Ubisoft glams up Rock Star

Publisher's Imagine line of tween-targeted titles expands into rhythm genre in June for DS.

While the rhythm genre is hardly new, only recently have publishers and developers outside of Japan given it much of a serious look. The change occurred, of course, when the now-Activision-owned Guitar Hero franchise hit its opening chords in 2005, and subsequently rocked out more than $1 billion in revenues. Since then, a variety of publishers have boarded the bandwagon, with EA riffing with former Guitar Hero developer Harmonix on Rock Band, THQ throwing down Battle of the Bands, and Disney forming Ultimate Band, among others.

French publisher Ubisoft has already waded into the rhythm genre once in recent memory with Jam Sessions, a surprisingly authentic guitar sim for Nintendo's DS. The simulation crowd thus sated, Ubisoft is returning to the rhythm genre in a more arcade fashion, announcing the next installment in its best-selling tween-targeted Imagine series will be Rock Star, due out for the DS this June.

Instruments set to be replicated in Imagine Rock Star are the drums, guitar, bass, and piano, and the game will let players form a band, go on tour, earn money, and "become music legends." According to Ubisoft, players will have a variety of customization options at their disposal, and will be able to participate in photo shoots once their rockers are sufficiently glammed up. The game will also accommodate wireless jam session for up to four rockers.

According to an Ubisoft rep, Imagine Rock Star won't feature any mainstream artists. For more on Rock Star and the rest of Ubi's Imagine line of games, check out the publisher's Web site.

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VERS1ON
VERS1ON

PoisonMushroom "i can't wait for this "rock band" fad to die. all of these games are the exact same god damn game you have already played in the original guitar hero." Yes, because (trying to) drum to "March of the Pigs" by Nine Inch Nails is EXACTLY the same as tearing your way through "More Than a Feeling" on GH. The gameplay has been refined (hammer ons and pull offs; Arguably better note charts), more master tracks, Downloadable Content allows more songs to be added, without having to buy a new game all the time. Just wait a week, and you get three to six new songs to play. Plus, since I'm not into FPS, easily the most online fun I've ever had. At least for Rock Band, it's a thousand times better than the experience from Guitar Hero I, and at least 100 times better than the experience for Guitar Hero III. And I only ended up buying Rock Band on a whim, thinking it was going to be "a fad". WRONG! All that said, these DS games do sound pretty weak.

psycomantis_32
psycomantis_32

That sounds really, incredibly, lame.... Are these guys even trying?

everccr
everccr

i wonder if it will simulate the drug use aspect of rock stars and the sex! think about the possibilities with you can literally "blow" into the mic!

PoisonMushroom
PoisonMushroom

i can't wait for this "rock band" fad to die. all of these games are the exact same god damn game you have already played in the original guitar hero.

PoisonMushroom
PoisonMushroom

i can't wait for this "rock band" fad to die. all of these games are the exact same god damn game you have already played in the original guitar hero.

HALCONAZUL
HALCONAZUL

........garbage i mean WTF? Ubisoft never does good games fo Nintendo why keeping purchasing this?

necronaux
necronaux

Figures Disney would get into the mix. It's only a matter of time before we see Rock Band : High School Musical. And... Oh, come on! A Rock Star "piano"??? With what, 5 keys? Or will it follow the model of a piano simulator like in Brain Age 2?

guitarman89
guitarman89

Sounds like more garbage to me. I heard Jam Sessions was terrible, and there's no reason to think Rockstar will be much better.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

go,go,go;i think they are in rally for games creation;you built it,ok,i build that;you chang that,i change it;new ideas,no;new fields,no; only money;

X-RS
X-RS

GREAT -.- MORE CRAP! less good stuff. youll notice easy games are what sell to the mainstream audience. leaving hardcore gamers bored and tired.

destrozz
destrozz

lol this is going to be interesting.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

It's amazing what people will pay for...

Sandro909
Sandro909

Oh. I thought Ubisoft bought Rockstar. :|

strategyking92
strategyking92

thanks for letting ubi do this nintendo... no seal of quality!

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Well when there's money to be had, there's more companies that wanna cash in - simple economics

Peaches1347
Peaches1347

curse u guitar hero now u have spawned wanna be's!!!!!!!

c_mcafee
c_mcafee

Jordanbijl, I can play both the guitar and the drums and have for years. I do not play Rock Band to pretend to play an instrument, I play Rock Band because it is a lot of fun to play, especially with friends. You can shoot a real gun in real life, so why did you buy R6V2 this week? Also, I have had the game since it came out and none of my instuments have broken; maybe you need to learn how to treat your stuff nicely.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Well its gonnna be weird ... maybe fun but still weird

membernametaken
membernametaken

I just can't imagine feeling like a rockstar while playing a portable game.

jordan1
jordan1

Im sick of these games, really I am rockstar was a waste of money, I could have bought a new guitar for the price I paid for the damn thing, and the instruments (if thats what you want to call them) are fricken cheap and break easy... my advice, drop 300 bucks on a real guitar and amp, or cheap drum kit and learn the real thing, why waste time playing a game trying to simulate playing the real thing when you can learn the real thing and have fun doing so...

IKKF
IKKF

I believe that the Imagine series is made for 7-10 year old girls, and I am not a 7-10 year old girl, so I'm guessing that I won't like this.

Bionic92
Bionic92

I think Rock band and GH are enough. The more guitar/band games that come out, the less fun it will probaly become.

wayfast
wayfast

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