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Who Won at PAX 08: Rock Band 2 or Guitar Hero: World Tour

Both Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour made strong appearances at the Penny Arcade Expo this year. But I couldn’t help but notice one of them had a better showing that the other.

Rock Band 2 had their new hardware there playable for the public. The new guitars look slick, still feel pretty nice, and the drums are more quiet. Rock Band 2 also had the most songs playable (it actually might of been their whole setlist). This booth also had the longer line and most enthusiastic crowd.

Guitar Hero: World Tour had the most impressive hardware to show off. The new guitars have the sensor bar on the neck, which allows you to tap that instead of strumming, and I saw a guy play a whole song without strumming. The drums have the three pads and two cymbals. The cymbals feel a bit weird since they seem a bit floppy, but they hold up and seem to be pretty sensitive. The drums are also pretty quiet. World Tour only had about 10 songs to show off, and it seemed like everybody was playing ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters and ‘Assassin’ by Muse over and over again.

New and improved hardware is excellent to see, but all that is nothing if you don’t have the songs to back them up. That’s why I’m choosing Rock Band 2 over Guitar Hero World Tour as the winner at PAX 08. Rock Band 2’s setlist was very impressive, with well over 80 songs playable (plus all the original Rock Band songs), so I think Rock Band 2 will be the best music/rhythm game this year.

Originally posted on Endsights, September 1, 2008

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March 5, 2009 - Posted by | Feature

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