Rock ‘n’ Roll has been present in games since the first generations of consoles, being one of the musical genres with memorable tracks in several titles. With the evolution of technology, bands like queen, Aerosmith and Iron Maiden they ventured into games and later with the popularization of musical games, other artists took advantage of the segment. Check out 9 games with a lot of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
9 games involving Rock ‘n’ Roll
The World Rock Day celebrated on July 13th is a Brazilian date. The celebration is related to the exhibition of the Live Aid festival in 1985. This event was aimed at raising funds to help fight hunger in Ethiopia and was popularized by Brazilian radio stations at the time.
The list has games from various genres that involve rock in some way. Some older titles in current times may not offer such a pleasant gameplay experience, but they played their part in the history of electronic games and the artists involved.
Anyway, rest assured, there are games that continue to offer great experiences to this day.
Important: The list is not in an order linked to the quality of the games.
9. Queen: The Eye
- Launching pad: PC -DOS
- Release year: 1998
- developer: Destination Design
Queen: The Eye is a title released in 1998 based on Queen songs that mixes action and adventure. You take control of the secret agent Dubroc, who after finding a database of rock songs, begins to be chased by the corporation called The eYe, which controls the planet.
The game mix has pre-rendered 3D graphics and cameras positioned at specific locations. These features were quite popular at the time in titles like Resident Evil. The combats mixed the use of bladed weapons such as swords and firearms.
Queen: The Eye it had 5 CD’s, had instrumental remixes of the band’s songs and is now a collector’s item.
8. Revolution X
- Launch Pads: Arcade, PC, Playstation, Sega Saturn, Mega-Drive, Super Nintendo
- Release year: 1994
- developer: midway
The 1990s were a time when rock bands got involved in multimedia projects. Aerosmith also embarked on this with the game Revolution X.
The game is a rail shooter, that type of game in which the character follows a pre-defined route in a restricted way as the game progresses. You use a machine gun to shoot down enemy soldiers and shoot explosive CDs to alleviate suffocation moments.
The player is part of the resistance fighting a dictatorial government and must save the members of Aerosmith while fighting for freedom. The game has digitized characters and makes some references to the movie “Terminator of the Future II”.
The soundtrack is one of the strong points, Aerosmith members make appearances on sets and in some short videos between stages.
The arcade version was well received at the time, while the console ports didn’t do so well for being inferior.
7. Ed Hunter
- Platform: PRAÇA
- Release year: 1999
- developer: Synthetic Dimensions
In the 1990s the band Iron Maiden used to use Eddie, their mascot in various actions and games were not left out.
In 1999, taking advantage of the tour called Ed Huntour, Ed Hunter was released, a rail shooter that features Eddie in scenarios based on the band’s record art and also locations mentioned in the group’s songs. Unlike Revolution X, the gameplay here is much more lilting. The soundtrack is one of the highlights.
Today, the game seems a bit slow to provide a more fun experience, however, it has its historical value for gamers and fans of the band.
6. Guitaroo man
- Platform: Playstation 2
- Release year: 2001
- developer: iNiS / Koei
Rock does not live only from western games. Gitaroo Man is a rhythmic game in which the player controls U-1, a young man who assumes the identity of Guitaroo Man, a superhero who must save the planet Guitaroo from the Gravilian empire.
The visual design was produced by artist Mitsuru Nakamura and much of the song repertoire was produced by Japanese band COIL.
The game is a curious experience, as unlike rhythmic games of the time like Bust-a-Move, in which the gameplay consisted of dance competitions, Guitaroo Man tells a story in which the hero fights villains and the unfolding of the battle depends on the player follow the rhythm of the music correctly.
5. Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening
- Launching pad: Playstation 2
- Release year: 2005
- developer: Capcom
Okay, Devil May Cry 3 is not a game about a rock band or some character completely identified with rock, although its soundtrack is made up of a lot of heavy rock. The reason the title appears on the list is because it produced one of the best uses of a guitar in games so far.
During the game, after defeating the demon Nevan, Dante gains the ability to use a guitar with electric powers to perform absurd combos, while pulling out loud riffs and killing demons in the most stylish ways possible.
Devil May Cry 3 received a high definition version and is available in compilations for several platforms such as: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.
4. Guitar Hero
- Launching pad: Playstation 2
- Release year: 2005
- developer: Several over the years – Harmonix / Neversoft/ Vicarious Visions/ Budcat/ FreeStyleGames
guitar hero had its first title developed by Harmonix and released by RedOctane in 2005. The main objective of the franchise was to put the player to assume the role of guitarist in a rock band. Although the game could be played with the standard console controller, the biggest highlight was the possibility of using a guitar-shaped controller to make the experience even more immersive.
The series was very successful, the RedOctane it was incorporated into Activision in 2006 and the development of the franchise passed to Neversoft in 2007.
The first game had a more modest budget and few licensed tracks like Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark at the Moon”. After the success and budget increase, the franchise received more and more songs and even produced spin-offs dedicated to bands like Aerosmith, Metallica and Van Halen.
The last title in the franchise was Guitar Hero Live, launched in 2015 and had online elements such as GHTV, in which players had the possibility to access channels that broadcast music and could follow the songs played or compete with people who were on the same channel.
3. Rock Band
- Launch Pads: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii
- Release year: 2007
- developer: Harmonix
After Activision acquired RedOctane, the partnership with Harmonix fell apart and the company was acquired by MTV Games.
Rock Band expands the concept seen in Guitar Hero, because in Rock Band the idea is that the player could assemble a band. For this, in addition to the guitar, it was possible to use peripherals such as microphones, drums and keyboards.
The series featured 4 main titles, spin-offs dedicated to bands like Beatles, Green Day and also hosted mobile games.
2. Rock & Roll Racing
- Launching pad: SNES
- Release year: 1993
- developer: Silicon & Synapse / Interplay
Rock & Roll Racing was designed to be a sequel to RPM Racing, released for Super Nintendo, but after an idea by Brian Fargo da Interplay and the acquisition of the rights to use music from great rock bands in MIDI format, the project ended up becoming the game we know.
The game was released in 1993 for Super Nintendo and later received a Mega-Drive version for additional music “Radar Love”, from the band Golden Earring.
The futuristic look, its peculiar cast of runners, the isometric view and the remarkable soundtrack were the game’s highlights. Although the main objective was to finish first, the biggest fun came from the soundtrack and the possibility of using all kinds of weapons to destroy the opposing cars. The game also featured the presence of Olaf, character from The Lost Vikings, as a secret character.
In 2021 to Activision launched the Blizzard Arcade Collection containing important company games, including Rock & Roll Racing, so it’s easy to kill the longing for the game.
1. Brutal Legend
- Launch Pads: Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
- Release year: 2009
- developer: Double Fine Productions
The game produced by Tim Schafer on Double Fine Productions and starring Jack Black ranks first on the list.
Here the player takes on the role of Eddie Riggs, a roadie who is transported to the land of Heavy Metal. The game makes several references to the musical scene and features figures such as Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford and Lemmy Kilmister.
In addition to featuring guest appearances from the rock world, Brutal Legends is a game that explores different genres, such as open world, puzzles, hack ‘n slash combat and even parts with vehicles.
So we close the list with rock games for lovers of the genre and gamers. Have fun!