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Could there BE any more music rhythm game news?!

May 8, 2009 - Nick Recchia Tom Worthington
If you are a music rhythm game lover then you should be as happy as a kid in a candy store right now. It seems in the past few weeks there has nothing but more and more news about future releases for each game.

First off is The Beatles: Rock Band. If you like The Bealtes then this may be a cool game to add to your collection of music rhythm games. If you are a hardcore Beatles fan then not only will you want to buy the game you will probably want to fork over the money for the two standalone replica guitars that will be released along side the game. Supposedly the are the same type of guitars that were used by John Lennon and George Harrison. If you do want to get everything here is how the pricing structure breaks down"

Bundle: $250
Rickenbacker 325:$100
Gretsch Duo Jet: $100

Total: $450

To me, that's alot of money. But if your that hardcore about The Beatles then it may be a small price to pay. Moving on...

I mentioned in a previous post about the rumored Guitar Hero: Van Halen. Well it is a rumor no more. Activision has comfirmed that there will in fact be a GH: Van Halen released sometime in the second half of the year. No songs have been released yet but Activision has stated that they will be Van Halen/David Lee Roth not Van Halen/Hagar. Plus they will be joined by acts such as Queen, Weezer, Blink 182, The Offspring and Queens of the Stoneage. To me this seems like an automatic buy. Hopefully the playlist will be up to snuff but I mean c'mon it is Van Halen.

Staying on Guitar Hero, Activision has also announced three more GH games to be released this year. Yeah you read that right...three. The future releases are Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and DJ Hero. Obviously we all know what Guitar Hero 5 is but what about the other two. Band Hero is a E10+ rated game that would seem to be competing with the recently announced Lego Rock Band in the family friendly rock game category.  DJ Hero is basically the same game as Guitar Hero but instead you are using a turn table peripheral and obviously the music will be a bit different. I'm not sure how the rest of you feel but it would seem that Activision might be stretching themselves a bit thin. But hey if it works for ya then why not, right?

Now on to some more news. And guess what it's about Guitar Hero. Who knew? If you were wondering what the complete playlist for Guitar Hero Smash Hits is check out the following:

Guitar Hero

  • Blue Oyster Cult - "Godzilla"
  • Boston - "More Than A Feeling"
  • Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"
  • Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
  • Helmet - "Unsung (Live)"
  • Incubus - "Stellar"
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock N' Roll"
  • Ozzy Osbourne - "Bark At The Moon"
  • Pantera - "Cowboys From Hell (Live)"
  • Queen - "Killer Queen"
  • Queens Of The Stone Age - "No One Knows"
  • The Donnas - "Take It Off"
  • The Exies - "Hey You"
  • White Zombie - "Thunder Kiss '65"
Guitar Hero II

  • Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
  • Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
  • Danzig - "Mother"
  • Foo Fighters - "Monkey Wrench"
  • Iron Maiden - "The Trooper"
  • Jane's Addiction - "Stop!"
  • Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"
  • Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"
  • M?tley Cr?e- "Shout At The Devil"
  • Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
  • Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"
  • Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
  • Rush - "YYZ"
  • Stone Temple Pilots - "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
  • The Police - "Message In A Bottle"
  • The Sword - "Freya"
  • Warrant - "Cherry Pie"
  • Wolfmother - "Woman"
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s

  • Anthrax - "Caught In A Mosh"
  • Extreme - "Play With Me"
  • Judas Priest - "Electric Eye"
  • Poison - "Nothin' But A Good Time"
  • Ratt - "Round and Round"
  • Twisted Sister - "I Wanna Rock"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

  • AFI - "Miss Murder"
  • DragonForce - "Through The Fire And Flames"
  • Heart - "Barracuda"
  • Kiss - "Rock And Roll All Nite"
  • Living Colour - "Cult Of Personality"
  • Pat Benatar - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
  • Priestess - "Lay Down"
  • Slayer - "Raining Blood"
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

  • Aerosmith - "Back In The Saddle

And finally, do you like Tenacious D? Are you going to buy Brutal Legend? If you said yes to both of these then GameStop has a deal for you. If you preorder Brutal Legend at GameStop you will get a special in game Tenacious D guitar that according to Activision was closely worked on with the boys of Tenacious D, Jack Black and Kyle Gass. If you weren't going to get this game before this probably won't entice you at all to change your mind but if you were this is a nice added bonus.

-Nick Recchia


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The Beatles: Rock Band replica guitars. They're only a $100 a piece.