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Platform XBLA, PSN Publisher Harmonix Music Systems Developer Harmonix Music Systems Release Date 08/29/2012



Rock Band Blitz review: feedback loop

Even on its surface, Rock Band Blitz represents an experiment. The idea is genius, when you think about it: create a comparatively cheap, arcade game framework for users to experience years of Rock Band content in a new way. Throw in 25 new songs for 15 bucks, and the ability to use any piece of Rock Band content compatible with Rock Band 3 - and make Rock Band Blitz's library of new content compatible with Rock Band 3 - and for some people, Rock Band Blitz will be a value proposition too good to pass up. But for everyone else, there's a game in Rock Band Blitz, and thankfully, developer Harmonix hasn't taken an easy sell as an excuse to phone in something forgettable. Rock Band Blitz takes cues from Harmonix's earlier work in Amplitude and Frequency with all the glory of modern online...

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Firehose Games is offering free office space to laid off Boston developers following BioShock studio closure

Rock Band Blitz co-developer Firehose Games is offering free office space to laid off developers in the Boston area who have decided to go indie. In the wake of a number of developer layoffs across Boston, culminating in the news of BioShock developer Irrational Games winding down, Firehose will offer desk space and basic equipment for free. Those interested in applying are asked to email the developer with information on their indie plans and why they should receive aid. "Most of the developers laid off are probably wondering 'What am I going to do next?,' reads a post from the studio's official blog, "and some are considering going indie and releasing their own games. Meanwhile we're in the process of setting up an indie game seed fund designed to support Boston area indie teams,...


Music-based games and movies discounted on PSN from Jan. 21-27

A selection of music-related games and movies will be on sale for the next week on the PlayStation Store, Sony announced today. The sale includes PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 games, with cross-buy titles thrown into the mix. PlayStation Network users will get discounts of up to 50 percent off the regular price, while the discounts will go up to 75 percent for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Games on sale include Queasy Games' Everyday Shooter (screenshot above) and Sound Shapes, as well as Harmonix's Rock Band Blitz and 24 Caret Games' Retro/Grade. Downloadable movies that are part of the sale include Detroit Rock City, Purple Rain, Spice World and The School of Rock. You can check out the full list of games and movies on the PlayStation Blog. ...


Harmonix says goodbye to Rock Band with a studio-wide sing-along

Today marks the end of Harmonix's 281-week schedule of regular Rock Band DLC song releases, and the studio got together in a video to sing the last song, Don McLean's "American Pie," while recounting the history of the franchise. Members of the Harmonix team touched on moments of uncertainty and joy from the five-and-a-half-year history of Rock Band — the original game was released in November 2007 — including the seemingly crazy idea of launching a massive box with plastic instruments for $170, and the honor of working on The Beatles: Rock Band. Other highlights included the launch of Rock Band Network, which let players author and sell their own music in the game, and the implementation of Pro instruments in Rock Band 3. For another Rock Band retrospective piece, check out our...


Rock Band Music Store adding playable tracks from The Flys, Queensrÿche and Staind

Tracks by '90s post-grunge group The Flys, '80s heavy metal band Queensrÿche and rock group Staind have been added to the Rock Band Music Store, Harmonix announced today. North American players can grab four new tracks on Feb. 26 for all platforms, while European players on PlayStation 3 can download them on Feb. 27: The Flys: "Got You (Where I Want You)," with a support for a Pro Guitar track Queensrÿche: "Silent Lucidity," with keyboard support Staind: "It's Been Awhile" and "So Far Away," the latter with support Each song costs $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points, 200 Wii Points). Songs eligible for an update to add a Pro Guitar/Pro Bass section can be upgraded for $0.99 (80 Microsoft Points, 100 Wii Points). All tracks are compatible with Rock Band 3 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and...


Songs from Living Colour, Quiet Riot, Soundgarden, Kelly Clarkson coming to Rock Band 3

Next week's Rock Band 3 DLC drop consists of four songs, one each from Living Colour, Quiet Riot, Soundgarden and Kelly Clarkson, Harmonix announced today. Living Colour's "Cult of Personality," which also appeared in Guitar Hero 3 and Rock Band Blitz, will bring its unforgettable riff to the Rock Band DLC library next week. Quiet Riot's anthemic "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" will also be available, along with Soundgarden's '90s hit "Spoonman" and Kelly Clarkson's fist-pumping pop tune "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." Each of the four songs will be sold in the Rock Band Music Store Jan. 22 on Xbox 360 (160 Microsoft Points), PlayStation 3 ($1.99) and Wii ($2). Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions are available for an extra dollar on "Cult of Personality" and "Spoonman," while...


