History VideoGame / RockBand

8th Jan '18 5:40:04 AM Cryoclaste
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** Released December 31st 2011: ''[[{{Music.Rush}} 2112]]''. Any of the three pieces qualify, but if the pack is bought ([[ScrewedByTheNetwork Unless you're on the Wii]]), it's also available as one ''twenty minute'' track.

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** Released December 31st 2011: ''[[{{Music.Rush}} ''[[Music/{{Rush}} 2112]]''. Any of the three pieces qualify, but if the pack is bought ([[ScrewedByTheNetwork Unless you're on the Wii]]), it's also available as one ''twenty minute'' track.



-->They have "[[{{Rush}} 2112]]"? We have all of ''Moving Pictures''.

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-->They have "[[{{Rush}} "[[Music/{{Rush}} 2112]]"? We have all of ''Moving Pictures''.
4th Jan '18 4:40:39 AM Cryoclaste
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** ''Rock Band 3'' makes Harmonix' habit of DLC-peddling even more obvious by including goals related to the downloaded music: There's several goals for playing any selection of downloaded songs (for up to 20 songs), or downloaded songs from specific artists like {{Queen}} or bands with Harmonix employees in them. Thankfully, some of these can be obtained with free DLC, and there's a separate goal for playing every free downloadable song on the platform. Tastefully, the goals do not appear unless you've downloaded the songs that you need to have (but they are still worth fans).

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** ''Rock Band 3'' makes Harmonix' habit of DLC-peddling even more obvious by including goals related to the downloaded music: There's several goals for playing any selection of downloaded songs (for up to 20 songs), or downloaded songs from specific artists like {{Queen}} Music/{{Queen}} or bands with Harmonix employees in them. Thankfully, some of these can be obtained with free DLC, and there's a separate goal for playing every free downloadable song on the platform. Tastefully, the goals do not appear unless you've downloaded the songs that you need to have (but they are still worth fans).
31st Dec '17 11:52:51 AM nombretomado
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* FakeDifficulty: The drummers are usually the ones directly affected, but vocalists also have it bad sometimes. In Rock Band 1 and 2, when a song includes a harmony, with two vocal tracks sung at different pitches, Harmonix charts one of them for the vocals and penalizes you if you sing the other one, since you are technically singing the wrong pitch. This is fine in most cases, but sometimes they chart the quieter, less audible pitch as the pitch at which you need to sing, rather than the one everyone knows and will try to sing. "[[Music/SystemOfADown B.Y.O.B.]]", "[[NoDoubt New]]", and "[[Music/JudasPriest Painkiller]]" are particularly egregious examples of this. But really, drummers do have it worse...

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* FakeDifficulty: The drummers are usually the ones directly affected, but vocalists also have it bad sometimes. In Rock Band 1 and 2, when a song includes a harmony, with two vocal tracks sung at different pitches, Harmonix charts one of them for the vocals and penalizes you if you sing the other one, since you are technically singing the wrong pitch. This is fine in most cases, but sometimes they chart the quieter, less audible pitch as the pitch at which you need to sing, rather than the one everyone knows and will try to sing. "[[Music/SystemOfADown B.Y.O.B.]]", "[[NoDoubt "[[Music/NoDoubt New]]", and "[[Music/JudasPriest Painkiller]]" are particularly egregious examples of this. But really, drummers do have it worse...
6th Dec '17 11:17:36 AM case
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On March 5, 2015, Harmonix announced that ''Rock Band 4'' would be coming to UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/XboxOne. Previous generation DLC is compatible with the next generation, and Harmonix worked "aggressively" to make previous generation instruments also compatible. The developers intend to use ''[=RB4=]'' to turn it into a platform for the series, avoiding the stagnation that resulted from regular game releases with regular updates and new content releases.

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On March 5, 2015, Harmonix announced that ''Rock Band 4'' would be coming to UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/XboxOne. Previous generation DLC is compatible with the next generation, generation and upgraded to include ''Rock Band 3'' features such as harmony vocals and fill lanes at no additional charge, and Harmonix worked "aggressively" to make previous generation instruments also compatible. The developers intend to use ''[=RB4=]'' to turn it into a platform for the series, avoiding the stagnation that resulted from regular game releases with regular updates and new content releases.



** ''Rock Band 3'' mitigates the pain of tremolo strumming in older songs by allowing the timing windows to overlap, meaning that you no longer need metronome-like precision to sustain a combo during, say, Waking the Demon. ''Rock Band 4'' automatically converts any speedy strums or two-note trills to a slower speed with fill lanes underneath, regardless of when the song was originally released for the platform.

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** ''Rock Band 3'' mitigates the pain of tremolo strumming in older songs by allowing the timing windows to overlap, meaning that you no longer need metronome-like precision to sustain a combo during, say, Waking the Demon. Since ''Rock Band 4'' automatically converts any speedy 3'', fast strums or and two-note trills to tremolos are charted at a slower speed with fill lanes fill-lanes underneath, regardless of when the song was originally released allowing for some freedom in how quickly they are played, and charts made before ''Rock Band 3'' were upgraded with these for the platform.jump to 8th-generation consoles for ''Rock Band 4''.



