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Rock Band: Special Edition (Includes Drums, Guitar, Microphone, and Game)

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on 2/6/2008

This game is the only reason why I bought a PS3. It's crazy fun and well worth the money. This is probably the best party/group game ever made. Anyone who plays this for 5 minutes gets totally addicted. The PS3 version comes with a wireless guitar (very important!). All the components are well made and the game-play is fantastic. Starting your own customized band and touring the nation is addictive. Best of all, you can keep buying new songs from the PS network.

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Rockband Rocks!

by Blake Purdy on 2/14/2008

Ordered with an approved credit account and saved an additional $30 off the price. It's a great deal to bring down the cost of owning this game. Even with shipping it's less than purchasing it in the stores with your card. I gave the game 5 out of 5 for difficulty because it can be adjusted to suit your skill level. This game is a lot of fun to play and really teaches you rhythm along with developing your hand/eye coordination. The only con I have is the guitar is not compatible with Guitar Hero or vise versa.

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This Special Edition box includes game, guitar (wireless), microphone and drum set -- everything you need to get in the game and rock out! The Rock Band Special Edition will support 1-4 players. Rock on.

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Dive into Rock Band's challenging and addicting game modes and rock out to your favorite tunes. Put together a band, play in it, and tour for fame and fortune -- all while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. Learn to play songs spanning all genres of rock and including many master recordings from legendary artists! Rock Band will be released on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PS2 systems.

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"


Manufacturer Electronic Arts
Mfg Part# 15914
SKU 205124135
UPC 014633159141
UPC 14 00014633159141
Format PlayStation 3
Review 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.
ReviewRating 10
Review 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.
Reviewer Sanford May
ReviewRating 9
Rock out your way! Players can beat on drums, sing along, groove as a bassist and shred riffs as guitarists (using a licensed replica of the legendary Fender® Stratocaster®) – either in single player career mode leading a band, in multiplayer as part of the band, or against each other – in person or online!
Unrivaled song library! Major record labels and leading music publishers have signed on to provide unrivaled access to master recordings and legendary rock artists – from punk, metal and alternative to classic and southern rock of the 60s, 70, 80s, 90s and 2000s.
Fully customizable! Form your own band, create and customize your own rocker, and then travel on a fast rise to fame around the world in a quest for rock ‘n’ roll glory!
Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Dies! Supports downloadable content for never-ending challenges.
Play together in your living room or across the world! Rock Band offers deep online functionality, allowing players to rock together whether they’re in Rhode Island or Reykjavik.
Manufacturer Part Number 15914
Manufacturer Electronic Arts, Inc
Manufacturer Website Address
Product Name Rock Band Special Edition
Product Type Software
Compatibility PLAYSTATION Network Compatible SIXAXIS Wireless Controller
Platform Support PlayStation 3
Software Name Rock Band Special Edition
Features Rock Band challenges rockers to put together a band, play in it, and tour for fame and fortune - all while learning to master lead/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.
Software Sub Type Entertainment
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Product Attributes
Game Format PlayStation 3
Game Genre Simulation
Quotes will have fun with Rock Band. We guarantee it.
Sal Accardo, It's an experience like no other in videogames...
Dan Amrich, of the most rewarding co-op events you could ask for.
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