Battle of the (virtual) bands: The Beatles edition

by professor.knowsitall@evpl on Thursday, October 30 2008, 5:19pm. Viewed 759 times.

Harmonix staff rocking out with Rock BandWhile being a musician in real life, playing to many sold-out crowds at Bar Mitzvahs, there's something about Rock Band & Guitar Hero that I love.  Playing fake instruments in front of thousands of virtual screaming fans gets the adrenaline pumping!

Rock Band 2 released last month on Xbox 360, a couple of weekends ago on PlayStation 3, and later this year for Wii & PS2.  The game features full four-player rawking, with guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.  You can play all the songs from Rock Band 1, and new songs can be purchased and downloaded each week, so I've got nearly 400 songs!  I brought my setup to this year's Staff Institute, and after TeenLibrarian@evpl's "Gaming in the Library" presentation, we rocked out!  Take a look at the photos.

Guitar Hero: World Tour released this past weekend for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, & PS2.  I haven't played it yet, but I've heard some pretty good things about it.  It too copies the four-player setup, with guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.

It was just announced this morning that Harmonix (the makers of Rock Band 1 & 2) will be making a game exclusively featuring music by The Beatles, releasing sometime next year.  Activision previously announced the upcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica.  So virtual bands won't have to worry about running out of gigs any time soon!!!

I know TeenLibrarian@evpl has been wanting to purchase either an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, along with either Rock Band 1, Rock Band 2, or Guitar Hero: World Tour for our open gaming at the library.  So, which console do you recommend?  (Let us know here.)  Also, which music game do you recommend???  Help us solve our music-game-mystery by posting your comments below!

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