Brandon Boyer

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After months of speculation and an accidental reveal via GDC slide notes, Rock Band creators Harmonix and Lego Star Wars/Batman/Indiana Jones creators TT Games have officially announced that 2009 will see the release of a Lego branded Rock Band for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS.

Why Lego? As it turns out, the game is being positioned as a way to take Rock Band‘s suggestive metal posturing and give it family-friendly smiley-face accessibility, with “classic favourites suitable for younger audiences” like:

Blur: “Song 2”;
Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”;
Europe: “The Final Countdown”;
Good Charlotte: “Boys and Girls”;
Pink: “So What”

As for the Lego integration itself, apart from being able to customize your minifig-avatars (as well as your roadies, managers, and crew) as you’ve classically been able to do, the studios say that instead of mimicing real-world venues, the game’s performances will take place at “venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond, that mimic the imaginative settings that the Lego world offers.”

I have to admit: I’m as excited for this as I have been for any of the franchise’s other iterations, despite the toned down approach, though if it doesn’t have guitars smashing into a handful of 1×1 bricks, both Harmonix and TT are a little bit dead to me.

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  1. How dare they add blur to that godawful list of songs.
    All in all, I think this sounds like a pretty stupid idea.

  2. “classic favourites suitable for younger audiences”

    Dude, calm down.

    As a dad, I welcome this. I play RockBand 2 with my kids, but we have to skip some of the songs that I feel are a bit too… too… not for kids.

  3. Yeah, I see what you mean. I just sorta miss the days when legos weren’t primarily known as video-games.

    But, in retrospect, it is a pretty good idea. Kids will like it, and it won’t be any heavy metal songs or anything. I still have no urge to play The Final Countdown though.

    I was also pretty tired/out of it when I wrote the first comment.
    OK, I have officially calmed down.

  4. Right now, I can’t think of a cheesier, more ridiculous 80s song than “The Final Countdown”. Which is exactly why I’ll be buying this.