I saw no topic for this in the search, so I'm going to bring it up since it's kind of an intersting topic. Other tips on Rock Band could go here as well, although Im not certain how many people play it.
My brother and I just finished Rock Band. The only reason we never finished it before was that back then we were playing it for FUN.
In order to finish the game, and achieve Platinum Artist status (which is SO amazing that people get 5 XBL gamerscore just for playing a song with you) you need to finish a demonic 58-song set on Expert. Yes, that IS every song in the game, minus anything you've downloaded.
Why, you may ask. Why should I spend 4 continuous hours playing a music game when we aren't in the middle of a nuclear holocaust? There are multiple answers. One may be that you can do this with your friends, after all you have to do Band World Tour to even get there. The trouble with this is that there's about a snowball's chance in Hell of you finding someone capable, much less willing, of drumming every song in a row on Expert. Sure, mabye someone will do it on medium, but then you only get medium awards and money and fans. So, ignore that.
Let's just say you have one friend or relative that is a Guitar Hero fanboy, and nobody else is available all day. And possibly all night. Well then, the timing is perfect! My brother gets 90% on GH3's Dragonforce BS, and can play the high frets without losing, so he's obviously my lead guitar player, but as long as you're proficient in Hard guitar hero you'd do fine on the expert level bass music. No more excuses. You and your pet fanboy have played through the whole game, sit magestically in the hall of fame, and have a day off. Obviously, you still don't want to risk your fingers falling off after a 58 song set.
The only reason I can possibly think of for playing RB's endless setlist is not the achievement, or the fancy icon you get on the health bar afterwards. Oh, no, it's the fans. The setlist on Expert, averaging about 4 and a half stars, only provides about a million of them (which is still a lot, but if you've opened this set it's probably nothing to you.) However, after you get Legendary status as an artist, you make about 30x more fans per any-other-song-in-the-game than you did before. I had no idea about this until it happened. I got 1,023,000 fans for the endless setlist, and then the next song I played in Sidney gave me more than that. So, if you're going for the leaderboards, it's a must. If you want something to brag about to people who won't beat you up for it, it's still a good idea.
The setlist on its own is 4 hours with no breaks. But you'll want breaks. So you can always hit the Xbox Guide button and walk away for as long as you need, as long as you understand that leaving a 360 running overnight will hurt your energy bill.
I may as well offer some other tidbits of advice, while I'm on the subject and double posting isn't allowed.
If the manager offers you a bonus for getting x stars on every song, don't take it. There's no guarantees. You may be easily able to, as a band, get 5 stars on expert on every song. But there's not much chance for you to do that on every song in a row.
Also, on any guitar part, try to not hit the fret buttons as hard. The game starts out with all those boring songs you had to play 20 times over in your starting cities. The good stuff doesn't really happen till after at least 35 songs.
Green Grass and High Tides is song no. 50. Take a break before this one unless you're a singer or a god. My fingers hurt before this, and since I don't regularly exercise my hands I cramped up really bad on the bass part of the second solo. (second half of the song.) After that it's all pretty much easier guitarwise. I have no idea how hard anything is on drums, so, whatever.
Next tip: if you're going to do this at all, you're only gonna want to do it once. If anyone on your band can't play every song on Expert, don't include them. You'll want all the achievements at once. The same way you don't play through Halo 3 three times over for the achievements but rather just play it on Legendary; Treat this the same way because Halo 3 campaign and the Endless Setlist take about the same amount of time (<-LOL at that please, it's not quite serious).
You unlock no new instruments for finishing the Endless Setlist, but you do get a decent wad of cash.
Also, the manager no longer accepts your calls after this. you've WON the game. It's OK! You're free!
Anyway, this setlist's bonus opens up a lot of mysteries. The best band on the leaderboards has like 400M fans, but after getting platinum I could probably knock that out in a week.
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