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#1 lifeismusic5

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 12:00 AM

My ranking of the rock band games as base setlists.

RB2
RB1
Lego
RB4
RB3

I think Rock Band 3 had the least amount of songs I cared for/ songs thatve been over played. I mean they were great, but after so many good songs on Rock Band 1 & 2, it was big gap for me. RB4 at least brought it back to its roots with great songs

#2 chaosjaye

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 01:43 AM

lego rb best setlist overal. rb2 rb3 rb1...hated the forced premade setlists,which they learned from



#3 lifeismusic5

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 03:55 AM

lego rb best setlist overal. rb2 rb3 rb1...hated the forced premade setlists,which they learned from


I just didnt like that you couldnt make a setlist in RB1. Overall the setlist was really good too.

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 04:29 AM

My ranking of the rock band games as base setlists.
RB2
RB1
Lego
RB4
RB3
I think Rock Band 3 had the least amount of songs I cared for/ songs thatve been over played. I mean they were great, but after so many good songs on Rock Band 1 & 2, it was big gap for me. RB4 at least brought it back to its roots with great songs

I actually completely disagree with your last statement. To me, RB3 had the best setlist close to LEGO, at least in my tastes. RB4 has a bad setlist because it seems like to much of it is new stuff. Rock band 1 and 2 are very balanced. If I could, Beatles and Green Day are my favorites :)
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#5 ManicPixieGirl

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 10:37 AM

lifeismusic I agree 100% except I have no clue about RB4. So I'd remove it from my list. I'd also rank them the same exact way based on the actual game from technical stand point. Nah, on second thought, Lego RB was better than RB1 gameplay wise with the auto kick feature and the customizable lounge/studio area. I also liked the long and short song option too.



#6 lifeismusic5

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 10:39 AM

I actually completely disagree with your last statement. To me, RB3 had the best setlist close to LEGO, at least in my tastes. RB4 has a bad setlist because it seems like to much of it is new stuff. Rock band 1 and 2 are very balanced. If I could, Beatles and Green Day are my favorites :)


Well I felt like Rock Band 3 was a misstep since all the good stuff had been already on Rock Band since then. Sure they had some hits on there but, considering how many awesome songs were on both RB1 & RB2, how does that even match up? Lol but honestly I dont disagree either, RB4 had newer songs, but also had some older songs too, I mean it was very reminiscent of RB2 Setlist. Lego is a mix of all the awesome nostalgic songs everyone remembers, I think thats why everyone (including me) adores it.

#7 lifeismusic5

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 10:42 AM

lifeismusic I agree 100% except I have no clue about RB4. So I'd remove it from my list. I'd also rank them the same exact way based on the actual game from technical stand point. Nah, on second thought, Lego RB was better than RB1 gameplay wise with the auto kick feature and the customizable lounge/studio area. I also liked the long and short song option too.


Well, I was basing them on just their main song lists, but if I could add my feelings on their technical standpoints, I think RB3 AND RB4 Have the best features. RB3 you could order the songs by genre, song name, artist name or even by year. In RB4 they changed the game up (literally & figuratively) & added a search which makes me sad lol I wish RB3 had a search function.

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 05:49 PM

My favorite setlists in order go like this:

RB2

RB3

RB4

LEGO

RB1

 

RB2 has some of my favorite songs of each band they put on there. RB1 seems to have the weakest setlist to me because of the covers and just more unknown stuff that I just don't care for.



#9 ManicPixieGirl

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 07:18 PM

Well, I was basing them on just their main song lists, but if I could add my feelings on their technical standpoints, I think RB3 AND RB4 Have the best features. RB3 you could order the songs by genre, song name, artist name or even by year. In RB4 they changed the game up (literally & figuratively) & added a search which makes me sad lol I wish RB3 had a search function.

For every feature RB3 added it removed two. RB2 didn't need an order song by whatever. It automatically did it with community playlists, etc. It was nice. RB2 had score duel but they were too lazy to keep doing it because they wanted to pump out a bunch of crappy DLC for RB3 instead. RB2 wasn't released broken like RB3 with crashing cut screens and a translucent fretboard. RB2 hit strip is in a normal place while RB3's is half way up the screen for no reason! It's the worst of the four I've played.



