Gamer 2.0 reports:
''After Rock Band became a huge success, it was known Guitar Hero would have to counter, whether Activision wanted to or not. But the bigger surprise was Konami's announcement of Rock Revolution to get back into the real of expensive plastic band battles. We got some hands-on time with the game but unfortunately it doesn't live up to what is expected of a music game these days.
One of the major differences in terms of gameplay is how the fret board is presented to you. Rather than being at a slant coming towards you, the frets drop straight down. Now, that's fine for Dance Dance Revolution, but it just doesn't work quite as well with a game like this. It's an odd and unnecessary transition. Nobody would have given Konami any grief if they just went with the angled fret board, but it's too late for that.
We weren't able to get our hands on anything but the new drum set (only a Guitar Hero III guitar was available for guitar), and we weren't impressed. Dominated by too much plastic in the first place, the excess pads make the peripheral feel cluttered. Perhaps we've all been too pampered with Rock Band's nice-sized pads, but either way, these are going to take a lot to get used to. We and others nailed plastic more than pads too much of the time. The fret board wasn't too cluttered but did get slightly confusing at times.''