Rock Revolution Hands-On

We pound out some Twisted Sister in Konami's new multi-instrument rhythm game.

One of the new announcements made at last night's Konami press event in San Francisco was for a rhythm game called Rock Revolution. During the evening's opening presentation, they literally pulled the curtain off the game by revealing the first instrument peripheral, a drum kit featuring six pads and a kick pedal. Although no information has been released on the guitar peripheral, we had the chance to test out the drums in a head-to-head drummer duel set to Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Drum away on a kit filled with all sorts of pads.

The most striking thing about the drums is that they've upped the number of pads over Rock Band's kit by a fairly hefty margin. On the top you've got representations of three drums and three cymbals. The drums are laid out in circles, with a big one and two smaller ones. The cymbals are shaped like triangles, and all three are the same size. All of the pads are placed on the same level, so you shouldn't expect to see the cymbals raised any higher than the drums. In addition, there's a kick pedal on the ground.

We asked a Konami rep on hand to explain the reasoning behind such a distinctive pad layout. He told us that it's been done this way for enhanced realism. Each pad is a dedicated part of the drum, so no matter the song, the large circle is always meant to represent the floor tom, the triangle will always play the sound of the hi-hat, and so on.

After this conversation, we had the chance to try the drums for ourselves. The pads are quite a bit softer than both the original and newly designed Rock Band drums. And for as quiet as they are, the extra padding didn't seem to have any impact on the responsiveness. One tricky thing about the drums is that even though there are so many more inputs, the surface area isn't much bigger than a Rock Band set. This makes it a little tough to hit the right pads, especially considering that the cymbals are shaped like triangles, which even further reduces the target area for your drumsticks. However, we really liked the feel of the kick pedal; it was much sturdier than the Rock Band one and didn't feel like it was bending under the weight of our foot.

Notes are played just as you would expect: You see gems coming down from the top of the screen, and your job is to hit them just as they pass through the markers at the bottom. It's a bit trickier here because you've got seven notes to look for at all times. The Konami rep we spoke with said they're certainly looking to make the proper difficulty adjustments for the higher skill levels--in relation to other drumming games with fewer pads--so that you're not faced with impossible odds.

Konami is predicting that the final tracklist will come in at 40 songs, to be released at retail with the usual postrelease downloadable content to follow shortly thereafter. They've yet to officially confirm any of the songs, but we caught a glimpse at quite a few based on the track selection offered in this early build. In addition to the aforementioned Twisted Sister, there's also some Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, System of a Down, and even Avril Lavigne. We also noticed quite a few songs featured in Rock Band, such as "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?"

In addition to licensed tracks, you'll have the opportunity to record your own music in a studio jam mode in which you can record up to eight tracks on a single song. Other gameplay modes will run the gamut from a career mode featuring real-world venues, online and offline multiplayer consisting of versus, co-op, and band duels, and a rehearsal space to work on those tougher numbers.

Rocking out with a trucker hat is entirely optional.

The demo that we were shown was for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, but it will also be released on the Nintendo DS and Wii. Unlike console versions, the DS will support vocals through the built-in microphone. With this one, you'll use the stylus for all of the instruments, requiring you to draw gestures on the screen. With the Wii you're essentially playing air guitar and air drums with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

Rock Revolution has yet to be given a firm release date. Right now, Konami has slated it for a fall release. Before then, you should expect to see more details from us on the upcoming guitar peripheral.

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91 comments
ipanda
ipanda

i going to download this game just to get new songs and im going to get the rock band 1 drum kit now that its cheaper

agr790
agr790

you are all some ****ing idiots! I cant believe how retard you all sound when you say konami is ripping off gh and rockband! haha if you knew a little bit about the video game world you wouldnt say such things! I hate all of you people who only complain and dont know s**t

anths1717
anths1717

Who cares if this is a rip-off of RB2 or GH:WT. The peripherals for GH:WT and RB2 are compatible with this game (on the PS3 as far as I know). And since this game has only 40 songs, I'm sure it won't be all that expensive. Might as well pick up a copy just to get some new songs.

