|System: X360, PS3, Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Zoe Mode||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 15, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-3 (1-6 Online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
Its no secret that the music game genre has exploded in the past few years. It seems like every few weeks there is a new Rock Band, Guitar Hero, or SingStar title on the shelves to satiate your need to play along with your favorite tunes.
It comes as no surprise then that there have been many imitation-brand music games trying to piggyback on the music genres recent success. But what is surprising is where the latest of these knock-offs has come from: Konami. Although Konami is essentially credited with creating the music genre with hits like Beatmania and Dance Dance Revolution, its newest music title, Rock Revolution, feels like a cheap Rock Band knock-off rather than a full game and is disappointing on many levels.
In most respects, Rock Revolution works in the same way as Guitar Hero: World Tour or Rock Band. You can play the guitar, bass, or drums and play along to a sliding note graph. One of the first issues that you will notice with this title is how small the note graph actually is. It is incredibly skinny, even on HD sets, and is very hard to read as it moves very quickly along a rigid y-axis instead of the longer diagonal z-axis that you see in titles like Rock Band. While the smaller note graph works well on the beginner and easy settings, it goes way too fast on any setting above medium, not give the player enough lead time to anticipate upcoming notes.
Although the note graph is a big turn-off for this game, the biggest issue Rock Revolution has is in the music department. Rock Revolution only has a paltry, forty-song track list consisting of songs by pop staples like the All-American Rejects and Blink 182. There are also some classics like Were not Gonna Take it by Twisted Sister, and Stone Cold Crazy by Queen. However, even though the songs that are included in this title are pretty good, all but two (Paralyzer by Finger Eleven and Given Up by Linkin Park) are performed by cover bands of varying quality.
The poor music in this title is the most egregious facet of Rock Revolution, in part because most modern music titles are packed with at least 70 songs, and titles like Rock Band 2 have used free DLC to up their song roster to 100. A band-based game with only forty songs just cant stand up to the competition, and the fact that most of the songs that are included are just half-hearted covers makes it even worse.
Even if you can get past the poor quality of the songs in this title, the different modes in Rock Revolution probably wont impress much either. The main mode is Career mode, which allows you to go through your self-titled bands album progression. As you release different albums, you can play different singles to promote your album to gold or even platinum status. Although you are able to name the band, you cant customize the different characters in the band, and must instead choose from a handful of pre-made avatars to represent your style.