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  • Summary: Rock Band Unplugged creates a full band experience in the palm of your hand by combining traditional beat match gameplay with key elements from both Rock Band and Rock Band 2, such as overdrive and chords. Your hands are the "peripherals" in Rock Band Unplugged allowing you to take directRock Band Unplugged creates a full band experience in the palm of your hand by combining traditional beat match gameplay with key elements from both Rock Band and Rock Band 2, such as overdrive and chords. Your hands are the "peripherals" in Rock Band Unplugged allowing you to take direct control of the lead/bass guitars, drums and vocals. In addition, players can expect a rich Rock Band experience with fully functional modes like World Tour, Band Survival and Warm Up and a robust character creator for full customization! Rock Band Unplugged features over 40 master-recordings including nine brand new, exclusive songs for the PSP system for a limited time! Plus, Rock Band Unplugged includes the first fully-featured in-game store for downloadable content on the PSP system in the North American and European markets, leveraging the PSP system's wireless capabilities. The in-game store is powered by PlayStation Network, and players can to use their existing PlayStation Network account to purchase tracks, similar to the Rock Band console experience. PSP system owners also have the option of purchasing tracks via PlayStation Store on the PC. [MTV Games] Expand
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  1. 92
    There are few better rhythm-action games on the handheld. [Issue#181, p.81]
  2. There are few things to object to this Rock Band Unplugged. This portable version respects the gameplay of its elder brothers, but adding a new gameplay approach that we consider a hands down achievement.
  3. Though playing individual instruments may not be quite as challenging, the overall level of difficulty can be even more trying. Thankfully, for the rhythmically-challenged and casual players, four levels of difficulty mean you will be able to gradually improve your skill set and still jam on to great tunes.
  4. For anyone wanting a portable Rock Band, this might be a bit abstract, but it mostly ticks all the right boxes.
  5. A lovely-looking, unique and tightly designed rhythm-action game built of equal parts FreQuency and Rock Band. The track selection's good, it's far from a lazy port, and its similarity to Harmonix games past makes playing it an unexpectedly nostalgic pleasure.
  6. A good rhythm game that definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s fun and addictive, with plenty of venues, and though I would have liked to see less repetition in the tracklist, I still found myself saying “Just one more song” repeatedly.
  7. Rock Band Unplugged may look and sound like Rock Band but without instruments to hold and friends to join in the fun, all that’s left is a solitary and miserable experience with intolerable load times that had me rushing back to my console version of Rock Band 2 to wash the bitter taste from my mouth.

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  1. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    Best button mashing game on psp for sure. Button layout is just the best, otherwise like on Guitar hero on xbox. Song list is great, there areBest button mashing game on psp for sure. Button layout is just the best, otherwise like on Guitar hero on xbox. Song list is great, there are blink 182, Franz Ferdinand, System of a down, which are my favorites. Recommend it. Expand
  2. DarenN.
    Jun 17, 2009
    10
    When you take something so massive and substantial as Rock Band and release it onto a handheld game, customers couldn't help but be a When you take something so massive and substantial as Rock Band and release it onto a handheld game, customers couldn't help but be a bit skeptical of the resulting product. However, redoctane has certainly done it right with this addition. The whole Rock Band experience is there exactly as you remember it, with full customization of every one of your band members, their names, everything. You also tour around the world as you gain or lose your money/fans just like the original. But the question that still stands is: How are you going to conduct a whole band with just two hands? I don't want to say much about the game play, as it is a fresh and very rewarding experience, but it does handle it well, and you WILL feel like you're controlling the entire band. Many of the original Rock Band formula still stands and you'll find yourself easily immersed in its world just like its predecessors. With this, and the revamped game play, you'll be finding yourself playing this for hours on end. Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2013
    9
    I got this game 3 1/2 years ago, and I still play this game today. I expected it to be bad because it's a branch-off and there's noI got this game 3 1/2 years ago, and I still play this game today. I expected it to be bad because it's a branch-off and there's no instruments. I was so surprised and relieved to see that this game could and should be in the PSP hall of fame. It has the same personality and charm as the console versions. My hats off to EA for making a franchise add-on that doesn't suck. Expand
  4. Johnnyawesome
    Sep 23, 2009
    8
    its a pretty good game. i got it with my psp and i cant stop playing it. its really fun the only thing that stops it from being a 10 is that its a pretty good game. i got it with my psp and i cant stop playing it. its really fun the only thing that stops it from being a 10 is that you don't get the fun of playing with your friends. Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2012
    8
    A fair well made game if you expect a full " Rock Band " experience . For PSP users suffering for not having to many things in the device , RBA fair well made game if you expect a full " Rock Band " experience . For PSP users suffering for not having to many things in the device , RB does a little to entertain and be good time killer . Expand
  6. Feb 25, 2012
    8
    Playing four instruments with regular buttons simultaneously sounds like a crazy idea but Rock Band Unplugged makes it work. TransitioningPlaying four instruments with regular buttons simultaneously sounds like a crazy idea but Rock Band Unplugged makes it work. Transitioning between instruments feels natural and as for the rest of the gameplay, its classic Rock Band. If you can't get enough of the series, then you shouldn't pass up the chance to play it on the go. Expand
  7. JasonJ
    Aug 5, 2009
    7
    To be quite honest, I was expecting a low budget branch-off, money making franchise add-on. But what I got was a Moderate branch-off, with To be quite honest, I was expecting a low budget branch-off, money making franchise add-on. But what I got was a Moderate branch-off, with some great rockband characteristics. Sure its not "Rockband" but in some ways, it stays true to the franchise with Psn song downloads, and unique game modes. I cant really compare it to the console version, but if your looking for a music-based. button-mashing game, than dont hesitate to pick this one up. Expand

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