Rock Revolution Preview

By Aaron Linde, May 15, 2008 12:00pm PDT Publisher Konami kicked off its 2008 Gamers Day yesterday with the announcement of Rock Revolution (PS3, X360, Wii, NDS), a new multi-instrument rhythm title slated to arrive this October. The PS3 and X360 versions are being handled by Zoe Mode, with HB Studios developing the Wii and DS editions. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions feature a drum kit described by the company as "the most realistic drum peripheral on the market," with six drum pads and a kick pedal arranged in a manner similar to an actual drum kit. Rock Revolution PS3 and X360 renditions will include a five-note guitar peripheral, which can be used for lead guitar or bass in-game. Microphone-supported vocal performances, however, are not included. The game's Wii incarnation is said to include air-drum and air-guitar gameplay utilizing the Wii Remote and Nunchuck, but no additional peripherals. The Nintendo DS version makes use of stylus-based rhythm play for all instruments, and even includes support for vocals via the handheld's built-in microphone. The initial release of the console version will feature 40 songs, with downloadable tracks to follow after release on the Xbox 360 and PS3. A representative of the company later clarified to Shacknews that, unlike the master tracks seen in other rhythm titles, all of Rock Revolution's playable songs are covers.

Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rock Revolution comes equipped with two complete career modes for drums and guitar/bass, as well as five difficulty levels. The game features gameplay conventions similar to those seen in other rhythm titles, including an overdrive mode which increases the player's score multiplier when engaged. In addition to local and online multiplayer, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Rock Revolution also feature Jam Mode, aimed at allowing players to create their own songs with the guitar and drum peripherals. Though the mode was not directly demonstrated, Jam Mode is said to allow players to record songs on up to eight separate tracks. The Wii and DS versions do not have online multiplayer, but do support local battles and cooperative play. The Wii edition also packs Jam Mode. A complete list of songs was not disclosed by Konami, but songs spotted during the demonstration included covers of "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the Ramones, "Chop Suey" by System of a Down, "Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden, "Cum On Feel the Noize" by Quiet Riot, and Wolfmother's "Joker and the Thief." When questioned about cross-compatibility with between Rock Revolution's peripherals and other rhythm titles, Konami senior brand manager Lauren Faccidomo said that the company was hopeful.

"We're trying to work [cross-compatibility] out," said Faccidomo. "The drum peripheral was specifically made for this gameā€”if it works with others, that's great too." A price point was not disclosed by Konami for any versions of Rock Revolution. However, it's presumable that the Wii and DS versions, which require no additional peripherals, will clock in at standard retail prices of around $50 and $30, respectively. Rock Revolution is currently scheduled for an October release date on all platforms.

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