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Rock Band Blitz

 

 

SCORE: 71

Rock Band Blitz 

 

The music genre in video games has been around for a long time and is still alive nowadays. Many of you discovered this genre by playing DDR (Dance Dance revolution) on the PS1 or in the Arcade; as time passed by a new sub-genre was created where the player used instruments instead of his/her feet, giving a new face to the music video games. Because of this two new big franchises were created, Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

Rock band has been famous for their popular songs in their games and easy to play mechanics, but with this new title they went in a new different direction. The first major change you will notice is the fact that you don’t use your instruments to play but your controller; this is a major change that completely alters the way you played Rock Band before. This time it is not about matching as many notes as possible but instead it is about getting the best multiplier, this may sound confusing at first but bear with me. When you start playing RBB you will notice that you now have 5 different lines where the notes are coming, four of them representing the instrumental part of the song and the other one being the vocals. All are the same and have any difference besides the fact that when you use a specific line the song will play out that specific instrument or the vocal if you choose to. The objective of the game is to; of course, get the highest score, but to do this you need to get a high multiplier so each note has a higher point value. To increase your multiplier you need to level up each zone or highway by correctly matching the notes that are coming, as you would normally do in any rock band game, but using the controller; this probably sounds confusing to you but thankfully there is a tutorial that will clear out any doubt.

The game involves a high level of strategy, between knowing when to switch to a different line, when to level it up, or when to use some specific power ups that you can buy with coins that you earn by playing songs and getting high scores. You also earn credits that are used to unlock new power ups that can be used in your own strategy.

The controls are simple, to change lines you use R2+R1 or L2+L1, and to match the notes you can either use the analog sticks or X+Dpad; be sure to calibrate your system if you feel like the matching is not accurate enough. You also have the options to check out songs to buy (over 2000 songs at the moments), check the leaderboard, and a good amount of other options that will help you out and enhance your overall experience.

The graphics are nothing spectacular and it bothers me that there is only one stage to play with the same background. I wish they would have included more. The sounds, well, it depends of the music you are playing at the time but the overall sound’s quality is pretty decent.

There is enough to do in RBB to keep you entertained for a while, but it is not for everybody. It does get repetitive but at the same time it makes you come back just to play at the rhythm of your favorite songs and creative new strategies to beat your old high score. It is a well-made game, but take into consideration that most of the songs are not family friendly, most of them are rock, metal and some pop, which is understandable since the game is, well, ROCK band. If you are a fan of arcade-type music games and you like this kind of music, you will find a lot of fun in this title, if you are not a fan of this kind of music and don’t find enjoyment in matching notes, then this game won’t be for you.
~Miluma

 

Graphics: 71%
Sound: 83%
Replay/Extras: 87%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 38%
System: Xbox 360/PS3
Publisher: Harmonix Music Systems
R
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'T' - Teen
{Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes}

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