Rock Band Unplugged PSP

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
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  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    70
    Vague disappointments aside, Rock Band Unplugged offers a clever portable twist on the music game formula that is mostly engrossing and fun...even if it can be damned frustrating. [July 2009, p.84]
  2. Rock Band Unplugged brings the gameplay we know and love from the consoles to the PSP. The control feels very natural on the portable system and the soundtrack is impressive. However, Unplugged doesn't offer many new songs and the lack of multiplayer is a missed opportunity.
  3. A new appointment with the fantastic tour Rock Band has to offer. Good job Harmonix.
  4. The portable version of Rock Band utilizes some great ideas and is both addictive and fun to play. It's a shame that the game lacks multiplayer functionality. But it's still worth your money, and a great addition to the rather limited offerings on the PSP.
  5. As a translation of a peripheral based game to a button based portable game this is without a doubt a great experience. The concept of playing different instruments in sections to clear the tracks actually works really well and the formula in the stationary Rock Band games has been well translated to the portable format. If you're looking for a portable rhythm based music game on the PSP this is definitely a recommended purchase. There are some stains on the canvas though: only 41 tracks, no multiplayer and no interoperability with the PS3.
  6. 67
    Unplugged's gameplay and high-fidelity music fits the PSP almost perfectly, but for all the big features that are mysteriously missing, the developers didn't pay enough attention to the small details, either.
  7. An arranged version of Amplitude (or Frequency). Suitable for an handheld machine, but still a little bit old.
  8. It's an imperfect package, but even the sporadic frame rate chop and well-worn track list couldn't conspire to keep me from really enjoying most of my time with Rock Band Unplugged. There aren't many rhythm games on the PSP, but this is easily the most satisfying experience I've had with the genre on the PSP, warts and all.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    60
    It's a fundamental (problem): you're playing Rock Band on a PSP. [Aug 2009, p.112]
  10. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 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 . Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »