What strange world is this that both Rock Band and Guitar Hero are making major come backs this year.
I, like many of you I’m sure, were swept up in the “music game” frenzy of the mid to late 2000s. The games were wildly popular which ended up resulting in an influx of new games each year, spin-offs, and other iterations. Before too long, people were drowning in new games in this genre seemingly releasing every 6 months. As the plastic instruments piled up, the interest levels in these games started to fall. It also didn’t help that the last couple games in the Guitar Hero franchise were not up to the expected quality levels. With Harmonix moving on to other games like Dance Central and Activision basically killing off studios that worked on the Guitar Hero franchise, it seemed like the music game genre was gone for good.
Boy, do I sound like some weird history teacher or what? Anyway…
Cut to 2015 where both franchises have risen from the dead and are now on the comeback tour.
Interesrtingly enough, both games look to tap into their core and familiar gameplay experiences. Rock Band is still a bit of a mystery as Harmonix has been keeping abnormally quiet about it, but Activision just launched a massive marketing campaign for the newly revealed Guitar Hero Live. What makes it live, you ask? Well, have a look:
Yeah, so while the gameplay looks pretty familiar to previous titles, you’re instead placed in front of a live crowd which reacts to how you play. Stink up the joint, and you’ll hear it. It’s an interesting concept, but one that I’m not sold on yet. I still have a number of plastic guitars somewhere in my house and I’m not sure I want to add to that collection just yet. With both games expected later this year, I’d imagine E3 will give us a very good glimpse at both titles.
Are you ready to enter back into the music game genre? Let me know!