A brief review on rock band blitz
i give some thoughts on rock band blitz
I have always been a fan of rhythm games, ever since Parappa on the ps1 up to Guitar Hero on the ps2, but undoubtebly in my mind the pinnacle of this genre is the Rock Band series. Its been 2 years since Rock Band 3 and now harmonix is back with a new title for the Xbla and Psn. Rock band blitz dosent play like normal rock band games, it plays more like harmonix's Frequency and Amplitude aswell as the portable rock band titles, it dosent use guitar or drum ect peripherals but rather you control all the instruments with the controller and switch between the tracks during it, it may take some people a while to get accustomed to the control scheme, but it feels surprisingly good to hit those drum beats with the dpad and A/X button.
Basic gameplay consists of swithcing during tracks and hitting the notes with the controller buttons, but there is also power ups to increase your score such as, super instruments where you pick 1 instrument to get a boost, have the cpu play an instrument for you until star power runs out and a personal favorite have a giant pinball go across the screen hitting notes, where you have to move the track to hit it back. These add new strategy to the game but you need coins to use them, and you usually dont break even on enough coins it took you to use them.
The game also has a focus on social gaming, You can connect the game to your facebook profile and challenge your friends to see who can get the highest score but there is sadly no proper online game modes.
Now to get to the most important part of any music game. The soundtrack, Rock Band Blitz features 25 songs (immediately exportable to play in Rock Band 3 for no extra cost) now it is my opinion but it goes from fantastic songs to kinda meh songs some of the highlights to play are
- One week - Barenaked Ladies (playing the vocals on rb3 is a joy for this)
- Cult of personality - Living Colour (cm punks theme song for any rasslin fans)
- Death on two legs (Dedicated to...) - Queen
- Jungle boogie - Kool and the gang
- The wicker man - Iron maiden
- So far away - avenged sevenfold (A band who's songs are some of the most fun to play on rock band)
Of course these highlights are my own personal preference on music there are songs like Moves like jagger by Maroon 5, Pumped up kicks by Foster the people and Im still standing by Elton John for you pop fans out there, also all of your Dlc (Including Rbn so you can play Brents song on it ) and Exported tracks from Rock Band 1 & 2 , Green Day Rock Band and Lego Rock band (and any other track packs you may have) are immediatley playable in Blitz. Sadly though you cannot export your Rock Band 3 tracks for play in Blitz
I have enjoyed playing Rock Band Blitz so far, In my opinion it is worth the 1200 msp but i realise it isnt most peoples cup of tea. The soundtrack has some great tunes on there but the 25 songs isnt really substantial enough to keep going for long. This game is best when you have a big backlog of rock band tracks from before. It is plus you get some fantastic tracks for play on Rock Band 3 but that is more subject to opinion. I would say its worth a purchase if your a fan of music games because its a fun little game.
if i have to give it the dreaded number score i would give it an 8/10 as some of the soundtrack picks are less than stellar and there is no real online, but its a fun game regardless