Harmonix is preparing to bring back Rock Band - but with a few changes this time. The downloadable title will take up less living-room space than its predecessors' banks of instruments, for starters...
Game music has been a passion of ours roughly since, oh, 1985, but in the past 10 years, it’s come to mean something more. Don’t get us wrong, we still love the beepatronic music of the 8- and 16-bit periods (and the wave of chiptune artists it inspired), but the past decade has also seen licensed music become a surprisingly important part of gaming. Sometimes, this just means a selection of familiar hits to accompany our music games, but every so often, a game will use licensed tracks to careful, brilliant effect – and in the process, will expose legions of gamers to music they might never have heard otherwise. What follows are the games and franchises that have been the most influential in bringing strange and terrifying new musical styles to gamers’ ears – and in the interest of making this our most self-indulgent Top 7 since that other one, we’ve asked a handful of our editors to explain what made each one important to them personally...
The musical rhythm genre lived a rock star’s life. It rocketed to success, got drunk with power, had a few popular albums, and then sold out. An overabundance of releases and a lack of innovation killed the genre, forcing Rock Band to dance for money at the local dive bar. But now, with the help of peripheral-maker Mad Catz, the band is getting another shot at the big time...
Harmonix revealed today that the Wii will no longer receive updates from the Rock Band Network due to lack of interest...
Jimi Hendrix's seminal second album is coming to Rock Band and Rock Band 2 as DLC. But being less commercial than Are You Experienced?, less solo-heavy than Band of Gypsys and less experimental than Electric Ladyland, the album is perhaps an unlikely first choice for the game. But closer inspection reveals plenty of scope for awesome plastic guitar gameplay. So we've rated each track as to how it'll fit the game.
When it comes to heavy metal, one of the pioneering “rock gods” is Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford. These days, he has his own clothing line and is helping new generations find music through games like Activision’s Guitar Hero and MTV Games’ Rock Band. Halford also starred in his first videogame last year, playing General Lionwhyte and The Baron in Tim Schafer’s Brutal Legend.
A lot can happen in 10 years. And it has. As part of this week's post-mortem of the last decade in gaming, we now present for you some of the weirdest, depressing, arousing, significant, entertaining and amusing events, happenings and milestones that have occurred in the wonderful world of games during the soon-to-be-expired Noughties.
Fact: singer is the toughest job in Rock Band, Beatles or otherwise. On Expert difficulty, you’re totally screwed unless you’ve spent loads of time tuning your vocal cords. So here at Radar Labs, we developed an alternate strategy to help you nail that elusive 100% score
We the proud musicians who don’t actually play a real instrument, yet still demand the ability to rock the hell out are in for a real treat thanks to our buddies at Mad Catz. Rock Band’s guitar buttons too click-clackity? Guitar Hero’s strum bar too squeaky? Screw ‘em. Mad Catz has the solution to your fake guitar woes and we’re giving you a chance to win a Fender Precision Bass Guitar and three sister
Rock Band can make anyone feel like a rock star, but feeling and being are separated by millions of dollars, obsessed fans, and a voice that anyone actually wants to hear ever. For each “Rock Band EXPERT 5 StArS!!! OMG!” video you find on YouTube, you can find another song mangling performance so atrocious that it would make Simon Cowell's man breasts explode with snideness.Some think they can actually
Would you look at that, a whole new podcast done sprung up unnerneath our feet! If’n we was a bettin’ folk, we’d rightly say this week’s podcast is a durn-tootin’ romp-a-bout filled with tales of lyin’, cheatin’ and some other such nonsense. Then we scoot on to topics akin to Rock Band, Force Unleashed, Mega Man 9 and a whole mess more. Give ol’ T-Dar a try, ya shan’t regret it!
If you're in the market for Rock Band DLC, odds are you tend to buy what you know and leave the rest to rot. We used to do the same... until we realized how many kickass songs we were passing by simply because we'd never heard them before. That's where DLC Breakdown comes in. We review each song by instrument, so bassists know to check out a starred song even if they've never heard it.
You’ve heard what you really sound like when playing Rock Band . The spastic clacking of plastic instruments is enough to drive your neighbors insane. So when we recently had the opportunity to see the new drum kit for Guitar Hero: World Tour, we were immediately impressed with how quiet it played. After the demo, we filmed one of the developers wailing away on the kit. Then, back at the office, we filmed ourselves thrashing
"No f&#*ing way am I wearing that." That was the initial reaction by many gamers when they saw the little plastic guitar that powered the original Guitar Hero. My, how times have changed. In Rock Band - the new multiplayer spin from the original GH creators, Harmonix - not only do you eagerly want to grab a fake plastic guitar, but you won't have to look far to find three other people just as willing to step up to grab a fake plastic bass, fake plastic drums and a fake plastic
Representatives of The Beatles estate are in talks with both Activision and MTV Games to include the band's back catalogue in either Rock Band or Guitar Hero.The deal could be worth several million dollars and could be reached within a matter of weeks, according to a source for the Financial Times.Back in March, we reported that a top executive at the music publishing company that owns the Lennon-McCartney copyrights said he'd