Rock Band isn't really the same when playing by yourself. The guitar parts and karaoke wannabe simulator feel a little lonely and underwhelming when pushing through them by yourself. The drums, however, are actually quite fun for a ten minutes, stress-relieving workout. Don't get me wrong, it's exponentially more fun when jamming virtually with a bunch of mates, but there's something deeply therapeutic about smashing skip-loads of hell out of a plastic drum kit in time with loud music.
Arguably the best part of the 'band expansion' that has rocked music games games in the last couple of years, you can now pick up the Xbox 360 drum kit for Rock Band for just £17.91 at Asda at the moment. Granted, it's not quite as good as the now-expired £25 Band in a Box GAME deal that came and went in the blink of an eye, and they're not quite as sturdy as the Guitar Hero 5 drum kit, but it's still a pretty good price.
- Click here to start channelling John Bonham/Dave Grohl/Lars Ulrich/take your pick for £17.91 from Asda
The Rock Band drums are pretty simple: four colour-coordinated pads, one kick pedal. As previously mentioned, it's not quite as sturdy as the GH set, and the kick pedal has a tendency to fall apart if you treat it like Godzilla treats bustling urban environments, but by and large it'll stand up to most things that you throw at it.
I actually much prefer how Rock Band handles the drumming, with little freestyle bits activating Overdrive/Star Power rather than GH's often unresponsive double cymbal smash, and those freestyle bits actually sound half decent even if you're just hitting out at things like a blindfolded child presented with a piñata. It comes down to personal preference really between the two franchises in the end though.
Thanks to leeds_united_afc at HUKD.