EA revealed the price tag, which presumably are engraved in platinum gold and encrusted with precious jewels, of the Instrument Edition for £129.99. This includes the three peripherals, but not the game which costs £49.99.
This is £90 more expensive for UK gamers than our US brethren. Harmonix say "we're not trying to rip anybody off."
£180 for the full treatment and while the game certainly has the guts to make it a great experience with many raving reviews - can £179.98 be justified for one game? The Xbox360 premium package is only £20.01 more to get.
"The combined price, if you add all that up and decide you want that full experience, is quite high. It's not something that is normal in videogames. This is an entirely new thing. What other game comes with three peripherals that are all different? It just makes sense for the experience we're trying to deliver," says lead designer Rob Kay.
It's true that UK residents do earn more, and certainly pay more with VAT levels but this is an awful sting in the wallet. Of course you don't need to buy all the instruments for the game but for those wanting the full experience it's a real discouragement. The average gamer isn't going to want to sink that kind of dosh into a title, great reviews or not.
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Harmonix defend 'Rock Band' UK pricing, complete kit is near £180
10 April 2008 | By Jamie Davey