When a music game gets released whose title names the band in which said game will focus on, it can be easy to guess the style and the general nature of the game. The Beatles Rock Band for example looked as if it was going to deliver the ultimate Beatles experience, and it did so in a spectacular way.
But when games go naming themselves something a bit more mysterious such as Lego Rock Band, it can be difficult to discern just from speculation alone what the game may involve. The very fact that the publishers secured licensing particulars with such an omnipresent household name should alone convince you to expect something quite spectacular here, and you are righto have these expectations. To an extent.
Though most will already know the procedure here, it may be worth explaining for the less experienced out there that all Rock band games involve using a variety of fake plastic instruments with buttons on that replicate the instrument you’re playing on screen, possessing buttons that music tapped and drums that must be bashed along with the music. Songs play and the highway-like interface on the screen indicated which notes must be played/hit at what time and you are graded in your (or your makeshift band’s) ability to play accurately and in time with the music. This is how music games like this have always worked and it is a pretty solid and unchanging formula. It is worth mentioning that although this is a standalone game, there were no bundle packs released for Lego Rock Band, so the Rock Band instruments must be bought separately if you don’t already own them.
The gameplay of Lego Rock Band is itself unchanged from that of Rock Band 2, but what differentiates it is of course the funny lego-centric overhaul of pretty much the entire visual aspect of the game. Everything from the surroundings to the very characters you play is dipped in Lego and blown up on the screen for your enjoyment. The difficulty level has definitely decreased, lowering the threshold for hitting notes and scoring highly on songs compared to Rock Band 2. Everything has simply been made even more family-friendly than it was before, which is really the selling point of this game: families just love Lego, and they love to get together an appreciate musical games that are presented in the style of Lego as well.
The environments that you get to play in are also a little more exciting than the previous Rock Band and more typical of those you see in the Lego-based video games. Castles and Hanted Houses are among the different venues you will play, which are all modelled on the real-life Lego sets and are just as cute and adorable as them as well. Playing as Lego versions of famous musicians such as Freddie Mercury is a fun experience and reminds you why Lego is so fun in the first place. The track list of the game also has somewhat of an eclectix mix of styles and features bands that range from the heaviness of Korn to the lighter stylings of Lostprophets, The Kooks, Tom Petty, and Foo Fighters. There’s something for everyone here, with 45 tracks in total to play through and rock out with.
Lego Rock band is indeed a fantastic game for the younger generation out there that like the look of things that are Lego-shaped, but for Wii users their experience is restricted since you cannot access and downloadable content whatsoever. Even for the PS3 and Xbox 360, the game is still just Rock Band 2 with a super-easy mode, new tracks, and a Lego skin. Still, it is a fun experience and a fantastic music game in spite of it being a bit short of truly new content or innovative features.