Imagine a world where you can play keyboards in a music game. Imagine the new possibilities that opens? Imagine no more, because John Lenon’s Imagine Album is going to be one of the first full album downloads for Rock Band 3. After the lackluster Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, with Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, and The Doors coming in the first batch of DLC, Rock Band 3 is shaping up to be the music game to get. GH is going to have to step it up. I think we’re getting a review copy in the next week or so – sorry but all the game companies send us stuff at least a week or two after release; hope to have a review for you all soon.
I hate any game that forces me to get my lazy butt up and move. That’s why I hate the Wii Remote (that and it doesn’t work all that well), PlayStation Move and Kinnect. Just not a fan of motion controls and by extension any Dance Game, but I have to say, I’m strangely enamored the idea of playing a Dancing Game dedicated to the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. UbiSoft has announced the first set of tracks for their officially sanctioned game Michael Jackson The Experience.
I used to love me some plastic instruments but I have to say, I’m just not excited about Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock or Rock Band. I think there’s a finite number of hits you can squeeze onto these games and with the thousand+ songs (combined) available in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero stores I think we pretty much already have most of the songs that would be worth playing. I will say, I’m really curious about the Piano/Keytar additions to both games. Activision has released the full set 90+ song set list. Of that list, I recognize maybe 9 tracks. Take a gander after the break.
It’s the apocalypse Miley Cyrus is coming to Rock Band via DLC. My secret shame is that I actually like Miley, she has that weird undefinable something….Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that pop star Miley Cyrus will make her Rock Band debut June 22, the date her newest album hits shelves, with five songs in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.
“I’m excited fans will be able to download and play five of my songs in Rock Band,” said Miley Cyrus. “I love that people can rock out with me and play my new song ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ on the same day my album comes out!” Can’t Be Tamed, Miley’s third studio album, will be released June 22 and features the hit single of the same name. Five songs from Miley, including “Can’t Be Tamed,” will be released for Rock Band play day-and-date with the album release.
Looks like Sony is moving quickly to make their newly acquired Jimmy Hendrix music catalog start paying off. They have inked a deal to bring Hendrix, who was previously on Guitar Hero over to Rock Band in form of the Album – Axis: Bold As Love. It will be added next week to the Rock Band Music Store. Axis, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s iconic second studio album, was released in 1967, and includes the “If 6 Was 9,” “Castles Made of Sand,” “Little Wing” and “Bold As Love.” The songs will be available both as singles and as an album pack. Omitted is the spoken word/sound sculpture opening track “EXP” as it is not suitable for gameplay.Also available next week is “Valleys of Neptune,” the single from the new album of the same name, which was released March 9 on Legacy Recordings and features never before commercially released recordings. Legacy will also release this year deluxe CD/DVD editions of several of Hendrix’s most iconic albums, including Axis: Bold As Love. These 13 tracks join Hendrix’s “Fire,” which is already available on-disc for LEGO® Rock Band. The full album will cost $19.99 or 1600 MS Points. I’ll be honest I’m tired of music games and haven’t played one in about 5 months, this may be enough for me to pick up my plastic instruments again.
Last week I told you The Who recorded a special version of their Superbowl Mashup for Rock Band. The track is now available on XBLA for 160 MS Points, this translates to about $1.99. – have I said lately how much I really hate trying to figure out MS stupid point system? Clocking in at over 13 Minutes, this may be the longest Rock Band track ever. The mashup features 5 songs – Pinball Wizard, Bab O’Riley, Who Are You, See Me, Feel Me and Won’t Get Fooled Again. I rocked out to the entire 13 minutes and only missed 2 notes. For some weird reason iMovie did a bad job encoding the video as it jumps a couple of times. Check it out.
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The Who’s Rock Band Super Bowl Mashup Pt 2
The folks at Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band is going to put The Who‘s upcoming Superbowl Mashup on XBLA for 160 points ($1.99). The band recorded a special version of their upcoming half time show just for us Plastic Instrument players. Frankly it’s a pretty terrible release. It didn’t say if it’s coming to the PS3 or exactly when this song will be or exactly what the mashup is going to be – but you can pretty much guess it’ll be combination of “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Eminence Front,” “Going Mobile,” “Leaving Here,” “Magic Bus,” “My Generation,” and “Real Good Looking Boy.” The main takeaway is, you’ll be able to play The Who’s Super Bowl performance. How cool is that?
One of the greatest albums of all time, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is now available for Beatle’s Rock Band on both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. You can purchase the tracks separately or as a full album. On PSN it’s $2 a track or $13.49 for the full album. On Xbox live it’s 160 points per track and 1080 (I still loathe the whole MS point system, I wish they’d kill it and use real dollar amounts.) It’s available now.
I’m not going to front and act like I know anything about the DJ culture or who the heck Daft Punk is or why this is stupendous news, but it does seem like Activision is really pulling out all the stops for their new Music game DJ Hero and I’m getting curiouser and curiouser about it. I mean how is this thing going to work? Do I want even more plastic gaming instruments in my house? Anyway Daft Punk is adding a bunch of new mixes to the game. Ton of images and full press release after the break.
- Daft Punk “Around the World” vs. Young MC “Bust A Move”
- Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. NASA “Strange Enough ft. Karen O, ODB and Fatlip”
- Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust”
- Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Hashim “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” – Produced and mixed by The Scratch Perverts
- Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Queen “We Will Rock You”
- Daft Punk “Short Circuit” vs. Boogie Down Productions “Jack Of Spades”
- Daft Punk “Technologic” vs. Gary Numan “Cars”
- Daft Punk “Television Rules The Nation” vs. No Doubt “Hella Good”
I feel like I’ve reviewed Guitar Hero and Rock Band so many times that I’ve run out of things to say about them. Originally, I wasn’t excited about Guitar Hero 5, Activision’s latest milking of their music game franchise. I looked at the initial set list and had no idea what many of these songs were. I popped the game into my X-Box 360 and nearly dropped the guitar when I saw the full list. It has Peter Frampton’s Do You Feel Like We Do! I was sold on the basis of that song alone, but then I saw the Rolling Stone’s Sympathy for the Devil, and finally, finally, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. My god, what a triple threat. On top of these great classics, for the first time ever, you can import previously purchased tracks into a Guitar Hero game – for free. I always end up purchasing some tracks for my Guitar Hero games but lose track of which disk each purchased track went with – another reason I’ve grown to dislike the GH franchise. Now, I, at the very least have all my purchased tracks on one disk. Way to go Activision. Now how about importing my other game disks? How cool would it be to have both Free Bird and Do You Feel Like We Do on the same disk?
Did you know that 9.09.09 is going to be a huge day for the Beatles? For the first time ever The Beatles are issuing their remastered Catalog in both Mono (for you purist) and Stereo on CD. It’s widely expected that The Beatles music on iTunes will finally be announced at today’s Apple’s music event and there’s a little game called The Beatles: Rock Band. A few weeks ago I did an interview with the game’s producer Josh Randall – who must have one of the coolest jobs in the world.
1) Can you talk a bit about how this entire project came to be? Did you pursue the Beatles or did they come to you?
The concept actually came about because of a chance meeting during the family vacations of Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music Group and the Harrison family, Olivia and Dhani. Dhani Harrison is a fan of Harmonix and its history and reputation for developing music games. From that conversation, MTV Games and Harmonix worked with Apple Corps to make the dream a reality.
2) Why do you think the Beatles chose you guys over your competition?
I think from our first meetings with Apple Corps, it just made sense. We were able to engage those guys on a creative level that I think made them comfortable. As our organizations got to know each other better, we grew a mutual respect for one another, and things fell into place.