This is of course a Guitar Hero game, so you should be prepared to get addicted to the gameplay as you hit the coloured notes that descend down your screen. There are loads of tracks for you to play along to including "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "No Way Back" by Foo Fighters, and "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. You can grab an Xbox 360 copy of the game from HMV for £10.49, which is almost £2.50 cheaper than the next best offers out there.
No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke, this is a real deal. Yesterday several retailers dropped the price to £40 for this one, and as part of Play’s one day of ridiculous deals they dropped the price even further. That gives you not only a saving of a tenner, but two full games to go with your turntable. If price was your only obstacle to buying into this franchise then now there’s really no excuse, and as Matt’s review shows it’s good fun to play as well. Be quick though, this looks like this deal will expire at the end of the day!
Child Of Eden looks like it's going to be a psychedelic treat with an array of colours flooding your screen at any one time. Most of the gameplay'll involve you shooting stuff that appears on-screen and their destruction will shower you in musical notes and sound effects. If you want to know why you should be excited about this game then head on over to Jon's preview for some more details.
This was the game that initiated me into the Guitar Hero club, and boy did it do that task with style, because once I put it into my Xbox's disc tray I was lost to the world for the rest of the night and consequently the following few weeks. Now whilst this instalment doesn't give you a band experience like most of the music games that are currently hitting the market, it's still my favourite music title to play along to if I'm sitting around by myself with not much to do and I feel like rocking out to some awesome tunes. Thanks to groakybaby @ HUKD.
If you decided to skip yesterday’s deal because it came without a guitar peripheral then you’re in luck, because Amazon are offering the bundle for a great price for Wii owners. Prepare to rock out with plastic guitars once again as the latest in the Guitar Hero franchise. While Neil’s review goes into far more detail it is, as always, more of the same colour matching fun set to a rocking soundtrack with story and multiplayer modes to keep you entertained into the early hours. It’s not much of an evolution for the series or the genre in general but at the same time it doesn’t stray from the formula that made it popular in the first place. Thanks to Uxon @ HUKD!
Prepare to rock out with plastic guitars once again as the latest in the Guitar Hero franchise. This deal includes the entire band kit so you’ll get a guitar, microphone and drum controller for the complete experience. It is, as always, more of the same colour matching fun set to a rocking soundtrack with story and multiplayer modes to keep you entertained into the early hours. Be sure to use the code 'AFD' when ordering to get postage and packaging for free otherwise it'll cost you an extra £5.95, but even with that this is the cheapest price for the bundle by far. PS3 owners can get the bundle here. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
Prepare to rock out with plastic guitars once again as the latest in the Guitar Hero franchise hits a bargain price complete with guitar peripheral. It is, as always, more of the same colour matching fun set to a rocking soundtrack with story and multiplayer modes to keep you entertained into the early hours. For those of you who have waited for the latest edition and fancy getting another guitar to rock with it’s a pretty sweet deal. Thanks to babyblue @ HUKD!
Fans of Green Day can finally strum away on the virtual chords of their favourite band, with Green Day: Rockband, now available from Tesco Entertainment for just £24.70, if you input the promotional voucher code FTSL15-1 at checkout.
Neil's reviewed Green Day: Rockband only hours earlier, and you can crosscheck your opinions with his here. Following in the footsteps of The Beatles: Rockband, the Green Day iteration failed to excite critics, who considered it more of a song-pack than a fully-fledged game, resulting in an average score of 77 on MetaCritic.
The premise is simple for Green Day: Rockband. You and your friends team up and step into the shoes of the titular band, strumming, drumming and humming (?) away at their library of tunes in the traditional rhythm-based Rockband fashion. The game contains 47 of the band's tracks, from multiple albums and singles releases, but the Wii version lacks its PS360 cousin's ability to export tunes to other Rockband games.
Overall, I feel Green Day: Rockband is ultimately a game for the band's ardent fans, whereas Rockband afficianados might be more well-off waiting for the third big release, and in the meantime master their talents on a real instrument, maybe? The supposed lack of variety, both in song-choice and venue location, mean Green Day: Rockband is a game you should only consider buying for the right price. Why not find a site that performs such a task, finding and gathering cheap deals for your favourite games to save you, and your wallet, extra stress? Wait...
Aspiring musicians who find it hard to juggle their work with their play can rest easy, as Jam With The Band, the Nintendo DS' portable music maker, is now available at The Hut for just £11.05!
This is the cheapest deal around at the moment, and with free delivery I wouldn't hesitate if you're interested. It impressed critics enough to earn an average score of 80 on MetaCritic, earning the title of "best rhythm game on DS" according to The Official Nintendo Magazine.
Jam With The Band is essentially two games in one. At its core, it's a music rhythm game. Use the stylus to strum a virtual guitar on the touch-screen, or sing into the internal mic and hit the right notes. Over 50 songs are already installed, but if you grow bored of this selection, you can use Wi-Fi to download further tracks to master. The Wi-Fi can also be used to connect 8 DS' and compete over a variety of game-modes. You're singing will even be crosschecked by the DS' internal Simon Cowell simulator to determine what track suits you best!
As well as the traditional rhythm based modes, Jam With The Band is also a surprisingly well-featured music creation tool. For newcomers to music making, there's a very simple mode which records your humming and translates it into a synthesized beat. You can even play a pre-recorded melody, which the DS will store and allow you to tinker with. However, if you're hungry for a more meatier challenge, Jam With The Band also comes with an advanced step-sequencer application, allowing you to regulate the rhythm and timing of your beat, loop instruments and melodies, and so on. Your home-made beats can then be shared via Wi-Fi for other Jam With The Band owners to play with and master.
Although Rockband: AC/DC Live offers a rather superficial in-game experience compared with the likes of Rockband and Rockband 2, it still contains a fantastic selection of tracks. All 18 songs are of surprisingly high quality and have been recorded live; making Rockband: AC/DC a worthwhile purchase for any genuine fans of the band. The price has now fallen to £5.85 from Shopto which beats the next best deal by exactly £3.
So long as it’s the music that you’re primarily interested in, then Rockband: AC/DC won’t disappoint. However, given that the game lacks many features which fans of Rockband and Guitar Hero have come to expect, the package might come across as a little lackluster. Rockband: AC/DC Live lacks any real World Tour Mode, there is no online play, hardly any character customization options, no cash to collect, and nothing to unlock. Your on-screen character is randomly generated and you get no reward for completing songs (apart from the personnel satisfaction of course).
However – although it’s a shame that you cannot export the tracks to Rockband in the Wii version - Rockband: AC/DC Live does deliver some great tunes. And if collecting money and buying alternative outfits for your on-screen avatar doesn’t really interest you, then you might enjoy the minimalistic approach. It’s probably not the wisest purchase for someone looking to buy their first standalone-music-game, but for just over £5, Rockband: AC/DC is worth it just for the quality of the song selection.
Thanks to Oriana the Quiet from Hotukdeals.
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.
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.
They’ve already got their plastic hooks into Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Batman, and now we what do we find? Lego characters head banging in Rock Band. So if you own Rock Band, you can now pick up a copy of Lego Rock Band for £13.93 from The Hut. The price is usually £14.93 but entering the voucher code BANK1 will allow you to knock off an extra quid. Next best price comes in at £15.99 from Amazon.
The reason you'll need to already own a copy of Rock Band before you buy the lego version is that LRB is not available as a bundle pack. This means that you can't buy the game with all the accompanying instruments, so this purchase is pretty pointless for anyone who doesn't have RB. But of course, if you've already got Rock Band, then what’s the incentive to but LRB? Well, apart from a fairly eclectic set list which contains some fairly decent rock tracks and the likes of Kung-Fu Fighting and theme from Ghostbusters, all you’re really getting is the cute, Lego-style presentation.
However this is actually done really well, and the outlandish venues, which range from castles to haunted houses to UFOs are arguably better than the background scenes you get in Rock Band. LRB is also far more forgiving than the original. Even when notes are struck way out of time, the game lets you off with a generous margin of error which, along with the visuals, makes the whole thing very accessible for kids. This isn’t a purchase which everyone is going view as worthwhile, but if you have a fetish about Lego and don’t mind paying for some extra tunes when the originals get boring, you’re sure to find the whole thing quite endearing.
Thanks to Millarcat from Hotukdeals.
As we've celebrated the PSP's fifth birthday this year - and by celebrated I mean we sort of shrugged a little and sighed - it's been debated in the media whether or not the PSP was a big fat white elephant. I take a certain amount of umbrage with this simply because there are some very good games out there for Sony's brick, and Rock Band Unplugged is certainly one of them.
You can pick up Harmonix's band simulator for under £15 from Play at the moment, saving your a pound or so on the nearest competitor. GAME did have it a while back for £7.99, but that went pretty quickly as you might expect.
The game has received a mixed response as people have been disappointed that it’s not really Rock Band. While this may be true, in reality the game actually predates the entire Guitar Hero phenomenon. Plus it'd be a bit hard to fit a guitar and drum kit in your pocket.
Many years ago before people were rocking out with plastic guitars and drums while screaming down microphones, Harmonix released the game Frequency on the PS2. It was a music game played by pressing three buttons on the controller to match notches coming down the screen. The piece of music was broken down into eight tracks with one or more of drums, guitar, sfx and vocals. Once a bar had been successfully played, it would then play automatically and the player would then move to a different track. Frequency received good reviews but failed commercially as the game’s setlist and the gameplay made the game inaccessible.
Frequency was followed up by Amplitude, which kept the same core gameplay but added a more mainstream tracklist and online play. Again it was well received critically but failed to make any impact at retail. While there were rumours of another sequel titled Velocity, Harmonix instead developed the Karaoke Revolution series of Konami.
Skip forward a few years and Harmonix has hit the big time - largely thanks to getting a leg up from Activision - and Rock Band Unplugged mixes the original Frequency/Amplitude gameplay with Rock Band giving four tracks (drums, vocals, guitar, bass) each with four notes matching to left, up, triangle and circle and using the L/R buttons to change between the tracks. There’s no multiplayer, but most people will prefer playing with the bigger console versions together. For those wanting a slice of Harmonix on the train ride to work without the hand cramp inducing controller for the Guitar Hero DS series, then Rock Band Unplugged is definitely worth a look.
Yesterday’s deal on Guitar Hero 5 saw copies of the standalone game falling to £14.93 at The Hut, but for those who are looking to go the whole hog and invest in the GH5: Guitar Bundle, it’s currently down to £49.99 on HMV. Next cheapest deal comes in at around £55 from Lovefilm Shop.
The bundle deal gives you everything you need to indulge your Rockstar fantasies. You get the full Guitar Hero 5 game and the plastic guitar controller, which makes this a great deal for anyone new to the Guitar Hero series, or anyone looking to step things up a notch with the fifth edition and get an additional guitar controller. Guitar Hero 5 does allow players to have the whole band experience (bass, drums, guitar, and vocals) but thankfully you can use any combination you choose – including just four guitars – which is nice if you don’t fancy being stuck on bass or drums.
Overall, Guitar Hero 5 offers a much more accessible and streamlined gameplay experience. The game uses a juke box-type-set-list which is easy to navigate, and Activison have decided to drop all of the storyline nonsense and money bonuses, and now players can drop in out of the game as they choose, add more players and change difficulty without having to keep restarting. Essentially Guitar Hero 5 cuts things down, and focuses on what’s really important for fans of the series: pure gameplay.
