Fun for the whole family!!
We got Guitar Hero for christmas, and at my brother-in-law's urging, traded it up for Rock Band. Wow - what a great game! My husband, brothers-in-law, nephews (8 and 13), and sons (8 and 12) love to play, and frankly, so do I! I'm a musician, and I think it's great that the game rates your singing regarding pitch (although not vocal quality) and your playing on rhythm. You really have to have a good sense of the beat to play guitar, bass & drums. As far as simulating actual instruments, the drums are the closest. The bass & guitar don't involve shifting positions, but you do play chords with more than one finger. The variety of songs is great, with plenty available to download at a reasonable price. Several difficulty levels, tutorials, and practice sessions foster success. Success is rewarded quickly with further options unlocked. Shopping in the Rock Shop is fun - new clothes, hairdos, tattoos, even new instruments. The only questionable thing for my 8yo is the language of some songs, and he's the band's singer. But other than that we LOOOOVE it!