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6:00 PM on 09.28.2012

Hey, potheads: 311 comes to the Rock Band Music Store

In middle school, I had a giant afro, wore FUBU pants, and listened to 311 all the time. And, I didn't even smoke weed! Though I don't often return to 311 these days, I still have a soft spot for their music, especially the o...

Allistair Pinsof

1:30 PM on 09.17.2012

1,100+ Rock Band DLC songs are going on sale this week

Depending on your level of self control, this is either fantastic news or a total nightmare. This week, Harmonix will be discounting a ridiculous amount of downloadable songs in the Rock Band library. How does half price on s...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 09.06.2012

Harmonix adjusting Rock Band Blitz coin economy

Harmonix has made an update to Rock Band Blitz today which adjusts the game's economy. Responding to players who have complained about the cost/benefit ratio of Coin expenses and awards in regards to using power-ups (whi...

Conrad Zimmerman



A guide to high scores in Rock Band Blitz photo
A guide to high scores in Rock Band Blitz
by Conrad Zimmerman

I don't mean to brag, but I'm pretty good at Rock Band Blitz. As of the time I write this, a week following release, I'm still sitting in the top 2% of (Xbox 360) players across all of the songs packaged with the game, have about a hundred tracks I've earned Gold Stars on and am 9 for 2 in my Score Wars. I was also, near as I can tell, the first person in the world to earn the "Precious Medal" Achievement (awarded for Gold Stars in all 25 Blitz songs).

Okay, maybe I did mean to brag with that last bit.

The point is, I do a pretty good job of scoring lots of points in Rock Band Blitz and I'd like to help you to do it too. Here are some guidelines to follow when you want to bring your best game.

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8:30 PM on 08.27.2012

The DTOID Show: Wii U, Last Guardian & Zombie Nuketown

Here's today's Destructoid show! Because we do that every monday! Big news: Someone posted an image on the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Facebook, and it's about zombies. Some accessory company might've leaked the Wii U release ...

Max Scoville



Review: Rock Band Blitz photo
Review: Rock Band Blitz
by Conrad Zimmerman

In Rock Band Blitz, players race down a highway through the middle of the neon-obsessed Rock City. Each stage is based on the note charts of a song selected by the player, with each lane representing a different instrument and note "gems" which move toward the player's location at the bottom of the screen from the horizon. The player earns points for successfully timing button presses to when these notes strike the bottom of the lane they currently occupy.

This concept will be instantly familiar to anyone who's played an instrument-based rhythm game in the last five years. But rather than individual players focusing on specific instruments, Blitz puts the entire song in front of one player and gives them the freedom to hop from one instrument track to the next, with the goal being to score as many points as possible. And you can forget about those bulky peripherals, as Blitz is played entirely with a standard controller.

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10:30 AM on 08.13.2012

All 25 songs for Rock Band Blitz revealed

Rock Band Blitz finally drops this August 28-29 (PSN first, then XBLA), and we now have the full 25-song track list, straight from Harmonix. The following tracks were announced today to round out the previously announced trac...

Dale North

4:30 PM on 08.10.2012

Foreigner mega ballads come to Rock Band Music Store

Do you want to know what love is? I can now show you in Rock Band as two of Foreigner's super-ballads are now available for purchase in the Rock Band Music Store. The get-down-on-one-knee-and-belt-it-out love tune "I Want to ...

Dale North

10:00 PM on 08.03.2012

Next week's Rock Band DLC wants to die in your arms

Next week's Rock Band music update is a mix classic 80s songs with a side of Hoobastank. The DLC offers Cutting Crew's 1986 hit "(I Just) Died In Your Arms," Hoobastank's "Crawling in the Dark," and Whitesnake's "Still of the...

Holly Green



Rock Band Blitz releasing late August, new songs revealed photo
Rock Band Blitz releasing late August, new songs revealed
by Conrad Zimmerman

Harmonix has just revealed release date and pricing for Rock Band Blitz, their new downloadable title which offers a different way to play your Rock Band music library in an arcade-style, single-player game. Rock Band Blitz will arrive on PlayStation Network August 27 and be priced at $14.99, followed by Xbox Live Arcade the following day for 1200 MSP.

Additionally, four new songs were revealed for the game, bringing the total number of known tracks to 19. "So Far Away" from Avenged Sevenfold, Fun's "We Are Young" and My Chemical Romance's "Sing" will appear alongside the always funky, "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & The Gang. All tracks for Rock Band Blitz are cross-compatible with Rock Band 3, and vice versa.

I've played Rock Band Blitz a couple of times now and every time I walk away it's with a sense of longing. My Rock Band 3 play hasn't ever really slacked off and I still pop it in about once a week, so I'm eager both to get a whole mess of new songs while injecting new life into the already substantial library of songs I already have. At least now I know how much longer I'm going to have to wait. Six more weeks!

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5:15 PM on 06.01.2012

Cracker, Midnight Oil and more hit Rock Band next week

Next week's downloadable content releases for Rock Band 3 have been revealed, bringing three never-before-playable bands into the mix. Tracks from Cracker, Florence + The Machine, and Midnight Oil will release on the 5th...

Conrad Zimmerman



Preview: Rock Band Blitz: New songs and power-ups photo
Preview: Rock Band Blitz: New songs and power-ups
by Dale North

We've already given you the full preview rundown of Harmonix's return to track-based music games, Rock Band Blitz, but we're back today with an update preview that reveals new songs and other game features that we missed last time. 

Won't you come on and come on and raise your glass to Rock Band Blitz.

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6:30 PM on 05.25.2012

Bullet For My Valentine headed to Rock Band this Tuesday

When I first saw that Bullet For My Valentine was coming to Rock Band 3, I somehow managed to confuse them with My Bloody Valentine (alt-rock darlings from the very early 90's). But then I saw the tracklist and thought, "Wait...

Brett Zeidler

11:00 AM on 05.02.2012

Rock Band iOS app might break even if you purchased it

Update: Harmonix has responded via the following tweet from John Drake Evidently your purchases aren't safe in the eyes of EA -- even if they're physically located on your device! RockBandAides is reporting that allegedly aft...

Chris Carter

6:45 PM on 04.05.2012

The DTOID Show: Pre-PAX East 2012 Extravaganza!

Happy negative first day of PAX East, everyone! Since Max is on his way to Boston as we speak, this week's Friday live show has been canceled in lieu of today's PAX preview episode. Watch as Max and I run down what game...

Tara Long

8:00 PM on 04.04.2012

DTOID Extra: Rock Band Blitz Interview

On the heels of this morning's Borderlands 2 co-op video, I was able to get my hands on some footage of Harmonix's recently announced Rock Band Blitz. By which I mean, I broke into Nick Chester's hotel room at...

Tara Long