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#1 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 05:39 AM

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Rock Band: Unplugged is a return to their music gaming roots as it takes after Amplitude and Frequency.

There hasn't been much in the way of concrete information, but a new leak of the boxart shows a few screens, part of the playlist, and some features, as well.

Full Playlist
3 Doors Down - Kryptonite
AFI - Miss Murder
Alice in Chains - Would
All-American Rejects - Move Along
Audioslave - Gasoline
Billy Idol - White Wedding, Part 1
Black Tide - Show Me the Way
Blink 182 - What's My Age Again?
Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
Boston - More Than a Feeling
Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Freezepop - Less Talk More Rokk
Jackson 5 - ABC
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Kansas - Carry on Wayward
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
Lacuna Coil - Out Truth
Lamb of God - Laid to Rest
Lit - My Own Worst Enemy
Lush - De-Luxe
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Where'd You Go?
Modest Mouse - Float On
Motorhead - Ace of Spades
Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug
Nirvana - Drain You
The Offspring - Come Out and Play (Keep 'em Separated)
Pearl Jam - Alive
The Police - Message in a Bottle
Queens of the Stone Age - 3's and 7's
Rush - The Trees
Siouxsie & the Banshees - The Killing Jar
Smash Pumpkins - Today
Social Distortion - I Was Wrong
Soundgarden - Spoonman
System of a Down - Chop Suey
Tenacious D - Rock Your Socks
Weezer - Buddy Holly
The Who - Pinball Wizard

DLC - $1.99 each unless otherwise noted
30 Seconds to Mars - The Kill
Belly - Feed the Tree
Disturbed - Inside the Fire
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Three Steps
Muse - Hysteria
Mute Math - Typical
No Doubt - Just a Girl
Oasis - Wonderwall
Paramore - Crushcrushcrush
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
Dream Theater - Constant Motion
Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing
Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood
Avenged Sevenfold - Afterlife
Dixie Chicks - Sin Wagon
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
Jonathan Coulton and GLaDOS - Still Alive - Free
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Pride and Joy
Killswitch Engage - My Curse
Radiohead - My Iron Lung
Grateful Dead - Casey Jones
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town (Live)

Features
-Offers the same Band World Tour Mode that Rock Band 2 offers.
-Will be getting its own Rock Band store so you can buy more songs for your library.
-Ten songs will be available in the RB Store initially at the same price points as on the consoles.
-Quickplay mode that lets you play one song or a setlist of your choice.
-Band Warmup mode lets you play songs without worrying about switching between tracks.
-Survival mode ups the difficulty to provide the ultimate challenge for hardcore players.
-There's no multiplayer.
-The main controls are left and up on the d-pad for the two left half notes and triangle and circle buttons for the two right half notes.
-The down or X button engages Overdrive and the L and R shoulder buttons switch between tracks.
-Controls are customizable, but there's no word on if it's full customization or just a few different options.

PSP Bundle
It was revealed with the first press release that a special $199.99 PSP bundle will be released alongside the game that includes:

Piano Black PSP-3000 system
Rock Band: Unplugged
4 GB Memory Stick
PSN Voucher to download School of Rock

Back of the box (large image warning):
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Edited by FriskyTanuki, 20 July 2009 - 04:58 PM.


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#2 CouRageouS

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 05:52 AM

Oh crap it does like like Amp/Freq. Judging from the screenshot you move around from track to track for each instrument.
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#3 SynGamer

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:30 AM

The lack of multiplayer is a deal break for me. The PSP has ad-hoc and infrastructure, you can't tell me the PSP can't handle a simple multiplayer mode where the best score wins. 1 instrument, 2 players...something.

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#4 creid

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:23 PM

Did we ever figure out if Harmonix is actually working on this, or if Backbone are really the ones in charge?

#5 TwelveVolt

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:52 PM

I'll be watching this one. Maybe not a day one purchase, but I think I'll be picking this one up. And DLC? Nice.

Set list looks nice too. 3 Doors Down and Would? Hell yes.

#6 shlby

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:35 PM

I loved amplitude! But I often used the top controller buttons (L1, L2, R1, R2) for playing the game. I can't really imagine using the face buttons instead, but it's probably something you get use to.
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#7 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:38 PM

Did we ever figure out if Harmonix is actually working on this, or if Backbone are really the ones in charge?

Backbone makes 50% of the games out there, so they're probably making the game while Harmonix supervises the development. The screens make it look like they're doing a good job.


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#8 creid

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 12:46 AM

Backbone makes 50% of the games out there, so they're probably making the game while Harmonix supervises the development. The screens make it look like they're doing a good job.

So like the TOSE of the west?

#9 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 12:48 AM

Somewhat, but everyone knows that they're making those games anyway.


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#10 Rocko

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:08 AM

Miss Murder? Fantastic.

#11 BostonCollegeFan

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:13 AM

Game looks terrible as a frequency/amplitude game. The point of switching tracks in those games were to set up lines for maximum points, but judging by these screens, you can't see the notes on the other tracks...

And it's not developed by Harmonix, which is an even bigger "fuck you" from them to their Frequency fans.

#12 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:18 AM

Wait for some fucking gameplay videos before whining about what you see in 175 pixel by 100 pixel screenshots.


