By now you should already know that I'm a Rock Band geek, sometimes it feels like there isn't a day that goes by where I'm not trying to beat the world tour mode or joining my friend's band online. I am in love with Rock Band 2 and have a hunch that I'm going to be putting hundreds (if not thousands) of hours into it before I walk away from the game. Having played so much of Rock Band 2 I have started to take some of the features for granted, forgetting all of the small improvements Harmonix made to the visuals and interface. For whatever reason, AC/DC Live uses the same interface as the first game, which was a little jarring when I first started playing. The basic gameplay is still the same, but it's weird to see the Rock Band 1 display now that I've put so much time into Rock Band 2. Obviously this isn't going to be a big deal when you add the songs to your Rock Band 2 track list, but given that this game came out a good month later, I'm a little surprised that they wouldn't have just used the newer game's interface. Either way this isn't going to take away from the experience.
When it comes to the game's visuals and gameplay, you already know exactly what you're getting. Harmonix hasn't changed the core mechanics in any way, which is probably for the best. You're still going to be staring at note highways and trying to earn overdrive power. You're still trying to earn high scores and beat each song with five stars. The game is exactly what you think it is, it's nothing more than a track pack for Rock Band and Rock Band 2. Because of this you will find that AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack doesn't feature any new single or multiplayer modes. In fact, some of the best modes are taken out of the game, such as the world tour mode or the battle of the bands mode. Obviously those aren't going to be as much fun when you only have 18 songs, but what's their excuse for not allowing me to create my own character?
AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack is exactly what fans of the band have been wanting, it's a no frills collection of 18 amazing songs. I still think that the $40 asking price may be a bit steep, especially considering that the most expensive downloadable song in the music store is no more than $2. Still, it's nice to see such a great collection of hard rock songs come to Rock Band, even if it's in a weird disc-based Wal-Mart exclusive package. Thankfully the game's sound and quality note charting wins the day, making AC/DC Live a must own for anybody who considers themselves a fan of this seminal Australian rock band.
To paraphrase AC/DC: Let there be sound. There was sound. Let there be guitar. There was guitar. Let there be drums. There were drums. Let there be a $40 AC/DC track pack sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. There was a great disc that every AC/DC fan should buy. Let there be rock!
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