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VIDEO GAMES: Beatles Rumored Setlist, Confirmed?

Beatles Rock Band

Well, what do we have here.  Several websites are reporting that the rumored full Beatles Rockband setlist that’s been going around is actually real.  I generally don’t like to cover rumors, but this seems to be fact (confirmed by Game Informer) and I fully expect the Rock Band folks to send out the official press release tomorrow or Monday.  If this is true, the 45 song Beatles disk is pretty rocking.  Take a gander after the break.

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VIDEO GAMES: Guitar Hero 5 Full Set List, Announced. Features 85 Tracks!

Guitar Hero 5 Setlist

This morning the folks at Guitar Hero sent over an email with the final GH 5 set list. I’m going through it and I honestly can’t say I’m excited. I’ve always said Guitar Hero is the better Music Game but Rock Band was the better Music Platform because while I love playing GH, I’ve never been particularly fond of their track lists – even the Smash Hits track list pretty much sucks. Highlights for me include, Dancing With Myself, All Along The Watchtower, Fame, Saturday Nights Alright for Fighting, Sympathy for the Devil, Superstition and Play That Funky Music – Seven awesome must play songs out of 85? Why, oh why can’t Activision embrace real DLC? I don’t want to pay full price to get 7 songs, especially when I don’t even know what 65 of these songs are!  The full list is after the break. What do you think?

 

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VIDEO GAMES: Guitar Hero: Smash Hits

Guitar Hero: Smash Hits Review

Activision finally sent me my copy of Guitar Hero: Smash Hits on the day Michael Jackson dies. Ironically it seemed almost perfect that I would get a music game on the day a music legend passed. I was getting tired of watching the wall to wall coverage and decided, let’s fire up Smash Hits. Initially, I was totally against the idea of a Guitar Hero Greatest Hits collection, I own all the GH titles and this smelled of double dipping. Instead of these constant new discs why can’t Activision do what Rock Band does and simply let users import tracks from all their previous games into one massive library? Or better yet, get their DLC house in order. The Guitar Hero franchise is in danger of oversaturation and the fact that most of the DLC is incompatible with each game tells us Activision really doesn’t care about DLC. So no, at first I thoroughly hated the concept of Smash Hits. But after thinking about it for a few weeks, I was down with the idea of being able to play most of the obvious popular tracks on one disk instead of constantly swapping disk to play one or two songs. Then I saw the full set list for Smash. ugh…

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VIDEO GAME NEWS: Guitar Hero Smash Hits and On Tour: Modern Hits, Out Today

GH smash hits - Star Power

I’ve made my feelings about all of these multiple GH games well known, not to mention how utterly crappy the Guitarhero.com website is, but I’m still going to pick up Smash Hits – I mean come on it has Freebird, FREEBIRD! Activision brings rock’s hottest hits to all major retailers with the launches of their latest pair of Guitar Hero titles, Guitar Hero® Smash Hits and Guitar Hero® On Tour: Modern Hits. Hitting store shelves today, Guitar Hero Smash Hits expands the experience of previous guitar-only games to the full band so gamers can join together and rock to 48 of the most fun and celebrated tracks from Guitar Hero®, Guitar Hero® II, Guitar Hero® Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock.  Featuring all master recordings, Guitar Hero Smash Hits delivers a robust feature set and epic on-disc song list including music from fan-favorite artists such as Alice In Chains, Queen, Poison, Rage Against The Machine, Twisted Sister, Heart and DragonForce. 

GHOnTour

Also available in stores now, Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits features a varied selection of today’s hottest bands and some of their most popular songs in a set list comprised of 28 face-melting modern rock master recordings from influential artists such as Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Tenacious D, The Strokes and Weezer.  Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits provides players with brand new gameplay experiences, including non-linear career progression, a new Fan Requests system and competitive multiplayer modes that allow song-sharing of more than 75 songs between the other games in the Guitar Hero On Tour series.

VIDEO GAME NEWS: Guitar Hero 5 Coming this fall

Guitar Hero 5

The folks at Activision need to “slow their roll” because they are killing the Guitar Hero franchise with all of these releases. How many does Guitar Hero 5 make it? 4 or 5 different titles in 4 months? None of them compatible with each other? Let’s see we have Guitar Hero: Metallica which came out last month, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits which is coming next month, Guitar Hero: Van Halen, and now Guitar Hero 5, It’s ridiculous! Stop the Monkeys!! We want this stuff to be DLC, darnit! Guitar Hero 5 will let you string up to 4 Drumsets, why anyone would want to do this is beyond me. But it’s there. The game will include master tracks from 85 of the hottest bands of today and the biggest classic acts including; Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, plus more than 25 artists from a variety of music genres that will be making their music video game debut.

