LEGO Rock Band
The Rock Band franchise has been blessed with a consistent amount of quality thus far
- Some great songs, charming personality, Rock Challenges are good fun
- Not enough new content, customisation begs to be explored further
The rhythm game genre is reaching a saturation point and LEGO Rock Band is yet another example of publishers actively looking at new ways to try and keep things fresh and interesting for the established fan base. Unfortunately, while the LEGO brand has been enough to help other licences like Star Wars and Batman find new life, it just doesn't do enough to elevate Rock Band to new heights.
Price$ 89.95 (AUD)
Crossovers in entertainment media aren't anything new. If there was money to be made and merchandise to sell, you could bet your Saturday morning that the Jetsons would find their way into a Flintstones plot before you could say "continuity error." Now, the Traveler's Tales line of LEGO games have taken an interesting approach to the tried-and-true intercompany crossover conundrum: take an iconic pop culture franchise (so far so good) and then throw in an iconic... toy... block... franchise?
As odd as it sounds, the results have been impressive. LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones took gamers into a blockified George Lucas sandbox, and LEGO Batman introduced a fresh, zany twist on the often painfully gritty dark knight detective. Of course, this was just the beginning: LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Indy 2, a mini-figure infested MMO are all in development, which brings us to the aforementioned conundrum: how much LEGO is too much LEGO? As one of the numerous LEGO Rock Band loading screens attests to, "There have been over 400 billion LEGO elements created since 1949. That's a lot of LEGO!"
It sure is.
The Rock Band franchise has been blessed with a consistent amount of quality thus far. The former Guitar Hero imagineers over at Harmonix managed to introduce just enough new content, charm and kickass music into each installment to pioneer their own rhythm-based revolution. This year's [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/159417/the-beatles-rock-band/|Beatles Rock Band|Beatles Rock Band] only added to that fire but the question remains -- does the same apply for LEGO Rock Band? Is it an incredibly rich, magical mystery tour of music that just happens to feature an insanely popular brand of plastic playthings?
Not quite. During my time with it, I just couldn't get past the fact that it was still Rock Band, albeit with LEGOs as the dominant visual theme. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and the trademark LEGO charm is still in full effect -- the game's cutscenes are silly and witty, and the LEGO customisation features are a nice perk -- but I couldn't help but feel that there were some missed opportunities here. I was hoping TT would go all out with the LEGO theme, allowing you to build your own guitars, stages and tour vans from a few of those 400 billion LEGO elements they so happily flaunt, but instead, we get a wide assortment of pre-made mini-figures, not to mention some outlandish instruments and Rock Den decorations. It's an interesting enough attempt but there's no escaping the feeling that it could've been so much more.
The games setlist is an interesting blend of classic and contemporary tunes - some an absolute blast to rock out to with friends ("Let's Dance" and "Free Fallin'" demand numerous replays) and some nothing more than skinny-tie and tight-jean requirements. Even with a few musical travesties in its midst, my hat is certainly off to TT for keeping some quality music in a family friendly game. In light of going the Kidz Bop route with the likes of the Alys, AJs and Hillary Duffs of the world, there's an array of genuinely interesting and toe-tapping tracks that further serve the idea that LEGO Rock Band isn't playing down to children, but playing with them. The game also has a nice collection of Rock Challenges, featuring a number of smile-inducing scenarios and goofy animations (scare away a legion of ghastly spirits with Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" theme and try not to smirk).
Ultimately, though, LEGO Rock Band is still vanilla Rock Band at its core, and will really only serve as a standout experience for newcomers or younger gamers. It's fun while it lasts, but it certainly won't blaze any new trails as far as virtual rockstardom goes, and diehard fans of Rock Band should hope that the devs return to their hard rocking roots for the next genuine instalment.
Join the newsletter!
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Apple iMac Pro
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Ballistix Sport AT
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Toys for Boys
ESET Smart Security Premium
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
ESET Internet Security
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Tivoli PAL BT
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
Office 365 Business Premium isn’t one-size fits all but if you’re the right sized business for it to make sense, there’s a good amount of value to be found in the package’s comprehensive software offering.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R17 Pro review: Oppo's thriftiest flagship yet drives a hard bargain
- 2 Google Home Hub review: A different kind of smart TV
- 3 Nokia 7.1 review: A modest and modern mid-tier option
- 4 Tenda Nova MW6 review: A gateway drug for mesh Wi-Fi
- 5 Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Expensive, but probably the best phone you can buy right now
Latest News Articles
- Fortnite and PUBG could be banned in China
- Epic Games cuts the once-loved 'Infinity Blade' series from the App Store
- Resident Evil 2 Hands On Preview
- PC World 2018 Editor's Choice Awards Nominees Announced
- Support for AUD finally comes to Steam (with a catch)
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- PC World 2018 Editor's Choice Awards
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?