** ''Rock Band 4'' allows for players to download any already-owned export packs to their new console ([=PS4=] or [=XB1=]) without additional cost, and also has a ''Rock Band 3'' export for sale which fortunately includes all 83 songs on the disc this time around. However, only the original ''Rock Band'' and ''Rock Band 3'' packs are available for sale for those who didn't already buy the packs beforehand.

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** ''Rock Band 4'' allows for players to download any already-owned export packs to their new console ([=PS4=] or [=XB1=]) without additional cost, and also has a ''Rock Band 3'' export for sale which fortunately includes all 83 songs on the disc this time around. Moreover, all exported packs and last-generation [=DLC=] has been upgraded with harmony vocals and fill-lanes where applicable. However, only the original ''Rock Band'' and ''Rock Band 3'' packs are available for sale for those who didn't already buy the packs beforehand.
14th Oct '17 4:45:46 PM BlazePfeff
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*** In ''Rock Band 4'', Harmonix brought back audience participation [[UpToEleven in spades!]] Well, more then ''3'' anyway. The most recognizable songs (like "Brown-Eyed Girl" and "Somebody Told Me") have the crowd sing along, especially in the former; if you play one of the instruments that can hit the 4x combo meter before the vocals, they'll sing along to the entire song!
5th Oct '17 2:09:49 AM jormis29
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** A few songs from the first game, and some DLC from that era; averted from now on, as Harmonix now only works with acquiring and charting masters. Professionally-performed covers, such as The Muffs' "Kids in America" (originally by Kim Wilde), Alien Ant Farm's "[[Music/MichaelJackson Smooth Criminal]]", and Social Distortion's "[[Music/JohnnyCash Ring of Fire]]" (please note that the original is available as well), are exceptions. The last in-house cover version for the series was "Beetlebum" by Music/{{Blur}}, released in the now-distant May 20, 2008.

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** A few songs from the first game, and some DLC from that era; averted from now on, as Harmonix now only works with acquiring and charting masters. Professionally-performed covers, such as The Muffs' Music/TheMuffs' "Kids in America" (originally by Kim Wilde), Alien Ant Farm's Wilde), Music/AlienAntFarm's "[[Music/MichaelJackson Smooth Criminal]]", and Social Distortion's Music/SocialDistortion's "[[Music/JohnnyCash Ring of Fire]]" (please note that the original is available as well), are exceptions. The last in-house cover version for the series was "Beetlebum" by Music/{{Blur}}, released in the now-distant May 20, 2008.
1st Oct '17 9:34:20 AM nombretomado
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* IncrediblyLongNote: "[[FalloutBoy Dead On Arrival]]", "[[Music/JudasPriest Painkiller]]" and "[[Music/AvengedSevenfold Beast and the Harlot]]" have one, and those are just on-disc ([=RB1=], 2 and 3 respectively). When it comes to DLC, you have "[[PaulAndStorm Opening Band]]," where you have to hold one note for ''twenty-two seconds''. Have fun, singers!

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* IncrediblyLongNote: "[[FalloutBoy "[[Music/FallOutBoy Dead On Arrival]]", "[[Music/JudasPriest Painkiller]]" and "[[Music/AvengedSevenfold Beast and the Harlot]]" have one, and those are just on-disc ([=RB1=], 2 and 3 respectively). When it comes to DLC, you have "[[PaulAndStorm Opening Band]]," where you have to hold one note for ''twenty-two seconds''. Have fun, singers!
4th Sep '17 2:05:02 PM HalcyonDayz
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* LongRunner: The game's DLC season - totaling 281 consecutive weeks - is the longest continuous run of paid DLC in console game history, and one of the longest periods of post-release support in the entire video game medium outside of MMORPGs. It goes further than even ''that'' if you count Rock Band Network user-made songs and charts. However, only 153 of these weeks are playable in the first two Rock Band games, and less than that in LEGO Rock Band.

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* LongRunner: The game's DLC season - totaling 281 consecutive weeks - is the longest continuous run of paid DLC in console game history, and one of the longest periods of post-release support in the entire video game medium outside of MMORPGs.[=MMORPGs=]. It goes further than even ''that'' if you count Rock Band Network user-made songs and charts. However, only 153 of these weeks are playable in the first two Rock Band games, and less than that in LEGO Rock Band.
17th Aug '17 11:08:34 AM case
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** ''Rock Band 4'' allows for players to download any already-owned export packs to their new console (PS4 or XB1) without additional cost, and also has a ''Rock Band 3'' export for sale which fortunately includes all 83 songs on the disc this time around. However, only the original ''Rock Band'' and ''Rock Band 3'' packs are available for sale for those who didn't already buy the packs beforehand.

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** ''Rock Band 4'' allows for players to download any already-owned export packs to their new console (PS4 ([=PS4=] or XB1) [=XB1=]) without additional cost, and also has a ''Rock Band 3'' export for sale which fortunately includes all 83 songs on the disc this time around. However, only the original ''Rock Band'' and ''Rock Band 3'' packs are available for sale for those who didn't already buy the packs beforehand.
17th Aug '17 11:06:44 AM case
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** ''Rock Band 4'' allows for players to download any already-owned export packs to their new console (PS4 or XB1) without additional cost, and also has a ''Rock Band 3'' export for sale which fortunately includes all 83 songs on the disc this time around. However, only the original ''Rock Band'' and ''Rock Band 3'' packs are available for sale for those who didn't already buy the packs beforehand.
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