Parents' Guide to

Rock Band 4

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Rhythm game with some iffy lyrics fosters interest in music.

Game PlayStation 4, Xbox One 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Great game but I recommend playing ther older RB games

Nothing inappropriate but some songs can contain bad language but songs that have stonger swear words like F***, S***, C*** are censored, also there are some character outfits that might be a little too revealing for both male and female characters but nothing a minor shouldn't see.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
age 13+

Bad language

In the songs and on screen some bad language appears. The game is good, however the language isn't.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

This sequel is both a slightly improved and a scaled-back version of the franchise's well-established formula. The previous games' splashy, movie-like cinematics are largely absent, but the venues are more detailed and have better lighting and smoke effects than past games. There's no longer any online multiplayer modes, but the core local multiplayer tour mode has been tweaked in meaningful ways, allowing band members to vote on set lists and make important decisions that will affect the band's evolution. There aren't any new instruments, and the keytar from Rock Band 3 is missing, but subtle enhancements to what remains are boons; they include an enhanced solo mode that empowers players to customize their solos with speedy licks and drawn-out notes.

It's also important to note that Rock Band 4 has been envisioned not only as a numbered sequel but also as a platform that will evolve over several years. That means players can expect additions to the core game, such as new modes, new music, and perhaps even support for new instrument hardware. And keep in mind that much of the music and instruments you may have purchased for previous installments will transfer to this edition, so long as you stick with the same platform family (if you played previous Rock Band games on Xbox, make sure you get the Xbox One edition of Rock Band 4; ditto for the PlayStation versions). The initial offering may be a little lean around the bones, but it lays a solid foundation for growth over time.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Subjects: Arts: music, rhythm, singing, Hobbies: fashion
  • Skills: Creativity: making new creations, Communication: friendship building, Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Cost depends on whether you purchase the game alone, with a guitar, or with a guitar and drums. Note that guitar and drum peripherals from previous Rock Band games within the same console family are compatible with Rock Band 4.)
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Harmonix
  • Release date: October 6, 2015
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • ESRB rating: T for Lyrics
  • Last updated: March 16, 2020

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