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  • …And Then, There Were Two

    Posted on August 29th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Last night, I made it a point to slay The Reaper. So, I got the kids to bed, my wife fired up Wii Fit in the living room, and I headed to “The Dungeon” (i.e. Rock Band on Xbox 360 in my basement) to battle the fearful Reaper.

    The battle was harsh, as The Reaper took me down ten times in a row at the dreaded “rolls of death”. Then, by mistake, I learned something amazing. When you engage overdrive, it actually builds your life meter (or whatever it’s called) back up. Did you know that? Am I the only Rock Band player that has not been using overdrive to his/her advantage?

    I found this out, by accidentally forgetting to hit the cymbal to engage overdrive right before the guitar solo. So, half way through the “rolls of death”, I got the overdrive option again. I nailed it and my red flashing sign of imminent death, went away as the power meter shot up.

    I finished the solo, made it to the end…and that was that. The Reaper was officially slayed (with 4 stars). It was an ugly battle, but I was victorious. Los Angeles was complete and I moved on to the final city on the tour, Moscow. Before calling it a night, I 96% five-starred Flirtin’ with Disaster. This is one of my favorite songs, so I know it like the back of my hand.  Dripping sweat, I emerged from The Dungeon, proud.

    Today, I took the day off to spend with my son. What a great day. Fortunately, he’s still a little guy and takes nap after lunch. So, I returned to The Dungeon to continue my solo world tour of domination.

    Now, with this new learned overdrive secret, I’ve got a power that I never new existed. I feel like a real life Link in Legend of Zelda when he get’s the power to run…I never knew what I was missing, and I’ll never look back.


    Next To You by The Police, killed it the first try. This song is actually harder on Hard than it is on Expert. Then I took on Tom Sawyer. Took me two attempts, but thanks to my new BFF, overdrive trick, I finished it…albeit only three stars (I will have to come back to this later and master it).

    Now, what remains is the dreaded Run to the Hills and Won’t Get Fooled Again. I played through both a couple times. No doubt they are hard. These will take some practice and I have 15 days left to hit my goal. Do you think I will make it?

    How about you…what goal(s) do you have before RB2 is released on September 14? NOTE: PS2, PS3, and Wii peoples, you have more time to think about your goals. 😉


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    • Sorry man, but yeah, your BFF has been around for a while….

      Biggest goal now is to retire the RB1 band “Tu Sabes” after hitting the million fan mark. Sadly, haven’t fired this game up in a while, so Monday may be spent rocking out w/ the wife to achieve this dream….once done, the countdown to RB2 begins…

      Still need to come up w/ the new band’s name….

    • Holy crap, man. If you made it this far into Expert tour without using overdrive to your advantage like that, I salute you!

      I still can’t beat the rolls of death. This is where no previous drum experience before Rock Band hurts me…

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