#10 lifeismusic5

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 07:35 PM

For every feature RB3 added it removed two. RB2 didn't need an order song by whatever. It automatically did it with community playlists, etc. It was nice. RB2 had score duel but they were too lazy to keep doing it because they wanted to pump out a bunch of crappy DLC for RB3 instead. RB2 wasn't released broken like RB3 with crashing cut screens and a translucent fretboard. RB2 hit strip is in a normal place while RB3's is half way up the screen for no reason! It's the worst of the four I've played.


While I dont disagree, I will say that yeah, they took out some great features, it sucks, but they added other features in the process. To be fair, I played RB2 way more than any other, except for one glaring weakness. Pro Drums & Harmonies. Having everything on RB3 is kind of awesome, except for the song limit (which could be bypassed with other means but idc lol)

#11 lifeismusic5

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Posted June 1, 2018 - 07:37 PM

My favorite setlists in order go like this:
RB2
RB3
RB4
LEGO
RB1
 
RB2 has some of my favorite songs of each band they put on there. RB1 seems to have the weakest setlist to me because of the covers and just more unknown stuff that I just don't care for.


I actually knew everything in RB1 before I got into in, same with RB2, except for the fact that the covers were blah & I knew less songs on the RB3 setlist/ less songs I cared for.

#12 yaniv297

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Posted June 2, 2018 - 10:51 AM

I'm surprised RB2 is that far high, always thought it was the weakest one. Also RB3 is hugely underrated, so many classics on there. Bowie, The Cure, The Beach Boys, Queen, The Smiths, Elton John. Newer picks aren't as good though.

 

For me:

Beatles (does that count?)

RB1

RB3

Lego

RB2



#13 lifeismusic5

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Posted June 2, 2018 - 11:19 AM

I'm surprised RB2 is that far high, always thought it was the weakest one. Also RB3 is hugely underrated, so many classics on there. Bowie, The Cure, The Beach Boys, Queen, The Smiths, Elton John. Newer picks aren't as good though.
 
For me:
Beatles (does that count?)
RB1
RB3
Lego
RB2


Honestly, if I had added Beatles & Green Day, they would have been at the top lol just because theyre my 2 favorite bands haha. Tbh though I love RB2s setlist only because it was one game I played so much & the song list is never tiring to me.

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Posted June 2, 2018 - 07:15 PM

Tbh though I love RB2s setlist only because it was one game I played so much & the song list is never tiring to me.

Totally the same here! I've like played those songs to death since I first played Rock Band and I'm still not tired of them lol



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Posted June 2, 2018 - 09:05 PM

TLDR; Best-to-Least-Best

 

1. Rock Band 2 (bigger than the already excellent 1)

2. Rock Band 1 (arguably deserving of the top slot)

3. Rock Band 3 (good but keys-centric)

4. LEGO (good but short)

5. Rock Band 4 (good but late)

 

I still remember the first time I played Rock Band. I had never played Guitar Hero, so it was all new to me. I was on a trip to another city with a friend to meet Team Fortress 2 pals we played with online, and we played Rock Band (the original) at their apartment. That's when I first heard Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which was my friend's favorite song to drum for whatever reason (I don't drum very well, so I don't understand the appeal). But we'd always have to play that song any time we got together. Ugh.

 

Even excluding the covers (which I think are really good!), Rock Band 1's setlist is incredibly strong. Blue Oyster Cult, Boston, the Clash, Bowie, Foo Fighters, the Killers, the Police, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Weezer, the Who... all these songs are, objectively speaking, Rock Band classics and staples of setlists... at least, before we got so much DLC (and customs) that we began to ignore them. :blush:

 

The bonus songs were cool, too! That's how I learned about The Mother Hips, which are one of my favorite bands of all time at this point! I'd love to get some customs by them into the database eventually... see the suggestions thread in my signature ;)

 

Unfortunately, because I'm a Wii user, none of these songs would export into Rock Band 2 or 3. I've taken steps to remedy that, um, situation in the past year, but it's still frustrating that we/Wii got the short end of the stick.