LK9988
LK9988

This looks like some cheap knock off of Rock Band and Guitar Hero. I mean, the setlist seems rubbish and playing air guitar is the dumbest idea I've heard in a while. Don't worry though, Rock Band and GH will obliterate this game! (The graphics look like ps2 graphics too).

OOblahMan
OOblahMan

waste of time and money. why they gotta be gay and copy off of Rock Band and Guitar Hero

AdrielAviles
AdrielAviles

[TJS52 Said: The only people that will buy this game are parents confusing this with rockband or guitar hero. LOL] LOL So TRUE!!!! hahaha

AdrielAviles
AdrielAviles

[TJS52 Said: The only people that will buy this game are parents confusing this with rockband or guitar hero. LOL] LOL So TRUE!!!! hahaha

TJS52
TJS52

The only people that will buy this game are parents confusing this with rockband or guitar hero. LOL

Revolutionctc
Revolutionctc

how the hell does rock revolution even compare to rockband/guitar hero? there just hoping on the band-wagon (haha) there initial music/rhythm product(s) sucked and so will this. it has some decent tracks on it... but for christ sake all the songs in rock revolution are covers, and aside from that the drum kit looks like it's on crack!!! konami you have disappointed me greatly, this will be an EPIC failure .

Wozmcfc
Wozmcfc

This looks terrible, I'll be going for World Tour this year.

subarulez
subarulez

all of the new music games suck, all we need is GH - GH3 and Rock Band, otherwise i think it's time to find another industry to indulge on

SalFlame
SalFlame

Rock Band Is All Thats Needed...Who Needs Guitar Hero: World Tour They're Just Copying In My Opinion And This Game...I Mean Seriously, WTF? Wii Youre Playing Air Guitar, And How The Hell Will You Play Drum In The Air? Answer Me That Konami? You've Made Good Games B4, Out Of This Genre, Keep It like That Please :I

gnbfd
gnbfd

WTF Gamespot!? This is the PS360 preview dammit!

fireboltjjl
fireboltjjl

only 40 songs-no way besides the drums are probably to complicated why cant it have a highway like the others? getting world tour or rock band 2

nick21989
nick21989

Who would buy this crap over Rock Band or Guitar Hero? The Wii version sucks more than anything else out there, all songs are covers, and it just sucks! No thanks man.

ChUyItO1210
ChUyItO1210

xD, so many music games. I though it was already enough with RB and GH:WT Guess it's all about the money.

hypernado
hypernado

at first I thought this was neat, but the fact that on the wii, you play air instruments ruined it for me. why wii, konami, why wii?

jameeler91
jameeler91

Rock Band 2 and GH: World Tour will pulverize this game.

bullsfan769
bullsfan769

yes 98scoutgandia there is going to be a rock band 2, havent you been paying attention

jjdomo
jjdomo

god i wish they'd just make some compatible instrumnets so i wouldn't have to buy like three sets of drums, three guitars, etc. i'll probably only get rock band 2 because all the stuff i've already downloaded for rock band will be playable, although i'd like to try out GHWT and this new one by konami. maybe i can convince my friends to get those . . . .

98scoutgandia
98scoutgandia

which is better, this, rock band or gh4??? and is there going to be rock band 2???

canialblasm
canialblasm

why would they honostly make the wii game so stupid by making it air drums and guitar... lame. Get GH4, and you should be fine.

TrueSonOfSparda
TrueSonOfSparda

I believe this is going to be ten times better then Rock band and Guitar Hero because Konami is kick ass compared to EA and Activision Blizzard.

