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Lego Rock Band Lets You Blow Up Stuff With The Power Of Rock

Xbox.com detail page details some new details on upcoming Lego Rock Band.

I feel like I've already run out of bad Lego-related rock puns. Uh... how about "for those about to block, we salute you?"
One of the big questions surrounding Lego Rock Band--which, in case you missed it, was officially announced this week--is what, exactly, the game will do differently than a standard Rock Band game. The notion of a new list of tracks and Lego-themed graphics seem like they're a tough sell to some of you folks.

Well, Destructoid dug up a page on xbox.com that offers some additional details, and it sounds like there will be a lot of weird stuff going on around you while you play your plastic instruments. What kind of weird stuff, you ask? How about destroying robots and skyscrapers with the cleansing power of rock?

Also, like the other Lego games, it sounds like you'll earn bricks as you play, which will let you build bigger vehicles... this sounds like it'll be part of the game's progression, so instead of earning a jet by building fans and stars, maybe you'll just earn enough bricks to build a jet and then travel on.

Here's the rest of the story from the xbox.com page:

  • Songs you know and love: Rock out to everything from current radio hits to past favorites the whole family will enjoy.
  • LEGO-themed rock challenges: Play killer riffs to destroy a giant robot, summon a storm, and demolish a skyscraper using the power of rock!
  • Enhanced customizer: Don't stop with your avatar, customize your whole entourage! Design the band, roadies, and manager just the way you want.
  • Build fame LEGO-style: Collect LEGO bricks after each song to build cooler vehicles and move to new venues.
  • LEGO rock den: Buy furniture, decorate the walls and customize your band's hang-out as you climb the ladder to rock success.
  • Fun for everyone: Turn down the difficulty with an easier skill set option for budding musicians.

With an easier difficulty and its Lego focus, it's easy to see that this is designed to be a bit more family friendly than the other Rock Band games. But if it supports songs from Rock Band, Rock Band 2 (which will probably have to get a song export option sooner or later), and the existing downloadable content, I'd probably pop this disc in instead of Rock Band 2, just to watch Lego dudes hopping around in the background. Though now that I think about it, I can't remember the last time I actually popped in a copy of Rock Band 2, either.
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Posted by Jeff
I feel like I've already run out of bad Lego-related rock puns. Uh... how about "for those about to block, we salute you?"
One of the big questions surrounding Lego Rock Band--which, in case you missed it, was officially announced this week--is what, exactly, the game will do differently than a standard Rock Band game. The notion of a new list of tracks and Lego-themed graphics seem like they're a tough sell to some of you folks.

Well, Destructoid dug up a page on xbox.com that offers some additional details, and it sounds like there will be a lot of weird stuff going on around you while you play your plastic instruments. What kind of weird stuff, you ask? How about destroying robots and skyscrapers with the cleansing power of rock?

Also, like the other Lego games, it sounds like you'll earn bricks as you play, which will let you build bigger vehicles... this sounds like it'll be part of the game's progression, so instead of earning a jet by building fans and stars, maybe you'll just earn enough bricks to build a jet and then travel on.

Here's the rest of the story from the xbox.com page:

  • Songs you know and love: Rock out to everything from current radio hits to past favorites the whole family will enjoy.
  • LEGO-themed rock challenges: Play killer riffs to destroy a giant robot, summon a storm, and demolish a skyscraper using the power of rock!
  • Enhanced customizer: Don't stop with your avatar, customize your whole entourage! Design the band, roadies, and manager just the way you want.
  • Build fame LEGO-style: Collect LEGO bricks after each song to build cooler vehicles and move to new venues.
  • LEGO rock den: Buy furniture, decorate the walls and customize your band's hang-out as you climb the ladder to rock success.
  • Fun for everyone: Turn down the difficulty with an easier skill set option for budding musicians.

With an easier difficulty and its Lego focus, it's easy to see that this is designed to be a bit more family friendly than the other Rock Band games. But if it supports songs from Rock Band, Rock Band 2 (which will probably have to get a song export option sooner or later), and the existing downloadable content, I'd probably pop this disc in instead of Rock Band 2, just to watch Lego dudes hopping around in the background. Though now that I think about it, I can't remember the last time I actually popped in a copy of Rock Band 2, either.
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Posted by TwoOneFive

Still seems pointless to me. My nephew will dig it though. 

