Rockband: GreenDay

Rockband GreenDay…to rent or to buy? I asked a bunch of people on my xbox friends list and it was pretty clear that the best route is to rent to play then buy if I want to export the songs.

TheMovieManiac said to buy cause it was sweet and you can export the songs onto your Rockband 2 game.

Thunder Buckets said that the calibration is off…so best to rent it!

Lord of da sith said that it depends on how much I like Greenday. It’s cool to rent or to buy. If you buy it then get the plus edition cause you can export the songs.

Pie guy117 said to rent first but he is having fun with the vocals and drums.

Xun4giveablex said he loved it but everyone is different.

Smurfy1o1 said that its best to rent it first to see if you like it, then buy it to export it.

I rented it. I tried the code that was in the booklet but some other renter already used it 😦 lol. If I end up liking any of the songs (that I don’t already own) then I will just download them again. I can’t justify spending $60 on 47 songs that I don’t really want. There will probably be about 10 that I actually like, and most of which, I own.

Graphics: Super grainy. I will try to fix that in the options after this first song. What is with the blue!? Blue pitch lines and score keeper…I’m not a fan. You can’t see your vocal score increasing in the bubble because you can barely see it!

Audio: Sounds good. If you are a GreenDay fan this will be the game for you! I am indifferent. There are some songs I like and others that are meh.

I got my first achievement for this game: “I Threw My Crutches in the River” for getting at least 3 stars on expert difficulty- 15G

Earning Collectibles was done in Rockband Beatles.. guess they liked that feature cause it’s on this game too. I also got CRED. Apparently that is when you earn 3 or 5 stars on a song in career mode. It helps to unlock challenges.

Editing my calibration Audio: 15; Video: 30

The Warehouse: Set 1

Pulling Teeth: 110,000 is needed for Gold Stars. The calibration helps! Make sure you do that before you start playing. I got 114, 000 and 100%. The graphics are still really grainy. I don’t know what else I can do to fix it. In my system settings they are set at 1080p. I even played with the overlay and it is still super grainy. That sucks. I would have been pissed if I paid $60 for this.

When I come around: 134,000 for Gold Stars. I got 146,000 and 100%. I like this song, so it was fun to sing! The graphics are still really throwing me off.

148, 148 to get Gold on F.O.D. I don’t have much to say about this song. It isn’t a favourite of mine, or really catchy either. At least not to me.

I unlocked my first challenge!! I guess 6 CRED will do that 🙂

Having a blast: is stupid to sing. I missed one note. I got “great” on it and I still didn’t get Gold. I got 151, 776 and 99% but no Gold 😦 I tried it again and at 158, 385 I got Gold. Final score of 100% and 166, 356. Grrr…

She: is the last song in the first set. It is a fun song to sing. The pitch is all over the place but manageable. I ended up with 82, 312 and 100%…no Gold! Boo… I don’t know how much I love this game. Where you use star power in this song actually matters. I will try it again! I saved my star power for the end and got Gold with 85, 500! 😀

The Warehouse: Set 2

Coming Clean: What!? Another song that actually needs to use star power at the right place to get gold!? 2 in a row.. wow. So I got 100% and 60, 516 but that is clearly not enough. I decided to use the star power as soon as I got it and I ended up with 64, 672 and Gold!!

Sassafras Roots: 95, 472 got Gold. Fun song to sing, but really short and repetitive.

Basket Case: Ok.. so I am totally excited about this song. It has to be one of my favourite Greenday songs. I just noticed that there isn’t any little tambourine bits, cow bells, or clapping. There are more windows to use star power than in Rockband. I got 92, 360 and 100% with Gold Stars!! 😀

Emenius Sleepus: Fun song. Similar to Sassafras Roots. Very repetitive and quick. Got Gold at 106, 000 (100%). I know its super cheesy but I love seeing the long list of Gold Stars. I know I can get them so there is no reason not too!

Welcome to Paradise: This song is actually hard for me. My pitch and octave doesn’t magically match it. Hmm.. interesting. Sing a bit louder and stronger when the pitch goes up! I got 110, 412 and 99% but…wow, that was a lot harder to sing!

Achievement: “Not Growing Up, Just Burning Out” -20G for earning at least 3 stars on a list of songs for expert vocals. Hmm…where is said list kept? I don’t see it.

…try number 2: It was a lot easier this time because I knew where I had to change my octave and I got 100% with 118, 656 and Gold Stars!

