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Theres nothing REVOLUTION-ary about this game.
posted by LEGEND88 (TROY, TX) Nov 27, 2008
Member since Nov 2008
13 out of 14 gamers (93%) found this review helpful
Gameplay- The vertical scrolling of the notes, isnt awful but it tended to make me dizzy and I had trouble focusing on the notes, especially on Expert when it was going a little faster. RB and GH's scrolling is much better and easier to see. As for the note chart, I personally don't think it was done very well. The Career mode is pretty bad.
Audio- Most of the songs are cover songs. They are hit or miss. Some sound decent while others are awful. There are only a few master recordings and they are the highlight of this game. I think "Paralyzer" and the Linkin Park song are master recordings.(I could be wrong)The tracklist is decent. Some songs are good but then they are a cover version and it just doesnt sound good.
Graphics- The graphics may actually be the best part of this game. The character models for everyone in the band are suprisingly good. However, the crowds and environments suck.
Replay Value- Almost none. If you want to come back and play some of the master recordings, I dont blame you but with the horrible note charts and the vertical scrolling, you may not want to come back and play this ever again.
Overall 3/10- I would pass this game up. If you are looking for an alternate to RB or GH, I would look elsewhere. Not being compatible with RB or GH drums hurts. Not having vocals hurts. I rented this for the achievements and I couldnt make myself play this game even for the achievements.
posted by LITTELHAWK (BELTON, MO) Dec 16, 2008
Member since Nov 2008
8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful
Not THAT bad of a game.
posted by Tahmer (Chanute, KS) Oct 21, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
13 out of 17 gamers (76%) found this review helpful
Let's talk about career mode, this is where you'll spend most of your time. It starts off where you do 6 "events" on a disc. You finish 3 and you move on to another disc, and then for a final thing you do a 3 song gig similar to if you were to make a setlist in Rock Band. Repeat this formula a few times and you have career mode.
If you finish 3 events on a disc it turns gold. If you finish all 6 it turns platinum. Events range from playing a song normally, to playing a section of the song perfectly, playing a section without a note chart from memory, playing with dodging false notes, or playing with the scroll speed randomly going fast and slow.
The songs. Here is where the controversy is. They are all covers. Except the Linkin Park and Finger Eleven songs. There are a few covers that are pretty good, mostly the female sang ones, then there are are plenty of average ones, then there is terrible ones. Chop Suey is a perfect example of terrible, look it up on Youtube, you'll cringe. That's just the vocal covers. For the instrument covers they aren't too bad, there are a couple that aren't perfect like All My Life but nothing terrible. Just remember even Guitar Hero started out with all covers.
The overall gameplay of the game is basically the same as Rock Band. For guitar you have your 5 colored lanes, and you hit notes. Drums are a little different. You can switch between 5 lanes and 7 lanes, depending on the set your using, the RB kit would use the 5 lane. The only difference here is that the bass pedal shows up as an orange note in the middle similar to drum mania.
Honestly if you can get past the fact that every song is a cover, it's a decent game. Rent it at least.
posted by BubbyLove (NEWARK, NJ) Feb 28, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
It tries, but falls short
posted by washamur (ODESSA, TX) Oct 21, 2008
Member since Oct 2006
6 out of 8 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
The Set List: Solid, with quite a few tracks that some of us has hoped for in Rock Band and/or Guitar Hero. Yes, they are "covers" - but a lot of them sound very good. Some you might even swear are the actual master tracks.
Create Your Own Solo: Not a bad concept at all ... and can make a song enjoyable for a brief moment. While playing a "gig", you are given the opportunity to have your own solo in the middle of a song. It's a great concept, but just falls somewhat short on what they were aiming for.
Studio Play: Obviously wanting to touch on the "play your own song" concept coming in the newest Guitar Hero installment. It's pretty good, and can entertain for a little while ... however, with the limitations in the mode - it will grown old quickly.
NEGATIVES: I'm not real sure where to start here ... but my roommate said it best: "It looks like they only had 5 dollars to make this game" -- and it really does. The presentation is pretty good, with the drummer looking authentic, and light shows moving nicely along with the music ... but what REALLY brings this game down is the fret board. The main ingredient to a successful rhythmic game ... and they missed it COMPLETELY. The fret board is small - downward scrolling - which makes actually playing a song a test even to the most seasoned RB/GH players.
