Gamers of Destructoid, I think that we've created a monster. A monster that is really mean that likes to eat cash and poop out cheap plastic instruments. The rhythm gaming industry is a beast that none of us saw coming but each of us have helped in making it a dominant genre.
I don't know if it was the sheer repetitiveness of the FPS genre or the amazing lack of decent RPGs in the last couple of years, but I had been looking and hoping for a new game type to play that didn't require hours and hours of my time to get somewhat decent at or one that forced me to work up a sweat.
Don't get me wrong, I love playing every single Dance Dance Revolution
game that I own, including the extra expensive ones that I had to import from Japan to play on my PlayStation 1. The biggest problem with the rhythm games of then was that you had to get off your ass to really get into them; DDR
wasn't quite as fun if you played with the controller instead of the dance pad.
Even the Beatmania
games were lacking substance to keep me interested, and I'm sorry but I had to draw the line somewhere when it comes to importing games, I couldn't afford to import those wickedly awesome controllers. I think it was the fact that all of the Konami games didn't have easily recognizable bands and songs that lead to the imminent rise of the Guitar Hero
Thinking that the new game was just a fad and something that I didn't quite understand (I used to be one of those people who thought that it made no sense and that people should just learn real guitar), it never even crossed my mind to pick it up. It wasn't until the game was announced on the Xbox 360 that I thought I might check it out.
I remember fondly going out to every store near me trying to find Guitar Hero II
and how insanely quick the game managed to sell out at stores near me. It wasn't until I tried the last place on Earth that I want to shop at that I found my own copy of the game...at Kmart (I f*cking hate Kmart with a passion!). From the moment that I unpacked my Xplorer guitar and strapped it on, I was hooked.
Since then, I have picked up Guitar Hero III
with the wireless guitar and Rock Band
with the complete set of instruments. There are two games that I plan on getting soon, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
and Guitar Hero DS
, and two that I plan on getting when they come out, Guitar Hero: World Tour
and Rock Band 2
. Each one of these games can be bought without their peripherals (except the DS version), but I'm going to be a sucker and buy each one's bundle pack so I can have the newest version of the instruments. This is going to be a problem.
By the time I get all of the games I listed above, I will have 6 guitars, 3 sets of drums, 3 microphones, and a DS attachment that will probably never be used on any other game. There is simply no need to have all of that crap piling up in the corner of my living room or collecting dust in my basement. I know that it's not necessary to pick up each game's bundle pack with all the instruments, but I don't care. I'm a collector, it's what I do.
Oh and before I finish up here, I didn't forget Konami's Rock Revolution
. I just didn't say anything about it because I have a feeling that it will be horrible and not worth the money. Save your cash and get one of the good games coming out.
Seriously, I think we've created a monster and I see no end to it in sight...and to be honest I don't care if it really does because I'm having a really good time S'ingTFUAJPG. Thanks for reading.