Lego Rock Band Hands-On

We grab some plastic guitars one more time in this Lego-themed music game.

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If Aerosmith, AC/DC, and Metalica can rock out, then surely the minifigs deserve their own music-themed game. We had a chance to check out Lego Rock Band today and are still puzzled by how those fingerless hands can play the guitar so darn well.

The gameplay in Lego Rock Band should be familiar to anyone who has played the other games in the franchise or any of the competing music games for that matter. Notes scroll down the screen, and you play along with either your plastic guitar, bass, or drum set. You can also belt out vocals if you fancy yourself the frontman. The only tweak to this formula is some Lego-themed aesthetics. The colored gems you’re accustomed to playing have been replaced with Lego pieces, and the normal humans you would expect to see rocking out onstage have been exchanged for minifigs.

Aside from the standard Quickplay mode in which all the members freely play along to the music, there is a new Challenge mode. Here, you rock with a purpose. In the level we played, "Breakout" by the Foo Fighters set the mood for a building implosion. As we successfully jammed, we started to bring the house down. Literally. The characters would react to the destruction, dodging out of the way of falling beams so as not to crush their precious hands. When a specific instrument didn’t have any notes to play (such as the instrumental segue where David Grohl doesn’t have any lines), the segment drops out visually as well, giving you more room to view the destructive action. This mode doesn’t change the gameplay at all, but it’s a neat diversion.

The songlist is geared more toward families and younger audiences. There are songs from The Foo Fighters and Good Charlotte, as well as the always-loved Final Countdown. Don’t expect any hardcore thrash metal in this game. But you can expect it to come out later this year.

Discussion

23 comments
Indiscrimi
Indiscrimi

In Harmonix's defense, where can you really go after Rock Band 2? That game was nearly perfect. Yeah, a LEGO-themed Rock Band may miss the core audience somewhat, but is it any worse than Beatles Rock Band? Harmonix peaked too soon. People want more Rock Band games, but nothing will be as good as Rock Band 2. At least with LEGO Rock Band they realized there is more money to be had going after families than Beatles fans.

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

How about a MATRIX: Rock Band? Like if a segment gets to hard, we can activate "bullet time" so we can hit the notes much more accurately in slow motion.

leoleez
leoleez

this game is a ROFL don't support them unless you realize thats why they make games like this. Hey they may allow better custom avatars tho...

dono14
dono14

hahaha yeah Gelugon_baat, its true lol

Lisa_Black
Lisa_Black

It seems interesting but I think they are just going in the wrong direction with this one. I will admit that I do find the new modes interesting....

remixbaby44
remixbaby44

and everyone thought guitar hero was the only franchise being driven into the ground

willauqs
willauqs

who actually watches the people on stage in these games?!

unkipower
unkipower

i would probably only get this for the laughs

EYE0NE
EYE0NE

I'm not sure I understand the point...

San-Frodenzo
San-Frodenzo

they should do something like Lego LOTR instead

bab725
bab725

no metal? count me out

drand24
drand24

bVorkitup: if you knew the meaning of Brick House you'd know it wouldn't work for this game since its not really a family friendly song lol (but its still awesome)

SR71halo
SR71halo

Yellowcard is innocent, where the hell are they?

bVorkitup
bVorkitup

If this doesn't have Brick House by The Commodores, it fails.