Rock Revolution Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Rock Revolution box art
System: PS3, X360, 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

The boring career mode is mercifully short, but unfortunately there is not much alternate content or interesting modes to supplement it. The online modes are very weak and only consist of battle, versus, and co-op. Actually, getting online is somewhat difficult in this title as well, as the game never seems to be able to find anyone to play with in the online realm. In addition to the online modes, there is also an offline practice as well as a quick-play mode. Both of these modes give you the opportunity to play at your own pace yet are unremarkable.

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The only mode with any real merit in Rock Revolution is the Creation mode. This mode allows you to toy around with the different instruments to create different songs. There is also a studio option that is fairly deep and allows you to mix different instrument tracks. Although these modes aren’t exactly the most user-friendly, it is fun to tinker around with your different instruments for a few hours to see if you can come up with a nifty tune or two. But once you are done playing around with the different instruments, chances are you won’t come back to this mode.

Although Rock Revolution is completely cross compatible as far as peripherals are concerned, there is an official Rock Revolution drum kit that you can purchase if you so desire. But be warned, the drum peripheral for Rock Revolution is pretty ugly. With seven total inputs comprising of six pads and a pedal, this drum set is definitely overly complex. And with the design featuring a stacked construction rather than the simplistic linear construction of the Rock Band or Guitar Hero: World Tour drum kits, you will have to literally stare at the drums to locate where the pads are before hitting them. Nothing about the Rock Revolution drum peripheral is intuitive, and if you absolutely must play this game, you are better off using another drum peripheral. Fortunately, the game does adjust to simpler drum kits, so you won’t have to worry about missing any of those seven inputs as a result of using a simpler set.

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It is quite unfortunate that the company that essentially invented the music genre has produced such a poor title, but Rock Revolution just doesn’t have any redeeming qualities. From the poor music selection to the bad visuals, this game doesn’t stand well on its own, and can’t even be considered good as a supplement to current music titles. The best way to describe Rock Revolution is like a Xerox copy of fine art. Sure, it looks like the real deal, but there is nothing unique about it and in the end it’s just a cheap imitation of something that truly is revolutionary.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.7
Graphics
Graphics are unimpressive and the note graphs are far too skinny.
3.0
Control
Using older peripherals is fine, but there is no reason to even attempt to use the seven-input drum-kit bundled with the game.
1.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
With an embarrassingly thin forty-song track list comprised mostly of covers, Rock Revolution falls absolutely flat in what should be its most proficient feature.
2.1
Play Value
The career mode is far too brief and littered with repeat tracks, the online mode is incredibly lean, and there’s just not enough to this game to make it even remotely memorable.
2.0
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Rock out on your drums, but also wail on your guitar or bass all in the same game.
  • A broad range of music styles.
  • 40 songs on disc, with downloadable songs and song packs available after initial release.
  • Use the Drum Kit and Guitar freely in Jam Mode, and record on up to eight separate tracks.
  • Stunning, unique, and authentic venues.
  • Up to 15 cool and realistic characters.
  • Online and offline multiplayer: versus, co-op, and band battle.
  • Rehearsal mode: practice sections of songs at different speeds.
  • Career mode: play songs, learn techniques, create set lists, and complete challenges.
  • Online persistent scoreboards allow performance comparison with other players around the world.
  • The most realistic drum peripheral on the market, created by real musicians for an overall hard hitting experience.


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