reviews\ Jul 15, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock - PS2 - Review

Yep, you would think that this whole Rock Band thing would have dried up by now, but it hasn't. As long as there is more music available, Harmonix will keep making new discs and we, the gaming public, will probably continue to buy them. Why? Because it is my firm belief that the Rock Band series of games is the greatest party game ever made and who doesn't want to crank up the music and live out a teen-age fantasy of being a Rock Star?

So, that brings us to today's track selection on the PlayStation 2. Featuring 20 new songs, this pack allows PlayStation 2 owners the opportunity to get some of the songs gamers on the 360 and PS3 have been able to download previously. With so many people stiull owning PS2s and their ability to get online, I still don't know why the powers that be haven't been able to figure out a way for PS2 owners to get online and start downloading music as well. But that is neither here nor there.

The music in this collection is much like you are used to, there are several truly rocking tracks, like "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood, "Hit Me with your Best Shot" by Pat Benetar (a childhood favorite) and "Alright Now" by Free. I like the Steve Miller Band, but the two songs featured on the game aren't all that "Rockin'," "Jet Airliner" would have been a far better choice. Now, I'm sure this review would spark some healthy debate as music is about as personal an item can be when it comes to peoples likes and dislikes, but there were some songs on the disc that simply should not have been on there, at least, in my opinion. Decide for yourself, does Siouxsie and the Banshees elicit thoughts of rock when you here their name? The Dead Kennedy's? They were a punk band and their songs aren't all that much fun to play.

The graphics are still the same canned characters that the PS2 forces you to play with, not that it matters, you don't play Rock Band games for the close ups of the characters rocking out in the background. I've been playing this for a couple of years now and I still can't look away for more than a nanosecond without completely flubbing my song up. The chords and lyrics that dance across the screen are exactly what you expect them to be.

And that's just it; if the folks at Harmonix are going to continue to pump out these track packs, they need to get the lead out. A classic rock track pack needs to feature songs that are actually classic rock, not a collections of genres; they would have been better to just name this another collection of songs rather than promise something and fail to deliver. I don't necessarily like the songs, but having the Who, Rush and even Boston on there was a step in the right direction, but I question the songs selected by those artists, all of them have far better songs in their library than the ones provided here.

In case you were wondering, the game plays exactly like all the other Rock Band titles - guitars and drums and microphone and all. I know that this may be a given, but we are thorough here at GameZone and felt you needed to know.

Review Scoring Details for Rock Band Classic Rock Track Pack   

Gameplay: 7.0
It's the same stuff you are used to; if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

Graphics: 6.5
The lack of customizable characters continues in all the Rock Band games for the PS2.

Sound: 8.0
The music sounds decent enough coming out of the speakers, but if you don't like the music, well, you don't like the music. I have always had a hard time playing songs that I don't like in these games, and this one continues that trend.

Difficulty: Medium
It has all the difficulty selections the other titles have.

Concept: 6.0
The idea of a classic rock track pack that has music from other genres confuses me,

Multiplayer: 8.0
It is the king of the party games, even when it's a mediocre song, it's better with friends.

Overall: 6.8
I like the series of games, but this track pack fails to deliver the goods on a more consistent basis. I think if you can enjoy half the songs on a game like this, you are doing well, to me, I would say I liked about one third the songs.

Above Average

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