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VIDEO GAMES: Guitar Hero: World Tour Track List

Guitar Hero World Tour

A few weeks ago, Activision announced the full track list for Guitar Hero: World Tour. I’ve been so in to playing Rock Band 2 (Addictive as always, but they broke the game parts with this new installment) the last two weeks that I forgot to post this up. I’ve soured on the last couple of installments of GH due to the horrible Guitar Battles. GH Aerosmith only had one battle – that I remember, so hopefully they learned their lesson and will make them optional or kill them all together in this installment, as I think Guitar Hero is a better game than RB. But I’m not sure about this set list, I only recognize about 20 of these tracks. When are we going to get a R and B Hero (especially funk stuff like Rick James, The Brothers Johnson, etc), or Guitar Hero: Prince set? Here’s your complete listing. I’m tired of all the Grunge rock. Beat It seems completely out of place.  Here’s the complete list.

• 311 – "Beautiful Disaster"
• 30 Seconds To Mars – "The Kill"
• Airbourne – "Too Much Too Young"
• The Allman Brothers Band – "Ramblin’ Man"
• Anouk – "Good God"
• The Answer – "Never Too Late"
• At The Drive-In – "One Armed Scissor"
• Beastie Boys – "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
• Beatsteaks – "Hail to the Freaks"
• Billy Idol – "Rebel Yell"
• Black Label Society – "Stillborn"
• Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – "Weapon of Choice"
• blink-182 – "Dammit"
• Blondie – "One Way or Another"
• Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – "Hollywood Nights"
• Bon Jovi – "Livin’ On A Prayer"

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GAME NEWS: Metallica’s New Album coming to Guitar Hero III this Friday

In a monumental first for the gaming and music industries, Metallica’s highly anticipated ninth studio album Death Magnetic will be available in its entirety as downloadable content for Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock day and date with the album release this Friday, September 12.  Featured on the downloadable album will be two Guitar Hero® exclusive renditions of “Suicide & Redemption” with extended solos by James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett.  Gamers looking to shred, drum and wail away to the Death Magnetic downloadable album need only purchase the content once as it is forward compatible and will integrate seamlessly with Guitar Hero® World Tour when it launches this October.

In addition to the two exclusive versions of “Suicide & Redemption,” Guitar Hero fans will live out the surreal Metallica experience with: “That Was Just Your Life,” “The End of the Line,” “Broken, Beat & Scared,” “The Day That Never Comes,” “All Nightmare Long,” “Cyanide,” “The Unforgiven Ill,” “The Judas Kiss” and “My Apocalypse.”

“We’ve been working very closely with Metallica and we’re extremely excited to offer Death Magnetic not only in its entirety, but also with the exclusive recordings of ‘Suicide & Redemption’ as downloadable content to Guitar Hero fans,” said Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Activision Blizzard.  “We’re proud to be setting a new precedent for our two industries, making an entire new album available in two different mediums simultaneously.”

Metallica’s Death Magnetic album will be available for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on September 12, 2008 for download on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft at a cost of 1440 Microsoft Points and in the PLAYSTATION®Store for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system at a cost of $17.99.

VIDEO GAME NEWS: Call of Duty 4 Beta in October, Release in November!

It’s almost time for me to go back to War. Oh, the stories I can tell about my experience using modern weapons to take out some middle eastern despot. Or the time I had to make it through a village without being spotted. Or the time I thought I rescued that downed chopper pilot and got nuked instead. Good times, good times. My favorite game from last year, Call of Duty is returning this fall. Boot camp will soon take on a new meaning, as  Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and developer Treyarch, have confirmed plans for Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer betas in October for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and separately for download on Windows PC. These betas will serve as an early chance for players to practice the tactics needed for survival in the intense chaos of Call of Duty: World at War’s Pacific and European theaters. Players will experience the game’s new squad system, as well as fan favorite perks and kill streaks.  All preparation for the full battle will commence on November 11, 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War is released to retailers nationwide. “We are excited to share a sneak peak of Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer with the community,” says Mark Lamia, Treyarch Studio Head. “The team has worked hard to build upon the great history and foundation of Call of Duty multiplayer and we can’t wait to go online to ramp up for our November launch.”

GAME RELEASE- Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Today, Get it while it’s Hot!

Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2

One of the first signature games for X-Box Live Marketplace was Geometry Wars. Now several years later the long awaited sequel is finally available for a reasonable 800 points. I have to admit that I love XBLA but all of the games are starting to be the same. Geometry Wars is the best shooter on XBLA, but I’d like to see more diversity in my market. Get it while it’s hot. You can check out the official Press release after the break.

