New Rock Band Awesomeness!

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by Darkforce, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. Darkforce

    Darkforce DERP!

    Former Staff
    Nov 5, 2002

    Note they're using GH2 controllers in the pics by the looks of it but the actual Rock Band guitar will look like this, and have 10 frets (5 at bottom for solos) and a 5 way switch for virtual pedal effects.

    More info from NeoGaf:

    - One disk with 4 separate campaigns. Guitar, Drum, Bass and Vocal. Each can be played on its own from start to finish, in addition, a full band game is designed to allow for one huge co-op playthrough.

    - Will feature full support for four player online play on both 360 and PS3. Any combination of on/offline play will work and each player can pick their own difficulty setting.

    - Flexible community system will allow you to find bandmates anywhere in the world

    - There will be a way for you to share your band's triumphs with the world, but the details are still under wraps.

    - Musical fret-boards are now transparent so you can see more of the background visuals. Guitar is on the left side of the screen, Bass on the right and drums down the middle. Vocals scroll from right to left along the top of the screen.

    - Guitars and Bass now have 10 frets. 5 for the regular sections of the game and 5 for the newly designated solo sections.

    - Whammy bar is back as is the tilt to activate rock band's version of star power

    - there is a five way switch on the guitar that allows for 5 different self-applied effects to the sound.

    - Singing is now more in depth. There is a phoneme detector that will pick up individual vowels and consonants you say. Build up enough highly judged phrases and you'll be able to sing free-form. If you do well enough in free-form, then you'll trigger the vocalist's version of star power.

    - Microphone doubles as a tambourine on many songs to combat super long guitar solos where the singer doesn't have much to do.

    - Drums are apparently insane. You use actual sticks and hit one of four colored pads in front of you, in addition to a kick pedal attached to the drumming unit. Drummers will also have the ability to do fills etc. in their own little free-form section, do well and you'll trigger the drummers version of star power.

    - If one person fails, the whole band does not fail, their section simply turns gray and they have to sit out the rest of the song unless one your band mates initiates star power, which will bring you back into the fold.

    - If all bandmates can reach the end of a song, you'll be greeted with one huge free-form jam session.

    - There will be a character creation system, and you can create multiple avatars that play different instruments.

    - Four themed clothing stores in addition to licensed guitars and pedals and other rock paraphernalia.

    - A full set of mo-cap stage movements have been added for each instrument. You can decide whether your vocalist moves like Axel Rose, or stands his ground like Clapton.

    - 40 performance venues planned

    - All peripherals will be unique to each platform. This isn't the developer's decision. Apparently MS peripherals require special circuit boards.

    - You'll be able to craft your own band logo

    - The HUD in the screens isn't final but is a good indication of what you can expect

    - 4 songs announced in the article, not sure if this is new or old but whatever.
    Weezer - Say It Ain't So - Original Master Track
    Black Sabbath - Paranoid - Original Master Track
    The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again - Original Master Track
    Nirvana - In Bloom - Original Master Track


    Sorry I can't post photos so my descriptions will have to suffice


    Guitars are an exact 3/4 replica of a Fender Strat.

    Xplorer guitars will work for 360 owners, but you may not be able to pass on all the new stuff this model has.

    Five familiar buttons near the top of the neck, five buttons near the body of the guitar. You will use these new buttons during specially designed solo sections using ONLY hammer ons and pull offs, no having to worry about your strum bar. Signature Fender 5-way switch has been added. By shopping at the in game store you'll be able to purchase several virtual effects pedals such as Flange, Wah, Chorus and Echo. These can be applied during your song by setting the 5 way switch to the desired effect.


    There will eventually be a Rock Band branded Mic

    Other USB mics will be supported, but Harmonix will probably NOT allow the use of the 360 headset due to its low fidelity. Mics will be usable as tambourines during certain songs.

    That's all for mics!


    The picture of the drum peripheral in the mag is not final.

    It consists of four pads, a kick pedal and legs for the enire unit to stand on. Think of it as a TV dinner tray stand only cooler [​IMG]

    Leftmost pad (red) is your snare drum, everything else doubles as toms and cymbals depending on the song.

    A set of real wooden drum sticks will ship with the unit.

    A piece of the stand can be taken off so that the unit can sit lower, or on a coffee table.

    There is a kick pedal

    If you play drums in this game on hard or expert, then you're really playing the drums. Apparently you could sit down at a real set and play the same songs.

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    Price point still hasn't been confirmed but at a focus group last month $150-200 was floating around for the whole package (game, 1 guitar, drums, and mic) and apparently is due to ship 20th November. A Wii version IS supposedly in development but EA havn't been very forth with details and may not come out till sometime after the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

    Can't wait!

  2. Da Mafia

    Da Mafia GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 27, 2004
    Nice, thats the first video i've seen of it, and the drums look ace.

    I cant wait!!
  3. SpaceJump

    SpaceJump GBAtemp Psycho!

    Aug 18, 2005
    Amazing, I am a drummer so I'm really interested in this, but I have no 360. Is it also announced for Wii?
  4. Darkforce

    Darkforce DERP!

    Former Staff
    Nov 5, 2002
    Also in a focus group session last month the participants were apparently told a Wii version is in the works.

    I would guess the major hurdles for EA and Harmonix at the moment are online play - since Nintendo has not opened it upto third parties yet. And of course how the Wii remote can be used with the game - there are lots of things they could do, for example they could integrate the remote into the guitar and have notes played through the speaker. The wii remote would also handle the star power and wireless functions - possibly making it cheaper to produce. Likewise the mic could be a small attachment for the remote and an alternate control scheme for drums could be 2 Wii remotes with a plug in foot pedal. But to be honest most likely what will happen is the guitar uses the wii remote and the other instruments stay the same.

    So it doesn't look like the Wii version will be ready for a simultaneous release, but they definately have something up their sleeve!


    p.s On another note I'm suprised by the lack of posts here! Where's the love for Rock Band?! [​IMG]
  5. AshuraZro

    AshuraZro Belongs in a museum.

    Feb 21, 2004
    Fantastic video and a nice look at the game. Glad to see they've not only given every "instrument" the same attention as they gave guitars in Guitar Hero but they've also expanded upon the guitars themselves!
  6. hevyhomie

    hevyhomie Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    United States
    now that's what i'm talking about!!! [​IMG]

    i am not if this will work with a psp version, but a ds version could be sick!

    i mean drums could be tapping like elite beat, move stylus up or down for the strings, and the d pad and L button could be the regular buttons for the guitar, as for the mic, special mic to plug in (no offense, but the ds mic isn't high quality for a game like this for vocals), ds is also perfect for online co-op and local
  7. science

    science science rules

    Jun 9, 2006
    Wow. Just. Wow. I'm getting this in a heartbeat. $200 for all that shit?!?! Thats INSANE!!
  8. Da Mafia

    Da Mafia GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 27, 2004
    I just hope Guitar Hero Rocks The 80's can keep me entertained until this is released.
  9. Taras

    Taras I'm Not Hating, I'm Just Sayin'

    Dec 10, 2005
    United States
    Boxcar #142, Santa Fe rail
    I never knew that toddlers toy instruments would be so popular.
  10. Wanque

    Wanque GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 20, 2005
    I have to make some friends QUICK!

    Also, they have have a shit load of money, cos I'm not buying that all that junk.

    Applications below.
  11. Deadmon

    Deadmon A Temper

    Nov 8, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario
    Wow, I want it already just because of drumming! haven't played drums in a longg time..