Fun music games like DDR and Guitar Hero have captivated players around the world. Now, Rock Band delivers an experience like no other. Just a bit of personal information, I'm a musician and I've played in many rock/heavy metal bands and even an orchestra and a jazz ensemble, so I know the ins and outs of being in a band. What Rock Band does best is it captures the fun and feel of being in a real band with your friends. Now, you won't feel like you're actually playing the drums or guitar, but you feel like a drummer or a guitarist in a band. First, let's talk about the gear. Your axe (or guitar) is a Fender Stratocaster. I actually own one and this feels like a smaller version. The Strat looks real and the buttons are embedded into the neck and they feel better than the Guitar Hero guitars. There are 2 sets of buttons, one lower on the neck and one higher for solos. There's a pickup selector, like a real guitar, which lets you select an effect to use when the solo kicks in. The drums are 4 pads and a kick pedal. The drums are very fun and almost feel real. Plus, you get a pair of real drum sticks! The last piece of gear is the microphone, which is basically, a microphone. They all plug in via a USB hub. Now, the game. It's fun. The song selection is great. You got your Metallica, Black Sabbath, Mountain, Weezer, Nirvana, and all kinds of different bands. There are downloadable songs for even more variety. The songs are not that hard. Even playing on the Hard difficulty, the songs are fairly easy. This is where the game shines on bringing on the "fun" element, rather than the"challenge" element found in Guitar Hero. You can play multiplayer split screen or you form a virtual band online via Xbox Live. This is alot of fun. Need a drummer? Go online and find one. The game is almost flawless but the guitar and drums in alot of cases of malfunctioned and needed to be sent back and replaced free of charge. But overall, the high price ($169.99) is alot but it's well worth it. If you and your friends want a fun party game. Here it is: Rock Band!