LordGeorgeton
LordGeorgeton

THIS GAME... IS GOING TO SUCK SOOOOOOOOOOOO BAD. Im laughing my head off just looking at it! Is Konami serious? are they gonna rip off Rock Band with a game that has all cover tracks!? HAHAHAHA! stick to sneaking around konami, this game will NOT get you far.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

Oh my gosh is everyone trying to do the same as rock band!? COME ON KONAMI!!!!

greater_bird
greater_bird

Although it sounds like a decent implementation, they've probably missed their opportunity window for this. Of their potential buyers, the ones who haven't already bought Rock Band are more likely to go for the stronger brand name of Guitar Hero World Tour, which will probably be coming out around the same time. And fun as drum-playing in a game may be, who wants to devote all that money and space to having two sets of drum peripherals around, let alone three...

Ansiktmann
Ansiktmann

I agree with IXIWhistIXI too. There have been plenty of drum based rhythm games. The reason we like Rock Band so much isn't because it was the first game featuring drums, it's because it's one of the best.

LuffyUzumaki
LuffyUzumaki

lameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and lameeeeeeeeeeeee

fckyeaboi15
fckyeaboi15

wow tis is gonna be soooooo stupid i can just tell its gona be crap

rockdudeguy
rockdudeguy

Wow... I don't know what to think. I'll definitely give it a shot since I'm not so damn close minded like some people. I didn't think I'd like Rock Band but it's quite amazing. This looks alright I guess.

BenCrazy24
BenCrazy24

Im not getting it. Its a rip off version of guitar hero and rock band. Its kind of like true crime and gta with true crime being the rip off version.

Crazy_Kid314
Crazy_Kid314

Im sticking with the god here, ROCK BAND! FTW!! FGJ(For Great Justice)!!! But maybe ill give GH World Tour a shot, but not this. Unless it gets a 10, no way im playing this.

cheese4927
cheese4927

Air guitar and air drums???? What are they thinking???????

score89
score89

I agree with IXIWhistIXI, the point is not who had the idea first but who makes it better, if you search for fresh-original-new ideas there wil only will be like 3 games per year

IXIWhistIXI
IXIWhistIXI

I like how people are calling it a rip off...Rarely if ever will you find a game today that didnt' take what another game did and expand upon it. Who cares who is the origional CREATOR of rythem games with guitars or the use of anything that's not the controller...why not worry about who does it BEST? The drums in this one look very promising. The biggest problem I had in rock band was I was confused...the songs I knew still proved confusing because I knew a part on the toms was comming up but I wasn't prepared for what the game would tell me to hit. I think as a drummer this game could prove to be a jam session for the price of a game and elaborate controller.

Zacek
Zacek

@sk8trux: You are wrong, Konami was the first company to make rythm games, don't you remember Dance Dance Revolution, Karaoke Revolution? And Konami was the first company to make Guitar controllers: Guitar Freaks!

Junior_Sr
Junior_Sr

cool game...but why is it under the ds menu? www.gamespot.com/ds/puzzle/rockrevolution/... ^ ???

megamaster32
megamaster32

gh is just better than this game i agree

BooneSkeeter
BooneSkeeter

Why play a cool drum peripheral on an Xbox or PS3 when you can just wave your Wii remote in the air and pretend you're playing?? Yaaayy God, do any developers outside of Nintendo even care about the Wii?

sk8trux
sk8trux

this game COULD BE DECENT. but it has to be a good price, have good music, and good controls. and don't forget good co-op.

sk8trux
sk8trux

first it was guitar hero who jump in with a band based game now Konami? whats next Capcom is going to have a rhythm based game? TOO MANY RHYTHM BASED GAMES!!!!!!!

bitsandbobs
bitsandbobs

This is even more of a rip off than GH World Tour... because its looking like a terrible one!

enl100
enl100

rip off of rock band and guitar hero konami i would expect namco but konami well im not getting metal gear now

bruceylee
bruceylee

rock band & guitar hero 3 are better than is !!!!!!!!!!

decoy1978
decoy1978

Konami has been doing this in the arcades for ages. If any they are only trying to take back what they started... albeit may be its too late...

retrofraction12
retrofraction12

well I think its a little late to jump on the bandwagon