Bon Jovi Greatest Hits: Rock Band Edition Review (360)

Game Review: Bon Jovi Greatest Hits: Rock Band Edition
Release: November 5, 2010
Genre: Rock Band DLC, Music, Strategy & Simulation
Developer: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Players: 1-7
MSRP: 1600 MS Points
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

The announcement and release of this DLC pack both delighted and disappointed this reviewer all at the same time.  The news means we are almost never going to see the release of a dedicated game for Bon Jovi similar to Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

This Bon Jovi DLC actually is their Greatest Hits which was released at the same time on CD and the usual digital download stores.  Being a Bon Jovi fan who already has most of these songs on previous albums, the Rock Band DLC presented a new way to experience most of the songs.

Just in case you are not familiar with Rock Band DLC and how it works, basically you need to own a copy of Rock Band 3 and you simply purchase the DLC from Xbox Marketplace.  Then when you next load up Rock Band 3, the game will scan for purchased DLC and any tracks you’re purchased will now be available on your tracklist.  The songs included in this DLC are:

  • Bad Medicine
  • Blaze of Glory
  • Have a Nice Day
  • I’ll Be There For You
  • It’s My Life
  • Lay Your Hands On Me
  • Livin’ on a Prayer (with Pro instrument upgrade)
  • Runaway
  • Wanted Dead or Alive (with Pro instrument upgrade)
  • We Weren’t Born to Follow
  • Who Says You Can’t Go Home
  • You Give Love a Bad Name (with Pro instrument upgrade)

There are a few notable exceptions which will hopefully be available at a later date.  For example, Always is considered by many Bon Jovi fans to be one of their best songs.

The tracks are master versions which means they are actually Bon Jovi, not cover versions and it’s hard to fault the presentation of the songs as they are exactly what you would imagine and are note perfect.    Three of the songs are optimised for the Pro instruments which should please those gamers lucky enough to own any of the Pro instruments.  Just like the songs from the Rock Band 3 tracklist with Pro options, you better be prepared to step it up to the next level if you want to successfully finish the songs as it’s the closest representation of actually playing the song for real.

The Bon Jovi DLC pack costs 1,600 MS Points, or if you prefer you can pick up individual tracks for 160 MS Points.

Mark’s Final say: Releasing a full Rock Band album in parallel with the release of the CD is a great idea but I’d like to have seen a bundle deal to acquire both.  The DLC retail price is very close to the CD/MP3 retail price and Bon Jovi fans will have already most of the songs in their collection anyway, so if you have Rock Band 3 I’d recommend picking up this DLC instead of simply purchasing the standard album.  Let’s hope this is just the start of more Bon Jovi songs to be released as DLC as not everyone is a metal head and prefer to rock out to soft/pop rock ballads.

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  • Umm where’s the actual review of this pack?

    You didn’t mention anything of how the songs play in the game with any of the instruments. Or if they’re even fun to play in the first place.

    Also there’s a lot more rock/soft rock/pop rock available to purchase on the DLC store then there is metal songs.

  • Sean

    Also, on the subject of so-called “master” versions…having played Bad Medicine while wearing headphones, I am 100% certain this was NOT the version that was part of the original New Jersey release over 20 years ago. Even newer songs put out after they changed labels sounded slightly off, but I digress. All in all, the songs I did play made me wonder if Bon Jovi re-recorded any of these for this cheesy compliation release.