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27
Mar
10

Neversoft have given up

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I updated this site :p

It’s pretty obvious that in the last few months that Neversoft (the company who make modern Guitar Hero) are seriously going down the bog. With the company being dropped by Activision after GH6’s release, there isn’t any hope of survival, and it seems that they’ve just given up already. There are a number of things that prove this –

1) No more imports

Remember back when GH5 was announced, and Neversoft made a big deal that you could import songs from GH World Tour and Greatest Hits? Only a small amount of the songs from those games actually imported and Neversoft promised that they would be able to liscence more songs to import at a later date? That was back around September. Now it’s April and not even a mention of it, which to me says that they just can’t be bothered.

2) Re-hash DLC + songs

This is a big one that’s came up recently. First case was that despite being World Tour, the Van Halen song Hot for Teacher was reused for GHVH. I wouldn’t have minded but WT is also full band, meaning that there was no reason for it’s reuseal, and could easily have been exported. More recently, the blink-182 song “First Date” has been released as GH5/BH DLC despite being on the GHVH disc. Now, in the April DLC lineup, we have a Lynyrd Skynyrd pack coming. Seems great right – best ever Southern Rock band coming to GH? But included in the pack is another release of Free Bird, that is already playable thanks to Greatest Hits imports. Yes, it has an alternate ending and is recharted, but it’s not really a good enough reason for a rerelease.

3) Disappearence of Neversoft account

This one might not stand out as much as the other points, but it may well have a reason here. On the Guitar Hero community site forums, the main admin account “Neversoft” used to be providing updates regularly on stuff such as DLC, competitions and the likes. Now it has pretty much disappeared, and all updates are given on Facebook in micro-posts. The fact that they put a time-wasting social network above their own built-up community is rediculous, especially when every post they make ends up with about 50 comments saying “y do u wast your time wit agame rather than lern a real guitar”.

I honestly hope that Neversoft manage to sort themselves out and go out with a bang for GH6, but it really doesn’t look promising, especially with all the hype behind the recently confirmed Rock Band 3.

22
Oct
09

Guitar Hero 42 due December


another GH montage – it’s fairly old but I thought I should post it here.

There’s a new Guitar Hero, with pop songs that aimed at little kids.

By this, I mean Band Hero, which is Activision’s most recent entry to the GH franchise. I can only see this being a disaster, as the game is a PEGI 12 age rating, and from the demo I assume that that represents the maximum age rather than the minimum. After the fairly amazing graphical update in GH5, I don’t see why it is necessary to go to graphics that wouldn’t look out of place in a low-budget horror film. Everything seems way too colourful and this makes it strangely creepy.

The main stand-out problem is the neon-pink interface, which kills your eyes after a second of scrolling through a menu. The other stand-out problem is it’s competitor Lego Rock Band, which for a kids game looks absolutely awesome. The setlist is strong, using ‘well known songs’ as in older hits rather than the top 40 nonsense that Band Hero is full of. They also have celebrity characters that have actually earned their icon status – including Queen, David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Band Hero has Taylor Swift and some Adam guy I’ve never heard of. Notice the difference?

Anyway, I’m going to stop now as I can see myself dragging this on, but I’m sure you get the point. The sad fact is that due to the GH series being more commercial I can guarentee Band Hero winning sales-wise, and a BH2 is inevitable.

Flameh out.

26
Jul
09

Virtual Clothes For Sale

http://kotaku.com/5322037/how-much-xbox-360-avatar-clothes-and-toys-cost/gallery/

This is possibly the most rediculous thing to hit Xbox 360, ever. Why people would pay for Avatar clothes I don’t know. You can’t even show off your avatar other than on the web, and if you wanted different clothes you could probably Photoshop them in. These aren’t just cheapo add-ons, they cost quite a lot, from the screens available some T-shirts are going for 80 points (about $1 in US currency) which for a little gimmickey thing no-one is gonna see is a lot of money. Really, they should tie in additional clothes with achievements, rather than making us pay.

– Flame

19
Jul
09

Don’t play Dragonforce if you can’t play Dragonforce.

I bought the latest Guitar Hero (Greatest Hits) yesterday and it is still as enjoyable offline as other games. The career is good, the setlist is strong and it still has all of the new features introduced in World Tour, such as Create a Rocker and the Music Studio. However, there is one problem with the game. Through The Fire And Flames.

TTFAF isn’t a bad song, it is just extremely difficult. It seems that many people are just going online to play TTFAF on Expert to show off the fact that they can play it. I played about 10 online games last night and all of the songs that weren’t my choice was just Dragonforce. Over and over.

This was annoying as it is, but it’s worse when they can’t actually complete the intro. I was on Bass (Hard) and the other guy was on Expert guitar. The intro to TTFAF is charted as guitar, even though it’s really some keyboard effect. So the guy hits a few notes and then fails out. TBH, it could have just been a bad run, but if you’re going to pick the hardest song in the game to play online with people watching, you’d probably want to practice for a bit first.

– Flame

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18
Jul
09

COD: Modern Warfare 2 is £55

MW2 will cost £55

This is one of the latest updates I’ve seen for the game and it seems that Activision have gone insane – again. I don’t doubt that the game will be awesome – like COD4 – but £55? Had this been the steelbook version with the CoD1 download that would be fine, but this is just the regular version of the game. Keeping in mind that other new games cost about £40, this is going too far. That’s £15 more than any other game.I’m hoping that retailers lower the price drastically, because otherwise it’s a no-buy for me.

I know that MW2 will have high sales whatever the price simply because it’s Call Of Duty, but if Activision get away with this, they could permanently raise game prices, turning away thousands of sales.

-Flame




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