Well hello everyone. In this post, I would like to address these following points:
- Let you know who the mystery character was
- Let you know who the winner was (even though it means nothing as there are no prizes)
- Let you know what I was up to last night
- Let you also know what I think about Rock Band
So firstly, the mystery character that I covered in Autumn Leaves was indeed Sonic The Hedgehog. Kudos to you Rob. I’ll put another mystery character up tomorow or later tonight depending on how bored I feel.
Well, that’s points 1 and 2 knocked off quickly. Now on to point 3. Last night I went round a mate’s house to have a few beers and a BBQ with a few more mates. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t amazing and I ended up drinking Coke and Lemonade (not together, that’s a bit odd. I haven’t tried it but I don’t see it working well) as I had already had too much to drink this week. This brings me onto my next point (well, it’s between 3 and 4). Do not drink from 11am til 2pm and then go to college. It sounds like an awesome plan, and it did at the time on friday too. I had an exam in the morning and then I had a good few hours off. Seeing as it was my last day at college, we all decided to visit the pub for some lunch and some drinks. 3 and a half pints later I had politics and media studies in which I was very sleepy. I managed to get through politics but when it got to media studies, he sent us on our way after 10mins so it was back to pub again. A pint later and I really was too tired so I went home, only to find Rock Band had indeed arrived that day like I was hoping.
Point 4. Setting up Rock Band semi-drunk was not a good idea. I think it took me twice the time it should’ve and when Rob got in he started shouting at me as I was apparently taking too long about setting it up. To be honest though, I think he was just jealous that he had had 4 hours of exams that day and didn’t get to even sniff the pub. I hardly got to play on Rock Band on friday as I then had to go out (still very sleepy) to a party at which I sat in the corner with some lemonade hoping to go home as soon I could to get some sleep.
After friday night, Rob and I got a good session of Rock Band in on saturday. Now, I’m in two minds about Rock Band. There are certain aspects of it that I love, but then there are a few annoying little things that really shit on it’s gold. To start off, I like the song selection so far. I haven’t got all of the songs yet, but there are some awesome songs in there. Another thing I like is that the GUI is so much cleaner and more grown up than Guitar Hero. It seems like Harmonix knew what sort of market would actually buy this game and made it look and feel like a mature game. The graphics of the people on stage are amazing and everyone in the audience look different (yes I’m looking at you GH3!).
Now on to the not so good. After just playing it for an hour or so with Rob and another mate who popped in from College, I started to realise something about the guitar experience. My friend was failing on vocals and I had Energy ready to save him. I hurled my guitar to point to the Heavens, only to see that it hadn’t actually activated the Energy I had to save him. I sat there for about 10 seconds waving my guitar around like a dick trying to get this Energy to activate. Whislt doing this, my playing dropped drastically and my friend had already failed. This is one of a few gripes I have about the new guitar. Sure it looks better and feels like a real guitar (minus the weight of course), it just seems tempermental at times, and it’s not exclusive to the Energy function.
The buttons seems a bit clicky as you really have to hold them in to have them register as being pressed and this is the same story for the strummer bar. You really have to force it against the other side to get it to respond, but atleast your Hulk like force doesn’t generate the GH annoying click. I’m also finding the solo buttons a tad annoying. Firstly they suck. It could well be that since i’ve been playing GH on expert for so long that i’m used to soloing with strumming and I just need to practice some more on these buttons. However, I don’t really want to. It seems that if you do actually hold the guitar properly around the solo buttons, everytime you push them they clip your skin between the buttons and the neck. I’ve learnt not to hold it properly to avoid this, but not until I was already developing serious pains in my hand.
Minus these few annoying set backs, the rest of the game is pretty sweet. The problems of the solo buttons only occur when it gets to the solo and you think you’re Dio enough to play them on the solo buttons and the strumming and buttons retardedness really only effects you for the first 5mins of play each time as you get used to it. The drums and vocals are amazing(ly difficult) and fun. I have a long way to go until i’m pro at drums or vocals, but until then, i’ll continue shredding the guitar like I always have done. i.e. fuck the solo buttons.