Posted by Nathaniel Edwards on October 30th, 2009
Battle of the Bands
We’ve got two more Rock Band/Guitar Hero games this week, according to this here news post I just wrote. That’s added onto Beatles Rock Band, DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band Unplugged, and Guitar Hero Smash Hits already over the past couple of months, and then we’ve still got Guitar Hero: Van Halen set for later this year. Time for them to battle, I’ve decided, in my own little tournament, to see which game is most likely to garner the most purchases.
1st Matchup: Guitar Hero 5 v. Rock Band Unplugged
GH5 moves on. I’m glad there’s a portable Rock Band now, and at least it’s original, but it’s still no contest.
2nd Matchup: Beatles Rock Band v. Guitar Hero: Van Halen
Well, let’s compare the album sales of the bands each game is using. Van Halen: 200,000,000 albums sold. Wow, that’s a lot. The Beatles: 200,000,000 albums sold… in the US alone. Beatles Rock Band moves on.
3rd Matchup: DJ Hero v. Band Hero
Two “Hero” games? Which will sell more? I have no idea. But DJ Hero is more interesting to me, so I’ll give it the edge.
4th Matchup: LEGO Rock Band v. Guitar Hero Smash Hits
Guitar Hero Smash Hits was basically just all the old Guitar Hero songs, but allowing you to play them with any instrument. Not a horrible idea, but it’s just an expansion, so LEGO Rock Band has to win.
2nd Round, 1st Matchup: Guitar Hero 5 v. DJ Hero
Guitar Hero 5. It’s the main series, and DJ Hero is just getting off the ground with its new turntable peripheral. GH5 will sell more than twice as many copies, I’m afraid.
2nd Round, 2nd Matchup: Beatles Rock Band v. LEGO Rock Band
Not even close, slightly modified Beatles will beat LEGO David Bowie any day of the week.
FINAL MATCHUP: Guitar Hero 5 v. Beatles Rock Band
Well, in the US Beatles Rock Band has sold more so far, and almost paradoxically, Guitar Hero 5 won in the UK. Is it a tie? Yes, but I’m not going to let that happen. Beatles Rock Band is the winner, by a coin flip. It landed tails.