 

And because I'm a Wii user, I got five treats on the Rock Band 1 disc! Dirty Little Secret (guilty pleasure!), Roxanne, Rockaway Beach, Roam, and Don't Look Back in Anger were bonus songs! Suck it. (but they didn't export either! :argh:)

 

Rock Band 2's setlist is arguably better than 1, but I consider it a tie... however, since 2 has way more songs, 2 breaks that tie. Rock Band 1 seemed to go for the huge bands with huge hits that were accessible, whereas Rock Band 2 dove a little bit deeper. Looking at the setlist, very few songs pop out as definite staples, but there are so many that have become my staples. Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters (again), Kansas, Steve Miller Band, Modest Mouse (crowd favorite), Nirvana, Pearl Jam, PUSA, RATM, RHCP (again), the Pumpkins (again), Social D, Talking Heads, and the Who (again). I'm not sure which I'd pick if it were a battle between 1 and 2... but I've chosen 2 just for the sake of argument. Don't send me to a deserted island with only one setlist. That's inhumane.

 

Then there's the keys-centric Rock Band 3 setlist, which I like... but it has even less bangers (as the kids say) compared to 1 and 2. But did it need as many? I'd argue no. Focusing on keys was a good idea! And there are still some bangers and many that I've grown to love (or love to hate or hate to love). It might not have my favorite songs (and it definitely has a few!), but it's still very well put together.

 

LEGO... well, I'm a Wii user. I never got to play it (because I wasn't going to purchase a game that didn't export :doh:). But I've oogled the setlist many times and there are so many gems I want in my library. Blur, Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, Bowie, Elton John, Foo Fighters, Good Charlotte, Iggy Pop, Kaiser Chiefs, the Police, Spin Doctors, Sum 41, Tom Petty, the Zutons... hell, LEGO has a very strong setlist. The only bad thing about it is the length. Now I'm just bitter... :bang:

 

Rock Band 4 is weird. I haven't played it, but looking at the list there are so many wants along with don't cares and already got thats. It just feels like many of the RB4 songs have been done before... because of Guitar Hero or customs. However, man, the songs they did include that I can't get drive me nuts. Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, CAKE, Gin Blossoms, Jack White, the Killers, Skynyrd, R.E.M., Spin Doctors, White Denim, the Who... but then there are two U2 songs. Two? Ugh.

 

For the longest time, I had played Rock Band 2 the most. That's been replaced by Rock Band 3 now because, well, it's been many years since 3 came out, 4 was never released for the Wii, and there was a much smaller gap between 2 and 3. So Rock Band 3 is, by default, my favorite game platform/engine, but maybe that's only because I've spent so much time with it. To the point: none of the setlists are bad, but some are definitely better than others. However, they're all still good!


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#16 lifeismusic5

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Posted June 3, 2018 - 02:10 AM

TLDR; Best-to-Least-Best
 
1. Rock Band 2 (bigger than the already excellent 1)
2. Rock Band 1 (arguably deserving of the top slot)
3. Rock Band 3 (good but keys-centric)
4. LEGO (good but short)
5. Rock Band 4 (good but late)
 
I still remember the first time I played Rock Band. I had never played Guitar Hero, so it was all new to me. I was on a trip to another city with a friend to meet Team Fortress 2 pals we played with online, and we played Rock Band (the original) at their apartment. That's when I first heard Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which was my friend's favorite song to drum for whatever reason (I don't drum very well, so I don't understand the appeal). But we'd always have to play that song any time we got together. Ugh.
 
Even excluding the covers (which I think are really good!), Rock Band 1's setlist is incredibly strong. Blue Oyster Cult, Boston, the Clash, Bowie, Foo Fighters, the Killers, the Police, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Weezer, the Who... all these songs are, objectively speaking, Rock Band classics and staples of setlists... at least, before we got so much DLC (and customs) that we began to ignore them. :blush:
 
The bonus songs were cool, too! That's how I learned about The Mother Hips, which are one of my favorite bands of all time at this point! I'd love to get some customs by them into the database eventually... see the suggestions thread in my signature ;)
 
Unfortunately, because I'm a Wii user, none of these songs would export into Rock Band 2 or 3. I've taken steps to remedy that, um, situation in the past year, but it's still frustrating that we/Wii got the short end of the stick.
 
