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Game Review: Rock Band Blitz

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 07:18 — Dogmatic

In Rock Band Blitz, a new high-speed rhythm game developed by Harmonix, players are carried down a track (inherently similar to Guitar Hero and Rock Band) made up of multiple lanes. Each lane is instrument specific, one for guitar, one for bass, ect. Gems (or note markers) come flowing down and players must time the button presses on the controller perfectly. Unlike those previous titles, this is the first Rock Band game to use a standard controller for all aspects of gameplay.



Players can select two different control options, using the L+R sticks or the back bumpers, I personally opted for using the back buttons since I felt it made the game much more enjoyable to play. As for the gameplay, while successfully timing the button presses you switch from different tracks gaining power ups and trying to keep your combo.

There’s a whole slew of different power-ups to select from, but you can only choose three at a time for your loadout. The best combination will increase your chances of doing exceptionally well on a song. When you have filled up your meter, you can unleash some of the power-up’s for huge points bonuses,  this will cause your score multiplier to hit the max and the track will go into flux-capacitor mode, hitting 88 mph and sending you back in time. Ok, not really. The track  goes into Blitz mode and you’ll get more points, but it’s still awesome! You’ll also gain cred and coins for each song you play and how well you do. These can be used to play more songs with more power-up’s at your disposal.



Now, here’s one of the great aspects of the game, any DLC you’ve purchased for Rock Band can work with the game  So if you’re someone who hasn’t played in a while and have some songs sitting there on your hard drive, this game can breathe new life into them. And if you’re someone who still plays Rock Band, you get a new way to play your DLC. I have over 1,800 songs and I’m hunting for gold stars on all of them. Luckily, if you don’t have any songs, Blitz comes with over 20 new songs, all of which can be imported for use in Rock Band 3 free of charge. Because I, for one, just need to sing ”Jessie’s Girl” in Rock Band. Don’t judge me.

Another thing about the game, it’s incredibly addicting. I’ll be making my 10th attempt at gold stars on “Cult of Personality,” look at my clock and it’s 4 a.m. It’s that good.


There’s no multiplayer in the traditional sense. Instead, you are encouraged to link your gamertag to your Facebook with the Rock Band World app. There you can challenge your own friends to score wars, and sign up for a variety of goals to earn more coins.


Score wars just happens to be a part of what makes Blitz feverishly addicting. Just when you think you’ve beaten your friend, you log on to your profile and see he’s beating you by 5,000 points and you’re firing the game back up because you just have to beat him!


Impressions of the Game


Blitz is my life now...

There is one complaint I have with the game and that’s the DRM feature. Most will never notice it, but for those who don’t have a constant internet connection, the game won’t allow you to collect many coins, or creds, unless you’re flowing constantly. There were quite a few instances where I was randomly disconnected for the game’s server while playing a song, only to go to the stats screen afterwards and find out that the 5 stars, coins and cred I got were erased.  I wasn’t connected to the game’s server, yet I was still on Xbox Live. It’s just an unfortunate decision.


The Verdict!

newAside from the DRM issue, Rock Band Blitz is a fantastic addition to the franchise. It delivers exactly what you want just like its predecessors. While it appears simplistic, you’ll lose an entire weekend to it and won’t feel shameful because your friends did the same.

Now if only this game had “Call Me Maybe...”





About the Author

Shawn "Dogmatic" Vales is a lover of both Music and Games. He currently resides in Maryland, plotting for world domination and rooting for the Redskins. His favorite type of games tend to be Adventure, First Person Shooters, Music Simulation, RPG's and Survival Horror. When not playing games, he's building up his music collection and Tweeting relentlessly.


Win an XBLA Code for Rock Band Blitz!

Two lucky 2old2play (2o2p) readers will each win a code to download Rock Band Blitz for XBLA. 

To Enter: Post a comment below by 8PM Eastern on Wednesday, August 29. An intelligent comment that shows you read the article is preferred.

Restrictions: You must be a member of 2o2p in order to be able to post a comment. 2old2play is The Community for Older Gamers (gamers over 25). 

CaveBo's picture

Nice review.  I played the demo last night on PSN.  It's a fresh direction for the rhythm/ music genre.  I loved "Amplitude" and "Frequency" on PS2 and RBB reminded me a lot of them.  Co-op multiplayer would have been a cool option.  Deciding who takes which track, bonuses for nailing the same section simultaneously, etc.

Blitz is fun!  Thanks for a chance at a XBLA code!

