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…of the Decade: The Rhythm Game (Rock Band)

December 24, 2009

I’m gonna keep this one short but sweet.

Rock Band was the beginning of the end for the rhythm game genre. Once the brilliant idea of allowing for four-player simultaneous play for the purpose of approximating the dynamic of a full band was out there, there was no going back. What a thrill, to approach a game and decide “I’m tired of guitar — I’m going to play drums today”, or to finally have a game that takes nothing more than karaoke skills to get into (or to recruit others to join). It was a blast sober, it was a blast drunk, it’s still a blast just to dial up the store and think about what you could be playing. Rock Band (and its refined sequel) set the standard for rhythm gaming, a standard that has yet to be surpassed or improved upon in any meaningful way.

Honorable Mention: Frequency. A forgotten PS2 Classic.

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