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The Reboot: Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero - Six Months Later

There’s no doubt Rock Band and Guitar Hero have changed the way videogames are played. The casual and hardcore gamer are paying big bucks for plastic guitars, drums, mics and downloadable content and both games have been hugely successful at retail since they were released late last year and the music industry has taken notice. Both Rock Band and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock were given rave reviews by game critics at the time they were launched to the masses, but how are they rated today? With the continued release of DLC and durability of the equipment, one question that comes to mind is which game reigns supreme now? In this episode of The Reboot, host Rio Pesino answers those questions and gives you his hands-on experience with both games…six months later.

10 Comments so far

  1. Joe G. April 18th, 2008 2:25 pm

    Hey ree, great reviewS on these two games. Personally I like Rock Band better because you can have all four friends play at the same time rather waiting for your turn to play a guitar, but that’s how I feel. For some reason isn’t Guitar Hero a little more challenging when you try the harder levels? On Rock Band, the expert mode is like the medium mode for Guitar Hero. All in all these two games are going to be around for a while. Very happy you looked into these two games Ree, awesome job, awesome. Keep up the good work, and love your show bro. PEACE!

  2. Church April 18th, 2008 4:41 pm

    It isn’t too fair saying the explorer is better than the fender, as it didn’t come with guitar hero 3, and it came with a game that was made by harmonix, the people who made rockband anyway.

  3. rio April 18th, 2008 4:57 pm

    @Joe G

    GHIII is definitely the harder of the two games.


    I like both guitars, but from my experience, the Xplorer is the better choice IMO because of the fact that the most important part of it (the strum) works better. My Fender strum broke on me and thousands of others have had problems with it. Plus IMO the strum on the Les Paul/Xplorer just feels more sturdy, although it’s is louder ;)

  4. Segro April 18th, 2008 10:32 pm

    Good review! Kept me interested. But I have to disagree on the re playability part. The Rock Band songs are extremely repetitive in World Band Tour. If you are playing on the PS2, or the Wii (future), there is no DLC. I guarantee you will be SICK of the RB setlist very fast. Also, the gold star system in Rock Band is much different than GH3, to Gold Star in GH3 you need 100%, in Rock Band you don’t need 100%. This makes keeping track of your accomplishments and scores harder.

    Also, the competition level in GH3 is much more intense than Rock Band, because of the difficulty for the tracks.

    Its very true that Rock Band destroys on the DLC and Multiplayer, overall it beats GH3. But for a Solo Player with no Multiplayer or DLC, GH3 is the way to go.

    Great Review xD

  5. rio April 19th, 2008 12:25 am


    Forgot to mention in the story that the PS2 and Wii folks don’t get DLC. Good point there, but I still stick by my choice of Rock Band over GHIII. Drum/Guitar/Mic options alone = Rock Band FTW. Get bored of the guitar, move on the drums, get bored of that, sing. Or try to sing and play drums/guitar for even more of a challenge!

  6. AbrtRetryIgnore April 21st, 2008 1:47 am

    Nice review…and very well balanced. I should add that I agree completely with the assessment on all counts.

    I feel for the PS2 players (and Wii players, shortly), however, as Rock Band on those platforms will NOT be as awesome as the 360 and PS3 versions due to the restricted feature set. In those instances, it might be a tossup between the two games, with the final outcome based upon 1) whether or not you have lots of friends that like to rock out with you (advantage: RB), and 2) whether you are looking more for an extreme difficulty challenge rather than collaborative fun (advantage: GH3).

    However, as a 360 owner with tons of friends that like to rock out together, we’ve been playing Rock Band non-stop for months. Every week I’m asked “So did you get any cool new DLC?” And every week my GH3 disk gathers dust in its case while my RB disc never leaves the console.

  7. johny April 24th, 2008 2:57 pm

    I think rockband is much better. gh3 is harder because its only guitar and set for someone who is going to play it all day to get good just so they can play half of the songs on harder difficulties. rock band is set for people who like to have fun when they play.not a 30 year old who goes to work comes home and plays all day til 2 in the morning. even though the learder boards are pretty hard to resist trying to get a highscore. thats the way i look at this. rockband *****. thank you harmonix

  8. manny April 27th, 2008 8:52 am

    Dude that was not fair for the hardware portion.You were reviewing guitar hero 3 but you used the guitar hero 2 guitar.Next time use the crappy guitar hero 3 guitar.

  9. Rio April 27th, 2008 10:40 am


    Does the Xplorer work with GHIII? YES. Does Activision sell a GHIII Bundle with the Xplorer? YES. It’s fair, you lose.

  10. Shawn May 11th, 2008 9:33 pm

    So GHIII beats Rock Band in one category: equipment. There’s no doubt about that, even a simple search on the internet would show that. Try to find how many errors there are with the GH2/3 guitars and how many there are with the RB.

    The judging of equipment seems fair to me… my Stratocaster is busted right out of the box and I got it this week. The special effects switch doesn’t work properly (totally skips over Chorus) and the tilt action has worked only twice ever. Heck, I’m afraid to play my Rock Band equipment considering all the errors there’s been and I’m even considering to charge my friends a one time $5 equipment fee to cover new equipment should it ever break following end of the 60 day warranty.

    Though I do have to agree, the GH3 track list totally pails in comparison, not to mention the variety of instruments gives a new outlook to the song each time you switch. Unlike GH3 where it’s the same old town with the same old s**t since it’s all Guitar. Go party game! I APPROVE THIS REBOOT!

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