Rock Revolution is sub par. There's no way around that. The game is almost entirely covers (with the exception of the Finger Eleven and Linkin Park tracks), most of which are low quality. The 2D interface on a 3D background (which often includes strobe lights) is often very hard on the eyes. The style in which your health bar and power bar is displayed makes it very difficult to measure where you are on them. There are no vocals. The setlist is small, and the music maker is cumbersome.
RR did, however, have some brilliant ideas mixed in. Throughout the career mode you will find challenges in which the speed of the song changes with your combo multiplier, one where you must avoid "poison" notes, one where you must memorize a section of a song and replay it with nothing on the screen but "?" notes to mark the timing of the notes you memorized, and finally a challenge where you must replay a section of a song with no errors. These challenges, despite the flaws that run though RR, were a blast to play.
I wouldn't recommend RR for anything other than a rent, but I would love to see its ideas show up in higher budget games like Rock Band. This would have been a much better game if the interface wasn't so terrible.
Yes, another Rock band, guitar hero, what have you. Even better, it's from the company that originally conceived the guitarfreak! Sadly, this game is horrible. First of all, most of us music-gamers are accustomed to the back to front note scroll, this one has top to bottom which is extremely disorienting, but can be tolerated. Next you have the useless "atmosphere meter" aka starpower. It really has no apparent effect on the game. The combo meter already reaches 8x without having to utilize any bonuses. On top of that, you have the awful note chart, and then shred boxes? Hit random notes for bonus points in the middle of a song? I don't think so. And lastly, the most annoying factor, the horrible horrible covers. They have to be the worse covers I have ever heard. Konami tried to innovate and make a cool, new fun game, but they have failed horribly. This game is not worth playing.
The first thing I look for in a game of this type is to see if its similar to playing guitar, the rhythm, & syncopation of the notes must match up to the real thing at the higher levels of difficulty - this game fails the first test. First look at the song selections - it rocks, but then you find out they're covers; that's when it starts rolling downhill. The graphical interface for the guitar (lanes and gates) is difficult to use and concentrate on; I thought I was going to have a seizure. Some of the game challenges are suspect - I do like the varying the difficulties of a song during that song. The programming needs some tweaking when it comes to playing the songs - the main riff in Walk by Pantera consists of 2 notes, 1 of which is bent to alter the pitch; Rock Rev makes it 4 notes that make no sense. I do wish Rock Band and Guitar Hero would include some of the songs RR has, some Korn and Pantera would rock on Rock Band.