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LEGO Rock Band - 360 - Preview

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The Rock Band series has been one of the dominating franchises in the rhythm game genre for several years now, offering full band gameplay for a number of licensed songs. At the same time, the LEGO license has been cleaning up on a variety of different properties, collaborating with everything from Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Harry Potter. It may seem like a strange pairing, but now it looks like LEGO and Rock Band are ready to team up peanut butter and jelly style.

However, instead of being simply the same Rock Band game with LEGOs slapped on, LEGO Rock Band is going to provide some pretty different changes to the Rock Band formula, including mission based gameplay, a Super Easy mode, and a song list geared towards younger players.

The basic gist of the gameplay is very much the same as Rock Band, albeit with the LEGO touch. The notes running down the note highway are LEGO blocks and the musicians are token LEGO characters. The game’s full band mode plays just like the other versions of the game, and will allow you to use instruments from all Rock Band games as well as Guitar Hero.

LEGO Rock Band Xbox 360 screenshots

The mission-based gameplay has you performing songs to complete specific goals within the game. This includes using the power of rock to knock down buildings and other goals that make you feel as though you are not only playing a song through the gameplay, but accomplishing a task.

The game’s track list has yet to be fully revealed, but it also appears to be geared more towards the younger set. The revealed songs include pop hits like Pink’s “So What”, Blur’s “Song No. 2”, and “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5.

LEGO Rock Band is turning out to be a fine entry to the storied Rock Band franchise, and one that will definitely appeal to the younger audience.


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