Guitar Hero peripherals were used to showcase Rock Revolution (again) because there isn’t a custom Konami guitar. While Rock Revolution won’t come with a Guitar Freaks controller, Konami’s music game is compatible with the current guitars on the market. Rock Revolution’s focus is primarily on the drum kit which will be sold at the same time as game. I tried playing “All the Small Things”, one of the easier songs in Rock Revolution, and the drums work as they should. However, Rock Revolution doesn’t feel like it’s any different from the other, established rock game on the market. Being more difficult to play doesn’t sound like a strong selling point.
Konami may have missed the boat with the Rock Band, but they already have the Bemani brand and more importantly Bemani fans. I asked if there were any plans to sell Guitar Freaks or DrumMania songs as downloadable content and they are considering it.
Images courtesy of Konami.