All-in-all Konami should take a step back and look at what it is that works so well for the GH/RB franchises ... and try their best to duplicate that. If they did it right, and continued to provide as good a set list as in this game, I'm sure not too many people would complain. Besides ... all we want is great music, and an interface that does spur a migraine by the second song.
posted by Brickhouse (SMITHS STATION, AL) Nov 11, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful
This game is getting a lot of flak for being different. What some complain about is the different way it scrolls the notes on the screen. Instead of what you may be use to, the notes come down the screen from top to bottom on the left side of the screen. This is a learning curve, but after you get it down it's very simple to play. The "hammer-ons" and such are tricky, it seems the game wants you to not strum them, and if you do strum them, you better do it perfect or it won't play.
The career mode is cool. You have albums you can choose between 5 songs on each album (only have to beat 3). Once you beat 3 you go gold. If you complete all the challenges on that album (objectives like changing difficulties while playing & "don't play the bad notes") the album goes platinum. Not sure what happens then b/c I didn't bother with it. After you finish 2 albums, you play a special show where you pick 3 songs for your setlist. Each of those songs you pick you get an area in the song where you can play your own solo however you want. This is the area I enjoyed most. I had a blast strumming my own solo's.
The areas this game falls short, badly, is:
-graphics: very 3 years ago, nothing special here, however, the sets look badass.
-music: all songs are covers, some good, some bad. This shouldn't be the deciding factor b/c the instruments are still mostly the same and this is what I usually pay attention to in my music selection, not the singer.
-buggy: at points in the game my system would freeze. usually when loading sets. not sure if this was my system or the game.
Overall you should rent it at least and make your own opinion. You will still have fun playing these songs, this soundtrack owns.
posted by jsilves (LOWELL, MA) Oct 20, 2008
Member since Dec 2005
6 out of 10 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
I immediately quit out and went to Quickplay and selected a song I'm very familiar with thanks to Rock Band -- All the Small Things, and it was here where I was allowed to choose Expert. The notation was largely the same, despite a few flawed tom mappings, but the game was heavily unforgiving, requiring ultra-precise timing and absolutely no forgiveness for missing a fill (it would pretty much fail me instantly).
I'll give this one another go to see if I can't squeeze an achievement or two out of it before sending it back to rot on a shelf somewhere.
This game is TERRIBLE.
Worst music game ever? Absolutely not!
posted by DanielEast (CEDAR, MN) Nov 20, 2008
Member since Jul 2007
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Despite the entire songlist consisting of covers of popular rock, metal, nu-metal, etc. hits (with the exception of "Given Up" and "Paralyzer"), I say it's pretty decent. Some of the covers aren't very good though, like the one for Pantera's "Walk" for example. The vocalist sounded like he needed some Milk of Magnesia if you get me.
The challenges for the career mode (i.e. Poison Note, In the Zone, Recording Studio, and Band Practice) are great, though they can be a pain to do. Like for the Poison Note Challenges, all you have to do is avoid hitting the black notes on the note chart. You can only goof up five times and you're gone. That will be really frustrating if you're getting to the higher tier songs on Expert.
One of my favorite features is the solo improvisation you can pull off during a gig in the career mode. However it is a little broken, most of the time it resets your combo for some reason.
Like Guitar Hero: World Tour, you can create your own music, but RR's feature isn't really worth it. You can only record them and play them back, you can't make them into in-game custom songs like GH:WT.
In conclusion, like I said before, there's nothing too grandiose about Rock Revolution, it's just a decent game. If you're going to buy this, I'd say wait until the price goes down if it does. If you think this is a terrible game, fine. That's your opinion. However, you probably haven't played "Alvin and the Chipmunks." Now, THAT game is terrible!
