bands in rock. And now, thanks to Harmonix's Rock Band, you and your friends can join the legendary pantheon of rock gods. The latest game from Harmonix ups the ante on other music titles by combining guitars, drums, and singing into one awesome package. You and your friends will rock out with some of the greatest bands in history. And Fall Out Boy. While Rock Band doesn't offer the insanely intense (and perhaps impossible) challenge of Guitar Hero III, it's a game that everyone will have fun playing. This may just be among the best party games ever released...Rock Band has one major difference from other music games: it's not about one person's experience. This is a group effort and the gameplay is geared towards teamwork. While the four members of your band must all be concerned with their own performances, you must work together to earn epic scores in Rock Band. Each instrument comes with its own Overdrive (AKA Star Power) system. Individually, they kick in a x2 multiplier for the player who enters Overdrive. But you can stack other member's Overdrives to creative massive multipliers for the entire group. Get all four members in Overdrive at the same time for a bonus x8. To do this, though, requires communication with your other team members...Rock Band is a great game. The presentation elements are top-notch and take music games to a new level; consider the bar raised. Though there are three separate solo careers, Rock Band is best experienced with a group of friends. The only major concerns are with the hardware. The guitar is inferior to other versions on the market and it seems likely that before Rock Band II arrives, many will have broken their drum kits (how long can you beat that thing before it dies?). Still, this is an excellent game overall. Anyone who invests the extra money to purchase some of the stellar downloadable content is certain to be playing Rock Band well into next year. Heck, you can tell by the mammoth size of this review just how much there is to say about Rock Band. Without question, Rock Band is one of the must-have games of the year.
WorthPlaying.com 9 of 10
Harmonix's Rock Band for PlayStation 3, with the addition of drums and score-accumulating, star-rated vocals to lead and bass guitar, is the natural progression of the popular, critical-darling Guitar Hero (GH) franchise the studio created. At present, with separate instruments not yet available, the game is best acquired in a bundle that, though hardly inexpensive, is overall a good value. The bundle includes the Rock Band game; a drum controller that looks, and more or less behaves, like a MIDI drum-pad kit; a guitar controller modeled after perhaps the most recognizable name in electric guitars, the Fender Stratocaster; and a high-quality Logitech-manufactured USB microphone...Any instrument, including vocals, can be completed in a solo career mode in Rock Band. The advancing difficulty of set-lists is consistent from one musical role to another, although the songs in the set-lists vary; on the real-world take, this makes good sense, as some songs are more difficult to sing than drum, more complicated on lead guitar than drums, etc. Yeah, sure, rarely are the bass sections of a band's oeuvre more difficult than the lead guitar parts -- yes, Thompson Twins, I'm looking at you. But then there's Geddy Lee. Although considered his band's frontman, he's not the principal lyricist -- as noted in one of Rock Band's brief loading screens -- but his signature bass style is perhaps most responsible for that particular Rush sound almost any popular music fan can identify in a mere few opening bars...My single viable complaint with Rock Band lies in "Band World Tour" mode; if you fail a song again and again, losing thousands of fans at every failure, yet you refuse to give in and abandon the gig, choosing instead to persevere, you can work yourself down to dead-zero fans. That's fine. But there's a point at which if you've previously done well enough on others songs and sets on high enough difficulty settings, it's very difficult to gain back more than 10 or 14 fans at a go. Essentially, the game punishes you for not giving up. You're better off starting from scratch with a new band. It's a relatively minor quibble, but as a potential passion and motivator of budding real-world musicians, Rock Band should be more tolerant of those players who refuse to give in to the tough songs even on the higher difficulty settings. Otherwise, it's only rock 'n' roll, but I like it.
- Sanford May