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Rocks the 80’s Robs your Wallet |

I’m a product of the 80’s. Much of my teen years was spent in the 80’s, so I have a soft spot for 80’s music. That’s why I ripped open Activision’s Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s for the PS2 with more than just a little enthusiasm. And while I enjoyed many of the songs that were there, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was totally ripped off! Keeping in mind that this game goes for full retail price, here are some things to note.

  1. There are only about twenty thirty songs. That’s right. Thirty. But you can’t buy any more in the store, so that’s it. You can work out the price per song, but that makes this game the most expensive Guitar Hero game, per song, ever. I bet you that this is why Activision didn’t release this game for the 360. Those 360 owners are already so pissed that Activision is charging so much for those extra song packs, that Activision didn’t want to antagonize them all over again. Besides, Activision can just release these songs in more map packs!
  2. My memory may be failing me on this one, but I think I’m right. There are no new venues to play at in this game.
  3. There are no unlockable costumes. It would have been fun to see more 80’s style fashion, but no.
  4. There’s only one unlockable character.
  5. There are fewer characters to play. I didn’t count, but I think the game starts you off with 5 or 6 characters, plus the one unlockable.
  6. Did I mentioned there are no unlockable songs?
  7. Some of the songs were just badly done. The song by Asia had an especially bad cover version. Even my wife remarked how terrible it sounded.
  8. Radar Love – As Made Famous by White Lion. What the heck? Who’s White Lion? This song wasn’t made famous by White Lion! This is a Golden Earing song! And the Golden Earing version is a heck of a lot better than this trashy version. Crap!
  9. Lack of big name groups. There’s nothing by big 80’s bands like Tears for Fears, Glass Tiger, or Gowen etc etc etc. Ah well.

While this game does have some good songs that are fun to play, I played through almost all the songs in one sitting, and felt just a little bit really ripped off that there wasn’t more to this game. My recommendation? Wait for it to hit the bargain bin. And while you’re there, pick up Frequency, it’s a much better game.

  • Dartmerc

    How much fun would Mexican Radio be to play 😀
    Infact that would be a crazy awesome song for Rock Band.

  • Bob

    BTW, there are 30 songs, so you can remove #1 from your rant list.

  • Corrected. Thanks.

  • Bob

    eh, I had the same feeling when I played it the first time. But being an 80’s child, this game brought back lots of memories, and the song selection, although not top notch, seems to grab good songs from lots of different styles.
    I do have the Golden Earring complaint as well, but that version was from the 70s, so that wouldnt exactly fit in the 80s version.
    Anyway, play it a few times, do some co-op.. the bass rift on Rader Love is awesome to play, and you should see the game is the same quality as 2, not top notch songs, but worth it to play.
    venues and extra chars, eh, you dont really look at the background when you play anyway. I mean look at the screen for rock band. they dont care that the screen is all user information and not much background. and either do i.