No Room for a 3rd Entry in Rock
posted by EXARKAHN (BOLINGBROOK, IL) Oct 20, 2008
Member since Oct 2008
4 out of 10 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
A quick tip...
posted by Stewie (CANTON, OH) Oct 19, 2008
Member since Apr 2007
3 out of 14 gamers (21%) found this review helpful
Give it a chance
posted by okhorrific (CORTLANDT MANOR, NY) Dec 2, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
copy of guitar hero and rock band
posted by cseymour (MYRTLE BEACH, SC) Oct 16, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
2 out of 44 gamers (5%) found this review helpful
GAME REALLY SUCKS ALOT ALRIGHT!!!!!
posted by matthew13 (CHESWICK, PA) Feb 23, 2011
Member since Jul 2010
Good,the Bad...and the Jamming!
posted by Avenged7X (SANTA PAULA, CA) Aug 8, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
okay this game is horrible
posted by TIzusT (HOLLYWOOD, FL) Jun 9, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
so its not that i suck at the game
but the game sucks.
first and foremost every song in the game is a cover
that's just stupid
the timing window is horrible
worse then gh2 and RB1
the graphics are bad-mediocre.
i literally put this in my xbox
played 2 songs
and took it out and reshipped it
All you GH ans RB fans this game is bad please do not get it
guys if you want a good game, don't get this one
Worst Gift Ever
posted by Malcolmcrc (IRVINE, KY) Feb 6, 2010
Member since Aug 2005
STAY AWAY....STAY FAR AWAY!!!
posted by JustinLH21 (OWENSBORO, KY) Sep 8, 2009
Member since Nov 2007
posted by FiskBlack (JEFFERSONVILLE, OH) Aug 2, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
is it so bad?
posted by yodathecat (SHORELINE, WA) Jul 28, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
a little confusing
not that bad
posted by cslayer23 (MIAMI, FL) Jul 22, 2009
Member since Jun 2007
Should be called Rock De-Evolution
posted by djman22681 (MUNCIE, IN) Jun 15, 2009
Member since Jun 2008
A poor imitation
posted by Paul452 (PENSACOLA, FL) Jun 13, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
Rock Revolution, however, shows how desparate Konami is to remain relevant in a field dominated by Activision Blizzard's Guitar Hero and EA/MTV Games' Rock Band franchises.
Rock Revolution uses the same basic gameplay as those franchises, but the highway is completely vertical unlike the curved GH and RB highways, creating an unfamiliar and unnatural sensation while playing.
The song selection is unimpressive as well, and in a time when both dominant franchises have gone to a policy of master recordings only, it's disappointing to see a new entry to the fray come forth with only cover songs available.
Music game completionists will want this game to add to their achievments, but for anybody looking for a great rock experience, there are two other far superior options out there.
I dont understand
posted by SergeantPope (CHARLESTON, IL) May 15, 2009
Member since Apr 2007
Good, but only worth renting
posted by coldfusion (IRVINE, CA) May 7, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
One of the most interesting things in the game was the challenges they had outside of the 33 song setlist. The more challenging ones were the Poison notes (where you have to play around fake notes in the song and can only hit 5 of them total while still getting a target score) and a memory one (where you have to play the correct notes with the track all grayed out so you can't tell which color or position the note is in). The memory one sucked a lot, especially if you smoke a lot of... The last interesting one was where the note track sped up as your multiplier increased. By the time you got to 8x it was similar to playing on hyperspeed 5 in guitar hero during a boss battle... That made Chop Suey a blast to try and combo with it flying at you that fast.
Let me mention why I only gave this game a 6. It was fun... but after playing through it I never really want to play it again. If I can be playing GH:metallica's version of Am I Evil?, I'll definitely do that instead of putting back in the rock revolution disk. Also, while most of the covers were quite good, a few of them were terrible (look up "won't get fooled again rock revolution" on youtube to see what I mean).
If you have experience with guitar hero this game might provide a few days of fun, which is why renting it on gamefly is so great. I was able to finish all of the challenges and songs on Expert with my current skill level 5 starring GH2 and GH3. If you're really good at the guitar hero games, then by all means stick to them and try to FC Jordan, but if you're like me, then this game is at least worth checking out.
posted by Xxng360xX (SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL) May 1, 2009
Member since Jul 2008
Played 1 song and returned it to gamefly, got 11 achievements BTW.
I do not recomend renting this just wastes your Gamefly membership.
GH: Metallica or Rock Band 2 are my recomendations, i preffer GH games but i respect the opinions of others...