Beatles : Rock Band

51LEdQGTGULDate Completed: December 20th, 2015

I happened across my copy of Beatles : Rock Band and said “Does anyone want to play this?”  That’s when all the trouble began.

Both boys wanted to play the drums because, hey drumsticks.  None of my kids have the dexterity to play ‘for real’ yet so I took the batteries out of the drum and tried giving them one stick each.  Several bruised eyeballs later I gave both sticks to my older son and tried to sell my younger boy on playing solo guitar.

I have two guitar peripherals, one from Guitar Hero and one that came with Rock Band.  My younger boy seemed to think that the Rock Band guitar was alive and possessed by some malevolent force.  He wanted MY guitar, which I refused to give him since mine was the only one with batteries in it.  There was no way I could take them out without him noticing.  We started up a song over the sounds of his protests and began to play.

My wife sat with my 1-year-old daughter on her lap and tried to sing into the microphone loud enough to override the whining, crying and joyful babbling coming from my three children.  Eventually my daughter wandered off and walked into the range of my older son with the drumsticks and got whacked.  While my wife was consoling her my younger son gave up his guitar and took the microphone and we began to lose badly.

I’m not sure why we kept at it, but we did and before long we got to the credit roll.  It turns out that when we moved into our new house we made it about 90% of the way through the game and then quit playing.  Next time we’ll know better than to play Rock Band as a family.

Is it fun: Yes
Score: 3/10
Length: 3 hours
System: Playstation 3
Genre: Rhythm

Final Fantasy Theatrhythm : Curtain Call

Theatrhythm_Final_Fantasy_Curtain_Call_box_artDate Completed : April 8th, 2015

I’ve already completed a review for the original Final Fantasy Theatrhythm so I’m going to try and keep this one short.  Final Fantasy Theatrhythm : Curtain Call (FFTCC) is almost exactly like the previous title and I stand by what I said before – you tap on the screen in rhythm with songs from the Final Fantasy game.  I don’t know why I like this game so much, but I’ve sunk quite a bit of time into it, and almost a month after finishing it I’m still playing it, trying to unlock more characters.

FFTCC has several upgrades, primarily the quest mode is improved and it has a BUTTLOAD more songs including songs from spinoffs and related game series.  There are even new control modes – you can tap the buttons instead of the screen if you prefer.

Like the previous game I mostly enjoyed playing the game before bed.  It can be very difficult playing with other people in the house because interruptions can mess with your rhythm.  Theatrhythm is the kind of thing you play alone in a dark corner of the house when no one is watching.

It’s a fun game and includes all of the content from the original, so if you’re in the market for a Theatrhythm game look no further than Curtain Call.

Pros

  • Superset of the original game.

Cons

  • You’ll have to hide from your kids to play it.
Is it fun: Yes
Score: 8/10
Length:  ~10 hours
System: Nintendo 3DS
Genre: Rhythm

Final Fantasy : Theatrhythm

Date Completed: 7/12/2012

My long time reader (Hi Honey!) will be aware that I am a collector of Final Fantasy games so I was understandably excited when I heard about the concept of a Final Fantasy based rhythm game.  I preordered Theatrhythm right away and when it finally arrived I was surprised to find that I had actually preordered it TWICE.  Yes, I am now so old that I can’t remember what games I have on order.  Kind of depressing.

I started the game up and went through the Final Fantasy game stages in numerical sequence.  Each stage consists of a Field Music song, a battle music song and an ‘Emotional’ song.  Game play is pretty much identical however,  you just tap on the screen along with the music.  Some notes might require you to hold down and move the stylus up and down, or some might have arrows on them and require you to draw in a specific direction but that’s about it for game mechanics.  Anyone can do it.

The music is right out of the original video games with no upgrades.  The soundtrack for Final Fantasy I sounds like it is coming out of an 8-bit NES console, and Final Fantasy XIII sounds like it was studio recorded.  I get a bit nostalgic hearing the old school tunes so this isn’t a problem for me but if you’re new to the series you may have preferred an orchestral rearrangement of the original music, which have been created and are for sale on your favorite digital music stores.

The game manages to be challenging on harder difficulties but not impossible.  In expert mode if you get behind the beat of the song it quickly becomes impossible to keep up and you’ll lose.  I never lost a song in Normal or Advanced modes, although a few of the Advanced songs were quite challenging.

The game has all the normal RPG elements too.  Your party levels up as you play and you can equip them with different abilities and items. There are tons of unlockables such as additional characters, movies and songs.  I’d say this is a perfect little rhythm game for Final Fantasy fans and I plan to continue enjoying it even after beating the main story mode.

Pros

  • Final Fantasy based Rhythm game!
  • Tons of unlockables

Cons

  • Music exists as it did on original console.
Is it fun: Yes
Score: 8/10
Length:  ~5 hours
System: Nintendo 3DS
Genre: Rhythm