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LEGO Rock Band Confirmed 98

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-does-that-even-work dept.
SailorSpork writes to tell us that the rumored LEGO Rock Band has been confirmed, and it's set to be released later this year. The game is being developed for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and DS. The press release lists the first five songs selected for the game, and says players will "work their way through local venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond, that mimic the imaginative settings that the LEGO world offers. Also continuing the LEGO 'build-and-play' gaming experience, players will be able to create their own LEGO Rock Band style as they customize their minifigure avatars, band and entourage, including roadies, managers and crew." A new page on the Xbox website provides more (slightly odd) details: "Play killer riffs to destroy a giant robot, summon a storm, and demolish a skyscraper using the power of rock!"
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LEGO Rock Band Confirmed

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  • If you build it they will come. And with lego its even easier.

  • by cortesoft (1150075) on Wednesday April 22, 2009 @06:25PM (#27680897)

    Now, if you could build the controller out of a special LEGO set.........

  • Seriously? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by neuromanc3r (1119631) on Wednesday April 22, 2009 @06:25PM (#27680905)
    Rock Band and Guitar Hero always struck me as rather strange games (even though they're really fun), but the idea of Lego Rock Band just made me check if it's april fool's again...
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by interkin3tic (1469267)

      If you think "guitar hero" is strange, in 2006 activision trademarked "Guitar Villain" and "Drum Villain."

      http://www.gamespot.com/news/6164293.html [gamespot.com]

      They don't seem to have ever done anything with those names, maybe they were considering it a while and decided not to or maybe they just didn't want anyone coming up with a cheap knockoff or a ripoff that was better than their product. Which is sad, I really am curious as to what "Guitar Villain" would be. Maybe it would have been grunge (killing hair metal),

  • I somewhat get Lego Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc ... but Rock Band?

    I have both version on the XBox 360, and dozens of DLC sonts, but this is a tad pointless version.

    I can already customize my band. So I can't build my own bus, to be honest, I rather play the music game with my friends.

    • Re:Why? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by rsmith-mac (639075) on Wednesday April 22, 2009 @07:04PM (#27681267)

      Why?

      The age rating

      Rock Band, Guitar Hero, etc are all modeled off of stereotypical rocker behavior - sex, drugs, and rock & roll - in both game design and music choice. That's fine for those games, MTV and Blactivision are shooting for a semi-authentic experience and they get the age rating they're planning on: T(een). But you can't really peddle T games as family games, because they're not. People (at least in the conservative segment) don't particularly want their kids playing T games, or want to be playing T games with them. Rock Band/Guitar Hero don't quite fit in the casual gamer/family mold that the Wii has managed build so well.

      So they want to push Rock Band as a truly family friendly game, and that means paring down the objectionable material to get the rating down to an E(veryone). If they just release Rock Band 3 like this, they're going to drive off the core gamers that they're shooting for in their other titles. They don't want to end up with a Core Gamer XOR Families situation, they want both.

      So you get an offshoot, something that's similar in gameplay but different enough in style that it's clearly not going to encroach on the mainline Rock Band audience while still being a Rock Band game. LEGO games have proven to be extremely popular with the family friendly segment (there's nothing objectionable about about LEGO), so they have great band name recognition. Parents will immediately recognize a LEGO title as being family friendly, and at this point Rock Band is popular enough that most people recognize it too.

      So why LEGO Rock Band? Because it's going to be the Rock Band title they can slap an E on, sell to families, and sell extremely well due to the branding.

      • Re:Why? (Score:4, Informative)

        by Toonol (1057698) on Wednesday April 22, 2009 @07:47PM (#27681611)
        You're pretty much spot on, but I'd like to add that all the Lego games have been pretty good. If you dismiss them as kid's games, you're missing out.
        • You're pretty much spot on, but I'd like to add that all the Lego games have been pretty good. If you dismiss them as kid's games, you're missing out.

          The Lego Star Wars trilogies were great. My wife and I played through them twice on the Wii. Lego Batman? Not so much. Lego Indiana Jones made me feel like a wallet whose sole purpose was to exude money. If you say "all the Lego games have been pretty good", you either have very low standards or have been so entertained by Lego Star Wars that you've not

      • Thank you for the explanation. Makes sense now; I wish the article had explained that as well as you did.

