Rock Band Blitz
Rock Band Blitz Coming To XBLA From Harmonix
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A Rock Band game using a standard controller and not a big plastic guitar peripheral? On the Xbox Live Arcade, no less? Madness... That's exactly what Harmonix has announced today though, with Rock Band Blitz, which looks to be a game more akin to the developer's early output like FreQuency or Amplitude.

There's 25 songs that are part of Rock Band Blitz as standard, but should you own any Rock Band tracks as part of your overall RB library, you'll also be able to play them in Blitz. That means you can access potentially every one of the 3700+ tracks already available for Rock Band for RB Blitz.

Rock Band Blitz's 25 tracks meanwhile, will be instantly playable in Rock Band 3. There's a pinball bouncing around, special purple keys and a bunch of other stuff too. It's all in the G4.TV announcement video below. Rock Band Blitz is coming to XBLA this summer.

[Thanks, 0nerry]


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Comment #1 by meager
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 07:19:23 PM
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How much is this thing gonna cost? 25 downloadable songs would normally cost $50 in Rock Band. But arcade games are capped at 1600 MSP, right?

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Comment #2 by Biopsycho
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 07:27:37 PM
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Looks like the Rock Band for the PSP.

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Comment #3 by Spanish Assault
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 07:35:02 PM
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this is awesome....I'll buy it for the songs for my RB 3 game.

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Comment #4 by ubertrance
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 07:40:49 PM
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Yes it does look like the PSP RB game #2 but that game was based off Harmonix's first 2 games; Frequency and Amplitude, which are for the PS2 (and are really fun)

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Comment #5 by Auburok
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 07:42:35 PM
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Frequency is coming back? I'm in. One of my favorite music games.

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Comment #6 by nrask7
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 07:53:21 PM
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Comment #7 by Runny
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 07:55:29 PM
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I own a lot of RB DLC, good news for me

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Comment #8 by EVUL DAVE
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 08:03:31 PM
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This looks great, I just wish they had elaborated on how the control scheme works in the video.

Also, major props to Harmonix. I know of no other developer who would go to such lengths to keep the content we've paid for compatible with new games (and a new format on top of that!).

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Comment #9 by frankumms
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 08:05:02 PM
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This is going to be really really cool.

I can play soooo many songs, plus to have these 25 export to RB3

HMX is genius with this one

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Comment #10 by epicrage
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 08:05:41 PM
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If this is anywhere near as good as Amplitude Harmonix will have my money yet again!

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Comment #11 by Diabolic Homer
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 08:19:27 PM
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This could be what us Guitar Hero fans have been waiting for. All those great rock band song put in a game with actual fun gameplay.

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Comment #12 by pravado
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 08:31:59 PM
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This looks horrendous

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Comment #13 by mjc0961
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 08:38:34 PM
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Hey Harmonix. April Fool's Day was Sunday, and you already did a joke for it.

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Comment #14 by A Social Reject
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 08:40:19 PM
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1200 or less and deal.

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Comment #15 by Vivi
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 09:01:30 PM
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ummm if what the video shows are the songs included with the game then none of them are new, kinda a bummer.

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Comment #16 by oO Triple G Oo
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 09:35:19 PM
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@15: They announced that the ones bundled in the release are all new. They just filled the list with previous releases, because they're not looking to announce all the songs just yet.

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Comment #17 by Vivi
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 09:47:50 PM
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alright, just making sure.

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Comment #18 by JOE MOMMA135
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 09:50:21 PM
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@1 I'm guessing 1200 since it's an arcade game.

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Comment #19 by oO Triple G Oo
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 10:04:35 PM
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@17: I hope I didn't seem like a jerk, I was just spouting facts. I'm sorry. :(

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Comment #20 by Vivi
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 10:14:47 PM
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its cool. i read the snippet on the songs being new too..but the video threw me off.

