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. And this post on Synchrony is especially timely, as we recently made some tweaks to the Power-ups that makes Synchrony even more powerful! Check out the details in the Rock Band Forums.
Synchrony is the angst filled teenager of the Rock Band Blitz world. His siblings, the Instrument Power-ups, are super popular and all fairly easy to figure out. Everyone loves Guitar and his amazing hair, Bass has a really sweet hatchback with a killer CD player, Keys can grow a mustache, Drums breakdances, and Vocals was in a TV commercial once. But Synchrony doesn’t have any of that; he’s not that easy to understand. So he begrudgingly throws on his headphones, hangs out behind the bowling alley and writes really horrible poetry about a Space Minotaur because nobody “gets” him.
But this is our chance to bring Synchrony out of his funk and into the light of day. Rock Band Blitz can be his time to shine and pass up his Super Instrument siblings.
Now that you have Synchrony equipped, it’s time to take to the streets. As you travel down the note highway in Rock City, you’ll see little arrows between the lanes. These are Synchrony Points, where if you are able to make a quick and accurate lane change you will score yourself a nice little 500 point bonus. On top of a sweet handful of points, if there is a note on the lane you are moving over to, Synchrony will also knock out that gem getting you more bonus points. That way your Blitz Mode stays active and you still look all sorts of sharp.
This is a Power-up that is for the serious lane hopper. By serious I mean someone who isn’t afraid to risk Blitz Mode to leap from lane to lane and grab Power-up notes. Synchrony only does its job when you are moving across the highway, so if you are the kind of player that only sits still then it may not be the best option for you. The goal with Synchrony is to be able to move across the note highway without sacrificing Blitz Mode, with Synchrony giving out bonuses and it knocking out gems along the way.
Missed a sustain opportunity in the middle of a song or right before the end? Utilize some Synchrony points instead of just waiting for more notes to come to you. The little 500 point bonuses may not make up for the missed sustain completely but will take a little bit of the shame away. This works especially well at the end of a song where there may not be anything happening but still a few Synchrony Points left to utilize.
There are certain Power-ups that work really well with Synchrony. Flame Notes are excellent because they require a lot of lane movement to maximize the hot bonus goodness. Add to this Synchrony’s ability to knock out a gem when you switch lanes and you have a little help on hitting Flame Notes at the last second. Try pairing these two up with Bandmate and add even more chaos for even more points. Finally; Pinball, Runaway, and Point Doubler are also great pairings as they encourage active lane hopping to get the most out of them.
So if you are a lane hopping risk-reward type of player that throws caution to the wind, then Synchrony is your new best friend. He’ll hang out with you, even if you aren’t a Space Minotaur in a denim vest.