Rock Band store expands with 'Jessie's Girl' and Rick Springfield track pack

No more wishing that the Rock Band Music Store had "Jessie's Girl," as a press release from Harmonix announced today that three Rick Springfield tracks are coming Jan. 15. The Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz-compatible tracks include: "Jessie's Girl" "I've Done Everything For You" "Don't Talk to Strangers" "Jessie's Girl" (which was released for Wii and as part of Rock Band Blitz last year) and "Don't Talk to Strangers" will include support for keyboards, and players can buy $0.99 Pro Guitar and Bass expansions for "Jessie's Girl" and "I've Done Everything For You." As a bundle available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, the "Rick Springfield Track 01" will cost $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points). You can also purchase each song individually for $1.99 (160 MSP). The tracks will come...


Rock Band Store gets tracks from Maroon 5, Foo Fighters and Foster the People on Jan. 8

Songs from American rock bands Maroon 5 and Foo Fighters as well as indie pop trio Foster the People will be added to the Rock Band Music Store on Jan. 8, developer Harmonix announced today. These three tracks, previously released only for Rock Band Blitz on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, will be available for use in Rock Band 3 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Each track costs $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points or 200 Wii Points): Foo Fighters - "These Days" Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks" Maroon 5, featuring Christina Aguilera - "Moves Like Jagger " A "Foster the People Pack" track bundle including "Pumped Up Kicks"and previously released songs "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" and "Helena Beat" will be also available for $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points or...


Rock Band 3 gets new tracks for the New Year featuring Fun, Hot Chelle Rae and Pink

Harmonix is adding more tracks to the Rock Bad Music Store, including single from hard rock musician Andrew W.K., pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae, American indie rock trio Fun and pop singer Pink, the developer announced today. The new tracks will be available for Xbox 360 on Dec. 30 for 160 Microsoft Points ($2) each, for Wii on Jan. 2 for 200 Wii Points each, and for PlayStation 3 on Jan. 8 for $1.99 each. All songs are compatible with downloadable rhythm title Rock Band Blitz and Rock Band 3: "Party Hard" by Andrew W.K. "Raise Your Glass" by Pink "Tonight Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae "We Are Young" by Fun Recent additions to Rock Band 3 include Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy."

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Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' joins Rock Band song catalog, Rock Band Blitz half-price on XBLA

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," perhaps the song of the year, will become available on the Rock Band Music Store on Nov. 27, developer Harmonix announced today. "Call Me Maybe" will be joined by Marcy Playground's 1997 hit, "Sex and Candy." Each track will be sold for $1.99 on PlayStation 3, 160 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360 and $2.00 on Wii. The former includes Rock Band 3 keyboard support, while the latter offers a Pro Guitar/Bass upgrade for an extra dollar. In addition, Rock Band Blitz is being offered at half price — 600 Microsoft Points ($7.50) instead of 1200 ($15) — from now through Nov. 26, as part of Microsoft's Thanksgiving weekend deals on Xbox Live Arcade. Yesterday marked the Rock Band franchise's fifth anniversary.


Xbox Live Marketplace Black Friday deals discount Spelunky, Magic 2013 and more

Select games, expansions and Avatar outfits on Xbox Live Marketplace have been heavily discounted as a Black Friday promotion, including half-price deals on Arcade games like Spelunky and Magic: the Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013. The full list, which is embedded as an Excel document on the blog of Microsoft spokesperson Larry Hryb, includes 50 percent discounts on XBLA titles like Spelunky (now 600 Microsoft Points/$7.50), Magic: the Gathering 2013 (400 Microsoft Points/$5), Rock Band Blitz (600 Microsoft Points/$7.50), Daytona USA (400 Microsoft Points/$5) and more. A number of Games on Demand titles have had their prices slashed from $29.99 down to $19.99, including Dead Island, Portal 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. Downloadable content is also on the chopping block — if...

Rock Band Blitz Releases
North America
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 08/29/2012
    • Publisher Harmonix Music Systems
    • Developer Harmonix Music Systems
    • Score 8
  • PlayStation Network
    • Released 08/28/2012
    • Publisher Harmonix Music Systems
    • Developer Harmonix Music Systems
    • Score 8
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