And because I'm a Wii user, I got five treats on the Rock Band 1 disc! Dirty Little Secret (guilty pleasure!), Roxanne, Rockaway Beach, Roam, and Don't Look Back in Anger were bonus songs! Suck it. (but they didn't export either! :argh:)
 
Rock Band 2's setlist is arguably better than 1, but I consider it a tie... however, since 2 has way more songs, 2 breaks that tie. Rock Band 1 seemed to go for the huge bands with huge hits that were accessible, whereas Rock Band 2 dove a little bit deeper. Looking at the setlist, very few songs pop out as definite staples, but there are so many that have become my staples. Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters (again), Kansas, Steve Miller Band, Modest Mouse (crowd favorite), Nirvana, Pearl Jam, PUSA, RATM, RHCP (again), the Pumpkins (again), Social D, Talking Heads, and the Who (again). I'm not sure which I'd pick if it were a battle between 1 and 2... but I've chosen 2 just for the sake of argument. Don't send me to a deserted island with only one setlist. That's inhumane.
 
Then there's the keys-centric Rock Band 3 setlist, which I like... but it has even less bangers (as the kids say) compared to 1 and 2. But did it need as many? I'd argue no. Focusing on keys was a good idea! And there are still some bangers and many that I've grown to love (or love to hate or hate to love). It might not have my favorite songs (and it definitely has a few!), but it's still very well put together.
 
LEGO... well, I'm a Wii user. I never got to play it (because I wasn't going to purchase a game that didn't export :doh:). But I've oogled the setlist many times and there are so many gems I want in my library. Blur, Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, Bowie, Elton John, Foo Fighters, Good Charlotte, Iggy Pop, Kaiser Chiefs, the Police, Spin Doctors, Sum 41, Tom Petty, the Zutons... hell, LEGO has a very strong setlist. The only bad thing about it is the length. Now I'm just bitter... :bang:
 
Rock Band 4 is weird. I haven't played it, but looking at the list there are so many wants along with don't cares and already got thats. It just feels like many of the RB4 songs have been done before... because of Guitar Hero or customs. However, man, the songs they did include that I can't get drive me nuts. Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, CAKE, Gin Blossoms, Jack White, the Killers, Skynyrd, R.E.M., Spin Doctors, White Denim, the Who... but then there are two U2 songs. Two? Ugh.
 
For the longest time, I had played Rock Band 2 the most. That's been replaced by Rock Band 3 now because, well, it's been many years since 3 came out, 4 was never released for the Wii, and there was a much smaller gap between 2 and 3. So Rock Band 3 is, by default, my favorite game platform/engine, but maybe that's only because I've spent so much time with it. To the point: none of the setlists are bad, but some are definitely better than others. However, they're all still good!


I absolutely agree. A lot of the songs are so memorable on both RB1 & RB2 that I still play them without fail. I think RB1 was slightly better in terms of every song being perfect. As I feel Lego was the best for popular songs, but it was really short with way less songs, albeit all great songs. I really love the RB4 set myself, which is polarizing for many, but honestly I (as I said before) think it reminds me the most of the RB2 setlist with all of the various artists being repeats with songs that weirdly werent included till then. I feel like RB4 did have songs that we would already have with customs, but if we didnt have that, I think it would have given us a different opinion on the set entirely. I dont know if its just me but I feel like the guys whove made RB check this site for idea on songs just because sometimes its alittle too coincidental with some of the song choices recently.

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Posted June 3, 2018 - 02:53 AM

Rb:unplugged > everything

 

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#18 ManicPixieGirl

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Posted June 4, 2018 - 02:28 PM

I wouldn't call RB3 key-centric or it would have Light my Fire instead of Break on Through. I'd call it, "here are some less popular songs for the disk that don't play so well in the game, so we can offer up the good stuff as DLC for you to buy instead" setlist



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Posted June 4, 2018 - 07:04 PM

I wouldn't call RB3 key-centric or it would have Light my Fire instead of Break on Through.

 

I...I don't even know where to begin with how silly that line of reasoning is.


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#20 lifeismusic5

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Posted June 5, 2018 - 12:48 AM

 
I...I don't even know where to begin with how silly that line of reasoning is.

I mean with songs like David Bowie Space Oddity, Warren Zevon Werewolf of London & who could forget John Lennon Imagine. Its heavily Keys oriented. But thats not a bad thing because its a gimmick, Pro Guitar, Bass & Drums. Although its more, lets say helpful to the experience of making you feel like youre actually playing instruments instead of plastic.




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