Rock Band Blitz Power-up Profile: Blast Notes

Rob is an awesome Harmonix fan we met at PAX that has been writing pieces on his blog about Rock Band Blitz. He was kind enough to write something just for us! We'll be posting these Power-up Profiles for each Power-up over the next few weeks. For more information about how the Power-ups work, visit our YouTube channel.

Coming up on this weeks’ episode of Rock City High:

Delores learns that her boyfriend of two years, Ramon, has been seen hanging around at the roller rink with her arch nemesis Francine. In a fit of revenge that is further fueled by an embarrassing loss at the State Lawn Bowling Tournament, she decides to challenge her nemesis to a Score War.

Her plan: to forgo the traditional note Power-ups and use Blast Notes to crush the dastardly Francine. By employing the Blast Note, she opens up the opportunity for random purple notes to appear on the note highway that when triggered, will take out a few notes across all of the lanes of the note highway.

But Francine has already been using Blast Notes. She has known for years about Delores and her use of other note Power-ups like Flame Notes or Pinball. While those other note Power-ups are great at racking up points, they don’t do anything toward actually cleaning notes off the note highway. This means that ol’ Delores is possibly missing out on great combo opportunities along with even more points.

In the lunch room between third and fourth period, things get really heated. Delores not only finds out that her evil nemesis Francine is already using Blast Notes to her advantage, but that she is also using the Power-up to clear out a horizontal swath of notes on the highway so lane changes are easier to pull off without losing Blitz Mode. Delores clenches her fist in rage, cursing the Francine family name and wishing the worst for them and their franchised sub sandwich shop.

“Surely, there has to be some negative traits to this Blast Note Power-up that I can exploit for the advantage,” she thinks to herself. After a short montage involving searching through a comically large stack of books, some light napping, and a very intense game of Freecell; Delores learns that Blast Notes are not 100% fool proof. They only really work on songs with a lot of notes to hit, otherwise they are pointless to use.

Blast Notes work well with Shockwave where it can offset the high scoring power of Shockwave with its ability to boost every combo just a little bit with each explosion. She could even use it with another clearing power up like Road Rage or Bottle Rocket since they will also trigger Blast Notes that get in their way.

Delores discovers the ultimate advantage and decides to challenge Francine to a Rock Band Blitz Score War in front of the entire school. The stakes are high as she wages her respect, her family’s honor, and about $2 on the challenge. When the lights come up, the Score War starts to the song “Sweetness” by Jimmy Eat World. A perfect song for the battle with its packed sections of notes, her advantage is doubled when she sees her nemesis choose Bandmate as her Overdrive Power-up.

Apparently Francine is unaware that Bandmate is a tough Power-up to combo with Blast Notes. The random triggering of explosions in the Bandmate’s lane puts Blitz Mode at risk as she mistimes her button presses, jeopardizing her score.

Delores sees an opportunity to win the Score War as she takes her turn and uses one of the combos she so tiringly researched. By using Blast Notes with the right Power-ups she is able to defeat her nemesis, get Ramon’s car towed, and save the nearby ski resort from an evil millionaire that wants to tear it down.