There are a certain set of charting rules that *have* to be obeyed, and a larger set of general guidelines, a.k.a. bendable rules. Given that charts are being done by a bunch of different people, of course there will be differences from HMX charts. But if they're still fun to play that's all that matters.
HMX has actually encouraged people to have fun with the RB format and do things that HMX themselves may not have thought of or chosen not to do in the more "mainstream" RB music store. This is a perfect example.
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I will say this about some of the RBN charts...
I seriously got a slight hand cramp after playing the Amberian Dawn and 3 Inches Of Blood songs. But you know what? I had FUN while getting that hand cramp!
From my experience playing RBN songs, the charting feels right for the music.
I'm not a play tester/peer-reviewer, BUT as a player of A LOT of RB, I can tell you that none of the charts I played felt under or over-charted.
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I've always felt that each difficulty had a wide berth for what is acceptable in that difficulty.
You can have a medium song that you could do blindfolded and still almost fall asleep, and at the other end of the spectrum, a medium song could give you a bit of a challenge if you're not prepared for it.
I feel the RBN songs tend to hover in the harder area of what is allowed in each difficulty.
They're not over charted, they just are charted...differently than we're used to and that unknown quantity makes them harder IMO.
A hmx chart just has a certain 'feel' to them. And when they deviate from that (like for instance the recent Disturbed Guitar Chart), they can catch us off guard.
Which in my eyes is a good thing. People have been saying they are getting bored with RBN, and these new charting styles will keep people on their toes for sure.
I haven't bought much on RBN (yet) but I can't help but noticing the drums on the Steve Vai songs have pretty bad OD and fill placement. I don't even think there's a fill after the last OD phrase on For the Love of God, and The Attitude song has OD in illogical places (on crazy fills) and seems like it doesn't have nearly enough OD or fills. Were testers so excited for Vai that they only cared about the notes themselves and forgot about OD or something?