Like the other games in the Rock Band series, Lego Rock Band can be played with up to three friends, and a full band is composed of a bassist, guitarist, singer, and drummer. The gameplay hasn't changed at all from the first Rock Band game; you still strum along as notes pour down from the top of the screen. But it's still a lot of fun, especially when you have a few friends really getting into the music. The setlist is an odd blend of classic rock, modern hits, and recent tracks that have quickly lost relevance. The eclectic mix works well because there are just enough good songs to hide the less-than-thrilling ones. For instance, the inclusion of "Ghostbusters" is inspired. The catchy riff and infectious chorus are known by just about everyone, and it's awesome to sing along while everyone laughs at the ridiculous subject matter. This camaraderie also makes it easy to stomach lesser tracks, such as the inane Good Charlotte song "Girls & Boys," since it can be just as much fun to mock their embarrassing lyrics.
And you thought it was hard to hit an F chord with 5 fingers.
There are a few features in Lego Rock Band that help make it accessible for a wide audience. The most important inclusion is the ability to turn off the kick pedal for drummers. It can be difficult for less-experienced musicians to coordinate all their appendages into a coherent beat, so being able to focus on keeping time with just your arms alleviates many of the frustrations that go along with using the full kit. You also have the option to play a shorter version of any track in the game. This is perfect for players who don't have quite enough free time to play through the entirety of some of the meandering tracks, but the editing leaves a lot to be desired. Songs often abruptly end right before a chorus or guitar solo begins, which can be jarring, even if you aren't familiar with the full-length versions. Furthermore, overdrive notes often appear right at the end of a song, which makes it impossible to take advantage of them.
Unfortunately, there is no option to expand Lego Rock Band's catalog through the Music Store, so you're stuck with only 45 songs on the disc to play through. Replay value is further hindered by a lack of online functionality, so you cannot challenge friends outside of your home. However, even with these omissions, this is another solid entry in the popular franchise. The charming visuals and goofy story make this a good place to start for Rock Band rookies, and the setlist is quirky enough for everyone else.