A belated Merry Christmas folks! Santa may have been and gone, but he's left a swathe of falling prices in his wake and we're back with some awesome deals, kicking off with an enormous price slash from Tesco on the original Rock Band, Harmonix's solo foray into plastic peripheral button mashing.
The trouble with being so popular means that the original has managed to hold its own fairly well - bobbing around somewhere between £15 and £20 for the last year or so - even with the release of Rock Band 2. Now, however, Xbox 360 owners can celebrate as Tesco have dropped the game only price to just £7.47 which is over £7 cheaper than the nearest competitor (101cd - £14.77)! If you were also one of those who found themselves mixed up in the Left 4 Dead 2 mis-price nightmare don't forget to use you £2 voucher if you haven't already.
I'm a big fan of both the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, but I tend to get more use out of this one purely because it's built from the ground up for co-op play. That said, there's still fun to be had busting out some tunes on your own but let's face it, music games work best when there's more than one person involved, as poor DJ Hero sales might suggest.
Rock Band is easier, that's for sure. The note timing is a little harsher than the fluid GH: World Tour, but in general the songs are much easier to play, with fewer notes and a more forgiving layout. Bass parts are, by and large though, slightly more interesting in Rock Band than they are in Activision's franchise and the drum system - with fill sections activating your Star Power/Overdrive - is much more fun than that of World Tour.
It's especially worth picking this up if you have Rock Band 2 and fancy adding in the motherload of all track packs as, once you own this game, for just 400 MS points you can rip the entire song list from the original to your hard drive and play them all in Rock Band 2, perfect for party playlists.
Whichever way you look at it, whether you're new (somehow) to the plastic guitar revolution, or a veteran simply looking for more, Rock Band for seven and a half quid is an absolute steal. I paid £15 and it's been worth every penny.
Thanks to whizzkid at HotUKDeals