Sure, we may go crazy over Harmonix and Electronic Arts' love child Rock Band
, but data from IGN's GamerMetrics
reminds us that the franchise has a ways to go if it wants to overtake its distant cousin Guitar Hero III
According to the statistics, there were 22 million page views on IGN for Guitar Hero III-
related articles, vs. 10 million for Rock Band
(a 120% increase). GHIII
was also on almost twice as many wishlists (5,755 vs. 2,928) as its competitor and over six times as many message board posts (25,000 vs. 4,000).
The Guitar Hero
series has a lot more going for it right now, including a two-year history of commercially and critically successful titles. Commentary provided with the data notes that Rock Band
has "experienced a noticeable surge in both awareness and purchase intent metrics" in the past three months, which bodes well for the game due out November 20
. Guitar Hero III
is coming next week.