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Band Hero (DS)

November 12, 2009

14609 (c) Activision/Vicarious Vision 2009

“FULL BAND EXPERIENCE on your DS!”

Might after you playing Guitar Hero World Tour, and wondering if you can do the same on DS too? Well here you go, finally after long wait, Band Hero is out, maybe a lousy name, but it’s still on Guitar Hero series, but can it rocking the world?

What’s This Game About?
You see, Band Hero is somehow an upgraded version of Guitar Hero, or maybe… Downgraded version? Band Hero can be said as more Family Friendly user with more Colorful version of Guitar Hero, while many people expect Guitar Hero to be more darker, and more rocking, they finally make new series to make younger and familiar user to expect this new Band Hero series to be more colorful.

In other side, Band Hero on DS is different, they thinking to make full band experience to the Portable system, this time the DS system. What they do is absolutely a brilliant idea but, what if the idea was really hard to acceptable to many people? For example, they make Drum Grip to make other people more feeling they playing drum on DS, while this might be a total fail, since making Drum Grip just make this game more unportable, although you still can play the drum mode using Left, Down, B, A. On the other side, you can play Guitar or Bass using Guitar Grip,  but this still a failure, since you still need to put your Guitar Grip, and make this game unportable too. Another failure that happens to this game is you must restart your DS if you want to switch from Guitar or Bass to Drum or Microphone mode, while this thing make your battery drained, this too happens to be really lame, and not so easy to just change the mode.

There’s still something to be praised from DS version of Band Hero, for the second time, another game finally can make a real Karaoke game on DS, the First one was created by Nintendo itself on the game called Daigasso Band Brother DX, and now another successful creation was on Band Hero. Why I call this “a real Karaoke game on DS”? Well maybe you seen many game utilizing DS Mic to be used to sing a song on the game, the one I remembered like Rock Revolution by Konami, or Ultimate Band by Disney Games, but they have been failed to make the Karaoke mode really good, not Band Hero though, they really can make a really same experience you play on Console version, there is a really sensitive pitch like you really singing on Microphone, which is really great.

But still S.O.L.(Still Outta Luck) to DSi user, since they only can play Drum Mode, and Karaoke Mode on DSi, as we all know DSi don’t have GBAPort to plug the Guitar Grip, neither Drum Grip. Makes this game more portable, but in other side lamer.

What this game look like?

Band Hero Main Menu Interface on Drum ModeBand Hero Main Menu Interface on Drumming Mode

As I tell you before, Band Hero is more like Family Friendly user game, designed to be more colorful and more user friendly, but what exactly they make it more user friendly?

Band Hero Drum Interface
Drumming Mode on Band Hero

The very most interesting thing they put here is they remove the story mode, and change it to be Achievement style game, you need to pull out some requirement and reap the reward. Most of it was really easy, others need a real skill to do it. The best part of all is you now can play all the setlist freely, make your own setlist and rock all night if you wanted.
Although as I said before this game is designed to be more Family Friendly style, they put some not so friendly song to the game

US Setlist:
1.)Avril Lavigne – “Girlfriend” 3:36
2.)Black Eyed Peas – “Let’s Get It Started” 3:37
3.)Blink 182 – “First Date” 2:52
4.)Boys Like Girls – “The Great Escape” 3:41
5.)Duran Duran – “Hungry Like The Wolf” 3:27
6.)Eagles Of Death Metal – “Wannabe In L.A.” 2:16
7.)Evanescence – “Call Me When You’re Sober” 3:35
8.)Fall Out Boy – “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” 3:24
9.)Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench” 3:51
10.)Kaiser Chiefs – “I Predict A Riot” 3:55
11.)Kings Of Leon – “Manhattan” 3:26
12.)KT Tunstall – “Suddenly I See” 3:22
13.)Lacuna Coil – “Our Truth” 4:03
14.)No Doubt – “Excuse Me Mr.” 3:06
15.)Pink – “So What” 3:37
16.)Queen – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” 2:44
17.)Queens Of The Stone Age – “No One Knows” 4:39
18.)Spin Doctors – “Two Princes” 4:18
19.)Sublime – “All You Need” 2:45
20.)Sum 41 – “In Too Deep” 3:27
21.)The All American Rejects – “Believe” 3:28
22.)The Killers – “Spaceman” 4:45
23.)The Presidents Of The United States Of America – “Lump” 2:14
24.)The Pretenders – “Boots Of Chinese Plastic” 2:27
25.)The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “You Beter Pray” 3:37
26.)The Rolling Stones – “Under My Thumb (Live)” 4:19
27.)The Vines – “Get Free” 2:07
28.)Ugly Kid Joe – “Everything About You” 4:20
29.)Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk” 2:17
30.)Weezer – “Troublemaker” 2:45

And all of them not so lousy, but a little Familiar but not so Familiar. Uhh… forget what I’m saying…

The Graphic is now tweaked to be more Cartoonish,  maybe you played older Guitar Hero on DS, see the graphic is somehow dark, and really metal (actually not really). Well this time is more Cartoonish, and more… Cartoonish!

Another stuff you can see is you now can create your own Hero, similar to  Console version of Guitar Hero World Tour, you can start creating your own character, and as I said before you can get new Thread by playing through solo mode, and get Achievements, of course you can buy it too using money from your gig.

Again, Another stuff you can praise is now you can play Band Hero with Wii user using Wi-Fi Connection, this is new and really cool, if maybe you buying Band Hero on Wii, but only buying a Guitar set, now you can play another Bass, or maybe Guitar, or maybe Microphone, or maybe ANOTHER Guitar using DS,  although maybe have another feeling about that, but you can play this game on stereo now on Wii 😛

What do you think about this game?
I’m fans of Rhythm game, especially Guitar Hero game, Band Hero’s not bad, but it can have more improvement, like no need to restart the DS system just to switch the mode from Guitar to Drum, or maybe make the game more portable and more rocking, and of course DSi friendly system yes? 😀

But if you are Guitar Hero fans, and want to playing more Guitar Hero (and never have enough) you should play this, since it share the same style of Guitar Hero.

Graphic: 7/10
Sound: 8/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Total: 23/30 (Good Game) (Only Play if you are a fans of Guitar Hero)

Review: Band Hero
System: Nintendo DS
Developer/Publisher: Vicarious Visions/Activision/Red Octane
Rating: Everyone 10+ (E10+)
Last Updated: 12/11/2009 21:54 P.M. (GMT +07)

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