Gaming News Forum

All the latest Xbox and gaming news. Only TA Newshounds can post in this forum.

PAX Round-up 4: Rock Band Blitz

AuthorMessage
Matrarch
497,467
Matrarch
TrueAchievements News ManagerTrueAchievements Community Events Organizer11,642 posts
Last post: 27 Apr at 21:02
Posted on 13 April 12 at 14:54
Beat-match gameplay hits XBLA

I have to say I was caught a little off-guard by how Rock Band Blitz actually plays. Unlike Amplitude, Frequency and Rock Band Unplugged, this game doesn’t feature four button points within each lane and you don’t lock in tracks. Instead, each track only utilizes two buttons (Right and Left Trigger, Right and Left Bumper, or a pair of face buttons depending on your preference) and all tracks keep playing throughout the whole song. Your goal is to maximize points by switching tracks whenever you’d like and using power-ups that you earn by reaching certain score milestones.

Each song has several checkpoints within it. Your goal is to try to max out your available multiplier before the checkpoint is reached. You do this by focusing on a track (there can be up to five) until you completely fill in its color. The power ups you use help you earn even more points and, as noted before, those go towards unlocking further power-ups. There is no difficulty in Rock Band Blitz. The better you play, the more intense it gets, which really allows any player at any skill level to jump in. If the goal was accessibility, they certainly nailed it.

As promised in the initial announcement, the full DLC catalog for http://www.trueachievements.com/Rock-Band-3-xbox-360.htm is available in this title. Also, the Harmonix rep I spoke to did confirm that there will be no export fee for the 25 tracks included in Blitz. This means that there will be no extra fee to transfer the tracks to your Rock Band 3 catalog. For the price of an arcade game, you get 25 new tracks AND a pretty awesome title that will certainly challenge you. This seems like it will be an insta-buy (at least for Rock Band players) come its release this summer.
Zacry072
581,091
Zacry072
Site Helper385 completed games(Includes owned DLC)2,477 posts
Last post: 05 Apr at 16:05
Posted on 13 April 12 at 14:59
I really need to get my hands on this.
RealistIdealist
215,718 TrueAchievement Points97 completed games(Includes owned DLC)165 posts
Last post: 21 Dec 15 at 22:31
Posted on 13 April 12 at 15:01
20 bucks for 25 songs is a great deal.
xPut Name Herex
TrueAchievements ModeratorTrueAchievements Community Events Organizer10,385 posts
Last post: Today at 18:19
Posted on 13 April 12 at 15:02
They didn't release the identity of any more of the songs coming with the game?
I miss the good old days of WW2 Call of Duty
Rockox
95,948
Rockox
95,948 TrueAchievement Points545 posts
Last post: 20 Aug 14 at 19:03
Posted on 13 April 12 at 15:16
RealistIdealist said:20 bucks for 25 songs is a great deal.I'm going to wait until this is on sale. 10 bucks for 25 songs is an even better deal.
Nighthawk205
149,702
Nighthawk205
149,702 TrueAchievement PointsTrueAchievements Walkthrough Supervisor627 posts
Last post: 20 Apr 13 at 04:07
Posted on 13 April 12 at 15:27
I'm a little disappointed on this one... I was pretty much expecting an Amplitude/Frequency remake with the Rock Band name now attached to it. Having no difficulty doesn't really give me a challenge to strive for. I've never been one to try to just beat my own high score (unless it's for an old school arcade game). I'll definitely give it a try though and make my own personal thoughts about it in the end anyway laugh.

Good work Matrarch!
Matrarch
497,467
Matrarch
TrueAchievements News ManagerTrueAchievements Community Events Organizer11,642 posts
Last post: 27 Apr at 21:02
Posted on 13 April 12 at 15:33
Nighthawk205 said:I'm a little disappointed on this one... I was pretty much expecting an Amplitude/Frequency remake with the Rock Band name now attached to it. Having no difficulty doesn't really give me a challenge to strive for. I've never been one to try to just beat my own high score (unless it's for an old school arcade game). I'll definitely give it a try though and make my own personal thoughts about it in the end anyway laugh.

Good work Matrarch!
Thanks. :) It really wasn't quite what I was expecting at all, but it IS fun.

