the ONLY song on that list for GH3 thats worth playing is slowride.
I had heard that the gameplay was changed for GH3, in that you are forced to do hammer ons and pull offs at the times that the song says or that you'd miss the note! THAT'S what I thought this thread was going to discuss... =o
I think the current set list for Rock Band is less than impressive so far. I agree that Rock Band will be the better game, but so far GH has the better set list. GH1 is the only game so far that has a really good set list. GH2 and GH 80's had a lot of songs that just sucked. I think HMX needs to start going for the more radio mainstream songs for all genre's instead of using lesser known songs like Nirvana's In Bloom etc.
I heartedly disagree with this statement.
Going radio-friendly is a very good way of destroying the appeal of the game. Most radio-friendly songs are not technical and very easy to play. On top of this, most bands have MUCH better songs on their albums than is ever released on the radio. Let's take a look at some examples, shall we?
Radio Friendly - "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", "Breaking The Law"
Album Cuts - "A Touch Of Evil", "Screaming For Vengeance", "Fever", "(Take These) Chains", "Diamonds And Rust"
In this case while the 2 radio friendly tracks are great tunes (I love both of them and would love to see them included) I would argue that any one of the Album cuts listed are MUCH better from a technical and musical standpoint. These are all songs that 90% of people do not know about, and that, in my opinion, is just wrong.
Radio Friendly - "I Can't Explain", "I Can See For Miles", "Magic Bus", "Baba O'Riley"
Album Cuts - The whole "Quadrophenia" album, "I Don't Even Know Myself", "Guitar And Pen", "Eminence Front", "You Better You Bet", "The Quiet One", "Trick Of The Light"
Again, the radio friendly stuff is great, but the album cuts (and in this case, an entire album) are so much better.
I understand your point, however I can not agree with it because it would mean the exclusion of many GREAT tracks. These are tracks that would be perfect for the game and shouldn't be ignored because they're not "popular" (like that's ever been an indicator of musical quality).
The purpose of the game is not only to have fun but to also expand one's musical horizons and educate the player about the many forms music has taken over the years. Harmonix themselves have come out and said this in various interviews. I firmly believe that they are achieving this with a good balance in the setlist and future DLC announcements will continue this trend.
Yea I can see where you're comming from with that, I was thinking for every unpopular song by a particular band they put in, they should also put in something more mainstream by that same band (maybe use that as unlockable content). I remember GH2 had some pretty lame songs in the game, and when I'd play something by a bigger band that I liked and it was not a song I knew, it just made the song list feel that much more crappy. But by putting both unpopular and mainstream songs by an artist in the game, it will raise interest in the band that much more. Otherwise if I'm stuck playing a song that I have a bad attitude for, than it's going to lower the interest that I have in the game and possibly that particular artist.
we also have to take in consideration that Rock Band Hasnt Released alot of info on the Setlist like Guitar Hero Has, maybe Rock Bands will be better? it is unsure..but by the songs ive seen..i only like about 4
About the whole mainstream songs being featured thing...
I'm completely for a setup for 50% songs I know well and 50% songs I don't know yet. The main setlists of Guitar Hero and GH2 were like this for me, as was 80s. I think GH3 is going in a great marketing direction and a very questionable quality direction. Rock Band seems to be sticking along with their prior GH 50/50 game setups.
For GH3, they're really just picking all of the hits for the most part. While it will be cool to play along to WTTJ, it would have been nice to play along to a different song by GNR that's not as overplayed. I'm glad No One Like You was in 80s instead of RYLAH (which is not surprisingly going to be in GH3) because it was great material that I hadn't heard before. I want to play songs I know in these games just as much as songs I don't know. You win when you get a balance of both - experience new songs and enjoy ones you already know. The setlist of GH3 so far is 90% songs I've heard too many times and 10% songs I don't know. Some people will like it, but I'm going to appreciate the balance of previous games much more.
So when people claim that GH3 has a better setlist, it's not just because it has more songs released at the moment, but because it has so many popular songs. People will love playing songs they know and love. I have a good feeling that replaying each song might get boring more quickly though if you've heard them so many times before. What GH3 setlist creators should not underestimate is that people also love playing songs they don't yet know and may learn to love.
I believe these games should be just as much about exploring music as experiencing music you already know and love. I think an imbalance either way could impact the true quality of the game. I have to wonder for some of the songs on GH3 if they even bothered to listen to more songs by the artists or just picked the mainstream song right away. I have a good feeling it's mostly the latter, unfortunately.
There were like 3 songs I didn't know in GH1 and like 5 or 6 I didn't like, so that's what I've grown to expect from these music games. Music gameing is still so new, you'd kind of want to see a whole lot of mainstream songs to pull in as large of an audience as possible. (Even bigger than who's currently into this type of game now) And once this genre has reached it's peak, than put in the better quality more fun to play songs and work on the balance. If you get a lot of songs that a new comer to this kind of game doesn't know, than you might loose that person's interest all together. If GH1 had a lame of a set list as GH2 and GH 80's the genre might not be where it's at today because most if not all of the 30 regular songs on that game were regular radio hits at one point in time or another which for me and a lot of other people made the game that much better.