If you're familiar with Rock Band games, this game should be old hat for you. I'll break down more on what RB fans would like (or dislike) about this game shortly. But first, if you're new to the RB universe and you happen to have young kids in the house, this may be a good way to get them started on it. The game follows similar LEGO themed games in the past. You use Lego characters and hop in a band and play it ala Rock Band style (with either a Mic, Guitar, Bass or Drums). There is a super easy mode added to this game, making it more forgivable for kids who want to just jam randomly and not really follow the cues on screen. It also helps adults who are lousy at video games but don't want to look too prudish in front of their kids. Meantime, unlike Rock Band, if you fail out yourself, you can also recover by yourself (and not get hosed like you do in other RB games). From a gameplay standpoint, it's just as fun and addictive as other band-based music video games. If you like music games, or just want to get started on one, this isn't a bad place to start if you have novices at home. Now for RB fans - the track list in this game is decent. I won't say it's great, but it does have a few famous classic songs such as The Final Countdown, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Crocodile Rock, Free Fallin', Summer of 69, just to name a few. It also has some newer hits like So What by P!NK and such and so. Overall as you can expect the songs are mostly more benign and suited for younger audiences. My issue is that it only includes 45 songs which is somewhat feeble for a game that's at full price. You DO get a different game in terms of the options and the look of the game is unique, much like Beatles Rock Band was (the videos of lego characters rocking out during the song is actually pretty funny). However, there seems to be quite a bit of 'filler' songs here to round out the playlist, and it does contain songs by known artists that might not be the most fun to jam to or be your first choice of songs to play. Nonetheless the gameplay mechanics are solid and be warned: most songs are not that difficult, even on the expert setting. Obviously you have to keep in mind what audience this game is geared to, but I'd say unless you are a die hard completionist in Rock Band, I wouldn't say this game would be vital to own for existing RB players. But that being said, since I am into collecting songs in RB there is a silver lining. You can easily export your songs to your main RB library, which is a huge PLUS. Unlike the annoyance of Beatles Rock Band which forces you to use that game disc and won't allow you to export tunes to RB2 or RB, the Lego RB game lets you take all the songs over to your master library which you can play in RB2 or RB. I've already done this and it's a pretty simple process and it is kind of cool to have those extra songs as part of your main library. However, nothing is free in life, and in this case, exporting your songs will also cost you a chunk of change on TOP of what you paid for the lego game, so buyer beware! That being said the songs work great when they are exported. It's also nice to mix and match those songs in playlists. If you're an 80's hair metal fan, who wouldn't like adding The Final Countdown and You Give Love a Bad Name to a playlist featuring RB favorites like Livin' on a Prayer or Round and Round? It is a nice little addition, if you're willing to pay for the convenience. Again, if you're a newbie to rock band, AND you have young kids or plan on introducing kids to RB, this is a great way to do it. But if you don't have small kids, or if you're an RB vet, please think carefully about what I noted above before making a purchase. It's a great game with a new look and a few incremental upgrades, but I think it definitely doesn't have a lot of legs as a standalone RB game if you're a die hard music or RB fan.
yes: I recommend this product