Rock Band is a music video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems, published by MTV games & and distributed by EA Distribution. It was released in the United States on November 21, 2007 for the Xbox 360 & Playstation 3. It was also released December 22, 2007 in the United States on Playstation 2 & Canada for the Xbox 360 & Playstation 3. Then it was released in Canada January 2, 2008 for the Playstation 2. Also due May 23, 2008 in Europe as a 1 day release on the Xbox 360.
It has 10 frets, a whammy bar, & an effects switch. It has 5 frets at the top and 5 frets at the bottom. The guitar also may be able to do hammer-ons & pull-offs without even strumming.
The effects switch feature for Xbox 360 & Playstation 3 has the effects of:
Though the Playstation 2 effects are:
- slap back echo,
- medium echo,
- long echo.
This guitar is compatible of being wired or wireless. Rock Band also features a "Lefty Flip" for people that are left handed. Harmonix confirmed that Guitar Hero controllers are NOT compatible with Rock Band only with the Nintendo Wii & Playstation 3.
The Drums has 4 rubber drum pads and a kick pedal. Each pad has a colored ring around it to show you the notes on the screen. There is 4 different drums:
- "Snare Drum" (red),
- "Hi-Hat" (yellow),
- "Tom-Tom" (blue),
- "Crash Cymbal" (green).
- The kick pedal is for the use of a "Bass Drum" (orange).
There is also a lefty flip mode for the drums. The drum kit has buttons in the middle to navigate through the menu.
There are some instances in which changing some pad sounds come into play. In songs like "Everlong" by The Foo Fighters, the red pad becomes a hi-hat while the yellow pad becomes a snare drum. Changes in these pads make it easier for the consumer to play in most situations.
The microphone is very similar to the microphone on Karaoke Revolution developed by Harmonix. The microphone can be used with the headset and is USB. The singer is usually the one who changes the pitch & how closely they match it to the lyrics.
The microphone also can be used as a tambourine or cowbell by tapping it when prompted.
Setlist of SongsEdit
Main Article: Rock Band Setlist
See Also: Rock Band/Gallery