Video Game: Rock Revolution
Konami is known as the creators of Drum Mania
and Guitar Freaks
, the forefathers to many popular
American Rhythm Games
. However despite this (and failed attempts to market GF in America upon its debut), their arcade versions remained relegated to Asian arcades and those lucky enough to import them
When rhythm games became a major trend in 2008 thanks to the popularity of Guitar Hero
and Rock Band
, Konami decided to Follow the Leader
and cash in on the craze in 2008 with Rock Revolution, a partial band game (no vocals) developed by Zoe Mode, with no dedicated guitar controller (just use a Guitar Hero
or Rock Band
one), and a very awkward looking drum kit peripheral. The result? Disaster. A game full of covers, a majority of songs under-charted, and an overall low-quality experience.
Versions were released on multiple platforms, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions used traditional controllers, the Wii version (which was actually pulled
before release somehow) awkwardly used the Wii remotes instead
, and the DS version used the touch screen, plus the microphone for vocals.
This series provides examples of:
- Cover Version: Completely going the other way on promises by both Harmonix and Neversoft that their future titles would only use master tracks, all but 2 songs on Rock Revolution are covers.
- The two songs which were original master tracks were Linkin Park's Given Up, where the artist had provided other masters to both the other games previously; and Finger Eleven's Paralyzer, which was also released on Band Hero and the Rock Band Network - thus, not actually made by Harmonix for that game!
- Dueling Games: With GH and RB
- Executive Meddling: Konami forced vocals to be excluded so it wouldn't compete with Karaoke Revolution. To note, the original games in that franchise were co-developed with Harmonix, future developers of Rock Band, which just so happens to re-use a lot of that game's mechanics.
- Required Spinoff Crossover: One of the game's few DLC packs contained songs from Bemani artists, mainly crossovers from Drum Mania (including a long version of Model DD8, a boss song from GF/DM V4), a new Des-Row song, and a rock cover of "My Only Shining Star" from Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA.