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Rock Band Unplugged Review

Posted by TurtleGirl On June - 22 - 2009

In Rock Band Unplugged your hands are the ‘Peripherals,’ allowing players to take direct control of the lead/bass guitars, drums and vocals. In addition, players can capture a deep and interactive Rock Band experience by taking their band on the road in World Tour mode, or by taking on the most extreme musical challenge imaginable in Band Survival mode. The game features 41 master recordings including nine songs new to the Rock Band music catalog that are all exclusive to the PSP system for a limited time, spanning all genres of rock, from punk and metal to alternative and classic rock.

I’ve wanted to play this game for what seems a life time and finally I had the chance to see what this game has to offer. First impressions of the graphics are pretty amazing. I love watching the band rocking out to the latest songs as they sway their guitars and instruments back and forth. Starting up the game gives you the options of quick play, tour, training, extras and music store. I’m a huge fan of Guitar Hero and Rock Band; I’m just not that great at them.


Tour – Here you can create a band, choose your band name and home town and Logo.

Training – Rock Band basics which is four lessons that teaches you the controls, notes, sustained notes and chords.

Getting Unplugged - These three lessons teaches you phrases, track switching and putting it all together.

Wow the crowd - This again is three lessons of playing solos and maxing your score.


Even if you’re an expert at this game I still suggest you try out the training mode. Even if it’s just to get a feel on how the game actually plays on the PSP. There’s nothing worse than going into a game and not knowing how everything is controlled. I’m also going to recommend that people give this game a chance. When I first started playing rock band, I was actually put off because it looked really complicated. Mainly because you have to control all the instruments of the band and my fingers could only tap away so fast. Then I put the game down with defeat thinking how could I ever possibly get the hang of this game?. Eventually I picked it back up and after an hour or so I was beginning to find my feet or should that be my fingers and then I couldn’t put it down for hours on end. It’s an addictive game, because not only does it bring you fantastic graphics, each song that you progress through goes on to unlock other cities and gigs. This provides you with new songs to rock out to and new genres of music to tap away to.


Extras – Band survival mode, warm up mode, modify game and credits.


Music Store – Here you can sign into the Playstation network and get more tunes. Rock Band Unplugged helps players keep on rocking by delivering the first PSP game to feature an in-game store for downloadable content. Harmonix will stock the music store with 10 tracks at launch, and additional music will be released on a regular basis. PlayStation®Network will power the in-game store, and players can use their existing PlayStation Network accounts to purchase tracks, similar to the Rock Band console experience. PSP system owners will also have the option of purchasing tracks via PlayStation®Store on the PC.

So I’ve been playing this game for a little while and I’ve been hiring new members of staff that will help me to succeed in my career or just make it worse. You’re given the opportunity to call the manager and hire new people throughout the game. I’ve been asked to do a benefit show next. I’ve accepted the challenge to play a benefit show, even though I won’t get any money, but it could double my fans. Is it a risk worth taking?. Definitely. If you want to unlock new songs in this game you have to take some risks. You may be brilliant or you may even lose fans. It’s up to you to play the best and be the best.

My fingers are feeling a bit sore. Maybe that’s not a good sign. You use the L and R shoulder buttons to shift from one instrument to the other. Admittedly I have only been playing it in ‘Easy’ mode, but I’ve tried ‘Expert’ and there’s no way on this earth I could play it that quick, it is ridiculously fast. I’m good, but I’m not that good.

In between different gigs you may be asked to do ‘Double or nothing’. If you finish the gig with an average of four stars or more, then you’ll get double the cash, but if you get less than four stars, you’ll get nothing. Gradually I am opening new gigs and locations while on my tour. I’ve been given the chance also to do ‘Battle of the Vans’. The owner of a local used car shack has offered to give me his most road worn van. How kind of him. Not sure I want a broken down van, but anyway. I have to prove that I’m going to be a big name and I have to play my best and then hopefully I can earn a van and get the hell out of my home town. The van may have 230,000 miles on the clock, but I’m not picky. If it get’s me from A to B then it’s a start. Yay..I just won a 1975 ECNOWAGAN van. I have no clue at this point what kind of van this is and whether it’s got four wheels or not. I’m just glad I can get my band around the cities now.

I can’t actually find fault with this game. Believe me, I’ve tried. I think this is an excellent game. I’ve played numerous rhythm type games over the past months, but I just couldn’t put this one down. It’s upbeat, some smashing songs, lively, full of great graphics and as of yet I have not grown tired of it. Yes it’s hard to get used to it when you first start it up, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Give this rocking great game a chance, pump up the volume and have the time of your life.

I will rate this game a 9 out of 10, because it was everything it says it was.


AFI – “Miss Murder” *
All-American Rejects – “Move Along”
Audioslave – “Gasoline” *
Black Tide – “Show Me the Way” *
Freezepop – “Less Talk More Rokk” *
Jimmy Eat World – “The Middle”
The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”

Lacuna Coil – “Our Truth”
Lamb of God – “Laid to Rest”
Modest Mouse – “Float On”
Queens of the Stone Age – “3’s and 7’s”
System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”
Tenacious D – “Rock Your Socks” *


3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite” *
Alice in Chains – “Would?” *
Blink 182 – “What’s My Age Again” *
Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
Lit – “My Own Worst Enemy”
Lush – “De-Luxe”
Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Where’d You Go?”
Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”

Nirvana – “Drain You”
The Offspring – “Come Out and Play (Keep ‘em Separated)”
Pearl Jam – “Alive”
Smashing Pumpkins – “Today”
Social Distortion – “I Was Wrong”
Soundgarden – “Spoonman”
Weezer – “Buddy Holly”


Billy Idol – “White Wedding Part 1″
Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer”
Dead Kennedys – “Holiday in Cambodia”

Motörhead – “Ace of Spades”
The Police – “Message in a Bottle”
Siouxsie & the Banshees – “The Killing Jar”


Boston – “More Than a Feeling”
Jackson 5 – “ABC” *
Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”

Kansas – “Carry on Wayward Son
Rush – “The Trees”


The Who – “Pinball Wizard”


Name Rock Band Unplugged;
Format PSP
Release Date 19th June 2009
Age Rating 12years and over

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