Generation: Gamerz Konami Throws Its Guitar into the Crowd

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Wanting to get a taste of the rock star life, Konami has announced it is working with Zoe Mode to develop Rock Revolution which I imagine they are hoping will revolutionize music rhythm gaming. So get ready to kick out some jams!

Zoe Mode seems to only be developing the game on the PS3 and Xbox 360, so who is doing the Nintendo platforms? 

Zoe Mode is pleased to announce that it is the developer of Rock Revolution for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as recently announced by publisher Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., scheduled for release in fall 2008.

Developed in close collaboration with Konami, the original innovators of the rhythm genre, Rock Revolution builds rockrevolution screen1on the core game-play pioneered in games such as DrumMania and Guitar Freaks to provide an experience that will appeal to music fans everywhere. Release your inner rockstar or allow your friends the privilege of picking up an axe or pounding the skins with you to 40 mind bending rock and roll tracks in Rock Revolution. Unleash your creative juices in the Jam Mode where you can create your own music in a state of the art multi-track studio! This is the musical revolution the world has been waiting for. With its most realistic drumming peripheral, Rock Revolution is set to expand the rhythm genre in new ways.

Another drum mod in the making?
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A key innovation is Rock Revolution’s Jam Mode, an all new feature allowing players to create their own music and record it using up to eight tracks. With a wealth of different guitar, bass and drum sounds to choose from, and a suite of powerful tools on offer, Jam Mode allows gamers to start making their own music quickly and easily regardless of their level of musical ability.

Hey that sounds juse like the upcoming interation of Guitar Hero, no?

Another unique element is the Career Mode which includes a variety of unique gameplay challenges that expand on the standard song performance. A further innovation in Gig events allows players to improvise their own drum and guitar solos over their favorite rock tracks.

Rock Revolution also boasts a stunning contemporary art style that breaks from the rock pastiche seen in competing titles.

Rock pastiche? pffft... 

Ok, this doesn't sound like innovation as much as combination to me. They seem to have taken the best of Rock Band and tied it together with some of the things coming out in the upcoming Guitar Hero IV in an effort to get their slice of the pie. It will obviously have both guitar and drum peripherals from the sound of it. But it also sounds like it is lacking a microphone to input vocals into the songs. It also doesn't mention being able to actually share the songs with friends aside from locally. It's another wait and see I guess. Since Zoe Mode is making the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, maybe there will be file sharing there.

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