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Rock Band 4 (Series) Review
Posted: 12 days ago, last updated 6 days ago.
Rock Band 4 challenges you to play individual songs or a set list of your choice. There's a career mode where you play as a touring band. Originally you could also download songs from an extensive online store, but this has been discontinued.
All Rock Band titles require specialist equipment. You cannot play Rock Band using the standard controllers. The guitars, drum kits and microphones can be purchased from mostly second-hand sources (often as refurbished items) and with an adaptor you can also use guitars from the predecessor game Guitar Hero.
To play guitar you hold down the coloured buttons on the neck to match the same coloured blocks seen on the screen and also strum with a strum button. Although it gives you the feeling of playing a guitar it does not aid learning this instrument in real life. The drum kit on the other hand is more similar to the real thing, with multiple pads and a foot pedal. The game is quite physically demanding, especially the drum set, and prolonged sessions may course muscle pain, so be careful not to play for too long.
The series contains the following:
- Rock Band (2007) Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS, iOS
- Rock Band 2 (2008) Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii
- Rock Band 3 (2010) Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
- Rock Band 4 (2015) PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Plus some specialist versions which include
- The Beatles
- Lego Rock Band
- Green Day
- Rock Band Unplugged
This game is best experienced with a group of people with the full set of instruments (lead and bass guitars, drum kit and microphone) and is ideal in a party setting. For lovers of rock music both popular and obscure.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. Rock Band 4 does not come with online play unless you purchase the Rivals version.
Rock Band 4 Rivals Bundle
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One. In-game purchases of additional song downloads are now discontinued.
The following in-game purchases are available:
Rock Band 3 Export Pack
Rock Band Hits Pack 01
Rock Band Hits Pack 02
Rock Band Hits Pack 03
Rock Band Rivals Expansion
Rock Band Rivals Expansion Pack
Rock Band Rivals Launch Pack
Rock Band Sampler Pack
Skill Rating8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The skills required to play the game would be suitable for this age (the full size guitar may be a bit too unwieldy for smaller children).
Account RatingYou need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
Guitars require use of both hands, drums require use of both hands and a foot pedal.
The game involves fast moving colourful shapes, and has flashing lights and moving backgrounds at all times.
Colour is an important part of the game, however the position of the blocks is also an indication of the note to play, so it is possible to play if you have difficulty in seeing colour.
Despite being a music game, it is possible to play with no sound as the position of the blocks indicate when to press the relevant buttons.
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