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LEGO Rock Band

LEGO Rock Band

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Date of Review: August 3, 2012
Format Reviewed: Xbox 360
Language / Country of Origin: English / USA
Online Capability: None
Prequels: Rock Band, Rock Band 2.
Sequels:
The Beatles Rock Band, Green Day Rock Band, Rock Band 3, Rock Band Blitz.
Equipment Needed: Xbox 360, guitar controller, USB or wireless mic and/or Rock Band drum set
Maintenance Required: Extra space is required when playing the drum set.

Review:
And now for a LEGO game that’s completely different. LEGO Rock Band pairs two hugely successful video game franchises (Traveller’s Tales LEGO games and Harmonix’s Rock Band) for a result that caters not only to the kiddie crowd, but music and/or LEGO fans in general.

In plays in much the same way as the traditional Rock Band, except now the notes that scroll by are LEGO bricks, of course. Rock out on a plastic guitar or fake drum set, or belt out some catchy, family friendly tunes ‐‐ the choice is yours. In either instance, the goal is to hit the notes as perfectly as you can to prove your LEGO rock star status.

One major way in which this version of Rock Band is different from its predecessors is that some venues require wacky objectives to be completed in order to pass the song. Smashing a skyscraper or outsmarting an octopus are both done using your rock concert skills, mind you. You earn Studs for good scores that can in turn be used to customize your headquarters (or yourself).

At a time when music games were a dime a dozen, LEGO Rock Band was a welcome break from the usual rhythm routine. Its clever features and good setlist still give it staying power to this day.

Plot:
Travel around in your falling apart van, rocking out in various cities and conquering any special challenges along the way.

Gameplay:
You press buttons on a fake guitar in time with the music and adjust the pitch of your voice to hit high or low notes accordingly.

Cultural / Historical Value:
Rock Band
took what Guitar Hero started and turned it into a revolution. The LEGO theme is just one version of many spinoffs.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics:
Any Rock Band game is just one step down from what it’s like to play a real instrument. It will take dedicated practice to be able to hit all of the notes flawlessly.

Replay Value:
Not much, considering the track list in this edition of Rock Band is the shortest yet. It’s good fun while it lasts, though.

Likely Audiences:
Kids needing a more relatable, family friendly version of Rock Band and rhythm fiends who are okay with a cutesy theme

Overall Score:

80/100

Other Reviews:
Gamerankings
Gamespot
Metacritic
MobyGames

Awards

Award Giver Category Verdict
Spike Video Game Awards 2009Best Music Game Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2010Family Game of the Year Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2010Music Game of the Year Nominee

Additional Info

ESRB Description:
Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Lyrics

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