Rock Revolution PlayStation 3

Metascore
42

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 14 out of 20
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  1. 80
    Its fundamental flaws and dearth of good music makes this also-ran even more pointless.
  2. Rock Revolution is exactly what you’d expect from the music game genre, assuming the last three years never happened.
  3. Rock Revolution is basically what you’d expect from a musical game at medium level.
  4. It's got a great soundtrack and good charts, but the use of covers is painful to listen to, largely thanks to the singing - it's just that lackluster.
  5. On the whole, Rock Revolution just falls short on every level.
  6. Rock Revolution stands as a harrowing reminder that replicating a successful formula is no guarantee of quality. It’s simply not fun to play, and the fact that you need peripherals from other games just to play it is the writing on the wall. Konami may have started the fire with Guitar Freaks, but this game essentially throws a big bucket of water on it.
  7. 46
    Rock Revolution is a bad attempt at cashing in on the genre. It really does nothing to separate itself and actually siphons most of the enjoyment out of playing music games.
  8. Konami might stand at the berth of the music genre with games like Beatmania, DDR and Guitar Freaks, but Rock Revolution fails in almost all the aspects that make the Rock Band and Guitar Hero franchises so good. It just doesn’t play as well, has fewer options and the soundtrack is mediocre at best. This game just doesn’t cut it with the franchises it desperately tries to be.
  9. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    40
    Everything about Rock Revolution smacks of a low budget rush-job(except the price)and while the basic note-hitting mechanic remains fun, there are far better places to get your music fix. [Holiday 2008, p.71]
  10. The best way to describe Rock Revolution is like a Xerox copy of fine art. Sure, it looks like the real deal, but there is nothing unique about it and in the end it’s just a cheap imitation of something that truly is revolutionary.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    40
    Above all Rock Revolution just doesn't have the charm or depth of its rivals. [Christmas 2008, p.111]
  12. Rock Revolution just isn’t fun. Guitar Hero and Rock Band are way better.
  13. If Rock Revolution came out two or three years ago, it might have been revolutionary, but in 2008, it's not even relevant. Uninspired presentation, a tiny tracklist that includes no master tracks, a complete lack of vocal support, uninteresting gameplay, and a barebones Career mode are just a few of the many ways in with Rock Revolution fails.
  14. Whereas Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero: World Tour headline the music game genre, Rock Revolution is a scrappy cover band. Its presentation rips off Rock Band's, the scrolling notes are hard to keep up with, the career mode is unsatisfying and the song selection, while decent, is made up of lame cover tracks.
  15. 30
    Playing Rock Revolution is like getting kicked in the teeth, and not in a rock 'n’ roll way. The cover songs are bad, the gameplay is unintuitive and dull, the options are extremely limited and the drum peripheral is horrid.
  16. Rock Revolution is inferior to its competition in every single possible way. If you absolutely have to try it, we urge you to think of it as a track pack of guitar-only songs for Rock Band or Guitar Hero and buy just the game (instead of the drums-included bundle).
  17. Edge Magazine
    30
    When compared to its rivals, Rock Revolution is an embarrassment regarding content, presentation and playability. [Jan 2009, p.96]
  18. 30
    If it wasn't for its technical and gameplay problems, Rock Revolution could have been an interesting musical game, with some things to contribute to the genre. But nothing it tries managed to work well; its quality is mediocre at best in music and graphics, and it doesn't offer anything new. Maybe years ago we wouldn't miss more options and content, but its rivals are well ahead. This time Konami has not achieved its purpose.
  19. 25
    But the inadequate drum peripheral and minimal extra content expose the fact that development's been problematic since day one. Konami's always been synonymous with awesome rhythm games, but with Rock Revolution, the rock crown and scepter have officially been passed to a new generation of games.
  20. Instead of trying to wrap my mind around this troubling cash grab, I'm going to move on and do my best to forget about Rock Revolution. I recommend you do the same.

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