I did end up getting it, as well as the whole second series of discovery packs and the derby (pop) playlist pack. I’ve really kind of enjoyed just playing around with it in freestyle, but the song selection is not what I’d have hoped. I think some of the bands are Harmonix’s in-house bands, which they’re using to fill some holes in what kinds of beats and melodies they have available in existing music that’s licensed for the system. Pretty sensible, from both a musical and business perspective, but it knocks a touch off the premium feel of the product. Then again, it’s apparently selling for half price from Amazon and Best Buy at the moment, and has often done so over the past couple months (which is why I got it at all), so that helps. But I haven’t been able to get my kids (who quite like paying with it in freestyle, too) to even try the game element.
I should also mention that, if you’re easily annoyed by repetitive sounds of the kinds so often beloved by young children, it’s best not to have this in the house. I think my wife begging the kids to knock it off has kind of diminished its appeal to them (for which I’m grateful—it’s a wonderful pair of children who see “this annoys mom” as a detriment, rather than a bonus). Overall, I’m satisfied with my purchase, but I’d hoped to discover more music I enjoyed with it. I think the only songs I ended up learning to like from the cards I have are Skrillex’s “Bangarang” and the Chainsmokers/Halsey’s “Closer” (no relation to the Nine Inch Nails/Richard Cheese song).