While the likes of Rock Band Blitz and Rock Band Unplugged have offered permutations on the Amplitude formula, the original Harmonix developed PlayStation 2 exclusive remains the very best version of the controller-based rhythm format. Fortunately, the franchise could be making a comeback on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 – assuming that you’re willing to back a brand new Kickstarter campaign.
Already off to a flying start, the sequel will follow in the footsteps of the 2003 release and its predecessor FreQuency, putting you in control of a space ship known as the Beat Blaster, which you must use to destroy music notes in an all-digital world. You’ll need to shift between lanes in order to change instruments and maximise your score, earning multipliers and collecting power-ups as you progress. It’s like WipEout on rails, then – with even bigger riffs.
While this reboot will offer more of the same, though, the developer promises that the technical advancements enabled by Sony’s latest hardware will push the experience forward. There’ll be four-player local multiplayer, online leaderboards, and, of course, some jaw dropping visuals to boot. Moreover, the company’s focusing on creating its own electronic soundtrack, which will be composed with compelling gameplay in mind.
Contributing just $20 will grab you a copy of the game for both the PS3 and PS4, while bigger pledges will reward you with goodies such as a PS2-inspired box, a t-shirt, and even dinner with the developers. The only downside is that the studio needs $750,000 to make the project a reality, which is a huge amount of money. However, it’s already accrued an impressive $25,000 within minutes of starting, so it’s certainly achievable. Are you on board?