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E3 NEWS: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved Announced

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Activision and Microsoft announced today the highly anticipated Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.  Developed by the industry veterans at Bizarre Creations, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, the sequel to the smash hit, takes players on an all new adrenaline ride through six different action-packed gameplay modes.  With all the signature vibrant visuals and heart-pumping battles of the original, the game also features a new electrifying soundtrack and exhilarating local multiplayer modes in either versus or co-op for up to four players. The title is scheduled for release this summer via download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 and has been rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.

VIDEO GAME NEWS: Guitar Hero World Tour Video

At the All Things Digital 6 conference, Activision  CEO Bobby Kotick officially showcased the new Guitar Hero World Tour game. Personally, I prefer Guitar Hero to Rock Band because I like the track listing better. But Activision almost broke their money maker with Guitar Hero III. Those stupid boss battles, the difficulty level and the obnoxious Animated transitions all served to "ruin" the game experience. Also Rock Band has shown that people want to pay for good DLC and new tunes. The Guitar Hero series is really starting to irritate the heck of me, I have all three titles and if I want to play a particular track, I have to keep swapping disks.  Why can’t I access all my favorite tracks from all three games through DLC?  Why do I have to keep swapping freaking game disks just to play Free Bird and the rocking Halo Theme? Rock Band has shown us the way. Now I’m going to have add two more games in two months – Aerosmith and GH4? Wake up Activision make these tracks available as DLC.  Anyway, back to the new GH. In case you missed it, the next installment of GH will take a page from Rock Band and include a 5 piece drum kit and microphone. But that’s not all, the really cool thing is, Guitar Hero will include music creation capability. It’ll be really interesting to see how this works and evolves.

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VIDEO GAME RELEASE: Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Hits the Consoles today

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The alien invasion has begun with the announcement that id Software’s Enemy Territory: QUAKE Warspublished by Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Set in the year 2065, Enemy Territory:  QUAKE Wars pits the armies of Earth’s Global Defense Force (GDF) against the invading alien menace, the Strogg, in an all-out struggle for the fate of the planet.  Enemy Territory:  QUAKE Wars is slated to arrive on European and Australian store shelves on May 30, 2008. "Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars raises the bar for next-gen console games with its variety and intense combat," said Kevin Cloud, Executive Producer, id Software. “Whether you’re playing online with fifteen friends, or playing a single-player campaign against amazing AI, Enemy Territory:  QUAKE Wars delivers a new level of team play and combat strategy to the PS3 and 360.”

Set within the expansive QUAKE® universe in the year 2065, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is the ultimate team and mission-based multiplayer warfare game offering console gamers distinct classes, vehicles and weapons to choose from, giving players countless ways to join the battle.   Players work as a team to defeat the enemy and achieve objectives either online against other players or battle offline with surprisingly lifelike AI.  Across multi-mission campaigns, players earn experience and promotions while stats are recorded globally for players to track their rank and prestige in the community at www.enemyterritory.com.   Based on the critically-acclaimed game from id Software and Splash Damage for Windows® PC that has received over eighty awards and nominations, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars was developed for the Xbox 360 by Nerve Software.

Call of Duty 4 – New Maps are here!

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.  Everyone here knows of my Christmas holiday obsession with playing COD Multi-player for hours on end, to the exclusion of all else. I finally broke free last month and started playing some other titles, especially my Wii was lonely. So I started playing Super Mario Galaxy and recently Smash Brothers.  As a lark – actually because I was tired of COD 4 multi-player I thought I’d try out the single player campaign. Which believe it or not, I hadn’t tried yet. Last week, I fell in love all over again, the single player mode is just as brilliant as the Multi-player. The campaign is just the right length and intense enough to keep you coming back for more. There were so many wholly f moments that I felt like I was playing that perfect action/war movie. It had it all. Once I finished it, I was ready to move back over to my Wii or take Vegas 2 or Condemned for a spin, but frankly COD 4 tired me out. I’m tired of shooters and am ready for something else.  But then Activision announced the release of Call of Duty 4 – The Game of The Year Addition and 4 all new maps!  If you purchase the new game, they supply a token that you go onto their website to redeem your maps. Activision was cool enough to give me a token to use, but I got so frustrated with the stupid system, that I was like, hell, I’d rather just buy the new maps then deal with this. So I spent my 800 points to get them. This is the first time, that I’ve spent my own money on game DLC. I don’t know what they were thinking releasing the game before they could include the new maps anyway. 

The new maps are pretty stellar and exclusively available for Xbox 360 for the next 21 days, the map pack includes “Broadcast,” which features tight corridors and wide open parking lots where large groups utilize close-quarter fighting and strategic maneuvers; “Chinatown” where night battles well lit by the full moon play havoc against a backdrop of brightly colored lamps, antique shops and neon signs of the local district; “Killhouse,” a desolate warehouse under enemy attack where squads will need to move through building mock-ups and plywood walls in order to full take control of the combat arena; and “Creek,” A large wide open village in a heavily wooded area where battles are fought between high ridgelines and deep in underground caves.  The only problem is Infinity Ward has the maps on lock down.  So you can only play against people who already have the maps.  I’m sure this will change in the next few months.

Guitar Hero: On Tour on DS Official

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It’s been rumored for a few weeks now and the fine folks at Joystiq had the scoopage first. But I generally like to wait for official confirmations before posting here at Eclipse. That official word came down a couple of days ago. When I first saw the image, I thought and still do think this thing looks incredibly goofy and wonder how it’ll work. The whole point and appeal of Guitar Hero is, you know playing the guitar. I don’t see how you get that feeling with And they are going to expand on that incredibly crappy battle mode. Hey Activision the game is called Guitar Hero, not Battle Hero. Kill that stupid mode already! The gameplay mechanics sound like it’ll be incredibly difficult trying to use the shoulder buttons and stylist at the same time. But I love the idea of being able to take my obsession anywhere with me. Here’s the official press release. I wonder if Gibson will sue them over this as well.

For the first time, handheld gamers will have the freedom to unleash their inner rock star anywhere, anytime with Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) upcoming Guitar Hero®: On Tour for Nintendo DS™. The game will deliver a unique Guitar Hero® experience by challenging handheld gamers to rock out and prove their shredding skills on the most diverse set list of master tracks ever offered in a Guitar Hero game, including classic rock, alternative and pop favorites such as Nirvana, OK Go and No Doubt. The game will be packaged with a revolutionary Guitar Hero™ Guitar Grip™ peripheral that fits snugly into the DS and a unique Guitar Hero pick-stylus that brings a new dimension to handheld gaming and the core gameplay that defines Guitar Hero. Guitar Hero: On Tour has been designed specifically for the DS platform and will offer the DS audience an all-new compelling music experience. “We are continuing to introduce new and exciting ways to bring music to audiences with Guitar Hero,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane. “The Guitar Hero Guitar Grip redefines how games can be played on handheld systems and the integration of the microphone and touch screen gameplay on the DS, further illustrates Guitar Hero’s leadership in delivering the most unique and creative quality hardware and software on the market.”

“We’re designing Guitar Hero: On Tour from the ground up to take full advantage of the DS platform by integrating signature gameplay with fresh new content and DS specific features,” said Karthik Bala, CEO of Vicarious Visions. “We’ve taken all of our learnings on the DS platform to date and pushed it to the limits to create a truly innovative Guitar Hero experience.” Guitar Hero: On Tour continues to build on the franchise’s signature easy-to-play, yet difficult to master addictive gameplay, and now lets players take their experience on the road wherever they go. Players use the Guitar Hero pick-stylus on the touch screen to strum their favorite tunes and create their rock ‘n’ roll legacy in career mode. Fans can also join together to play co-op mode using a local wireless network, or battle each other in a Guitar Duel using new Battle Items unique to the DS platform. For example, players must blow into the microphone to extinguish a pyrotechnics effects gone wrong, or use the touch screen to autograph a crazed fan’s shirt in the middle of their set. Featuring five unlockable new venues, the game lets players personalize their experience by choosing the color of their axe of choice, selecting to play as one of six characters — two of which are all new and exclusive to Guitar Hero: On Tour – and outfitting their guitarist in numerous styles.

Guitar Hero III Full Set List Announced! by Hardcore Queen

Guitar Hero III Full Set List Announced! by Hardcore Queen

One of my favorite game series is Guitar Hero, I’m addicted to it, but my secret shame is that I suck at it. I’m an expert on the easy level, but can’t get my hands to work properly on the normal level. I wish the GH folks would come up with a hard a level for people like me who just can’t get their hands to work with the double button presses. I really want to play Freebird dammit but it’s locked – another prime example why I can’t stand the concept of unlocking content in games. I paid my $100 I want the full game that I paid for! Anyway, rant aside, I’ll be the first one to get GH 3, the track list is amazing. I mean come on you get The Killers, Guns and Roses (Welcome To The Jungle), Aerosmith (a crappy song, but it’s still Areosmith), Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Baracuda, Devil Went Down To Georgia, Cult of Personality, Even Flow, Rock and Roll All Night, and When You Were Young? I’m there and most likely won’t even be able to unlock these tracks. But wow, what a list, much better than GH2’s lame list. Here’s the complete list.   Continue reading Guitar Hero III Full Set List Announced! by Hardcore Queen