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Rock Band 4 Guitar and Software Bundle - Black (PS4)
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Platform: PlayStation 4 | Edition: Guitar and Software Bundle
Music game pioneer Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. is taking the highest-rated interactive music gaming platform to the next level with Rock Band 4. Designed exclusively for current-generation gaming consoles, Rock Band 4 delivers the ecstatic rush of a live band performance like never before. Add your personal signature to every performance through groundbreaking features such as Freestyle Guitar Solos that allow players to create their own legendary solos. Combined with impressive current-gen visual polish and a soundtrack featuring some of rock's biggest acts, Rock Band 4 aims to create the defining music gaming platform for this generation.
1 x Full version of Rock Band 4 Game Software;1x Wireless Guitar Controller
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First of all, the game itself. Rock Band 4, compared to the previous Rock Band game, is honestly a bit of a step-down. Although the textures and character models are better, the character designs took a bit of a hit. For one thing, none of the old characters return in this one. Moosejaw, The Duke of Gravity, Sharky, they're all gone. There's also less variety in the character creator, with the only two body type options being Masculine and Feminine, with no options to change height or physique.
As for the soundtrack, it's kind of hit and miss. Halls of Valhalla, Hail to the King, I Miss The Misery, The Seeker and Centuries are all great inclusions, and the inclusion of 4 Non Blondes and The Protomen is one I was definitely not expecting. However, the majority of the soundtrack is either boring, garbage or both, which is understandable considering that the majority of the good songs were already used in previous games or as DLC. Fortunately, to make up for this, Rock Band 4 allows you to import the majority of your content library from the previous Rock Band titles, so I was able to quickly expand my library with the Rock Band 1, 3 and Blitz export packs. Even still, it would have been nice to have more quality content available on disc.
Now, onto the controller. I can definitely say, without a shadow of a doubt, that this Rock Band 4 controller is the best Guitar controller that I have ever used. The strum bar, while still just as effective as any other controller, is incredibly quiet, even after 3 months of frequent use. There's not much else I can say really, this is the best instrument controller since Guitar Hero 2's X-plorer controller.
The game itself is very slick and polished and what you would expect on the new console and the career mode (although I'm only half way through) at least provides you with some choices (more fans or more money). The playlist which comes with the game is, imho, a little short and lacking and therefore I found very quickly songs being repeated as I worked through the career mode. I thought this would be resolved by having access to my previous DLC and this is where the problems start. Whilst current information from Harmonix is at best vague (you could say misleading), the back catalogue of DLC is being worked through after release. OK, this is understandable given the volume involved over 2 major platforms (PS4 and Xbox One) but Harmonix/Sony seem to be forgetting that have users outside of the USA. The instructions on the Harmonix forums do not currently work on the UK PSN store and whilst you can download some DLC via the internet version of the PSN, you currently can only download individual tracks on a track by track basis. It you've brought Track Packs or Albums, these are not yet available, neither are the original and RB2 exports. There are also a lot of tracks which currently do just not work. The end result is your track library at the moment is going to be a little sparse. I'm sure this will improve but I brought this on the understanding I would have access to my library. I do not and feel a little cheated at best. Another frustrating feature is that you now have 'freestyle solos'. These generally work well and involve you pressing any notes from two locations on the fret board. Good in theory but there are some examples where it is nearly impossible to get from one end of the fret board to the other when resuming the guitar line. This breaks you multiplier which, if scores are important to you, could cause frustrations.
The other issue I have is with the guitar. Now I must confess for the past 2-3 years I have predominately used the keyboard in RB3 as that is my preference. That being said, I like to think I was reasonable when using the guitar given that was what I used from the original GH & RB, if a little rusty. That being said, I'm having major problems getting used to the note keys. On the GH controllers, there were raised buttons and a dot you could feel on the middle note so you could tell where your fingers were. On the RB4 version, there is no such facility. Instead you have 5 large sized buttons and I'm finding moving around a challenge. Whilst it must be said the guitar imho is of very good build quality, the smooth, quite nature of the strum bar is also disconcerting. With the old guitars, there was a healthy click when you strummed which you don't get on the RB4 version. I accept some would say that was progress and it is just a case of getting used to it. Another very useful feature is the automatic sync with your TV, no more clicking in time to the beat to configure the controller although for best results I would suggest doing it in a quite, darkened room as any other light or noise will affect the settings it arrives at.I couldn't understand why I couldn't play anything to begin with until I re-sync in a pitch black room when the result was perfect.
I did toy with the idea of exploring if I could return this, especially given the outlay. I have to admit I'm in two minds at this moment in time. The initial playlist is disappointing and the frustrations with the DLC do not help. The issues with guitar could be down to my personal skill levels, I'm not convinced and I'll try a legacy controller and compare scores. I'm sure the DLC problems will get sorted eventually but having to download over 300 pieces of DLC individually is not something I'm looking forward to, if/when they get sorted. Would I have brought this based on what I know now, probably not. I probably will end up keeping it but I'm just a little disappointed that Harmonix appear to have focused on the revenue rather than the end product and initial user experience, not what I was expecting given their track record.
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