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Rock Band Rivals Expansion

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Available on:Xbox OneOct 18, 2016
PlayStation 4Oct 18, 2016
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Harmonix Music Systems

Genre: Music

The Rock Band Rivals Expansion Pack includes new features for Rock Band 4, including: --Rivals Mode, an asynchronous multiplayer mode in which individual players join up remotely as members of a "Crew" to compete in a stats battle with other "Crews" around the world. --A dynamic narrative campaign mode that pulls you through a twisting, funny, and sometimes tragic story of *your* band’s history and triumph over adversity. --The expansion pack also sets you up to receive free ongoing content updates leading into 2017, including: -----Synchronous Online Multiplayer this Holiday -----Additional character customization options -----Other new features. --This expansion pack also includes exclusive Rock Shop content that won’t be available to players who buy after the October launch.

Rock Band Rivals Expansion Critic Reviews

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A year's worth of incremental updates have molded this into a game that has more to offer and is easier to navigate. Anyone who has waited this long to follow Rock Band to new consoles should know that this is the optimal time to get in now that the growing pains seem to be behind Harmonix. However, those people should also know that Rivals probably isn't going to be the part of Rock Band that they care about.

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Rock Band Rivals has once again iterated in a way that makes it unquestionably the most attractive rhythm game so far this generation. It doesn't include the new songs or fundamental changes that fans might expect from such a package, and instead relies on the combination of its offerings and recent updates to satisfy players. Musical enthusiasts who wouldn't turn down a good reason to invest another few dozen hours into Rock Band 4 are in for something that will keep them coming back for the weeks if not months to come.

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Rock Band Rivals marks the best edition of Rock Band 4, building on what was already a solid base and bringing in more features. Rockudrama does something different with the career mode that’s not only refreshing but often hilarious, while Rivals brings you into a bigger world of competition. The completion of the multiplayer modes is also set to finally round out what is still the best place to rock out with your friends, making Rock Band Rivals an unmissable entry in the rhythm-action series, though fans may still hanker for something more revolutionary.

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Harmonix has made good with making Rock Band 4 a platform, and with these updates it will also keep me coming back to rock out. Rock Band games are a time sink with me when I get back into them, and fresh content will always do just that.

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Rock Band Rivals - Rockudrama Trailer | PS4

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