Rock Band Blitz (XBLA)

August 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

I have to start this review off with an admission. I hold Rock Band 3 as one of the greatest video games ever, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Rock Band Blitz. But in this game, you ditch the plastic instruments and pick up your controller to play all of the tracks in the songs. Unlike normal Rock Band sessions, your goal isn’t to hit all the notes but instead, you want to switch between tracks to rack up the highest score possible. The more you play each section, the faster you level up the multiplier, which can be raised by up to three if you’re able to level up all the available tracks in time. This creates a frantic, but insanely fun experience that involves a great blend of reflexes and strategy. You just flick the thumbsticks to hit the notes on each side of the tracks, so game play is simple on the surface, but a true challenge to master. You can also enable power ups in three categories, which add to the strategy and chance to score tons of points.

While this is a single player game at the core, Blitz does involve some chances to get your friends involved. This is via Score Wars, where you can challenge anyone to a showdown on songs of your choice. You have a limited window of time for both sides to post their best effort, then a winner is crowned. While the winner earns more coins (used to enable power-ups), both sides will reap a nice little bonus for participation. If you connect your Facebook account, you can also join up in various goals with your friends or even strangers. These task groups to earn so many stars in a certain genre, decade, or songs by certain artists, with generous coin rewards for completion. These inclusions add a ton of social elements to Blitz, which really ramps up the fun. The Score Wars will also have you racing back to get those last few possible points.
A game like Rock Band Blitz needs a great assortment of songs and you’ll find that here. The game is loaded with 25 songs from artists like Queen, Elton John, Kelly Clarkson, Great White, Rick Springfield, and others. So this is not a collection of scraps, instead you have a wide range of songs that will entertain players of all ages. As a bonus, all 25 songs will export into Rock Band 3, giving you even more tunes to rock out with there. And most of your Rock Band DLC will also show up in Rock Band Blitz, which means each song you purchase gives you double the value. This is a huge deal for veteran Rock Band fans, as it means your Blitz track list will be massive and 25 new songs for Rock Band 3 is always an awesome deal. So for the asking price, you get more than your money’s worth of content with Rock Band Blitz.

Video: How does it look?

The overall visuals reflect the Rock Band franchise, but the game also has unique elements that make it stand on its own. The tracks look similar, but you’re taken up a series of street blocks, complete with various flashy visuals for atmosphere. The visual design is clean and effective, so it is fun to look at, but never distracts from the core experience. I loved the bright colors and intricate details in the background, while the menu system is simple and easy to navigate.

Audio: How does it sound?

Of course the game sounds awesome, this is Harmonix after all. The songs all sound excellent and as you switch tracks, the emphasis does as well. So the bass is prominent, then a jump to guitar lets those notes take center stage. This helps you keep better rhythm and know when you’ve missed a tight note. Aside from the music itself, the game’s sound design is not that memorable, but it works well enough. The important part was the music and it sounds dynamic across the board.

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