For anyone waiting for Lego branded video games to move on from the platform-jumping stylings of “Lego Star Wars,” “Lego Indiana Jones” and “Lego Batman,” the announcement of “Lego Rock Band” this week is welcome news, if not exactly what we were hoping for. It’ll be great not to play essentially the same game with slightly different characters for the fourth or fifth time in a row, but it’s hard not to wish we were getting a title more focused on actually using our imaginations and building things with Legos.
Anyone who’s seen the video for the White Stripes’ “Fell in Love with a Girl” (below) can testify to the brilliance of marrying plastic blocks with rock ‘n’ roll to create, um, block ‘n’ roll. (Is that in the marketing materials? No? Note to Warner Bros. Interactive and MTV Games: Give credit where credit’s due.) But there’s gotta be a nation of adult gamers who grew up playing with plastic blocks that would absolutely love, say, “Lego Robot Wars” or a Lego-branded vehicle-building game in the vein of “Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.” A bogus, April Fools’ Day story about an in-development “Lego Halo” got everyone salivating last year; admit it, it’d be cool to have a first-person shooter with characters who busted into component blocks, rather than bled, when shot.