2010 | Band Master
Last week, my classmate suggested a lot of upcoming, closed and open beta online games. He told me about this game called “Band Master”. Well, I searched about it and it looked similar to a lot of existing rhythm games in the market. You can see the Guitar Hero / Rock Band-inspired game play, especially the in-game set list. It has Ozzy Osbourne’s hit “Crazy Train”, and even the punky-punk Goldfinger’s cover of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons”. Of course, there’s always that Canon Rock. Various music instruments can be played, depending on the song, similar to what Rock Band first implemented. Also, the layout can be a crossover of Rock Band/Guitar Hero games and Bemain Games (i.e. Guitar Freaks, Drum Mania), and also Konami’s very own Rock Revolution. Every time a song is played, you can see your character aka “avatar” playing the instrument in-sync to the music. The fretboard is similar to Bemani games in default since it is placed on the left side, while you can change it ot the center-transparent one similar to what Guitar Hero/Rock Band has. As of today, the game offers only less than 30 songs since it is currently on a Closed Beta Testing. Off the rhythm game, it also has a community mode, where you can go in a community and hangout with other players in rpg-like style, similar to PlayStation Network’s Home. Also, you can shop for a variety of costumes and accessories but currently, they offer with a limited objects.
What I noticed during the Beta testing, lots of bugs can be found. One thing is the Xtrap failure. It can occur for certain Windows 7 32 or 64-bit users. I encountered it but thankfully, the power of the forums helped me. But still it’s a minus. Another disappointment is the game play. I thought that if you play any music with Guitar or Bass as instrument, it has the feature to ‘strum’, similar to most of the current rhythm games. With that feature missing, it’s like you’re just playing O2jam LOL. One more thing is that, the songs aren’t in-synched with the notes, making it boring and un-fun to play. The sounds is very annoying also, specially the sound of the instrument, so what I did is to turnoff the instrument sound, and make the BGM higher. I think, it’s the most failure feature of this game. ~~sigh… Maybe that’s why it’s a cheap version of GH/RB and a re branded version of O2Jam. But still I will play the game, and will wait for any K POP songs to come out. For now, time to play Assassin’s Creed 2. Check out my Fraps-recorded videos:
Oh, and by the way, if you want to play with me, just add me up. My primary avatr is named “SOSHItiffany“. I came up with that name since it is Girls’ Generations’ Tiffany’s birthday tomorrow, August 1.
And don’t forget the scoring:
Overall: 6.33 (It’s Calculated)