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How many drum kits can you handle?

With the raging success that is Guitar Hero, there’s little doubt that the music rhythm genre on the console space would be the next most-cloned game type until the Next Big Thing. Granted, Guitar Hero itself is basically a clone of Konami’s Guitar Freaks arcade game, and now it seems everything is going full circle – and we can’t call Rock Band a clone of Guitar Hero, as Harmonix was behind the birth of both franchises.

The real impetus for this blog, however, is the reveal of the different drum set hardware for each game series. The latest Game Informer magazine shows the first image of the drum kit for the upcoming Guitar Hero 4 game, which will obviously feature drumming to keep up with that other music game.

Now, I don’t expect that every music game will follow peripheral standards of having five colored buttons and a strum/beat method (though I’m sure Xbox 360 owners loved the ability to use Guitar Hero guitars with Rock Band, a feature PS3 owners couldn’t enjoy). After all, having different hardware will hopefully spawn more creativity... but really, I won’t be able to put up with having three different drum kits just to be able to fulfill some rock star dream.

That’s right, three drum kits! In addition to the current kit for Rock Band, and the upcoming one for Guitar Hero 4, Konami is going to try reclaim some of the bemani share it has lost with Rock Revolution. The main focus of Rock Revolution will be drums, though it won’t be strictly a DrumMania entry as it will also allow for guitar and bass.

So this is how things will soon look for video game drummers: Rock Band drums with its four colored pads and a pedal; Guitar Hero 4 with its three colored pads, two raised cymbals and a pedal; and Rock Revolution with six pads and a pedal. In other words, a very, very cramped and cluttered gaming area.

At least one thing will be common between the drum kits for Rock Revolution and Guitar Hero: they both aim to be much quieter than Rock Band’s kit.



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I want some double bassdrum action!!!
By Ogolon on 5/20/2008 7:19:30 AM , Rating: 4
too bad it has only one pedal...




RE: I want some double bassdrum action!!!
By StevoLincolnite on 5/20/2008 9:51:49 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah prevents the acceleration thing from happening.

Also, where is Guitar Hero and all the clones for the good ole' venerable PC platform? (I do own the Xbox 360 and a Wii, but I love the PC).


RE: I want some double bassdrum action!!!
By stryfe on 5/20/2008 2:29:26 PM , Rating: 3
I'm a PC enthusiast. That said I don't think these games make any sense on the PC. At least as a multiplayer experience they don't.

Guitar Hero made sense as it's fun to play by yourself with one guitar. The real fun of Rock band and presumably GH4 and Rock Revolution is in the full band experience. The majority of PC owners have their PC in a office or a bedroom and own a relatively small monitor (compared to their TV). How many people are going to want to crowd three to four people plus instruments around their PC, each trying to make out the tiny note chart on their portion of a small screen??


By root mean sq on 5/22/2008 10:07:29 AM , Rating: 2
dude, webcams or LAN parties...

'nuff said.


RE: I want some double bassdrum action!!!
By Shawn5961 on 5/20/2008 4:54:03 PM , Rating: 1
I've got the PC version of GH3, and one of the nice things (Which I'm not sure is available on any console systems), is the fact that you can find custom song charts on the web that people have made for any number of songs.


RE: I want some double bassdrum action!!!
By therealnickdanger on 5/21/2008 8:21:12 AM , Rating: 2
There is a vibrant mod community for consoles (PS2 and 360), but it's pretty complex and requires a modded console. You also have to be musically adept to program a song properly to make it fun to play. Check out Youtube for some demonstrations of how crazy some tracks can be. I'm not sure which song it is, but there's one custom song that's basically one huge block of notes from beginning to end... and some 11-year-old beat it on Expert, naturally.


By isorfir on 5/21/2008 3:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
As a quick note, choosing the difficulty on a modded song doesn't do anything (I put custom tracks in Guitar Hero 2 on my PS2), other than make the people watching think you're more impressive.


RE: I want some double bassdrum action!!!
By wordsworm on 5/20/2008 9:53:24 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
too bad it has only one pedal...


The fifth edition has two pedals, but only two symbols. The sixth one has three symbols but only one bass pedal. The sixth one has everything that the first two have, except it doesn't have drum sticks.


RE: I want some double bassdrum action!!!
By VahnTitrio on 5/20/2008 5:33:21 PM , Rating: 4
And the 7th one comes with a stool with a pointy implement to insert up your bum in case you didn't feel bent over enough by all the other kits.


RE: I want some double bassdrum action!!!
By VahnTitrio on 5/20/2008 5:37:51 PM , Rating: 3
Forgot to mention, it does come with a free Metallica "Metal up your A$$" T-shirt.


By Hydrofirex on 5/21/2008 10:08:20 PM , Rating: 2
1-word: "FUNNY".

HfX


By FaceMaster on 5/20/2008 3:04:30 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
too bad it has only one pedal...


It didn't alter the satisfaction your Mum had last night


Eugh...
By KessGarrido on 5/20/2008 11:41:26 AM , Rating: 2
That's a nasty looking piece of plastic...




RE: Eugh...
By Joz on 5/20/2008 10:06:32 PM , Rating: 2
Ditto.

What happened to metal...they used to make stuff so well back in the 50's and 60's...before plastics...like...ugly things lik that!

And wee-motes.

And beige plastic...ugliest thing ever.


Interoperability
By Hydrofirex on 5/21/2008 10:13:25 PM , Rating: 2
Though I'm excited to grab one of these ASAP I understand the sense of frustration with all the differing drum kits - but why do you really need every single set up? I find Guitar Hero to work for me, and I'm going to stick with it. I think the manufacturers would be well served to make as many periphials work with as many competitors as possible. *Gasp* I know that means they might use a competitors product, but it does decrease a barrier to entry and generate a value added proposition for purchasing what you have.

That said making them more generic and expandable (Like being able to add a double bass) isn't a bad idea either.

How far is this going to go.... CLARINET HERO FTW!

HFX




RE: Interoperability
By root mean sq on 5/22/2008 10:14:31 AM , Rating: 2
it only needs to go as far as "String Quartet Band Heroes XVII"


Even more?
By Moebiwankenobi on 5/20/2008 4:22:07 PM , Rating: 2
Eventually it's going to look like the console of Steel Battalion. God that's too many peripherals - I thought the age of the Power Glove was good and gone.




Microsoft!!!
By therealnickdanger on 5/21/2008 8:24:54 AM , Rating: 2
Where are you with your platform standardization when we need you!???

The console makers should really team up and get behind a common element. Obviously, the accessories bring in HUGE money, but I'll tell you this, I will not be buying any more drum kits or guitars. If that means I don't get to play GH4 or RB2, so be it.




Guitar hero is for losers...
By Bender 123 on 5/21/2008 10:07:03 AM , Rating: 2
I prefer Sousaphone hero, for all the fast paced fun and action of being in a real marching band...

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/activision_re...




Drum Pads
By DarthKaos on 5/23/2008 2:07:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yes the drums for other franchises will be quiet but there is a solution for Rock Band. Pick up the drum pads. They work great for making the drums more quiet and they do not affect the accuracy at all.

As for frustration with multiple games and accessories, I am just worried that this is spreading the market to thin. Competition is great but I think the competition should be over how great the game is, the songs in it, the extras, or anything else you can think of in the game. Having accessories that don't work with other games just limits the companies revenue. I for one invested in Rock Band and won't be buying GH:4 even though I would like to own the game I don't want another set of equipment. I am sure GH fans feel the same way and will not go to RB either.




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