LEGO Rock Band
When Rock Band launched onto the rhythm game scene in 2007, it quickly reinvented the genre, making music games with only one instrument peripheral a thing of the past. Bringing gamers together like never before, Harmonix followed up with Rock Band 2 in 2008, which was another fantastic achievement. This year, the series went handheld with a PSP installment, as well as finally bringing the Fab Four to rhythm games with The Beatles: Rock Band. Add a well-received iPhone game to the list, and Harmonix is having a terrific run. Because of their track record, I had high hopes for Lego Rock Band, despite the fact that I initially thought it was a bad April Fools’ joke. Even with only 45 songs, and gameplay clearly designed for a younger audience, the core fun of Rock Band still shines through in this game. Unfortunately, the repetitive career issues from the first game in the series have made a return, and some other issues hold Lego Rock Band back from being as strong a title as the other installments in the franchise.