Sunday, September 21, 2008

Rock Revolution: Konami's Big Holiday Bust

Prior to Guitar Hero even being a concept, Konami’s Guitar Freaks was a major hit in Japanese arcades. Highly innovative for it’s time period, it influenced the popular rock music games we enjoy in the West today.

Konami will finally be infiltrating the Western music world with a new effort titled Rock Revolution. Alright, so the preceding is not news to anyone who’s been following the game market for the past year – it’s been announced months ago. However, it’s only been recently that Konami has actually unveiled new footage of what is supposed to be their huge hit this year and… well… it looks pathetic, to be blunt.

Not only does Rock Revolution fail to offer anything new in a crowded genre (Guitar Hero and Rock Band do the job well enough, thank you), it looks far worse than those two established titles. The soundtrack will be strictly covers (no master tracks – for shame!), the visuals look hardly next-gen, and there’s absolutely nothing intriguing about the peripheral included. Instead of trying to appeal to a niche, hardcore market and releasing a rock title with Japanese flair, they’ve decided to go down the generic route and create a game that will appeal to… well, absolutely no one, considering the fact that the bigger and badder competetion has either already arrived (in the form of Rock Band 2) or will be here soon (Guitar Hero: World Tour, anyone?).

If you want to pity Konami even more for making such a shameful move in the musical game market, try watching this video. It’s absolutely embarrassing; one of the PR reps for Konami fails a song during the showcase of the game for crying out loud! Oh, Konami: your third-rate Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater clone didn’t sell (Evolution Skateboarding, a forgotten release from 2002), and your third-rate Guitar Hero rip-off won’t, either.

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At 12:01 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

I more of a Guitar Hero and Rock Band person.

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Ross said...

I think everyone is when it comes to rock music games. I haven't heard of anyone who's excited about this title (and they have no reason to be, either).

I personally enjoy Dance Dance Revolution the most when it comes to music games, though.

At 5:51 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

I might consider playing this just to see how it is different from Rock band and Guitar.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger B Smith said...

Poor Konomi, even if they somehow managed to weasel their way into the Rock game market, the genre would probably already be back onto a downslope.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger DEITRIX said...

Thats lame.

What a horrible presentation too!!


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