Harmonix fans rejoice! The insanely popular Rock Band 2 is slowly coming down in price and ShopTo are leading the charge with a weekly special, offering the Solus version of the game for just £19.95. If that wasn't quite enough to get your musical juices flowing then make sure you don't forget to punch in shoptovoucher3 before ordering to knock a further pound off of the price and bring your total down to £18.95.
Amazon have the game listed for PS3 and X360 at £25.65 and £23.01 respectively, and so by using the voucher at ShopTo you're making a saving of either four quid or over six pounds on the nearest in-stock competitor, depending on platform. Bear in mind, however, that the voucher code may only be redeemed once and that it can sometimes take a little while (5-10 mins) to be added to your account.
- Click here to buy Rock Band 2 (Solus) for £19.95 from ShopTo (PS3)
- Click here to buy Rock Band 2 (Solus) for £19.95 from ShopTo (Xbox 360)
I'm a big Rock Band fan as well as a Guitar Hero fan and I think that both series have something slightly different to offer. For the uninitiated, the Rock Band series is identical in terms of basic gameplay to its older sibling: choose your instrument of choice - microphone, guitar, bass or drums - and sing, strum or smash your way through various songs, matching the rhythm to the vision-warping coloured blocks that scroll across the screen.
Rock Band 2, like its predecessor, eschews the sweeping note cascades of the later Guitar Hero games in favour of a somewhat easier mechanic. That said, the game is still pretty harsh when it comes to timing hammer-ons and pull-offs, an issue that means Rock Band 2 plays a lot more like the fairly strict Guitar Hero 2 than the more fluid widdle-fests of the later games.
The setlist is excellent, as one would expect, and you can find the full list here. Another nice touch is the option to import your playlists from Rock Band and LEGO Rock Band for a small fee, and with a rather more extensive online library of music than Activision's flagship, it might be argued that this is the party game of choice, although the new immediate quick play on offer in Guitar Hero 5 gives that game much more immediacy for those pick-up-and-play moments.
I love the fact that the Rock Band series offers a slightly different take on career progression. Instead of just chasing points and stars, you're playing for cash and fans too, meaning that there are even more pointless little things for addicts like me to chase. The dedicated solo sections, the emphasis on co-operative gameplay and the ability to 'save' your bandmates, the Deep Purple-esque finishing frenzies to certain songs and the altogether more satisfying drum freestyle sections make for a much better multiplayer experience than the Guitar Hero games. Don't expect to feel like a six-stringed god, though, as Guitar Hero 3 arguably remains the benchmark for satiating that solo Yngwie Malmsteen complex.
I myself own both Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2 and I definitely get more out of the latter. If you've been looking for a copy of this for some time but were put off by its stubborn refusal to drop in price then I'd heartily recommend you grab a copy of this whilst ShopTo's weekly deal is still running. For under twenty pounds you're getting a hell of a lot of bang for your buck.
Thanks to runci101 at HotUKDeals