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Guitar Hero 5 ‘Solus’ has now fallen to £14.93 at The Hut in a deal which undercuts the next best price by just under £3. So if you’ve been holding out for a good deal on GH5, and stumbling back from the pub to play Guitar Hero 3 classics like ‘Paint it Black’, ‘Knights of Cydonia’ or ‘Even Flow’, simply will not do anymore, this is definitely worth the investment.
Of course, with plastic guitars being a permanent feature in so many living rooms, and Guitar Hero multiplayer having practically taken over the seaside arcades, there can’t be a single person who’s not heard of it. Now up the fifth iteration of the series, Activison are certainly keeping up the momentum, and despite their attempts to incorporate turntablism into the franchise with DJ Hero, it seems that the electric guitar is still what it’s all about. Guitar Hero 5 is the best edition to date, and although the core gameplay principle still remains more or less the same, Activison have made several changes.
With a juke box-type-set-list appearing as soon as you switch it, GH5’s menu system is more streamlined compared to its predecessors, and it’s easier to just get straight into the game and navigate the menu. Activison have also decided to drop all of the storyline nonsense and money bonuses, and now players can drop in out of the game as they choose, add more players and change difficulty without having to keep restarting. The game allows players to have the whole band experience (bass, drums, guitar, and vocals) but also offers any combination they choose – including four guitars if you happen to have four massive egos who all refuse to jump on the drums or bass.
Thanks to Millarcat from Hotukdeals.
The DS version of Guitar Hero with its guitar grip might not let you indulge your Rock God fantasies in the same way as its console counterpart, but it’s still a neat little package. And for just £6.99 on Play.com you can now get hold of Guitar Hero: On Tour complete with the guitar grip – although, should you sign to the PESFan website and use the voucher code, you can get an extra £1 off which brings the price down to £5.99. This is not a bad deal considering the next best price comes in at £7.93 from The Hut.
The reviews for Vicarious Visions’ attempt to adapt the Guitar Hero franchise onto the DS have been mixed. IGN for example gave the system a glowing review (9.0), and praised VV for not just cashing in on the Guitar Hero brand, and for actually producing a credible addition to the series. They described the DS Guitar grip as a great peripheral which ‘enhances the experience’. Gamespot on the other hand seemed to loath the entire system, and described the grip as cumbersome and uncomfortable, and felt the tracks lacked fidelity, and were too few in number.
It’s true that the Guitar Grip does take a bit of getting used, but even so, pulling off tricky combos is still satisfying even in the absence of a plastic guitar. No doubt some will find the whole experience flawed, but essentially, all the Guitar Hero franchise really offers you is a bit of fun interaction while you listen to the tunes you love. And in this sense, Guitar Hero: On Tour certainly succeeds, and so long as you like track list, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the gameplay.
Thanks to Leeds_United_afs and Lucerysmum from Hotukdeals.
Dealspwn Rating: 5/10
You almost have to admire Konami’s bold naming strategy here. Karaoke Revolution? Surely this then will be the domestic singing title to turn the market on its head and give the punters what they want? Which is, of course, the chance to grab a microphone and sing famous songs, either solo or with their friends. Unlike other karaoke titles which have allowed punters to, er, grab a microphone and sing famous songs, either solo or with their friends... Oh. Right. Yes.
If you’re anticipating more of the usual then, you won’t be disappointed and, to be fair, on that level, Karaoke Revolution does the job.
It might do it via a blandly ugly interface, but it’s not without its positives. There’s a decent song selection: 75, in fact, before you go online for any additional content. Game play is moderately varied, with the usual karaoke aspect bolstered by a career mode (of sorts), multiplayer elements – up to 16 – and the chance to customise your singing avatar or the venues in which they’re performing.Click here to read more about Karaoke Revolution...
