Our friends over at Harmonix have sent us Rock Band Blitz for us to review! We will be testing out the Xbox 360 version, and as many of you know this is Harmonix’s latest game. The last Rock Band we saw was Rock Band 3, but this is different and yet similar to Rock Band. Rock Band Blitz brings a whole new way to play the game and it bring’s it right to your hands. You get 25 songs with the purchase of the game, and can access many of your other Rock Band songs. But should you go out to the marketplace and by Rock Band Blitz? We will answer that in the full review which begins now!
Many of you have most likely played at least one song on Rock Band, whether it was the original or you’ve been a fan up to Rock Band 3. Rock Band Blitz is a different experience all together. No longer do you have plastic instruments, you now control the game with your controller. The experience is very different, but is very addictive and super fun. And one person controls all of the instruments. And in order to get a good score you have to play all of the instruments and keep leveling them up. Power-ups come in very handy when trying to level up and when just generally playing the game. Each instrument is on a different lane on a highway, there a 5 lanes in total. This is a very unique way to present the game. You can play the drums, bass, guitar, microphone(sing), or the piano. You can level up when you reach “checkpoints” and these appear at different points in the song. If all of the instruments are off level “1x” for example, you new lowest level would be “2x” and you could go up to level “4x”. Whichever the level is that has no instruments on it, and the instruments are above it then this level becomes your lowest one. This adds to the fun of the game, and power-ups help you level up sooner. In each lane you can have up to 2 notes at a time, you control these with your button pushing. The in-game currency are coins, you can use these purchase many different power ups. You ears coins as well as “cred” when you play songs. And you then save up your coins to spend on power ups, which in return let you earn more points. There are 3(three) different categories for power ups, those being Note, Overdrive, and Interment. All of these help you increase the amount of coins and “cred” that you earn, and in the end make you a better player. Many of your are probably asking what “cred” is, and this is pretty much XP. Harmonix did a great job with the game play in Rock Band Blitz.
Harmonix has previously done a great job with the soundtrack for the Rock Band and Dance Central series, and as you may have guessed they have accomplished this yet again with Rock Band Blitz. Once downloaded and installed you get 25 tracks immediately for your enjoyment. You get songs like We Are Young- Fun. ft. Janelle Monáe, One Week-Barenaked Ladies, Jessie’s Girl-Rick Springfield, and many more great tracks! Let’s say you want a larger track library, like many of the songs you know and love from Rock Band 3. Well you can use entire library of songs from Rock Band 3 DLC in Rock Band Blitz! Export for Rock Band 3 songs are not yet available, only DLC. And the 3,500 + library of songs released for Rock Band DLC will work with Rock Band Blitz as well! You can also import the tracks from previous Rock Band games like AC/DC, Rock Band 2, Green Day, and almost every other track pack. And they will be releasing much more DLC from the newest and hottest artists and bands every week. So stay tuned for many great new songs!
Rock Band World
Social is becoming a very common word in many games, and it plays a large part in Rock Band Blitz. It brings many new great features to Rock Band Blitz, which as you can tell is already an awesome game. Rock Band World is the new Facebook companion application to Rock Band Blitz. You connect to the service with your Xbox Live Gamertag or PSN ID, via a simple setup step in the game’s menu. In the application you can set up your own profile, see your high scores, see your friends high scores, search the entire library of Rock Band songs available, set goals, and start “Score Wars”. You probably wondering what a Score War is, well it is a unique way to play with your friends or foes. You choose a song and then challenge a certain person to score war. You either accept of decline the score war in the actual game itself. It is a really cool feature that allows you to play and challenge your friends. And of course you get coins, cred, and bragging rights if you win. Overall, Rock Band World is a great part of the game that brings it to the next level.
Rock Band Blitz is an awesome game, that brings back many memories of the classic game Rock Band. And for the price of 1,200 Microsoft Points it is worth it. You will get a lot of fun out of the game and you can include your friends in that fun with Rock Band World. You get a game with a unique and great social experience. You get 25 songs out of the box, and many songs from previous Rock Band games work in Rock Band Blitz right away. You also have access to all of the DLC currently available and the new DLC that arrives weekly. I highly suggest Rock Band Blitz to any gamer, as it will give you hours and hours of fun. And if you’re not sure about spending the points just yet, try out the free demo. I have a feeling you will go out and spend the points though. For More Information On Rock Band Blitz, Please Click Here. We would like to thank Harmonix for providing us with a retail copy of “Rock Band Blitz For The Xbox 360″.