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Lego Rock Band is a music video game and part of the Rock Band series developed by Harmonix Music Systems, but also incorporates elements from other Lego video games as developed by Traveller's Tales. The game was initially released on November 3, 2009 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. The game was distributed by MTV Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The Nintendo DS version was developed in conjunction with Backbone Entertainment.

The game, as with other games in the Rock Band series, will allow up to four players to use instrument controllers to play lead and bass guitar, drums, and vocals on a number of rock music songs. In addition, aspects of building with Lego bricks as seen in Classic and Modern LEGO Video Games are incorporated into the game, allowing players to customize their avatars and other band assistances, and include additional Lego-themed gameplay modes. The gameplay and the game's soundtrack have been selected to create a "family-friendly" game.

Development

Industry rumors circulated in early 2009 of the game's existence[1] and appeared to be true when mention of the game was shown in a slide (that was later removed) in Harmonix's Dan Teasdale's presentation at the 2009 Game Developers Conference.[2] The game was announced officially on April 21, 2009.[3] Despite skepticism for the viability of the game,[4][5] the game is stated to combine "two compelling properties" by Traveller's Tales managing director Tom Stone, and has been called "a social game experience that crosses every generation and every genre of rock" by MTV Games senior vice president Bob Picunko.[6]

Iggy Pop both voiced the in-game tutorials for the game and lent his trademark shirtless likeness to a Lego avatar for the game.[7] This marks the first appearance of a musician in a Rock Band title, not counting The Beatles: Rock Band. In addition to Iggy Pop, other musicians also appear in Lego form in the game, being unlocked for selection or customization after playing their respective songs:

  • David Bowie
  • Queen
    • Freddie Mercury
    • Brian May
    • John Deacon
    • Roger Taylor
  • Blur
    • Damon Albarn
    • Graham Coxon
    • Alex James
    • Dave Rowntree
  • Spinal Tap (exclusive to console versions)
    • David St. Hubbins
    • Nigel Tufnel
    • Derek Smalls

Gameplay

Console version

The music portions of the game will remain the same as the Rock Band series, though easier skill levels will be provided for "budding musicians".[8] Only slight changes in the game's main interface have been made, most notably that notes are represented by colored Lego bricks.[9] Successfully completing songs will earn the players Lego studs which they may use to build and customize their Lego-style avatars, staff, vehicles, and their "rock den".[3][8] There will also be Lego-themed challenges such as demolishing buildings by successfully playing songs.[8]

All existing music game controllers will work with Lego Rock Band.[3]

DS version

The Nintendo DS version of the game is stated to play similar to Rock Band Unplugged, in which the player switches back and forth between the various instruments, trying to keep the entire band playing. The game only utilizes the touchpad and stylus and would not include additional peripherals that was used for Guitar Hero On Tour.[10]

Notes

Control Action
Left dpad Red note
Up dpad Yellow note
X button Green note
A button Blue note

Soundtrack

Main Article: Lego Rock Band Setlist

Characters

Original Rock Band Characters

These characters are original characters for the Rock Band series. Nineteen of them are from Rock Band 2 while the other seventeen are new and exclusive characters for this game.

Image Name Note
Mini Figg Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Mel Odie Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Misty Stage Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Love Note Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Dee Fender Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Skye High Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Nicky Brick Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Ana Coustic Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Terra Min Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Roxy Gently Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Tina Spirit Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Wammie Barr Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Tommy LeRock Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Chuck Amps Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Rob Hearts Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Mike Reverb Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Bigg Ruckus Exclusive to Lego Rock Band
Heather Moonbeam Character also in Rock Band 2
Buzzsaw Character also in Rock Band 2
Sharkey Character also in Rock Band 2
Moosejaw Boudreau Character also in Rock Band 2
Nicky Overdrive Character also in Rock Band 2
Penny Twilight Character also in Rock Band 2
Megan Scott Character also in Rock Band 2
Grace Williams Character also in Rock Band 2
Mekon Gemini Character also in Rock Band 2
Fritzi Kostopoulos Character also in Rock Band 2
The Duke of Gravity Character also in Rock Band 2
Quentin Lance Character also in Rock Band 2
Maynard Winter Character also in Rock Band 2
Sir Thomas Character also in Rock Band 2
Ol' Smokey Character also in Rock Band 2
Dora Sullivan Character also in Rock Band 2
Penelope McQueen Character also in Rock Band 2
Mothership Q Character also in Rock Band 2
Earl Stephens, Jr. Character also in Rock Band 2

Guest Stars

Below are guest stars which are real bands in mini-figure form.

Image Name Band Notes
Iggy Pop
David Bowie N/A
Freddie Mercury Queen
Brian May Queen
John Deacon Queen
Roger Taylor Queen
Damon Albarn Blur
Graham Coxon Blur
Alex James Blur
Dave Rowntree Blur
David St. Hubbins Spinal Tap Exclusive to console versions
Nigel Tufnel Spinal Tap Exclusive to console versions
Derek Smalls Spinal Tap Exclusive to console versions

Trivia

  • This was the first Rock Band game for a few things:
  • For unknown reasons, American Phil was the only one of the Rock Band 2 Session Musicians not to appear in this game.
  • The silenced version of the solo from the song Shoulder to the Plow heard in the Rock Band 2 character selection menu is reused for the character selection menu in this game.

Gallery

References

A very helpful FAQ guide by Rock Band Forum member "Sayburr" [1]

  1. Faylor, Chris (2009-01-05). "LEGO Rock Band, LEGO Harry Potter Rumors Swirl". Shacknews. http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/56593. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  2. McWherter, Michael (2009-04-05). "Harmonix Designer Unwittingly Confirms LEGO Rock Band". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5199530/harmonix-designer-unwittingly-confirms-lego-rock-band. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group, Harmonix and MTV Games Announce LEGO Rock Band". PR Newswire. 2009-04-21. http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090421005517&newsLang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  4. Gladstone, Darren (2009-04-23). "9 Lego Games You’ll Never See". PC World. http://www.pcworld.com/article/163742/9_lego_games_youll_never_see.html. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  5. Sheets, David (2009-04-24). "LEGO + ‘Rock Band’ = silly". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/the-game-guy/the-game-guy/2009/04/lego-rock-band-silly/. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  6. Butts, Steve (2009-04-24). "Lego Rock Band". IGN. http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/974/974773p1.html. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  7. Walk, Gary Eng (2009-09-11). "'Lego Rock Band': no Paul or Ringo, but Iggy pops in". Entertainment Weekly. http://popwatch.ew.com/2009/09/11/lego-rock-band-2/. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Lego Rock Band". http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/l/legorockband/. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  9. Frushtick, Russ (2009-08-17). "Exclusive Video: 'Lego Rock Band' Gameplay Reveal". MTV Multiplayer. http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2009/08/17/exclusive-video-lego-rock-band-gameplay-reveal/. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  10. Jackson, Mike (2009-08-19). "GC: Lego Rock Band hits DS". Computer and Video Games. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=221685. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 

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