RockBand Gets peripherals

MTV Games, Harmonix And EA Confirm Plans To Ship Standalone Rock BandTM Instruments To U.S. Retail Stores Harmonix, one of the world's leading developers of music-based games, and MTV Games, , along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that individual instrument peripherals for Rock Band™ will start shipping to U.S. store shelves beginning on February 12th.

"The release of standalone instruments allows Rock Band musicians to enjoy the full Rock Band experience, including drum, microphone and guitar head-to-head modes, creating a whole new level of competitive fun," said Alex Rigopulos, CEO and co-founder, Harmonix. "We're also delivering a stand-alone wireless guitar solution for all versions of Rock Band as well as providing the opportunity for consumers to build their band one instrument at a time."

With the standalone instruments being made available, Let the ROCK OFFS BEGIN! with competing challenging play modes such as mic vs. mic, drum vs. drum and guitar vs. guitar. Players can battle each other in versus modes in "Score Duel" mode for the high score or in the challenging "tug of war" mode, Your skills better be tight. The awesome versus modes can be played locally or online and work with all rock band downloaded songs. But theres a downside, Both players must own the same song in order to play in these modes(why cant just one be the server running the damn song? why!!)

Rock Band Instrument Release Dates/Pricing:

  • Rock Band Drum Kit (Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system) $79.99 MSRP; February 12, 2008
  • Rock Band Wireless Fender® Stratocaster Guitar Controller (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation 2 system*) $59.99 MSRP; April 1, 2008
Standalone Rock Band game software is also available as well as the Special Edition Bundle which features the instruments you wholeheartedly love so much

Note: The Rock Band PlayStation guitar and drums work for both PlayStation 2 and PLAYSTATION 3 systems.

News source: PSN@Home

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The game is worth the $. You should have just paid the $169.99 for the special edition up front. I haven't played any GH games, but I can't see the value in having your friends standing around waiting for their turn when you could be playing rock band with lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and lead singer. It's way more fun that way!

I really am interested in the drumming aspect of this game, but damn, that is still a pretty steep price. I could have maybe lived with $60, but that extra $20 bucks just makes it still seem to expensive.