        Cheers.

      • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Ah yes, family friendly fun. With "Girls and Boys" as a track:

        "Educated
        With money
        He's well dressed
        Not funny
        And not much to say in
        Most conversations
        But he'll foot the bill in
        All situations
        Cause he pays for everything

        Girls don't like boys, girls like cars and money
        Boys will laugh at girls when they're not funny

        Paper
        Or plastic
        Don't matter
        She'll have it
        Vacations
        And shopping sprees
        These are a few
        Of her favorite things
        She'll get what she wants
        If she's willing to please
        His type of girl
        Always comes with a fee
        Hey, n

      • Rock Band, Guitar Hero, etc are all modeled off of stereotypical rocker behavior - sex, drugs, and rock & roll - in both game design and music choice.

        Aha. So why does GH3 have "Sunshine of your Love" rather than "Cocaine"? Why is "ucking" missing from several places in "Belly of a Shark"?

        I'm adult. I can handle drugs and swearing. Stop protecting me from things I can handle.

      • by argStyopa (232550)

        "there's nothing objectionable about about LEGO"

        Oh, there can be my friend....there can be.

        http://www.amyhughes.org/lego/church/index.html [amyhughes.org]

        And for more internet-norm wierdness:
        http://www.blameitonthevoices.com/2008/09/lego-domination-sex.html [blameitonthevoices.com]

      • That, and everything is enhanced by Lego. Hell, I'm 28 years old and I have a Lego Minifig sitting on my desk right now, and one of my characters in WoW is named Minifig because of my love of Legos.
  • ... except every day is April Fools Day. Seriously.

    • No, for April Fools Day, I'd expect something more like Barby Doll Rock Band -- be that fake-rebellious punk rocker you always idolized! Barny Rock Band -- I love U, U love me, and that's about it. Halo Rock Band -- because Halo isn't popular enough. ACLU Rock Band.

      Lego? I really do believe it.
      • No, for April Fools Day, I'd expect something more like Barby Doll Rock Band -- be that fake-rebellious punk rocker you always idolized!

        I could almost see a music game featuring bands with female vocalists (e.g. Heart, Joan Jett, Blondie, Bangles, No Doubt). But it wouldn't have that infamous Aqua song [wikipedia.org], would it?

  • gotta have (Score:4, Informative)

    by gEvil (beta) (945888) on Wednesday April 22, 2009 @06:30PM (#27680945)
    This is one that's gotta have the White Stripes' "Fell in Love with a Girl" as one of the songs. It just wouldn't be right if it didn't.
    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      This is one that's gotta have the White Stripes' "Fell in Love with a Girl" as one of the songs. It just wouldn't be right if it didn't.

      I second that. Lookitup on Youtube if you don't understand why.

    • Pfft, It better have Camelot. [youtube.com]

  • I call upon the slashdot community to respond with ONE idea that LEGO couldn't decide to slap their product on and call it the child friendly version of games we'd usually play thinking about adult connotations with, despite a teen rating, which they usually go especially for just to sell more copies.

    Let's see... OK. There will never be a Sexy LEGO Beach 3. Or will there?
  • I loved the LEGO Guitar Hero/Rockband games when they came out. But they are milking this trend to death. It seems like there is a LEGO or rhythm game every week. The sad thing is that because of this, I suspect they will end up killing both franchises with over saturation. This is a great example of short term business decisions. Get the profit now while killing the franchise, instead of releasing a game every few years for the next 20 years.
    • by mike2R (721965)
      I think LEGO is pretty safe, there's a good post above [slashdot.org] about what the LEGO brand gives a game like this and to be honest I think they are on to a very good thing.

      As long as the quality of the games is at least reasonable all they are doing is adding to the strength of their already very strong brand, and coining risk-free licensing money at the same time.

      I actually just went looking to see if you can buy any stock in the company, and was rather disappointed to find it is privately owned.
  • Lego hands, kind of like a slide guitar?
  • by DanWS6 (1248650) on Wednesday April 22, 2009 @06:35PM (#27681009)
    You'll be given some kind of controller where you control a person who is playing rock band.
  • Now to just get the expansion set where you can play as your favorite Lego Star Wars characters - I can see the Wookie on Bass, Princess Leia on Drums, and Darth Vader on Lead Guitar!

