Rock Band 4's big December update drops tomorrow, continuing the game's slow march from bare bones to full-featured band game. Among this month's additions are score challenge features, full-combo recognition and a nightmare called "Brutal Mode".
Brutal Mode is for advanced players who hate having fun, or at least have a warped sense of it. As one to four players progress through a song the mode monitors their performance, upping the difficulty the better they do. Notes begin to fade out, accuracy is judged more harshly — it's insanity, basically.
While advanced players enjoy being brutalised, perhaps partaking in the new Variable Breakneck Speed feature that allows them to modify a song's velocity up to 2.5 times, I'll be enjoying the new score challenge features, which keep track of my stats and let me compare them to my friends online. There's a new activity feed, and you can use it to taunt your friends with your scores, which is always lovely. And isn't it about time Rock Band kept track of perfect combo progress?