Archive for the ‘Rock Band’ Category

Ion Drum Rocker

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

As a birthday gift to myself, I bought the Ion Drum Rocker in January.  I’ve had it for a month and a half now, and I’m only just beginning to get used to it.  My scores are down, but that’s to be expected.  It came with two cymbals; but a couple of weeks ago, I added two more 10″ Pintech cymbals.  The Pintech cymbals are much quieter and more responsive than the Ion cymbals.  Since the Ion cymbals are much louder, I’m using them as my crash cymbals.

Here are a couple of pix of my setup:

Top 1800

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

I’m slowly moving up the drum leaderboards.  I improved on a couple of songs and am now ranked #1783.  I haven’t tried Run to the Hills yet.  I still have four more days to pass it before the release of Rock Band 2.

Won’t Get Fooled Today

Monday, October 13th, 2008

I finally beat the song Won’t Get Fooled Again on expert drums. Just one more song to go, and I will have completed the Expert Drum Solo Tour for Rock Band. I want to complete Rock Band before moving on to Rock Band 2, so I’ve got six more days until Rock Band 2 is released for the PS3. 

One more thing.  I also managed to climb up to #1812 on the PS3 drum leaderboards. 

I No Longer Fear the Reaper

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

I finally beat the song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” on Rock Band today.  I have been stuck on this song for over a month….quite possibly two months.  When I finally beat the song, I got up and ran circles around the living room to celebrate.  Well, atleast I tried to run but my leg was so tired from the constant use of the bass pedal that I only managed to hobble around the room.  Now I only have two more songs to go before I finish the Expert Solo Drum Tour.  Rock Band 2 comes out in 11 days, so hopefully I can beat those two songs by then.

As a bonus, I was also able to move up the PS3 Solo Drum Career leaderboard.  Right now I’m at #1841; the highest I’ve ever been.  Woohoo!

Rock Band – My Latest Addiction

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Not since my days playing EverQuest (from 1999-2002), have I been this addicted to a video game.  I had heard of Guitar Hero and knew that it was very popular, but playing the guitar never really interested me.  But then along came Rock Band in November of 2007 offering gamers an opportunity to rock out to their favorite songs by either strumming a guitar, banging on a set of drums, or singing along.  I may not have been interested in playing the guitar, but I have always wanted to learn to play the drums.  Still though, I was hesitant about spending $150 on a video game.  It wasn’t until I got some hands-on experience at my cousins’ during a family Xmas party that it finally got me hooked. 

Still, $150 is nothing to sneeze at, and I spent the next two months convincing Alice and myself that it wouldn’t be gathering dust in the corner of the room after only a couple of weeks of playing time.  February comes along and my enthusiasm for the game doesn’t subside at all, so Alice decides to get me Rock Band as a Valentine’s Day gift. I don’t know if she regrets the purchase, but I am certainly loving it.  I have been playing it almost every single day since I got the game, and probably haven’t gone more than 3 consecutive days without playing it once.  Will I ever get tired of the game?  That’s a hard one to answer.  There’s just so much you can do in the game.  You can sing, play the drums, or play the guitar.  Or better yet, you could sing and play the guitar OR sing and play the drums at the same time.  If you get with bored with playing solo, you can play competitively or cooperatively with others in the same room or even online.  It makes a great party game!  And here’s one final piece that keeps you coming back for more.  Every week, Harmonix releases new songs for purchase; so the game never gets old.  I’ve been playing for 7 months and am still going strong.  And I am anxiously awaiting the release of Rock Band 2.