AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track PackESRB:
Platform: Xbox 360
Developer: Pi Studios (under direction of Harmonix)
Publisher: MTV Games
6 MB to Save Game
Guitar, Drum Kit and Microphone
For me the big difference between the Rock Band and Guitar Hero franchises is the amount of downloadable content that is available. Rock Band has an insane amount of content available for any wannabe rocker to download. Not content with just providing DLC, Rock Band has also put out some track packs in the past. I was lucky enough to get an early copy of the most recent one, AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack for the Xbox 360. This track pack compliments the recent album release entitled Black Ice. Well after going through all the songs included in the track pack I have to say that I really enjoyed what was offered on the disc.
Unfortunately there is not a lot I can say here that hasn’t been said in our Rock Band or Rock Band 2 reviews. If there is any addition I can make it is that you only play on one stage this time around, so there is not a lot of variety in the visual setting. However, there are some neat special effects that go off now and then, specifically during particular songs. The visuals still have that film like grain to them and the art style stays the same. So don’t expect anything different here.
The AC/DC Live Track Pack includes some of the band’s most recognizable songs in their repertoire. There are a total of 18 tracks that account for 99 minutes of rockin’ out. For those who are curious the following tracks are included on the game disc:
“Shoot to Thrill”
“Back in Black”
“Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be”
“Fire Your Guns”
“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
“Whole Lotta Rosie”
“You Shook Me All Night Long”
“Let There Be Rock”
“Highway To Hell”
“For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”
As these tracks are live, each one is somewhat different, and longer, then the standard version you may have heard on any one of their past albums. So be prepared for some different mixes then you are used too. That being said, any AC/DC fan that has seen the band live should be more then familiar with how these songs may have changed from their album versions.
I have to say that the actual audio quality of these songs is fantastic, and in some ways I thought it was even better then the already solid sound in the regular Rock Band games. I don’t know what it was, but man did I find myself turning up the volume more then once. The Dolby Digital encoding is phenomenal and really pulls you into the 18 tracks available. I spent the majority of time working at my home office, which allowed me to play the game in my media room. I was rocking away when my wife came down into my hallowed work area and told me to turn it down as it was like there was a concert in the upstairs of our living area. It was at this point that it actually occurred to me how good this track pack really sounded. Trust me; if you have any issues with the audio quality of the music found in the AC/DC Live Track Pack then it is one of two things: your audio equipment or your hearing. Bottomline, the music in this game ROCKS!
The AC/DC track pack is a stand alone game so you will actually have to go out and buy it. But don’t run down to your local game store as it is a Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club exclusive in the U.S. just like the album is. Those who reside in the Great White North (Canada for those uneducated) should be able to find it anywhere though.
If you have played Rock Band or Rock Band 2 in the past, then you will know exactly what you are getting here. This game is geared for Rock Band fans, so it is assumed that most people will know what this game is about. As this game is a stand alone game, the tracks are on the game disc itself. For those who don’t want to have to swap a disc to play included tracks, have no fear as Harmonix has included a one time use code that allows you to download the music from the track pack into your library of Rock Band or Rock Band 2 songs.
When you purchase the AC/DC Live Track Pack you are actually getting a stripped down version of the Rock Band game that you are already used too. In the stand alone game (the actual game disc) you are limited on what you can do. You won’t be able to create a character or find any online play to name on a few of what is omitted. The game is simply a rock and roll experience without the frills of the full Rock Band game. But as mentioned, you can download the tracks to your library of DLC to play in it’s bigger and more robust brother, the full version of Rock Band. So if you are worried you can’t use your custom players, or play online with a friend, you can but not with the track pack itself.
Having the game stripped down is definitely not deal breaker as the core experience is still there and it is still a blast. Being able to play solo, or with a group of friends via the full band feature, still carries the now well known Rock Band gameplay. From guitar, bass, drums to singing, each track manages to have its own series of challenges that makes sure you are on your toes when jamming away.
The 18 included tracks are a treat to play and I found myself wanting to continue on from one to another as I really thought the choice of songs was superb. I don’t know what it was, but Pi Studios and Harmonix really made some good choices when deciding what tracks to include. Any fan of AC/DC should appreciate the content on this disc, but non-fans should also enjoy them too as they all make for a really good Rock Band experience.
As this is a stand alone game there are achievements too. There are a total of 12 totaling 250 achievement points. Nine of these achievements are known from the get-go. They range from getting a five star ranking on specific songs using specific instruments to playing the whole setlist without stopping. There are also three secret achievements for you to discover.
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