Like crusties to a Levellers gig, wannabe rockers will be flocking to shops this weekend to pick up the best thing to hit living rooms since the La-Z-Boy chair – beat combo simulator, Rock Band. But before you take to the stage, here are our top five music games.
Rock Band from £50 (Xbox 360)
It's been tuning up for some six months now since the US release but finally Rock Band has hit UK shores with its debut album. With nine new tracks on top of the 58 offered to our American cousins, it'll turn your lounge into a veritable London Astoria. Keep 'em peeled for Guitar Hero's rival due later this year.
SingStar £50 (Sony PS3)
We can't all sing like Mariah Carey (thankfully) but a copy of SingStar slotted into your PS3 makes it easier to get in touch with your inner diva. There are 30 karaoke tracks on the disc to warble along to plus another 244 to download from the SingStore, including Britney Spears' Toxic, More Than A Feeling by Boston and oddly, Sheffield crooner Richard Hawley.
Battle of the Bands £30 (Nintendo Wii)
Biggie vs 2Pac, Blur vs Oasis, and, er, Cheryl Tweedy vs Lily Allen – the music biz has had its fair share of rivalries. But what happens when you strap on a flamethrower guitar or sniper violin and team them with a Wii Remote? Battle of the Bands, that's what. Boost your score by beat-matching with the remote to 30 licensed tracks from five different genres.
Guitar Hero: On Tour £40 (Nintendo DS)
The original master of console rock is going mobile next month with 20 new exclusive tracks for impromptu back-of-the-bus gigs. With the new Guitar Grip attached to your DS and a special plectrum stylus for strumming on the touchscreen, Guitar Hero: On Tour should bring a whole new dimension to busking.
Patapon £25 (Sony PSP)
From the makers of mental, jelly-based, gravity-sim LocoRoco, Patapon on the PSP puts you in charge of an army controlled by rhythms. Tapping out beats on your portable's buttons causes your troops to advance, attack or defend in their mission to reclaim their land from the evil Zigoton Empire. Completely mad, but utterly addictive.