After playing Beatles Rock Band on guitar for a few hours with some buddies I managed to get one of those fancy silver icons. I should be happy about this, but I’m not, because it just serves to remind me of the stupid regular ugly black icon I still have in Rock Band 2.
It’s not for lack of trying. I had a plan one night to go through and get the Bladder of Steel achievement. I signed in on expert vocals. I knew how much time I’d have between songs in case I needed to pee or refresh my drink, and I knew which songs had long percussion parts I could safely be absent for. I can’t do well on expert vocals — I was three-starring a lot of songs — but after five hours of singing the end (and my silver icon) was in sight.
Then Rob the Prez-O-Dent came on. This song is impossible to sing. I failed out, and all my hopes and dreams were crushed. No, seriously, this is not music. I don’t know what it is. It’s like the Xbox is having a siezure.
Anyway, I’ll probably clear Beatles again this weekend, on vocals this time. The most jarring difference between this and Rock Band 2 is that the visuals are actually interesting; I’ve missed more than a couple notes because I was watching the background instead of my note chart.
I’m still wary about the long-term playability of this game, but I am enjoying it a great deal. I’m not crazy about having to purchase exclusive DLC for it, so maybe I won’t. Take that, capitalism!