Wed 28 May 2008
I’ve been looking forward to the release of Rock Band since I heard about it last year sometime, but now the time has come for it to reach our shores I’m pretty disappointed.
Not by the game itself, but by the cost.
For those who don’t know the game, it involves playing instruments connected to your Wii, Xbox 360 or PS3. The relevant notes appear onscreen and the object is to play along in time.
Other games have been produced in the past, most of which allowed you to play along with an electric guitar - or some allow you to sing along karaoke style with a microphone.
Rock Band is different in that, as the name suggests, you get to play different instruments - an electric guitar, bass guitar and drums - as well as singing along with a microphone.
The downside is obviously the cost of buying all this hardware. In the US, when the game was released, you could buy a boxset which included the game along with a guitar, the drumkit and a microphone. That lot would set you back $180.00, so I expected it to cost about £100.00 when it finally arrived in the UK.
But it was not to be.
The box set containing the drums, guitar and microphone costs £129.00 which is a bit higher than I had hoped - especially when that box doesn’t even contain the game which cost another £50!!!
So, basically if you want the lot then it’s going to set you back £180.00 for something the Americans get for $180.00 - as so often seems to happen, we end up having to pay the same amount with the $ replaced straight by a £.
To me, for now at least, that’s way too much - hopefully we will see a reduction in price in due course.