One of the power-ups available was a pinball one. Every now and again, you'd see a purple note and hitting that would activate the power-up. In this case, a pinball would be released and you'd have to try to match the active track the pinball came down on to keep it going. It was pretty fun. Not Amplitude or Frequency, but fun in its own right. :)
Newshound Manager - PM me with any questions or concerns! || Twitter: TA_Matrarch
Splynta
330,661
Splynta
54 completed games(Includes owned DLC)TrueAchievement Site Rank: 5,554 out of 307,350215 posts
Last post: 05 Apr at 12:56
Posted on 13 April 12 at 15:36
This sounds like its going to be on those games that is good for 5 minutes but really doesn't make you want to play it all the time. It would probably be better released as some kind of phone app from the look and sound of it.
Monkey540
272,845
Monkey540
Achievement Completion Percentage: 74.82% (Includes owned DLC) - 19 more achievements required to reach 75%152 completed games(Includes owned DLC)506 posts
Last post: 05 Aug 15 at 01:58
Posted on 13 April 12 at 15:43, Edited on 13 April 12 at 15:44 by Monkey540
Sounds alot like FreQ and Amplitude as far as concept, and I love it., Is it supposed to be the runway style like Amplitude? Will likely be a day one purchase for me.
MH The Rockstar
Donated to TrueAchievements.com2,806 posts
Last post: 14 May 15 at 17:58
Posted on 13 April 12 at 16:16
Good job Matrarch! I am pretty sure this will be an insta-buy for me. It sounds good and the free 25 song export to RB3 is awesome.
Mystic Typh00n
TrueAchievements Walkthrough ManagerTrueAchievements Moderator6,695 posts
Last post: Today at 09:05
Posted on 13 April 12 at 17:43
Pretty pumped for this
How much for the whole kitten kaboodle?
yamiseth
251,854
yamiseth
251,854 TrueAchievement Points139 posts
Last post: 31 Jul 14 at 23:04
Posted on 13 April 12 at 18:19
There's no way this will be 1600 MSP, even with the free rb3 tracks.

Removed Gamer
Gamer has been removed
Posted on 13 April 12 at 18:24
can't wait to get my hands on this its gonna be awsome!!
h31n0
bclare
94,540
bclare
94,540 TrueAchievement PointsAchievement Completion Percentage: 69.88% (Includes owned DLC) - 6 more achievements required to reach 70%55 posts
Last post: 12 Apr 13 at 05:40
Posted on 13 April 12 at 18:34
Matrarch said:Nighthawk205 said:I'm a little disappointed on this one... I was pretty much expecting an Amplitude/Frequency remake with the Rock Band name now attached to it. Having no difficulty doesn't really give me a challenge to strive for. I've never been one to try to just beat my own high score (unless it's for an old school arcade game). I'll definitely give it a try though and make my own personal thoughts about it in the end anyway laugh.

Good work Matrarch!
Thanks. :) It really wasn't quite what I was expecting at all, but it IS fun.

One of the power-ups available was a pinball one. Every now and again, you'd see a purple note and hitting that would activate the power-up. In this case, a pinball would be released and you'd have to try to match the active track the pinball came down on to keep it going. It was pretty fun. Not Amplitude or Frequency, but fun in its own right. :)
"No difficulty" means that there is no choice of Easy, Medium, Hard or Expert. It doesn't mean it's easy; basically you can only play on Expert. I played several songs at the booth at PAX and believe me there is plenty of difficulty.
Rockox
95,948
Rockox
95,948 TrueAchievement Points545 posts
Last post: 20 Aug 14 at 19:03
Posted on 13 April 12 at 18:35
yamiseth said:There's no way this will be 1600 MSP, even with the free rb3 tracks.If it does, there goes the casual gamer appeal.
DakotaThrice
285,507
DakotaThrice
Achievement Completion Percentage: 41.42% (Includes owned DLC) - 145 more achievements required to reach 42%88 completed games(Includes owned DLC)3,472 posts
Last post: 07 Nov 15 at 08:13
Posted on 13 April 12 at 19:08
Can't complain with free tracks for Rock band
Sashamorning
848,832
Sashamorning
591 solutions20,599 comments5,836 posts
Last post: Yesterday at 00:58
Posted on 13 April 12 at 19:20
More Rock Band?

Sold.
Dance like nobody's watching; love like you've never been hurt. Live like it's heaven on earth.
Barad XBA
539,273
Barad XBA
17,224 comments2,722 votes2,561 posts
Last post: 21 Mar at 13:57
Posted on 13 April 12 at 21:30
Rock Band..awesome.
Battlefield 3 Gamer !
STRESSER1
116,018
STRESSER1
116,018 TrueAchievement Points28 completed games(Includes owned DLC)161 posts
Last post: 28 Nov 12 at 14:32
Posted on 13 April 12 at 23:37
Just a controler... I don't know...
Beachem
198,903
Beachem
Achievement Completion Percentage: 77.43% (Includes owned DLC) - 49 more achievements required to reach 78%188 completed games(Includes owned DLC)6,319 posts
Last post: 16 Mar at 23:21
Posted on 14 April 12 at 01:21
This will definitely be an insta buy for me! Such a great deal.
Jump right out of a creek!
Want to join in the discussion? Please log in or Register For Free to comment.