Here’s this weeks review and playthrough for the Killswitch Engage DLC. Included below are playthrough videos of the DLC from the always awesome thenewnoelisoncruz. Definitely check out and subscribe to his YouTube channel!
All tracks are 160 MSP ($1.99). Pro Guitar/Bass charts are noted below where applicable, and can be purchased for an additional $.99
The End of Heartache (Pro)
Difficulty whores rejoice! The guitar in this song is easily the hardest thing to come as DLC since Bullet for My Valentine. Starting off fairly easily, the guitar chart almost immediately throws some crazy HOPO sections at you in the middle of some quick alt-strummed chords. This continues for a good portion of the song before the solo kicks in, which is something like a somewhat slowed down version of the intro to Through the Fire and Flames. The whole thing is very challenging, and I’d stay away from it, unless you’re pretty good. Also, this song is WAY under-tiered.
Bass is A LOT easier than guitar. It’s actually possible to do well on it, and not have your hand cramp up halfway through. There isn’t a whole lot of difficulty to the chart, the only thing that can really be challenging is the alt-strumming if you don’t have the rhythm down.
Drums on this song are actually pretty fun! It features a pattern that, while tricky, isn’t too hard to get. It may take a bit of working on to nail it, but you’re going to enjoy working on it!
The harmonies on this song are very enjoyable. There is the 3rd vocalist is in the background growling, while the 2nd vocalist is singing another part on top of the lead vocalist during the chorus. If you have friends who like to do harmonies with you, then you guys are going to enjoy this one.
The Arms of Sorrow
Compared to other songs in music games that feature needless growling, this song is actually pretty easy. For the most part, it’s just a nice little guitar riff that most people should be able to handle. Because, however, this IS one of those modern metal songs, there just has to be that one part of the song that will break your combo with some insane guitar part. Fortunately, you’re only stuck with this part twice.
Bass is actually more fun than guitar on this song. It’s got the difficulty of some of the other songs in this pack without it being overwhelming, and it stays consistent throughout the whole thing, rather than be an easy song with one crazy section thrown in for fun.
Drums on this song are also rather fun. The difficulty for this one, however, comes more from complex foot pedal as opposed to some more complex drum fills and such. Not terrible, but not the most fun.
Harmonies on this song are again, rather enjoyable. Like The End of Heartache, the song has the 3rd vocalist on growls while the 2nd vocalist goes off on his own parts while the lead vocalist sings the lead.
The guitar here was hard, but dare I say it, it was actually kind of fun! The nice thing about this song is that, rather than having the difficulty come from random notes everywhere, there’s actually a pattern that can be followed with the chart. There are also some sections that will really put your alt-strumming skills to the test. The whole thing was actually very good!
Bass was just as fun as the guitar on this song. For all the same reasons too. It’s challenging, but not so hard that it’s off-putting. A lot of it’s difficulty comes from alt-strumming and challenging patterns, as opposed to notes that just seem randomly placed.
Keys are very, very, very easy. They only come in towards the end, and when they do, it’s just some really paced out chords that are really easy to hit. Unless you’re an absolute beginner, I’d skip this song if you’re a keys player.
Drums are very difficult. Not just with some difficult bass pedal action, but also with some difficult fills. The whole thing, however, is very fun to play.
Harmonies, compared to the other two songs in this pack, are very lacking. The backing vocalists are barely in the song, save for the ending parts.
Pick of the week: Starting Over
What should you buy: If you’re a dedicated drummer, pick this pack up. Otherwise, I’d skip it.