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Scheduled release date:

Fall 2009

Publisher:

MTV Games, Warner Bros.

Developer:

Harmonix, Traveller''s Tales

Number Of Players:

1-4 (2-8 Online)

Genre:

Music

Release Date:

November 3, 2009

When this popped up on the rumor radar many months ago, I admit, I scoffed at it and moved on. I thought to myself "what the hell is the point of a LEGO themed Rock Band game?" To be frank, I still think that. Heck, if MTV wanted to release a more family friendly Rock Band game, they could've saved themselves the licensing costs and just released...well, a family friendly Rock Band game using the standard look and feel of the franchise. I don't believe that the LEGO name will have a large affect, but I digress.

This Rock Band game will take the gamer through not just stadiums, but also into different galaxies, putting to use the LEGO world in order to take this series where it's never been before. Additionally, for the first time ever, you can assemble a band full of your own customized/personalized LEGO-men and take them through the game's career. Your band will include not just the players, but also your entire entourage, which includes roadies, managers, and stage crew. But wait, beyond customizing your LEGO-men, you can also personalize your band's hang out pad, by buying furniture and decorating the walls.

Aimed at families, tweens, and teens, the game so far demonstrates a very different type of playlist...with the exception of Blur's "Song 2" and Foo Fighters' "Breakout". Beyond Blur, so far we know that Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting", Europe's "Final Countdown", Good Charlotte's "Boys and Girls", and Pink's "So What" will be featured in the game, which is probably not the song selection your typical Rock Band, and especially Guitar Hero fan would enjoy. But hey, when the final list is revealed and you like what you see, you'll be happy to know that your original Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and Guitar Hero instruments will work with LEGO Rock Band.

As you can see, the tracklist will cover a number of decades, bringing you the more modern chart toppers, in addition to the songs of yesteryear. Rock Challenges will be a staple of your career, as you'll need to pull off hardcore momentum and rock out in order to destroy giant robots, cast a storm, or bring down a skyscraper all with the force that builds up within your instruments. Completing songs will grant your band a new LEGO brick, which will allow you to build vehicles and move from one venue to the next, and then, of course, outerspace.

LEGO Rock Band's visuals will retain the series' look, albeit with a LEGO twist. The game looks pretty nice and smooth judging by the screenshots, and we have no doubt that it'll be free of any visual problems. No word on whether or not the game will support any tracks from the standard two Rock Band games (we personally doubt it), and no word on if LEGO Rock Band will have a store of its own songs to purchase to stay consistent with the family friendly vibe.

Look for LEGO Rock Band to arrive this Fall 2009.

6/4/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (17 posts)

Bo0mKiiD
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 8:17:52 PM
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Anyone here gonna buy this?

Last edited by Bo0mKiiD on 6/4/2009 8:20:32 PM

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therabbitkinge
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 8:26:46 PM
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"I wanna block and build all night....and lego everyday." Yeah...no.

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ExhumeART
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 9:36:44 PM

Exactly.

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Highlander
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 10:04:28 PM
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Alright, I have to say it...

Since Rock Band and Guitar Hero are games that allow us to control facsimiles of real artists, isn't Lego Rock Band a facsimile of a game?

In which case, what in heck is the point in a game where you play a facsimile of a facsimile of an artist that's probably miming their performance in a facsimile of their own!?

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 10:10:49 PM
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Can you already hear all the lil kiddies fighting over the instrument...
"Moooooom, Suzy won't let go of the Lego"

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 10:31:19 PM
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What do these people think they take us for?!

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Bo0mKiiD
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:11:43 AM

The answer is in your name :D

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Banky A
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 2:09:30 AM
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Douche bags?

lol and douche nozzles.

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whooka
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 7:31:55 AM
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Man Harmonix has some nerve. Existing instruments are compatible with this but not with the upcoming Beatles Rock Band. yeah, yeah, and before you say anything about 'three-part harmony' that's what usb hubs are for (I had to get one for regular Rock Band as my 40GB PS3 only has two USB ports).

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PS3addict
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 11:18:56 AM

The instruments are fully compatiable with The Beatles Rock band... Where are you getting your info from?

The bundle comes with new instuments, you can buy seperate new intruments, but no you do not need to buy them, since your older gear will work.


From one of the lead developers at Harmomix:

http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2500802#post2500802

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Mr Bitey
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 10:55:02 AM
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Needs more cowbell!

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Highlander
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 1:01:02 PM

Does the volume go up to 11?

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Banky A
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 5:04:46 PM

No they just made 10 higher and made 10 the max volume.

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Highlander
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 9:16:53 PM

Google "This is Spinal Tap" (not the surgical procedure) and also look for setting Volume to 11.

Last edited by Highlander on 6/5/2009 9:17:39 PM

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Banky A
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 6:38:11 AM

Yeah I know ;)

I forgot to add a smiley on my comment to signal that I was continuing the Spinal Tap reference.

^_^

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Neurotoxiny
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 10:32:13 PM
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I would buy this. No honestly.

If it had songs from spongebob and super kid friendly songs, it would be one heck of a laugh to play with my friends. No seriously.

And who doesn't like lego? I loved playing with legos and building spaceships and stuff when I was a kid.

It seems everyone nowadays is too serious. This game may be a joke in terms of how much of a financial successful it'll be, but it's still a joke

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racoon
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 8:51:36 PM
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i didnt see it comin

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