Excerpt: When LEGO Rock Band was first announced no one seemed to know exactly what to expect. Would it be a short, super-easy kids music game the length of a track pack, or would it be a fully developed game that anyone can pick-up and play. When news started rolling in that it was a fully developed game people started to breathe a sigh of relief; this wasn't going to be a childish, short version of Rock Band.
Conclusion: LEGO Rock Band has a place in this industry: it’s a Rock Band for families concerned about the appropriateness of the content. In that regard, it’s almost directly in competition with Activision’s recently-released Band Hero—though the major difference between the two is that LEGO Rock Band is still rooted in rock (while Band Hero seeks to lure the pop audience instead).
Conclusion: Concept: Mix the Rock Band formula with kid-friendly LEGOs
Graphics: Streaming notes are now LEGO blocks
Sound: Songs are very hit or miss this time around
Playability: New Super Easy mode is great for young kids
Entertainment: Without any downloaded songs on your hard drive, you’re stuck playing the same tracks over and over
Excerpt: After the bad press MTV and Harmonix's band game received over its combined £180 price tag there can't be many people who aren't aware of Rock Band, but in time for the European release on PlayStation 3 EA announced a price cut to the costly instrument collection. Whereas the game and instruments set cost Xbox 360 owners £180 on its launch in May, PS3 gamers can now walk into a store and hand over £30 less for the whole set.
Summary: A year ago, the music game genre was at its peak. Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour had recently launched to rave reviews, and looking back, it appears that the developers of those games -- Harmonix and Neversoft, respectively -- saw the success of their products as a mandate to churn out rhythm games at a faster pace.
Summary: Rock Band allows you to perform music from the world's biggest rock artists with your friends as a virtual band using drum, bass/lead guitar and microphone peripherals, in addition to offering deep online connectivity.
Excerpt: The winning triumvirate of inspired music game designers at Harmonix, the showbiz industry moguls at MTV, and the gaming industry behemoth that is Electronic Arts bring us the ultimate music creation/rock god-aping title: the simply and ingeniously entitled Rock Band. Not just a guitar or a microphone, but a whole band, see...