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come on Sam, that came out last month. You should be covering the awesomeness that is Saints Row 2 or Dead Space.

Posted by bobcat | October 20, 2008 2:59 PM

@1: The full bundle, along w/ the PS3 and Wii editions, saw release this week. I delayed the review to correspond with that. And I should point out that the Wii RB2 is significantly better than Wii RB1, which is to say, it's no longer crippled.

I'm too buried in games to get excited about Dead Space or GTA 4.5, though. Warhammer Online has proven far more fun than I could have ever expected, and Mother 3 is everything I'd hoped for and then some. Might be up there in my Game of the Year count...

But I'll try to sample Dead Space soon; everything about it at PAX seemed boring, but people keep insisting that there's something great there. I'm wary of what looks like yet-another-sci-fi-game, of course.

Posted by Sam M. | October 20, 2008 3:19 PM

Erm, scratch that bit about the Wii edition. That's coming out way later. Therefore, they still have time to prove my "better than Wii RB1" assumption wrong.

Posted by Sam M. | October 20, 2008 3:29 PM

You could purchase a REAL guitar and amp for nine dollars more than this game, and actually learn to play music, instead of this pretending...

Posted by E | October 20, 2008 3:34 PM

I love it, but gosh darn, those drums are HARD!

Posted by Dawgson | October 20, 2008 3:42 PM

#4, ohmigosh, I've never heard that before.

I think I was most pleased with the new non-clicky pick on the guitars.

Posted by w7ngman | October 20, 2008 3:51 PM

The Wii version will have DLC, but it will be a long time before it has the selection that the other platforms have. 50 songs to start, I hear.

Posted by litlnemo | October 20, 2008 4:11 PM

waste of time. stop it, you'll hurt your throat.

Posted by john | October 20, 2008 4:21 PM

I love the idea of Rock Band but I only know, like, two songs. How long until they release Soul Band, Hip Hop Band, and Broadway Musical Band?

Posted by Dominic Holden | October 20, 2008 4:26 PM

Sam has a wonderful singing voice.

Also, if he's on drums, you're going to lose. He's jinxed!

Posted by Joh | October 20, 2008 4:29 PM

Saints Row 2 is no GTA. It is the other way around, whereas GTA had a rigid storyline with a constant ringing of needy girls to date and dudes to go to strip clubs with, Saints2 has some real fun sidequests like FUZZ (a COPS ripoff) that has you enforcing the law in your own way - it even has the 'battle of the century' you need to break up: Pirates vs. Ninjas. The septic avenger subplot where you spray shit on people is fun as hell along with the one where you set yourself on fire and blow up as much stuff as you can.

The best aspect of SR2 is that it incorporates "The Godfather" game in it where you control turf, buy shops and have to protect it from rival gang invasions. Toss in co-op play and yeah anyway it kicks ass.

Mother3 is pretty fun, the translation is damn good. Reminds me of the dejap project from 2003 where I was able to play DragonQuests (

Rock Band 2 was pretty satisfactory though - Good choices I wasn't impressed by the venue thing but if you want to get some achievements sing / bass / drum "So Whatcha Want".

Posted by bobcat | October 20, 2008 4:30 PM

Rock Band is a better game than Guitar Hero, but their guitars (at least the 1.0 ones) are much, much worse. The fret buttons are much harder to press down in a rhythmic fashion.

Posted by Levislade | October 20, 2008 4:51 PM

I use the Guitar Hero controller with Rock Band, went thru 2 of the Rock Band ones already - fuckers break too easy.

How fun is it to sing "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Crue? "Aqualung" is another good one as well.

ok, back to Saints Row 2....

Posted by bobcat | October 20, 2008 8:25 PM

Rock Band depresses me.

Posted by alex | October 20, 2008 11:06 PM

Agreed with #12 in regards to RB1, but I think you'll be pleased with the ones that are shipping with RB2.

Posted by a | October 21, 2008 3:04 PM

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