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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Rock Band

I'm a little addicted to Guitar Hero. Well, maybe more than a little. When I hear 'Carry On My Wayward Son' I have flashbacks to green, red, yellow, and blue buttons. (I can't handle hard, so orange is out of the question)

The developer of Guitar Hero, Harmonix, has passed the torch to Neversoft. This isn't because they don't like GH, but it's because they wanted to make a new IP called Rock Band.

Up till now there hasn't been any Rock Band game footage. Thanks to Gamespot we've got our first look. It's an mp4 file that's about 50MB, so be patient while it downloads. (Takes about 2 minutes)







Take note of all 4 player's cues on the screen. Lead guitar is on the left, percussion in the middle, bass guitar on the right, and vocals along the top of the screen.

The bass and guitar are your standard GH controllers. The mic isn't special, but the software apparently has some very sophisticated word detection. You can't hum your way through a song like previous karaoke games. The drum set is a digital quad similar to what's found in a marching band. Except this set comes with a kick pedal for the phantom bass drum. You can see on the drummer's cues the solid line representing a bass hit.

This line of games is forcing me to buy a 360. At $400 plus the $60 Guitar Controller, I'm going to have to spend my birthday and Christmas getting it.

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Company of Heroes1
Half Life 21
Half Life 2: Episode One1
Supreme Commander1
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Dungeon Runners2
Dungeon Siege II2
Far Cry2
Galactic Civilization II2
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Jade Empire2
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Sam & Max: Episode 12
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Space Rangers 2: The Rise of the Dominators3
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl3
Stubbs the Zombie3
War Front3
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos3
Infernal35/8/2007
Shadowrun25/9/07
Pirates of the Burning SeaM6/1/2007
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars?6/5/2007
Two Worlds?6/26/07
Sins of A Solar Empire?8/1/2007
BioShock18/21/2007
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Age of ConanM10/30/07
Crysis1Fall 2007
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Half-Life 2: Episode Two1Fall 2007
Portals1Fall 2007
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Tabula RasaMFall 2007
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Dragon Age?Winter 2007
Fable 2?Winter 2007
Field Ops?Winter 2007
Halo Wars?Winter 2007
Gods & Heroes: Rome RisingMWinter 2007
Haze?Winter 2007
Hellgate: London1Winter 2007
HuxleyMWinter 2007
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men?Winter 2007
Left 4 Dead?Winter 2007
The AgencyMSpring 2008
Empire Earth III?Spring 2008
Guild Wars 2 MSpring 2008
Jericho?Spring 2008
Sacred 2?Spring 2008
Savage 2?Spring 2008
Time Shift2Spring 2008
Universe at War: Earth Assault3Spring 2008
The Witcher?Spring 2008
CellFactor?2008
Darkest of Days?2008
On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkeness: Episode 122008
Warhammer OnlineM2008
Alliance: The Silent War??
Alone in the Dark??
Assassin's Creed??
BioWare MMO??
The Crossing??
Dungeon Hero??
Fallout 3??
Lego Batman??
Mythos??
Overloard??
Space Seige??
Culdcept SagaPC??
Gears of WarPC??
God of WarPC??
Beautiful KatamariPC??
OkamiPC??
Resistance: Fall of ManPC??
Odin's SpherePC??
Castle CrashersPC??

1 - I will buy it
2 - I'll buy it at discount
3 - Other people think it's good, but I wasn't interested when I first heard about it
M - Mainly Multiplayer. See if friends get interested.
? - Find out more about this game
PC? - Will it be released on the PC?