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“Rock Out On the Road”

Apr. 19 2009, Published 4:04 a.m. ET

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Take your Rock Band prowess out of tour this summer with the new “Rock Band Unplugged,” made exclusively for the PlayStation portable.

Just like the game you love on your console, “Rock Band Unplugged” has a full four-piece band, 41 song list, World Tour mode, but the spectacular plus is the PSP's wireless enabled in-game commerce for downloadable content.  And despite the name, this is no mammy-be pamby watered down acoustic band.

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Unlike the traditional Rock Band, in this version you’ve got to handle all four parts of the band alone-lead/bass guitar, drums, and vocals-by jumping between the instruments throughout the 41 songs. How this multi-track jumping20works is by pressing the PSP's shoulder buttons, you can switch left and right between the fret boards of each instrument.

It takes awhile to get used to the new handheld controls – and jumping between instruments and vocals- but after some practice you’re ready to take your show on the road.

On Our Radar

Nine of the ten tracks will be exclusive to Rock Band Unplugged on the PSP for a limited time before becoming available for the Rock Band on home consoles.

* AFI-"Miss Murder"

* Audioslave-"Gasoline"

* Black Tide-"Show Me the Way"

* Freezepop-"Less Talk More Rokk"

* 3 Doors Down-"Kryptonite"

* Alice in Chains-"Would?"

* Jackson 5-"ABC"

* Tenacious D-"Rock Your Socks"

* Blink 182-"What's My Age Again"

We’ll keep you updated on the release date but right now all we’re being told is  “summer.”



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