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...which is to sell me music.

This time, it was Skullcrusher Mountain.

Of course, I need to be careful. At least once I found myself thinking "this band's singer has a really pretty voice". Then I realized that it was my band's singer.
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Picked it up today, and played some with [livejournal.com profile] ladymondegreen and [livejournal.com profile] akawil.

Really, it's Rock Band 1.5. Most of the rough edges are smoothed out, and there are 84 new songs in the package. (With an additional free 20-song download coming "soon".)

My biggest complaint is that it can't import your RB1 characters. On the other hand, clearer hammer-ons, bands not locked to a character, characters not locked to an instrument, the ability to pick fill-in characters so you don't get the psycho lumberjack singing, instrument-level difficulty visible while picking songs, random setlists that are restricted by difficulty (so nobody has to go through what [livejournal.com profile] lordess did, and have to tackle a top-level drum song on their second attempt), and a bunch of other improvements that I forget or haven't yet noticed.

I think it's well worth it if you like this type of game. And supposedly the instruments are better, especially the drums, which won't leave a trail of broken kick pedals wherever they go anymore. (I'm not buying new instruments unless the old ones die.)

Of course, I think everybody else who reads this and might get the game has a PS3, so you all have to wait a month. (Except for [livejournal.com profile] zrealm, who got to play before I did.)
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Harmonix just announced which songs from Rock Band won't be able to be exported to be played in Rock Band 2. I'm sure they could have ended up with a worse set of choices from my perspective, but it wouldn't be easy:

Iron Maiden, "Run to the Hills"
Metallica, "Enter Sandman"

Both of these are songs I like quite a lot, and can sing reasonably well. (For me, at least.)

Black Sabbath, "Paranoid"

This is just my favorite song ever, and the only song I've been able to manage to sing consistently on hard. (Not that I've tried many.)
jl8e: (south park)
For the first time in about a month, I'm planning to buy some of the downloadable songs for Rock Band.

And it's Duran Duran.
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They've just announced the Rock Band 2 setlist and feature list.

The feature list is nice -- it looks to fix all of the non-hardware annoyances of the first game.

The set list doesn't look as good as the first one, although I don't know a lot of the bands, and even when I do know the band, I don't always know the song. And it's got Jane's Addiction, which is always a bad thing.

It's still rather low on female singers, but for some reason, I usually seem to be the one who ends up singing, (And it's not because of my leet skillz.)

Still, there's no question I'm buying it when it comes out.

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