Rock Band 2 Vs. Guitar Hero: World Tour – Drum Comparison
It’s no secret that I play a lot of Rock Band (1 and 2), and I’ve spent a lot of time with the Guitar Hero series.
Not so much with World Tour, mostly because I originally had a problem with the drum kit (since fixed) and I haven’t had much of an opportunity to go back and play the game now that I CAN.
An interoperability patch to allowing the ability to play the Guitar Hero: World Tour drum kit with Rock Band 2 on PS3 has finally been released, and I can now give my full impressions of the two sets of virtual skins.
More on the inside.
[UPDATE: Since writing this story, we’ve managed to get our hands on an ION Rocker Premium Drum Set. If you’re comparing drum sets, you’ll want to read the review. You can find it HERE.]
First up, let’s cover what the PS3 patch fixes (source Harmonix):
· Provided support for third party drum and guitar controllers including GHWT & RR.
· Adjusted crosstalk values for drum hardware.
· Bug fix for remote drum fills being silent – users will now hear the drum track when drum fills.
· Fixed overlapping drum fill bug on drum track.
· Fixed rare network crash involving client signing out during setlist creation.
· Fixed rare crash on calibration screen when users mash guitar controller buttons.
· Fixed bug where Leaderboard scores in BWT were not uploading after users played the first song.
· Fixed bug where Leaderboard career scores were posted including DLC songs and not just disc songs as originally intended.
Not a whole lot there, but most importantly you can now use Guitar Hero: World Tour drums in Rock Band 2.
GH:WT – The pads on this kit are larger, have better rebound, and generally feel a lot more responsive.
GH:WT – A smaller footprint overall means that the GH:WT set is a better choice if you’re in need of more real estate.
RB2 – Four pad layout means more fluid ‘rolls’ across the set, better for freestyling and allowing for more complex fills.
RB2 – As opposed to the ORIGINAL Rock Band drums, the pedal is much more resistant to snapping and I’ve yet to break one (I have Xbox360 and PS3 kits).
GH:WT – Cymbal placement is still annoyingly low, but is mitigated by the ability to remove the Orange cymbal (when playing RB, it’s not used).
GH:WT – The kick pedal is a little… flat. Not much spring to it, but it IS fairly durable. Since it’s not compatible with most third party pedal options, you’re pretty much stuck.
RB2 – The new (plastic) supports that run horizontally along the bottom of the stand are brittle, and are prone to snapping with heavy pedal use. Really doesn’t effect play, but I do long for the old aluminum braces.
RB2 – These drums are LOUD, even with the new softer drum heads.
GH:WT – If you had sensitivity issues with the GH drum kit before, you’re going to have them again… with no way of fixing them. The Drum Tuner program saves sensitivity setting in Guitar Hero: World Tour, and NOT on the set itself (no firmware or memory on board). This has been less important to me than before because I’m unplugging the Orange cymbal, but depending on which pads you’re having sensitivity problems with, it could still be a nightmare.
RB2 – To get as many pads (cymbals) as the GH set, you need to buy a third-party add-on (Rock Band 2 Triple Cymbal Expansion Kit). While the after market cymbals act as separate pads in freestyle and fills, they do not add to the notes available in-game (RB2 or GH:WT).
Overall, if you’re used to the GH drums, and you’re not having any problems with them, this is a good thing. You can feel comfortable buying the standalone Rock Band 2 game and you’re going to get even more rhythm game goodness, without cluttering your living room with plastic instruments.
If you’re already used to the Rock Band kit, but you’re itching to have some cymbals, I’d advise you take a look at the Rock Band 2 Triple Cymbal Expansion Kit. Using the RB2 set with GH:WT is feasible, but you’re not going to get the full experience.
I’m currently using 3 cymbals on the Rock Band 2 kit for the RB games, and since I don’t want a gimped experience on Guitar Hero (you lose a pad, even with the cymbal kit), I’m keeping that set as well.
Now… to find someone on eBay to buy my PS3 Rock Band 1 set… and my XBox360 Rock Band 2 set.
I want my living room back.