Zero1's picture


Here I thought it was going to be a quick pick up game but now I'm worried I'll be playing RB Blitz all night long.
ElektraFi's picture

Congrats! You're one of our winners. I'll send you a DM with the code. 

Gunny's picture

It will be a lot different using a standard controller vs plastic Axe.. Also, I'm very glad all my DLC will work. Too many songs to re download!
Vocalkiller's picture


I enjoyed Rockband Unplugged for the PSP so seeing as this is very similar I'm sure I'll like it.
And I can use all my DLC too? And I can rip all the DLC from this to use in Rock Band?! AWESOME!!!
Will be getting this for sure, but a free dlc code would be awesome too! And make a great birthday present for me today! :)

It looks great and exactly how I want to play my Rock Band music. I have a decent sized catalog now and I really like playing the songs. For me it's about the music, not the instruments. I mostly just want to play a song or two before diving into a couple of hours of Skyrim or another game though. Dragging out instruments, swapping discs, etc just to play 8-10 minutes of music is a real pain and keeps me from playing my songs. Having this on my hard drive and using my controller will finally let me easily do what I've wanted since the first Rock Band came out. I've been watching this closely since it was announced and reviews like this showing me that it turned out well make me extremely happy.

chrisflyer's picture

Though it probably will not affect me, this is also the first review I've seen that brought up the potential DRM issues, so that is good to know. Definitely itching to give this a try when I get home from work today.

MTPathy's picture

game looks fun and im glad its getting attention from 2o2p members but im not a fan of having to make a facebook accnt just to play against my friends scores, i was hoping the "multiplayer" in this game was going to go more the direction of the pinball arcade games. ill still give the demo a try and maybe it'll win me over but, yeah facebook is a built-in customer base for corporate advertising and im not a fan..

Twoflower's picture

I was gonna wait to buy this after I got my shot at Ye Code Giveaway up top, but what the hell, Harmonix deserves my green for their hard work.

Been playing it this afternoon. I didn't think I'd like it very much -- I don't obsessively chase high scores and I enjoy being connected to the music more than anything else, which RB3 provides. But there's still that music connection, as you can clearly link what you're hearing to what you're tapping out on the two input buttons. It's definitely still fun in that aspect, even if it's not RB4. Worth a buy, especially since it pulls double duty as a large track pack for RB3.

That said I do hope Harmonix is working on RB4 for the next-gen consoles comin' round the bend in a year or two. RB3 is not a perfect game, and could use more expansion... I don't think the plastic instrument genre is dead yet, even if it's niche. RB Blitz shows that you can do asyncronous competitive scoring, so why not roll that concept into RB4? Add in a more RPG-ish world tour mode and better multiplayer options and you've got a fully realized version of the Rock Band concept. Etc.

This may just be the thing that'll get me back into rockband.  Bought too many tracks over the years and not really put enough time into them.

Hey guys,

This contest helped me find your site -- nice to know there's a community available for gamers with other responsibilities in life :)


I'm excited to play all my old RB DLC collection in Blitz and to get some new tunes for RB -- hoping I get a chance to win a copy for XBLA!


Thanks and good luck to everyone.

Sounds intriguing. I haven't touched rock band in months, so the fact that it can use your DLC makes it that much more likely for me to play. I like how this sounds more like an addicting puzzle game than typical rock band play. I just hope I don't get too sucked into the score battle part seeing as how I already waste enough time playing popcap stuff on Facebook for the same reason. LOL!
wamam87's picture

the game looks interestig, but i missed the part where we shoot people in the face. i'll have to check out the facebook app...maybe that's where it's at.


1.21 gigawatts!


ElektraFi's picture

Congrats! You're one of our winners. I'll send you a DM with the code.


PS: Sorry, you'll just have to try out a new game genre. ;)

This is just what I needed! I bought a ton of songs when Rock Band 2 came out and had parties with it almost every week, then got Rock Band 3 but no one wants to play anymore and I'm just sitting on all those songs unused. 

I wasn't so sure the game would be good (the plastic instruments made the whole experience for me) but seeing the review I'm interested to try out, even if the DRM kind of sucks and the Facebook app is not the best way to implement battles but oh well. Hopefully I'll win a copy and try it!  Thanks!

Dardoon's picture

Great Review....the fact that you can import songs from this game into the Rock Band library is a plus for me!

CaveBo's picture

Congrats winners!!

I loved amplitude, and this seems very similar so can't wait to get to grips with it. And we definitely don't need call me maybe in it, hehe.

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