Rock Band Blitz
The newest entry into the Rock Band series drops the plastic instruments and instead lets players match notes using their controllers. The game will only have 25 songs at launch, but players will be able to access any of their previously purchased Rock Band DLC.
Read Sarah LeBoeuf's full preview of Rock Band Blitz here. The game will arrive for XBLA and the PlayStation Network sometime later this year.
Sarah LeBoeuf: Blitz has players taking control of all the instrumental tracks that make up a song, switching from track to track to hit the notes. Instead of color-coded instruments, the Xbox 360 controller's triggers are used to hit notes, while the analog stick moves you from lane to lane. Simple-but not easy.
To mix things up even further, the game provides power-ups to help you get a higher score. Rockets clear notes, bombs blast them away, and a giant pinball increases your score when you can keep it from falling off the screen. With so many things going on at once, Blitz can get pretty chaotic, though that's part of the fun.