Rock Band Unplugged



Fun, challenging music game for PSP, with teen lyrics.

What parents need to know

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Some off-color lyrics include Blink 182's "What's My Age Again?" ("We started making out and she took off her pants" ), plus some male and female characters don't wear much clothing. Clevage is shown as is male buttocks if chaps are worn.



Some potentially inappropriate language ("A holiday in Cambodia/Where you'll kiss ass or crack" from The Dead Kennedys) or controversial concepts (Jethro Tull's "Aqualung," with the intro lyric : "Sitting on a park bench/Eyeing ittle girls with bad intent") Some lyrics refer to suicide.


The game features well-known songs by popular bands, plus the instrument brand names can be seen.


Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some lyrics refer to drinking and drugs. Example: Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy" ("Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk?") .

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this music game is rated "Teen" for some potentially offensive rock lyrics and cartoon-like musicians who can be suggestively dressed.

What's it about?

Put a band in your pocket with ROCK BAND UNPLUGGED, the first in MTV Games' popular rhythm game series created exclusively for the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). With a look, feel,and sound of the console games, players can take their virtual act on the road, acquire fans, and rise to the top by rocking out at each unlockable venue.

If you've never played a game of Rock Band or Guitar Hero, the concept is as follows: watch as music notes fly down the fret board and press the correct button(s) at the right time. The PSP version has you pressing the face buttons and the D-pad -- and this time around you get to jam along with all instruments on the same song. That's right, instead of selecting guitar, bass, drums or vocals (as with the popular console games), this PSP version has you hopping around from one instrument to another -- by pressing the left and right shoulder buttons -- to play notes/beats. The better you can do this, the more points you'll amass and the more songs, venues and characters you'll unlock.

Is it any good?


This twist on the tried-and-true game-play might take a bit of getting used to at first, but it feels intuitive after a short while. The 41-track musical selection is quite good, too, offering a handful of exclusive tracks to Unplugged (including Blink 182's "What's My Age Again") and past favorites from the franchise (such as Billy Idol's "White Wedding, Part 1"). Along with the ability to create your own super group, Unplugged also features extra game modes not found in its brethren -- including Band Survival and Warm Up (sorry, no multiplayer options) -- plus players can download new tunes over a DLC (downloadable content) store via Wi-Fi connection.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this game -- which feels like it was designed for group play in front of the same television -- offers the same appeal while playing solo on a portable device. Should MTV Games keep this franchise on the TV or do you think the PSP offers fun on the go (such as passing time on an airplane)?

Game details

Price:$39.99 or $199.99 with PSP Pack
Available online?Available online
Developer:MTV Games
Release date:June 9, 2009
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Lyrics, Suggestive Themes

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Kid, 12 years old July 23, 2011

Awesome game, wish I can give it 4.5 stars.

I wish I can give this 4.5 stars. The game is awesome, but this game includes the world's awesomest and lamest songs. The awesome songs (Move Along, Mr. Brightside, The Middle, Livin' on a Prayer) are fun, so you do good on them. The lamest songs (The Killing Jar, De-Luxe, Gasoline, Our Truth) are boring, so you do terrible on them because you just want to get it over with. I admit "Our Truth" isn't too bad, but the woman sound's like she's having a stroke, but you didn't come to know about that, right? Right. Okay, moving on, there's a music store, but you don't even have access to it unless you sign up for a "Playstation Account". This is worth buying it, believe me.
Kid, 9 years old January 3, 2011

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Kid, 9 years old January 1, 2011

Is iffy To Ages 12+ And Up

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