Band Hero - Game Only
If you're looking for a 360, get this one.
Let's face it... if you're looking to buy a new game system, you're obviously looking for either a wii, PS3, or an XBox 360. In retrospect, all of the systems are fantastic; the wii's design is obviously just for a good time, while the PS3 and the XBox 360 are battling it out for the best graphics and hardcore gaming. The XBox 360 has been out the longest of the next gen consoles, so its game library is vast, and full of brilliant games. The 360's controller is often referred to as the best between the PS3 and the 360, as it fits snugly and comfortably in your hand. Back to the main topic, if you're looking to get an XBox 360, I'd highly suggest this console over the other two. Though the XBox 360 Arcade may look appealing, it doesn't come close to the amount of accessories included in the Pro or elite bundles. In the 60GB Pro model, there is probably AT LEAST $200 worth of accessories, which already puts you past the price of the total Arcade bundle (just the console and the controller, plus the group of arcade games). In the Pro model, you get a 60GB hard drive (which enables you to play XBox LIVE and past XBox games), a headset, and an ethernet cable. The elite (if you can afford it, I'd suggest getting it), which would be ridiculously overpriced for most people, and they would just get a PS3 instead. The Pro is almost the same as the elite, just different colors and 60 instead of 120GB hard drive, which ends up being a lot of bang for your buck. In conclusion, if you're looking to get an XBox 360, I'd strongly suggest the 60GB Pro Model, as you'll get the most for your money.
I like playing solo on career mode as it allows me to build up skill and learn songs without being under pressure by a team that needs me to pass.
Band Hero is not built for solo players.
All songs are unlocked from the start. There are no real rewards for excellence. The career mode is mostly an afterthought with little of interest. Most challenges require multiple players.
Mix it together and you get solo players who are bored with nowhere to go and no way to really get rewards as you're not playing with others. I was bored within an hour and happily returned this game the same day.
Best band game!
I love this game because it's rock, pop, and other genres. I love the tracks too, my personal favorite is American Pie and Paralyzer. If you have a bundle already, get this.
Let me say this in the simplest way possible: This game is the guilty pleasure of music games. It has pretty much every song that a macho man would deny liking, but would think was better than Metal. Let's take a look at the setlist, shall we? It Includes such songs as "Mr Roboto" by Styx, "Don't Speak" by No Doubt, "YMCA" by The Village People, "Whip It" by Devo, and more. I think there are around 70 songs on disc and almost all "Guitar Hero 5" DLC works with this game. There is slightly less censorship in this game than in "Lego Rock Band", so a couple of the on disc songs do have mild swearing, but why would you really want to bleep out "Bad Reputation"? On the other hand, I'm amazed Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People" is DLC. Download that song and play it in a setlist with "YMCA". It's really creepy how they sync up...Okay, enough about songs. Time for the Career Mode. It works the same as GH5 which is weird, because there's less songs and it's newer, so I was expecting change. Sadly, that is the one true failing point of this game. I played Career for about three hours and I almost beat it already. However, it is not as bad as Power Gig, so it is still an excellent investment of your time, if you are a true music geek. Also, if you are a true music geek, you will NAIL ALL THE TAP NOTES IN THE GUITAR PART OF MR ROBOTO!!! There is one character exclusive to this game, who is a stereotypical hip-hop kid. I don't remember his name and I don't know why they put him in here. All the returning characters from GH5 are altered to appeal to the game's intended tween fanbase and you can still play as your XBOX LIVE avatar,which was my favorite new thing about GH5. This game is an excellent choice if you are a) learning to play guitar games b) a radio addict c) a music game master or d) a party gamer. It's awesome. Pick it up!
AWESOME! but weak career mode
Well this game is of course awesome because it’s guitar hero. Awesome song selection, many new top hit songs to play including taylor swift’s love story and you belong with me. One thing I hated and was greatly disappointed by was the career mode. I only played maybe twenty songs and I beat it even though I hadn’t even unlocked all the songs yet. Also, the songs were not all that challenging, and many songs were extremely boring and torturous to play. One thing great about this game though is every song has a challenge for one instrument. The challenges vary from hitting lots of notes, getting a high note steak, or getting a high score. Also, I like how two people can play guitar at the same time in career and quick play. It was always annoying fighting each other or taking turns for who got to play guitar.
just played the demo on xbox live
First off they have redone the visual of this game the stage and game looks amazing with all the special affects and the crowd even starts singing the songs. I was wondering at first why activision would make another series like this bun now i know why it's for the songs that are not rock and i loved the songs in the demo they are songs on this game that you can sing to and know the words if your not a rock fan. Love this game.
Not many songs for this game...
When I saw a new game in the what is now called the "Hero" series, I figured that Band Hero would kick things off with a bang using a large master setlist that they would they continue to expand upon with "encore games" with lesser songs. But Band Hero only has just over 40 songs in it. That's not a lot. I'll admit it has some good songs and the new drumkit looks awesome, but the set list is tiny!
Not just dumbed-down Guitar Hero
For those of you who think that this game is just for people looking for lower difficulty, think again. This game is simply meant to appeal to people who want to play genres other than those available in the Guitar Hero series. That's why it's called Band Hero, not Rock Hero, etc. So if you want to play songs with more general interest to them, but the songs from Guitar Hero and Rock Band hardly appeal to you, maybe because of lyrics, subject matter, or something else, and you want to try your hand at this kind of game, you'll probably enjoy this game if it's made as well as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Since it's by the company that made the Guitar Hero series, it's probably comparable. In all of these games, there are several difficulty settings, so if that's the issue, I recommend whichever one has the set-list that appeals to you the most. Remember, most of these games have downloadable songs released on a regular basis, sometimes even song packs and full albums.
This makes sense... just not worth full price
I can see why they want to release a game like this. Appealing to a different audience blah blah blah. But why not just release this all as DLC for Guitar Hero 5? This game is EXACTLY the same, just different setlist.
I don't understand why folks would consider this a let down. C'mon, it's a selection of songs targetting a different crowd. Maybe there are different twists and difficulties, etc.. but it's still GH. Imagine a family gathering with a bunch of kids and grandparents then you bring out the equipment to play a gig with Lamb of God (oh yeah, that could happen, couldn't it?). I'm for it, I've had my eye on the Lego version as well. I have two daughters (4 and 2) and while I may like the hard rock'n stuff, I'm looking forward to offering my family something on a lighter note and geared to be more family friendly. Could you imagine a Wiggles GH?? LOL