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#13 BostonCollegeFan

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:25 AM

Why, when I can see all four tracks perfectly in that screenshot and none feature paths with gems?

#14 briandadude

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:25 AM

The lack of multiplayer is a deal break for me. The PSP has ad-hoc and infrastructure, you can't tell me the PSP can't handle a simple multiplayer mode where the best score wins. 1 instrument, 2 players...something.


^ Yep. Which is why it will never top DJ Max. 8-)

#15 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:30 AM

Why, when I can see all four tracks perfectly in that screenshot and none feature paths with gems?

Because you know nothing about what's going on in those screens and thus don't know if there would or wouldn't be anything else there in the song.


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#16 BostonCollegeFan

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 04:17 AM

True, but for Harmonix to say "it's the return of phase based gaming" and then hand it off like a redheaded step child pisses me off, and most certainly, other people who also worked on the games and left before they "sold out".

#17 Mana Knight

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 04:45 AM

And it's not developed by Harmonix, which is an even bigger "fuck you" from them to their Frequency fans.

I think part of it comes down to not enough people/resources in Harmonix. I remember once they said how they'd love to me an Amplitude/Frequency sequel for PSN or something (keep in mind this was before the announcement of RB PSP), but admitted they do not have the time due to being tied up with RB DLC (and oh course The Beatles RB). It's kind of like how Insomniac didn't have time to make R&C or Resistance on PSP, which is why other developers did them (and why many handheld projects are done by different devs, since the main dev already has console projects going).

I really want this game to be great, but I wait to wait and see more first (like videos).
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#18 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 04:47 AM

It was because Sony has the IP and they decide whether to make a new Amplitude or not, not Harmonix.


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#19 BostonCollegeFan

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 06:10 AM

And Harmonix is 300 + people now

#20 Mana Knight

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 01:18 PM

It was because Sony has the IP and they decide whether to make a new Amplitude or not, not Harmonix.

Actually, here is the article I'm talking about:


Harmonix CEO wants an Amplitude sequel for PS3

Before they were cranking out unwavering weekly DLC and allowing single-minded fathers to finally form that family band they've always dreamed of (despite having thoroughly untalented children), Harmonix produced a little-known gem titled Frequency, and shortly thereafter, a sequel named Amplitude. While attention on these titles was washed away by the rising of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band tides, we might be seeing more of them yet.

In a recent interview with Ars Technica, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos declared his love for Amplitude, and mentioned his wishes to eventually revive the series. Considering that Sony owns that particular property, it would likely come in the form of a PSN download -- however, given their tireless Rock Band DLC schedule and their rapid, company-wide expansion, it might be a while before they can divert the necessary amount of focus to put Amplitude back on the multi-colored, instrument-specific tracks.

http://www.joystiq.c...sequel-for-ps3/

I actually feel that since Harmonix has become more well known now, SCEA would take the chance on the game, but Alex said, they just can divert resources to it now.
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#21 Javery

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 01:33 PM

So this isn't a stupid April Fool's joke?

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#22 Scorch

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 01:36 PM

So this isn't a stupid April Fool's joke?


Considering it was announced a long time before AF, no.

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#23 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 04:19 PM

http://kotaku.com/52...asy-love-can-be

New trailer for the game shows off gameplay and that it's set-up just like RB2. It also definitely shows that you are notified when upcoming notes on another track so you can switch over in time.

Edit: The press release that's posted on the RB Forums puts this at a $39.99 price point and will have 9 exclusive songs that will be offered elsewhere as DLC sometime after the game comes out:

• 3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"
• AFI - "Miss Murder"
• Alice in Chains - "Would?"
• Audioslave - "Gasoline"
• Black Tide - "Show Me the Way"
• Blink 182 - "What's My Age Again"
• Freezepop - "Less Talk More Rokk"
• Jackson 5 - "ABC"
• Tenacious D - "Rock Your Socks"

It also mentions a Rock Band PSP bundle to launch when the game does:

To commemorate the debut of the Rock Band franchise on the PSP system, Sony Computer Entertainment America plans to release a limited edition Rock Band branded PSP Entertainment Pack at the launch of Rock Band Unplugged. The bundle will include the game, a voucher to download Paramount Pictures’ School of Rock from PlayStationĀ®Store, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo™, and a “Piano Black” PSP system. The Rock Band Entertainment Pack will be available in North America for $199.99 (MSRP).


Edited by FriskyTanuki, 08 April 2009 - 04:42 PM.


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#24 TctclMvPhase

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 05:48 PM

$39.99? Really?

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#25 BostonCollegeFan

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 06:20 PM

Game looks terrible, nothing like amp or freq, and a big Fuck you to fans of those games from HMX.

#26 FroMann

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:39 PM

Doesnt look that bad. The trailer should of showed a harder difficulty though.

#27 Tha Xecutioner

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 09:03 PM

Would?, Gasoline, and Less Talk More Rokk need to find their way onto the 360/PS3 versions ASAP.

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#28 BostonCollegeFan

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 10:53 PM

Re-read the post X, they are.

#29 creid

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:41 PM

Game looks terrible, nothing like amp or freq,

What the hell are you smoking? Colored gems stream down the screen, therefore it looks just like GH, RB, Frequency, and Amplitude.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:06 AM

looks jerky/laggy...maybe a slow framerate? PASS
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