Duff420Hed just responded to my inquiry about the grainy graphics. I think he just wanted it for the DLC’s. Silly boy. I want to enjoy the actual game if I am going to pay for it! He suggested that it gets better later on. The Thunder Buckets said that the calibration is off, but I haven’t experienced that yet.

The Warehouse: Set 3

Chump: 66, 000 with 100% and no gold 😦 I hate playing a song twice just to figure out where to use the star power. You get 4 phrases of star power, and I don’t know where to use them! I got 70,000 the second time and still no gold. It sounds like an intense song for the other instruments! I think the way to do it is to save the first 3 phrases and use it right before the 4th. Yup! That’s it. I got Gold at 72, 328. Final score of 76, 328, 100% and GOLD! Yay me 😉

In the End: Okay song. Nothing great. I got Gold (100% with 91, 628)…but it was short and kinda boring.

Longview: I got Gold and at 150,000 and ended with 162,000. This is a fun song to sing cause you get to change your range a lot. I was also trying to take a photo of the blue bubble so that people can see what I mean. It’s different than Rockband2 because the multiplier is on the side of the bubble in Rockband2 and it is in the bubble for GreenDay.

Burnout: I think most of the older GreenDay songs are good. At least I’ve heard them before! They are really short in length. This is a fun song to sing though! 106, 344 and GOLD 😀

Achievements

“This is How the West Was Won” -20G for getting at least 3 stars on all the songs in the Warehouse.

“Mud Fight” -15G for completing the listed songs (still don’t know where the list is!?) without the crowd meter going red

All the songs are Gold in The Wearhouse. I “bought” all the challenges from The Wearhouse, using my CRED. I can do the challenges now, or move on to Milton Keynes. I will save the challenges and do them later!

Milton Keynes: Set 1

I love how emo Billy Joel looks now!! No more punky blue hair. He is dressed nicely with a tie and has black slick hair. His make up is darker too! Awe sad… lol They did a good job changing the feeling of the characters! GreenDay actually comes across as sad and thoughtful. The way they move around the stage is slower and mellow dramatic! The stage is even bigger with a bigger crowd!

Wake Me Up When September Ends: 160, 192 with 100% and Gold. Sing-song. Sad and drawn out.

Warning: I used the star power at all the wrong times and still got Gold. Some songs are super finicky and others star power doesn’t matter. I got 137, 580 and I know it can be better cause I totally wasted star power!

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Yup…way more emo! The songs are a bit longer now but way sadder! I don’t know very much about the musical history of GreenDay. They’ve been around for a while and I suppose the game is trying to show their progression as a band? From upbeat and punky to emo and dark. 175, 828 and Gold… only 99% though. Hmm… I could do better. I missed one note 😦

Extraordinary Girl: LOL the intro to this song makes them look like wasted stoners! The whole band just lumps around on the stage to the sound of some funky drum. Nodding their heads and closing their eyes. Ha! Love it!! I got 137, 068, Gold and 100%. I’ve never heard this song before…so that’s pretty sweet! It also means that the song is very repetitive and easy to sing along to.

Geek Stink Breath: I love the name of this song! I haven’t heard this one before either! There are a lot more words to sing and you have to watch the pitch more. There is no way I will get Gold. I ended up with 5 stars and 97%. So far, that was the hardest song for me. I was trying to sight read the lyrics and keep the pitch. Sigh… I will try it again! I got Gold and 99% I don’t know what note I missed? It says a 24 phrase streak.

Milton Keynes: Set 2

Whatsername: Ok…so its official. I don’t know these songs at all! I’ve never heard them. I don’t know what they are suppose to sound like. The words are a lot easier to read cause its a slower song. I got 100%, 111, 076 and Gold Stars! Woo <– That is my over enthusiastic “WOO”. Once you’ve heard the little snipit of music on the menu then you should be able to follow along the pitch and just try to learn the lyrics.

Minority: A bit faster paced. Still easy enough to sing at the beginning cause the words are together (for the most part). Use the star power when you get it! I got 100% and no gold cause there wasn’t any windows in the 2nd half of the song to use the power. Nevermind, it showed up as Gold on my screen. Okay… I’m not going to argue with that. Weird though…

American Idiot: It’s good. I like singing it. Got Gold… I am getting bored of this game and recording the same thing over and over again.

I think its a good game to rent, but I would hold off on buying it unless you want the DLC. I will finish writing about this game later..

I want to play something else!

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