In 1999, Konami of Japan unleashed DrumMania
on Japanese arcades and with it, the ability to link the machine together with GuitarFreaks
for session play. This was considered a novel idea at the time, though it wasn't the most affordable setup. The following year, they released a home version of DrumMania
, complete with the appropriate controller
. That is, of course, if you had no intentions of playing the game with any sort of accuracy.
Jump to the present day and not only has Harmonix
solved the problem of session play, but they've also produced a drumming peripheral that challenges the quality of Konami's original arcade beast.
Sticks in hand, we sat down behind Harmonix's latest kit, flipped the difficulty to hard and proceeded to lay in like few others have before. If there is any doubt as to the mastery of rhythm wielded by Harmonix, Rock Band
surely squashes it.