DJ Hero received solid critical reviews, but didn't really cause a splash when it was released last October. 2009 was a dark time for the rhythm genre, and gamers were unwilling to part with over a ton for an unfamiliar new peripheral during the tail end of the recession. The price has been steadily falling- and now it's finally dipped under the £50 mark. Tesco are charging £49 when you reserve and collect instore, or £54 with their standard delivery. It's still £11 less than Gameplay (the nearest competitor) even if you shell out the extra fiver for postage and packing.
DJ Hero may have bombed thanks to Activision's over-saturation of the market, but it didn't really deserve to. It's a capable and imaginative new IP that combines the stagnating Guitar Hero formula with a fresh new musical genre. Three buttons on the 'record' emulate the familiar colour matching mechanic that we all know and love, but a set of fader switches adds a thoughtful new dimension into the mix (no pun intended). A strong collection of dance and electronica tracks provide a suitably epic canvas for your scratching, mixing and crossfading.
The build quality of the turntable peripheral is top notch- in fact, I was surprised at how reassuringly solid it feels. The disc buttons are a little close together for my liking, but it's a nifty piece of kit nonetheless.
DJ Hero's main stumbling block is that it's a fairly lonely experience. Riotous drunken multiplayer has always been the cornerstone of the Guitar Hero games, but the chance of finding a mate with another turntable is fairly low. Even if you do, there's only support for two players and the guitar peripheral support for certain songs is criminally underused. Still; if you've been sitting on the fence, this price might well convince you to swap your shredding iron for a set of decks.
Thanks to davver99 at Hot UK Deals
Another Rock Band related deal, this time for the second boxed song pack. Whilst my favourite music game in terms of button-mashing is probably Guitar Hero 3, I've become a Rock Band convert recently, and it's largely to do with the fact that you can compile all of your songs into one glorious playlist. No disc swapping for me thanks. This song pack helps you do just that, with 20 master tracks featured here for immediate addition to your party playlist.
You can pick up all of these tracks online, but it works out significantly more expensive. As it is, Game's listed price of £7.99 for the boxed compilation actually saves you a whopping £7 on the nearest competitor over at Amazon Jersey.
With the freedom and flexibility of the online song store, the only reason you'd really go and buy this is if the song list stood up to inspection. Songs on Xbox LIVE retail for 160 MP, which equates to just over £1 per song, so for this price online you'd only get half of the content. Using that as a measuring rod, if seven or fewer songs appeal to you here then I'd give this one a miss and buy some Microsoft Points instead. However, if eight or more songs on the list are of interest, then you could be looking at a pretty sweet saving.
Thanks to andywedge at HotUKDeals
As the market has now reached saturation point (surely?!) with button-mashing music games for the time being, it's only natural that their prices should be yo-yoing more than James Bond's pants. Today we bring news of a drop in price for LEGO Rock Band, the altogether preferable kiddie music option as opposed to Band Hero, which sucked.
Game is having a console-wide sale on the title, with prices on all copies falling to £15.99 which'll save you around £2 across the board on the nearest competitors.
With a soundtrack geared towards younger gamers, LEGO Rock Band is all about popular songs, more button mashing, and all of the cutesy fun we've learned to expect from developers Travellers Tales after successfully taking on Star Wars, Batman and Indiana Jones. One of the best bits of the game is that there are special challenges along the way as your LEGO musical heroes tour the land that sees your band having to rock out to fight off the odd giant LEGO octopus, or demolish a building or two.
There are other tweaks such as a 'Super Easy' difficulty level and an auto-kick drum setting to allow budding John Bonhams to bash the hell out of the pads without having to worry about footwork. Seeing a shirtless LEGO Iggy Pop prance around the stage is a very special thing to behold, and this is a game that oozes charm. To be honest, the soundtrack is a bit hit and miss, and Band Hero is probably the better game for tween-pleasers, but again the big plus for the series is that you can export the entire game's library onto your hard drive for a small fee. I like the soundtrack and there are a good number of popular songs, but perhaps not quite enough for this title. That said, £16 is still a great price for such a well presented and well crafted game.
Thanks to Rhys135 at HUKD