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The Best Game I Played: November 2017 | Rock Band 4

Dec 01, 2017

By: Max Cannon

A lot of different games flash across my TV, some of them good and some of them are not so good. If you're looking for a great gaming recommendation you are reading the right article. Each and every month I'll give you the update on my favorite game I played over the last 30 or 31 days. Some of these games will be newer releases and some will be ancient games that I dug out of my dusty old cabinet but they'll always be something I'm passionate about. This month's game is...

Rock Band 4

Rock Band 4Rock Band 4Courtesy of Harmonix

I was always a Guitar Hero guy as opposed to Rock Band back when the game was in its prime. Being one of the first kids in town to own any sort of music game, my house had a lot of friends trying out a plastic instrument for the first time, even if I wasn't the best at the games. When I was doubling down on the world of Guitar Hero, especially loving both Guitar Hero III and 5, many of my friends were gravitating to the more diverse world of Rock Band. After years of oversaturating the market with an abundance of Guitar Hero games, both Guitar Hero and Rock Band took some time off. But due to my preference for Guitar Hero, and the less than stellar response to the revival of the series with Guitar Hero Live, I didn't think I would be making the jump to Rock Band 4.

Rock Band 4 - Electric Trailer | PS4


But that all changed when a friend (the same friend I played a lot of Minecraft with) asked me to pick up a guitar and Rock Band 4 combo until he got back into town. Instead of just sitting in the corner of my apartment for a week, I decided to jump back into the glory days of music games and give that plastic guitar a whirl. While I anticipated playing pretty poorly, much of my muscle memory kicked back in when I started playing the game and I was immediately hooked like it was 2009 all over again. I had so much fun with the game that I hunted down my own copy of the game to go alongside the pair of guitars I'd purchased for myself as a way of justifying the $30 I spent on songs when I was simply holding my friend's copy of the game.

Finding a set of drums, and a capable player, is all that stands between me and my full band.Finding a set of drums, and a capable player, is all that stands between me and my full band.Courtesy of PlayStation

Starting Your Setlist

Much of my modern musical taste is influenced by the Guitar Hero games I played as a kid. Bands like The Rolling StonesRage Against the Machine, or The Strokes wouldn't be playing through my headphones every week if it wasn't for familiarizing myself with their tracks in Guitar Hero III, which many would claim to be the best soundtrack in all of gaming. So Rock Band 4 had some pretty big shoes to fill and the base setlist only had a few songs that I was thrilled to see. Luckily, there are tons of songs available for download online and at about $2 per song I found myself spending more than I'm proud of to fill my library with songs that I could always play.

The days of LEGO Rock Band feel so long ago.The days of LEGO Rock Band feel so long ago.

I doubt this game will keep its hooks in me but for the time being, I'm thrilled to be back in the world of Rock Band, even if it did take a pretty high cost to get started. If you're looking to return to the music genre I'd gladly suggest picking up Rock Band 4.

Have Your Say!

Have you ever played Rock Band? Did you ever get to try Rock Band 4 or Guitar Hero Live ? Comment below!