    • Lego Civilization -- Build a civilization to last the test of time...or at least, until you want to build something else.
    • Lego Rambo -- Reenact the classic Stallone film in Lego 3D!
    • Lego Risk
    • Lego Sherlock Holmes
    • Lego Mafia
    • Lego Cold War
    • Lego Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds
    • I always thought Lego James Bond would be cool. Lot of good villians over the years, plus all the different gadgets James Bond gets. Would be similar to the different suits and suit upgrades in Lego Batman...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Not well known outside of Denmark but Lego has put on rock shows in the past. In my one experience it was pretty cool. About 20,000 people total with the area in front of the stage gated off for kids only.

    Best part was the main act complaining about needing their rest and their snapps (Aquavit).

    Gotta Love the Danes

  • Not sure if I am interested in THIS game, but after reading the tags. What's up with companies not making PS2 games lately? Afterall, isn't the wii just a PS2 with a funny controller? And they have already made the game work with PS controllers anyway as it works in the PS3, so what's going on?
    • by geekoid (135745)

      "Afterall, isn't the wii just a PS2 with a funny controller?"
      No.

      What's up with them not making Atari 64 games anymore?

      • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        What is Atari 64?

    • I think you have a point here. I mean, it's LEGO. LEGO!

      I don't see how they are going to need PS3 capabilities. Maybe some filtering, but probably nothing PS2 can't handle (or come close to).

      Or do we need high definition LEGO?

      • by KDR_11k (778916)

        To be fair if you actually want to render the... um... studs? on top of the bricks in 3d you'll have to push a shitload of polygons.

  • by MrVictor (872700)
    These band sim games are getting even more ridiculous than the Madden series. Another toy guitar game with different songs, avatars and a new video loop in the background.
    • I would argue that different songs at least change the game play dramatically compared to changing the player names and stats in a football game.
  • LEGO Rockband...still Rockband [penny-arcade.com].
  • "Blizzard has announced a joint venture between itself and K'Nex Industries culminating years of negotiations. The yet-to-be-released title, "Starcraft 3:The Lincoln Log Saga", brings new life to an already highly successful francise..."

    Seriously, why do people think that cramming more into a package makes it more attractive?

    • by dzfoo (772245)

      Actually, I read that press release. The game is called "Civil War of Warcraft".

                -dZ.

  • Haha (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by techsoldaten (309296)

    Haha.. but seriously, April Fools day was weeks ago. These kind of jokes have no place on Slashdot.

    M

  • "Play killer riffs to destroy a giant robot"
    As long as there's a Basara lookalike, I'll be happy. A Coop is fine too.
    • If only I had mod points, you would have them all. Making a Macross 7 reference and a Megas XLR reference? You, sir, are awesome.

  • ...meet thine jumper.

            -dZ.

    • by FatAlb3rt (533682)

      I bet you're the first to say it. And heck, after only what, a dozen or so games? [/sarcasm]

      DLC essentially can make new releases obsolete, but I really think this will do well. I never would have seen the appeal in the Lego Star Wars games, but they're pretty good.

      • by dzfoo (772245)

        >> I bet you're the first to say it. And heck, after only what, a dozen or so games?

        And I bet you made a snarky comment to each and every one. Hurry up, I think someone is posting funny reference right now; go get'em!

        I, on the other hand, saw the appeal of the Lego Star Wars game, and of the Guitar Hero--I always thought it was self-evident. I also like both of them. However, Lego Hero? Whatever.

                -dZ.

        • by FatAlb3rt (533682)

          Lego surprised me once, I just don't think I'm ready for Netcraft to confirm anything because the appeal isn't obvious to everyone. :) But I've got young kids too. The 9-yr old does a good job tearing it up on GH, and I'm probably a bit biased because I'm ready to see my 3-yr old start tackling it too.

  • "Play killer riffs to destroy giant robots." I hereby declare this game a megahit!
  • by EricTheGreen (223110) on Thursday April 23, 2009 @09:50AM (#27687423) Homepage

    Lego Duke Nukem

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