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AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack Review

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Developer: Harmonix Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: November 4, 2008 Available On: PS2, PS3 Wii and Xbox 360

The success of Guitar Hero spawned Rock Band. Now the success of both is spawning a dizzying number of downloadable songs and packs for users to rock out to. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was the first standalone music game with a single band as the main focus. Now it’s AC/DC’s turn in their Rock Band Track Pack AC/DC Live. Unlike Guitar Hero: Aerosmith you only get 18 songs.

Basically AC/DC Live is a bare basic standalone Rock Band game that does not require either 1 or 2 to play. So technically I guess if you were an AC/DC fan and owned Guitar Hero, you could buy this game without having to buy the full versions of Rock Band 1 or 2. That said, there is a downside. You don’t get a tour mode and you can’t import these songs to either Rock Band 1 or 2. This means that you will have to play all AC/DC songs all the time or you will have to switch between discs.

Back in Black Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

Fire Your Guns
Heatseeker Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
Hells Bells High Voltage
Highway To Hell Jailbreak
Let There Be Rock Moneytalks
Shoot to Thrill T.N.T.
The Jack Thunderstruck
Whole Lotta Rosie You Shook Me All Night Long

I was surprised at the quality of the tracks since they used live music instead of recordings from a studio. These are still the same great AC/DC songs that you know and love, only with the added atmosphere of having a crowd. I’m particularly fond of “Thunderstuck”, “Highway to Hell” and “Back in Black”, although there is not a bad song in the entire game. Essentially you are paying for an interactive Greatest Hits of AC/DC.

I would pick up AC/DC Live for the sole fact that I am a big fan of theirs. Obviously if you are not then you probably will not be interested in this game. While the game modes support both single player and multi-player, there is no online multi-player or true story mode. It also is a bummer that you have to switch between Rock Band discs if you want to play non-AC/DC songs. Nonetheless, this is a great compilation of songs that make for a decent AC/DC Rock Band experience.

Graphics: 8
Sound: 10
Gameplay: 8
Creativity: 6
Replay Value/Game Length: 5
Final: 7.4
Written by Kyle Write a User Review