Rock Band 4 was finally announced a few days ago and it seems like Harmonix is developing the game with some of the most-requested features in mind. This is what we know about the game so far: Rock Band 4 is coming out later in 2015 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Harmonix is partnering up with Mad Catz to create new instruments, instruments you’ve bought for previous versions will be compatible with Rock Band 4 and all the Rock Band DLC will work with the upcoming rhythm game. With that in mind, there are still some questions about the game that haven’t been answered yet, so I decided to work on a list with some of the features and music that I’d love to see in Rock Band 4. What about you? What features would you like Rock Band 4? What music would you like the game to include? Do you play Rock Band on a regular basis?
As someone who plays a lot of guitar by himself, playing acoustic songs sounds like a terrific idea. Especially, if you can master the game to such an extent that you can play and sing at the same time. I never paid much attention to that in the early Rock Band games, but now that I know how that process works, I’m really interested in checking it out.
One of my favorite albums is Green Day’s Bullet in a Bible and one of the reasons why I love that album so much is because it definitely shows what’s like to see Green Day live. I’m pretty sure there are multiple live albums I’ve never listened to that share a similar feeling and if Rock Band can include more of that (Kiss Alive, for instance,) I think it would cater for a niche audience that will be really happy.
I love listening to new music, but I don’t have the patience nor the time to check out indie radios from the internet, but if Rock Band 4 is the platform Harmonix is saying it’ll be, maybe this can bridge that gap. Call me hipster if you want, but there’s nothing as satisfying as listening to an indie band that no one knows.
This has been brought up time and time again and Harmonix has explained the severe process of getting the rights to such a popular band like Led Zeppelin several times. But taking into account that popular bands like Green Day and The Beatles got their own game, Led Zeppelin in definitely a band that has the mass appeal to make people go and buy entire albums on the Rock Band platform. Also, most of their songs would be really entertaining to play with plastic controllers.
Metallica Should Be Back
To be completely honest, I really couldn’t care less about Metallica. I don’t actively dislike the band or anything like that, but don’t like it that much either. But while it might not be for me, I know a lot of fans would celebrate the return of Metallica to the rock band series. For those unfamiliar, there were a bunch of Metallica songs in Rock Band, but when the deal they had expired, everything from the band was removed.
This may sound awfully specific, but as someone who loves to sing on Rock Band, I find it really uncomfortable to play songs by myself and having to use a controller to move through the menus. If I could yell the name of a song to Kinect in order to play that, Rock Band would suddenly be much more appealing to me. Additionally, maybe Harmonix could implement other features using the motion sensors and they are more than capable than doing that given their history (they developed Fantasia: Music Evolved and Dance Central.)
Varied on-disc soundtrack
The soundtrack that will be included in the disc version of Rock Band 4 will be extremely difficult to select. After all, previous Rock Band games have covered pretty much every genre and decade and at the same time, everyone who buys the game’s expecting something different in terms of music.
I’m one of those people who loves having the disc and a bunch of DLC already installed in my hard drive before playing games. But what if the new Rock Band 4 also supported some sort of subscription-based service (similar to Netflix) that allowed people to download any songs as long as they are paying $15 a month or something like that? I know a lot of people would be into that and you can’t blame them.
When Rock Band 4 comes out in 2015, I’d like to see as few restrictions as possible. Basically, what I mean by this is that all songs should be unlocked right off the bat, so that you don’t need to spend several minutes playing songs you don’t like to unlock the ones you do. Unlocking things in games can be fun, but in this particular title, I think a decision like that could be detrimental to the experience.
I know the Rock Band series hasn’t been about displaying the best visuals you’ve seen, but I still want Rock Band 4 to be as sharp as possible. After all, this is the first (and according to what Harmonix is saying the only) Rock Band game coming to this generation of consoles. Basically, I’d love the game to look similar to previous games, but also fresh and unique.