This morning I ran to my local UPS location with one thing in my mind: my Drum Rockers, sitting in a box, waiting for them. The drums come in a large box, with the Rock Band 2 logo and the subtitle "Premium Drum Set." Opening the big box gets you many little boxes. Putting the Drum Rocker together didn't look like it would be an easy task, even after the twenty minutes of unboxing all the components.
Here's what we started with:
And that's before we unwrapped any of the cables or electronics. Setting everything up took about an hour, and I'm still tweaking placement of the pads and the cymbals to my taste; everything on the drums can be adjusted and moved to suit your own drumming needs. I haven't had a chance to twist-tie the cables, but here we go:
You can see the new Rock Band 2 drums to the right of the Drum Rockers, and boy do they look and feel tiny now. I've had a chance to play a few songs with the premium drum set, and so far it's amazing. Quieter than what you're used to, heavy as hell, with the ability to take quite the beating. The one thing that has begun to bother me is that without the pedal attaching to anything directly, it tends to slide around my hardwood floors. The set comes with velcro to alleviate that problem, but I'm not keen on putting velcro down anywhere.
We're going to be abusing the drums in the coming days, and expect a more in-depth look at the drums with our Rock Band 2 review, but so far one thing is clear: this is a very high-quality peripheral that simply feels great to play. I'm going to have a hard time going back to anything else. This doesn't feel like a toy, this feels like an actual drum set. Which it is. It also works with the first Rock Band, and hopefully with Guitar Hero: World Tour.
I can't talk about the game, but if anyone has questions about the hardware, I'll try to answer them in the comments.Posted on