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Comment #21 by Andreas_loel
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 10:15:28 PM
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I love playing rock band, but i prefer being tied to the instrument ive chosen so im not sure about the jumping between instrument. Wierdly enough when it comes to GH3 im better with the controller then i actually am with the guitar, so this might be quite decent anyway. Who knows this might have a nice music list so it wont feel wrong buying it for that, then you get new achievements + track in 1 go :)

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Comment #22 by Killa12
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 10:56:05 PM
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Now this is cool

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Comment #23 by Prime8
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 11:10:45 PM
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This is pretty cool. I was a huge fan of FreQuency/Amplitude back on the PS2 and this is quite reminiscent of them.

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Comment #24 by Marciano 315
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 01:23:58 AM
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this dosent look that great, but ill get it because i have every other gh/rb game. at least it has 25 songs to play on rb3.

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Comment #25 by kuda
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 01:36:17 AM
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Looking forward to this game but not looking forward towards the XBLA price (guessing here it might be 1600 ms points or something)

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Comment #26 by [Waggly Bean]
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 01:58:56 AM
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Worth a trial at the very least...

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Comment #27 by pravado
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 02:11:57 AM
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#24, this is why the industry is the way it is. stop giving in and feeling obligated to play everything a company makes.. if you are hesitant wait for reviews

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Comment #28 by kickerofmules
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 03:16:01 AM
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Comment #29 by Didi Mau
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 03:29:33 AM
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Really wanted to play the PSP Unplugged game when I was still into RB, now we've got a similar thing I'll definitely pick it up. Can't believe it can play my existing library of DLC tracks as well, Harmonix is great at doing pleasant surprises.

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Comment #30 by Original
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 04:26:51 AM
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I wonder if it shall have the 400G limit?
I shall buy this because when has Harmonix ever put me down? :D
(except Spoonman in RB3)

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Comment #31 by the action frampton
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 04:28:46 AM
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Considering you can import all your songs from your RB library, this is going to be great! It's a shame Activision flooded the genre, Harmonix have always been good.

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Comment #32 by John SWFC
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 04:33:51 AM
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5 songs are stated on the Wikipedia page including, for us old school rockers, Metal Health by Quiet Riot and Great White's version of Once Bitten Twice Shy

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Comment #33 by BurntToast
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 08:32:17 AM
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They way that I look at it is, I still love and play RB3 - so even if this game sucks (don't think it will) I can grab 25 songs for $0.80 vs $2.00 for RB3(if the game is $20 like most XBL titles)

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Comment #34 by NoThru22
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 08:52:46 AM
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@33 $20 like most XBLA titles? I am not aware of any except for the upcoming Minecraft. Crysis doesn't count because it was a GoD title.

All 25 songs will be playable in Rock Band 3!

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Comment #35 by wickedclowns95
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 12:40:03 PM
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I don't understand the gameplay but it sounds pretty cool. Why are there multiple notes the same color?

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Comment #36 by oO Triple G Oo
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 04:34:09 PM
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@34: I think CoD Classic was 20. But still, that's just two at this point. Oh, and there were a couple at launch, including Lumines.

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Comment #37 by masamunemaniac
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 04:34:15 PM
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@8 Just a guess, but I'm thinking that you use ABXY to switch instruments and the two trigger buttons to hit the left and right notes (and tilt the controller up for overdrive :P).

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Comment #38 by BurntToast
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 06:57:53 PM
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#34 & #36 - sorry my bad... either way - being able to play them all in RB3 is a huge win.

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Comment #39 by ProfessorPurple
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 02:00:06 AM
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Too everyone asking it is going to be 800 Microsoft points. This is gonna be so cool, used to play frequency all day when i was like shoot I don't know 8.

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Comment #40 by Narkaotik
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 11:01:39 AM
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@37 at 8:50 are the controls
LB/X is left note RB/Y is right note
left joystick/dpad for switching track
LT/RT/A/B for powerups

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Comment #41 by Krisko Disko
Saturday, July 21, 2012 @ 12:09:39 AM
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According to Rock Band themselves ( it will be 1200 MSP. Can we stop speculating now?

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