|System: PS3, Xbox 360*|
|Release: August 29, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
Oh, and did I mention that it comes with a library of 25 songs, all of which can be imported into Rock Band 3? Because it does. In fact, even if you think playing a rhythm game with a traditional controller is dumb, you can purchase the tracks as sort of a booster pack for Rock Band 3. And 25 songs for $15 isn't a bad price. It's not a bad lineup of songs, either, representing a fairly wide variety of sub-genres. You'll play everything from "Always" by Blink 182 to "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John to "The Wicker Man" by Iron Maiden. Sure, I can be a bit of a music Nazi, and a lot of the songs simply weren't for me. But I have to admit, I did find a bunch that I actually enjoyed.
Blitz has a very nice Rock Band aesthetic, with colorful, detailed menus and some decent texturing on the backgrounds you zoom through while you're rocking out. However, it's not going to be winning any graphical awards. In fact, the animation on the crowd of people that cheers for you at the end of each song seems pretty cheap. But really, what does the visual aesthetic even matter here? Rock Band is blowing your mind with rock, not blowing your mind with graphical fidelity.
Ultimately, Rock Band Blitz is definitely worth spending some time with. Doubly so if you're a Rock Band enthusiast looking to expand your collection of playable songs. Owners of Rock Band 3 will definitely get their money's worth; for everyone else, there's a very enjoyable rhythm game here. Either way, it's $15 well spent.
Editor / News Director
Date: August 31, 2012