Posted by LeoMinor

Sounds awesome.

Posted by Trnck

Rock Band plus Lego. Will it the the best game ever?

Posted by Weltal
Jeff said:
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I feel like I've already run out of bad Lego-related rock puns. Uh... how about "for those about to block, we salute you?"
Eh, did Jeff have a stroke while writing this?

Maybe some day I'll pick up a Rock Band/ Guitar Hero World Tour game but I doubt this'll be the game to convince me.
Posted by TooWalrus

Lego Rock Den? Man, we've forgot what Rock is all about... Watch more Jack Black movies, people!

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Posted by LordAndrew
Weltal said:
"Jeff said:
"
I feel like I've already run out of bad Lego-related rock puns. Uh... how about "for those about to block, we salute you?"
Eh, did Jeff have a stroke while writing this?Maybe some day I'll pick up a Rock Band/ Guitar Hero World Tour game but I doubt this'll be the game to convince me."
" is a set of quotation marks.
Edited by skrutop

Keep on Blockin' Me, Baby
Block, Block, 'Till You Drop (Block, block, never stop!)
Block the Casbah
Block You Like a Hurricane
Blockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu

and for the encore:

Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road.

Posted by MattyFTM

The more I hear about this game, the cooler it sounds. And I hate it. I really didn't want to have to buy this game, but it looks like I'm going to.

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Posted by Azteck

This sounds like a lot of fun.. seeing Lego dude rock out to metallica has to be awesome!

Posted by AndrewB

Still waiting on the lego brick customizable guitar hardware.

Edited by Laticsfan
TooWalrus said:
"Lego Rock Den? Man, we've forgot what Rock is all about... Watch more Jack Black movies, people!"
Or you could just watch This is Spinal Tap over and over and over

EDIT: OOHH and also you should probably specify which ones you mean e.g School of Rock and The pick of destiny. We don't want people carelessly walking into Shallow Hal here.
Posted by erinfizz

I still haven't bought any Rock Band games since I lack a PS3 or 360. (want DLC!) But Beatles RB is so enticing.  This looks even spiffier tho!  I want a Lego guitar!!  More waiting? Sigh.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

Now I understand.  Of course, the original Rock Band might benefit from that level of customizability.  Is that a word?

Like, picking roadies who are less likely to drop your speakers.  I think I want a band sim more than I want a rhythm game...

Posted by RHCPfan24

This game better have a good sense of humor. Like, I am expecting some This is Spinal Tap references. LEGO cucumbers?

Posted by LiquidPrince

I can't believe they haven't done a Lego Harry Potter yet..

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Posted by Rinkalicous

If you can export the RB2 stuff, then like Jeff says, i'll probably use this lego version to play rock band from now on. I still play the game quite a bit, and Lego sweetens the deal.

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

no... how is this happening?

Posted by MetalGearSunny

I have to see the full set list to see if this sells me, because "current favorites on the radio" scares me a little.

Posted by Shuborno

I didn't get this at first, until I read the latest Penny Arcade blog which pointed out that this game is not for us.  Kids/tweens will love this.  The Giant Bombcast also points out that perhaps this one will be rated E.  I bet it'll be a big seller on Wii.

For those of us who want to play any of these songs, I'm sure Harmonix will throw in an Export feature to have these songs work in RB2.

Posted by Media_Master

goodie

Posted by PLWolf

That sounds very cool. I'm with you on the RB2 stuff, Jeff. I actually don't currently own RB2. I did just get the AC/DC Track Pack though.
Been playing a whole lot of Guitar Hero lately.

Posted by theMcNasty

Rock Band is for frat boys, but this Lego business sounds just fine.

Posted by CodeMcK

damn it now I wanna play this. I hate myself.

Posted by Vonocourt

I just want to see a vid of a little lego dude singing "The Final Countdown." Then my life will be complete.

Posted by dsplayer1010

This could be kinda fun actually providing:
A) The soundtrack isn't all bad
B) I can use my old songs

Posted by DrRandle

I agree with Jeff. I would totally play this version of rock Band if I can export my previous Rock band goodies.

Posted by Steven

Man, I'm interested and I hate myself for it.  Just like I'm interested in Smash Hits!!  I'm such a sucker for these games...

Posted by UnsolvedParadox

Rocking out to blow stuff sounds lame, and it's gimmicky, but I really have fun when playing those parts!