Guitar Hero 5 Drums

Among the first-time-ever features of Guitar Hero 5 are: Party Play, where players can jump in or drop out of gameplay seamlessly; RockFest, a comprehensive competitive experience available featuring five new head-to-head modes playable online or in your living room; and the ability to play the entire set-list from the first time the game is turned on. Guitar Hero 5 refines the player experience, enhances the art style and redesigns core features such as GHMusic StudioSM, making it the most accessible, fun-to-play and authentic experience for seasoned music gamers as well as first-time players. New innovations such as Band Moments, where bands are rewarded for hitting special note streams together and song challenges where gamers are tasked to play through a song a specific way, add a new competitive layer of excitement and accomplishment to the music rhythm genre.

VIDEO GAME NEWS: Are You Ready to be a DJ Hero?!

DJ Hero Turntable Controller #3

It had to happen sometime, Activision has officially announced DJ Heroes and Band Heroes at their annual Gamers Day event in LA which, strangely enough the Weasels never invite me to. But then calling them weasels probably means I won’t be getting any invitations anytime soon. I hate to say it but I’m intensely curious to see how this works. Here’s the official press release and some pictures.

DJ Hero Turntable Controller #1

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VIDEO GAME NEWS: Guitar Hero World Tour Vs. Rockband 2

Since Activision isn’t going to send me my Guitar Hero World Tour kit for another few weeks, I’m not going to be able to review it for awhile. Which is good because I’m still stuck on Rockband 2 a game I don’t think I’ll ever be able to finish because I have over 300 tracks and the damn game is forcing me to play any tracks but the new ones.  But if you ever wondered what the differences are between the two new games are, there are about 19 tracks that are on both. One of those weird YouTubers actually did a comparison between the two games and the one thing you come away with is how unrealistic both of these games are, when they both use different "notes" for the same sequences. If RB and GH were truly accurate you would think it’d be the same. For instance instead of hitting the green notes you hit the orange, which is at the complete opposite end of the scale.  Check it out, it’s pretty neat.

VIDEO GAME NEWS: Activision and RedOctane Announce Guitar Hero Launch Plans

Last week Activision announced the availability of new downloadable tracks that will be available the week Guitar Hero: World Tour launches (this weekend, Sat. 25, 2008) and now in partnership with the evil Gamestop they are going to have a host of midnight launch parties this Saturday night. There will be air guitar challenges, rock star impersonation games and more. In addition to widespread midnight madness launches, GameStop will host three marquee events at retail locations located in New York City (33RD Street & Broadway), Dallas (Park & Preston) and Los Angeles (Universal CityWalk). Event goers will get a chance to showcase their Guitar Hero prowess with a Guitar Hero shred-off, see-and-be-seen with celebrity VIP guests and more. Attendees at marquee events will also have the opportunity to experience Guitar Hero World Tour before it goes on sale at midnight. Which store will Brett Ratner be at pitching his lame Guitar Hero movie idea?

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.

ROCKBAND NEWS: The Who Hits This Week and Jam at E3

The Who does Rock Band

I’ve always been more a fan of Guitar Hero than Rockband, even though I recently purchased about 40 tracks. I just find I prefer the balance on GH to RB. RB’s normal level is way too slow and easy, while the hard level is way too hard – I can’t hit that stupid orange note. I’m not at E3 this year and I find out The Who is going to play the Rock Band Party. The f’ing Who? Even though I get invited to this stuff, I still somehow miss out the really cool events. It’s The Who! Anywho (get it?) They are releasing a best of set this week. Check out this awesome track listing.

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  • "Amazing Journey"
  • "Baba O’Riley"
  • "Behind Blue Eyes"
  • "Eminence Front"
  • "Going Mobile"
  • "Leaving Here"
  • "My Generation" (LIVE)
  • "Real Good Looking Boy"
  • "Sea & Sand"
  • "Summertime Blues" (LIVE)
  • "Who Are You"
  • "Young Man Blues" (LIVE)

The folks over at Joystiq went that extra mile and posted up video of all these songs. So check it out at Here.