Archive for the 'RB/GH' Category

17
May
10

Some GUITAR HERO 6 Songs

So, thanks to the Official Playstation Magazine (I seriously never thought I’d hear myself saying that) we have a group of confirmed songs

Children Of The Grave – Black Sabbath
I’m Not Okay (I Promise) – My Chemical Romance
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
What Do I Get – Buzzcocks
If You Want Peace… Prepare For War – Children Of Bodom
Love Gun – Kiss
Chemical Warfare – Slayer
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Uprising – Muse
Paranoid – Metallica & Ozzy Osbourne
Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction
There’s No Secrets This Year – Silversun Pickups
Sudden Death – Megadeth
Bloodlines – Dethklok
Waidmanns Heil – Rammstein
Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
Dancing Through Sunday – AFI
Fury Of The Storm – Dragonforce
Fascination Street – The Cure

Thanks to toymasheenSH of the DLCQuickplay forums for showing me the scan at http://dlcquickplay.com/forum.php?t=4631&page=2 😀 Anyway, I know there’s been a lot of complaints about what’s been confirmed so far, but I’m liking what I’m seeing. I’m not familiar with the Ozzy/Metallica rerecording of Paranoid so it could be interesting, and although it may not be perfect for gameplay (piano-charting ahoy!) Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the best songs ever written and will get chosen at parties. It’s also nice to see some Kiss & ZZ Top back, and there’s some stuff that should satisfy the MOAR METALLZ!! idiots on the GH forums.

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.

10
Mar
10

The third band that rocks…

So Rock Band 3 has been confirmed. I’ve decided to compile a list of features I would like to see in RB3.

1. Full platform compatibility

Harmonix has been licensing songs for the ‘Rock Band Platform’ now rather than a specific game, so I see no reason why previous songs (other than the obvious 3/4 RB1 songs) shouldn’t carry over.

2. Better venue effects

I’d love to see all songs having individual animations (similar to how GH manages things) as there’s only so many times that you can watch the small set of RB2 animations before they get repetitive.

3. Replace music videos with dreamscapes

Let’s face it, the music videos are a bit dull – they’re basically the same thing over and over. So why not introduce Beatles’ style dreamscapes? LRB was on the way with the power challenges, why not do something like that for a main Rock Band. I’d much rather have a custom dreamscape for the song come up in Quickplay than a music video.

4. Bassvox love

I know that quite a few people like to play an instrument and sing at the same time, however in the past there has always been a kerfuffle involving loading it up as if 2 people are playing. Theoretically, if the two parts are owned by one player, they could share overdrive meaning a second controller won’t be necessary.

5. Multiplayer scroll speed fix

This is one of the most annoying things about RB at the moment – for no explainable reason, when 2 people are playing on different difficulties, all the tracks go the same speed. This means if you play expert but your mate plays medium, you’re stuck with your tortoise track.

6. Party mode

This would be considered stealing from GH5, but it is absolutely necessary. I’ve had several parties with music games being played but nearly always end up playing GH because when you have a room full of people who don’t usually play games, it can be a nightmare in the RB quickplay – getting everyone signed into the game, switching instruments when people get bored, adding another guitar in, stopping kids from randomly whacking the drums in the menus etc.

7. Optional censoring

This is a biggie for me. Although HMX are nowhere near as vicious at censoring as Neversoft, it’s still pretty annoying and can disrupt the flow of the song. What could be done is to achieve the T/12+/PG rating the game could censor by default, then HMX could release an optional patch which provides the option to turn the censorship off.

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I’ve made a predicted setlist on the RB forums at this link.

I’ll probably come up with more suggestions at some point soon, and feel free to leave comments on which improvements you’d like 🙂

06
Jan
10

Poll: Music Games + Flame Points

I’m going to try something new here, and every week (whenever possible) I will try to post a new poll here. It does mainly depend on the votes in this, mind.

Now I imagine a lot of people have been wondering what the ‘Flame Points’ thing is – well basically, it’s the number of views the blog has had. I know it’s quite a big target but I hope to have 900+ by the end of January. Tell your friends 🙂

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03
Jan
10

DJ Hero Fixes

So I got DJ Hero at Christmas and it seems like a pretty decent game. The gameplay works well and the controller is pretty well built. However, here are a few things that I think would be awesome in the guarenteed sequel.

1 – Custom mixes.

This would be pretty cool. If you could pick two songs (including ones on your hard drive) and mix them together using the plastic turntable then you could create some interesting mash-ups. It’d be great to share them online but sadly I think copyright would eat Activision alive.

2 – Better Guitar Sections

I know that the guitar gameplay was just thrown in as a gimmick, but it would be better if there was some more interesting guitar gameplay – most of the guitar songs in DJ Hero are just chordfests.

3 – Custom shout-outs

This is just an extra feature would be pretty awesome. This would work as recording yourself shouting several different phrases before starting the mix and being able to pick between them in game.

Well, it’ll be interesting to see if any of these turn out to be in DJ Hero 2.

03
Dec
09

Guitar Hero / Rock Band Mini-Guide

(Images from Wikipedia)

So, this is the first moderately useful post I’ve put here in a while. The idea here is I know there are a lot of rhythm / music games out around this Christmas time, so I thought I’d break it down a bit.

Guitar Hero 5

Guitar Hero 5 is the most recent ‘proper’ game in the Guitar Hero (GH) series, and supports guitar, bass, drums and vocals. The song list focuses mostly on classic rock, hard rock, and metal. There are however, a few lighter, popular songs such as that by cartoon band Gorillaz with the song “Feel Good inc.”

Rock Band 2

Rock Band 2 is Harmonix’s most recent ‘main’ game that was released last year. The game has about 80 songs on disc, with support for literally hundreds of downloadable songs, as well as the ability to import many of the songs from the first Rock Band game. Because of this, Rock Band is true to Harmonix’s original word – it’s more than a game, it’s a platform.

The Beatles: Rock Band

It’s a Rock Band game. Featuring the Beatles. What could go wrong? Answer – nothing. Features a story mode that follows the history of the band, and features 45 of the Beatles’ legendary songs. The later songs from after the Beatles stopped touring feature ‘dreamscapes’ which show the band in various scenarios relating the music.

Band Hero

This is basically Guitar Hero for kids. Everything is full of bright colours and it includes music from mostly top 40 artists. Although there are a few more well-known artists (Don McClean, The Turtles etc.) it’s mostly modern-day pop. Everything has been made kid-friendly (in some cases too far – they censored ‘whiskey’ in American Pie) and it’s very cartoon-based.

Lego Rock Band

This originally looked like a bad cash-in when it as first announced, but after playing it I can assure that it isn’t. It’s aimed at the same kind of audience as Band Hero, however it is far superior in many ways. By ‘well-known hits’, Lego Rock Band refers to music including Queen, Blur, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Some of the downloadable songs from Rock Band 2 are playable, providing that they pass a ‘family filter’. I can see why this happens, but it seems a bit random – how is ‘Somebody To Love’ by Queen offensive?

DJ Hero

Whereas other games in the genre are all aimed at guitar/rock, DJ Hero braves something different. Although a little expensive, the game comes with a DJ turntable controller and the object of the game is to mix songs together using gameplay similar to that of Guitar Hero, this time pressing buttons on the deck, as well as scratching and crossfading.

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16
Nov
09

Lawsuit Battle For Fun

So, both Courtney Love and No Doubt aren’t too pleased with Activision.

Continue reading ‘Lawsuit Battle For Fun’




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