The wait is almost over and we’ll all soon be able to say, “Finally…. the Rock Band has come back!”
It’s been 5 long year since the release of Rock Band 3 and fans have been clamoring for a new entry in the series known for its plastic instruments and unrivaled party experience.
For a while before the reveal of Rock Band 4, every Harmonix announcement has been met with comments like “Hey that’s great, but where’s the new rock band game?” And not that Fantasia Music Evolved is not wonderful and charming but there’s nothing quite like whaling on plastic instrument with more than four friends while emulating music that hasrock band 4 review shaped you into who you are today. It’s a very powerful feeling and one I’m glad will be coming back in a big way.
The first and foremost, if you are a Rock band owner, you’ll want to know whether or not all of your previously purchased DLC will carry forward. I’m happy to say that, yes! Most of the DLC will carry forward and that includes songs exported from other rock band discs. Although word is still out about the exporting of Rock Band 3 songs and we already know that The Beatles is a no no, the fact that most of your previously purchased DLC will be available for free in Rock band is a big boon for the series and even bigger one for the fans. It’s worth mentioning that if you’re making the jump to a different platform then the one you’ve been rocking on previously, you’ll need to buy the songs all over again. So that means that unfortunately for the Xbox 360 players who’ve made the jump to PS4, they’ll have to either pay for the songs all over again or buy an Xbox One in order to get their previous downloads for free. It might seem like an odd thing to mention but since I fall into that category, I was hoping others could share my pain.
Another customer focused approach the team at Harmonix is taking is making sure that you’re old instruments will work with the new game. In other words, if you own them already, you won’t have to dish out for new instruments unless you want to and that should be music to every space-depraved individuals ears! If you are however, interested in getting some shiny new plastic instruments, accessories maker, MadCatz has been hard at work designing the new generation of guitars, drums and microphones all of which have received some under the hood tweaks to make the overall experience smoother. They didn’t reinvent the wheel like the folks making Guitar Hero Live but the subtle improvements should make everything that much more seamless and second nature.
On the gameplay side, Rock band 4 sticks to the tested and true but does add a few new features that will please long time veterans and new comers alike. From the all new drum fill feature that has you playing through a library of perfect-fit-for-the-song-your-playing fills to the new freestyle solo option that lets you add your personal signature and style to every guitar performance, the new Rock Band is all about freedom of expression and it shows.
Of course, we can’t talk about a new rock band game and NOT talk about the new music that will be part of it. So far, Harmonix has only revealed a hand full of songs that will be on the disc as apparently some of the negotiations with artists and record labels have not been finalized and a final track list hasn’t even been confirmed internally at the company either. That being said they did give us a few songs to get excited about so soak it in and stay tuned for more
• Aerosmith – “Toys in the Attic”
• Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail to the King”
• Benjamin Booker – “Violent Shiver”
• The Cure – “Friday I’m In Love”
• The Outfield – “Your Love”
• Ozzy Osbourne – “Miracle Man”
• Paramore – “Still Into You”
• Queens of the Stone Age – “My God is the Sun”
• Scandal – “The Warrior”
• Spin Doctors – “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”
• St. Vincent – “Birth in Reverse”
• Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl”
• Dream Theater – “Metropolis – Part 1 ‘The Miracle and the Sleeper'”
• Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds”
• Fleetwood Mac – “You Make Loving Fun”
• Foo Fighters – “The Feast and the Famine”
• Jack White – “Lazaretto”
• Judas Priest – “Halls of Valhalla”
• The Killers – “Somebody Told Me”
• Live – “All Over You”
• Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
• The Who – “The Seeker”
Rock band 4 is set to rock the world on October 6, 2015 and is available for pre-order in many forms on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Stay tuned for more on everything you read and the full list of songs as it’s revealed! Will you be starting a band and rocking the world this October? Let us know in the comments!