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  • …And Then, There Were Two

    Posted on August 29th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Last night, I made it a point to slay The Reaper. So, I got the kids to bed, my wife fired up Wii Fit in the living room, and I headed to “The Dungeon” (i.e. Rock Band on Xbox 360 in my basement) to battle the fearful Reaper.

    The battle was harsh, as The Reaper took me down ten times in a row at the dreaded “rolls of death”. Then, by mistake, I learned something amazing. When you engage overdrive, it actually builds your life meter (or whatever it’s called) back up. Did you know that? Am I the only Rock Band player that has not been using overdrive to his/her advantage?

    I found this out, by accidentally forgetting to hit the cymbal to engage overdrive right before the guitar solo. So, half way through the “rolls of death”, I got the overdrive option again. I nailed it and my red flashing sign of imminent death, went away as the power meter shot up.

    I finished the solo, made it to the end…and that was that. The Reaper was officially slayed (with 4 stars). It was an ugly battle, but I was victorious. Los Angeles was complete and I moved on to the final city on the tour, Moscow. Before calling it a night, I 96% five-starred Flirtin’ with Disaster. This is one of my favorite songs, so I know it like the back of my hand.  Dripping sweat, I emerged from The Dungeon, proud.

    Today, I took the day off to spend with my son. What a great day. Fortunately, he’s still a little guy and takes nap after lunch. So, I returned to The Dungeon to continue my solo world tour of domination.

    Now, with this new learned overdrive secret, I’ve got a power that I never new existed. I feel like a real life Link in Legend of Zelda when he get’s the power to run…I never knew what I was missing, and I’ll never look back.

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    Next To You by The Police, killed it the first try. This song is actually harder on Hard than it is on Expert. Then I took on Tom Sawyer. Took me two attempts, but thanks to my new BFF, overdrive trick, I finished it…albeit only three stars (I will have to come back to this later and master it).

    Now, what remains is the dreaded Run to the Hills and Won’t Get Fooled Again. I played through both a couple times. No doubt they are hard. These will take some practice and I have 15 days left to hit my goal. Do you think I will make it?

    How about you…what goal(s) do you have before RB2 is released on September 14? NOTE: PS2, PS3, and Wii peoples, you have more time to think about your goals. ;-)

  • Locksley replaces Rush DLC. Wait, who is Locksley?

    Posted on August 28th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Thanks to Joytiq for this:

    Taking the stage and stepping in this week for the delayed Rush album, Moving Pictures, is American rock ‘n’ roll band, Locksley. They’re certainly not as well known (at the moment) as Rush, but check out the videos after the break before automatically passing judgment on the DLC replacement band.

    Locksley Pack 1 (240 / $3)

    • “She Does” – Locksley (80 / $1)
    • “Dont Make Me Wait” – Locksley (80 / $1)
    • “All Over Again” – Locksley (80 / $1)

    The songs should be available soon for download on Xbox 360 and PS3.

  • Six Full Albums Coming to Rock Band

    Posted on August 28th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Six, you heard it right, six albums are on their way to take away your MS Points (or cash if you roll the PS3 way).

    Officially announced today over at the Rock Band forums, keep an open watch for these tasty morsels.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    Foo Fighters – The Colour and The Shape
    Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying
    Stevie Ray Vaughn – Texas Flood
    Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
    No Doubt – special best-of pack

    So what do you think? Are they winners, or do they blow goats?

    For me, Blood Sugar Sex Magik was a favorite during high school, and an all time favorite.  Sold!  Peace Sells was also big during those days, but I was never huge into Megadeth….but, to be true, I do own the CD used to own the cassette (yes tape), so I’ll likely pick it up.  I will likley pick up them all, but RHCP is the only one that jumps right out at me.

  • The Rock Band 2 Intro Video

    Posted on August 28th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Here’s the official introduction video for Rock Band 2…or as my son calls it “the scary movie”.

  • Storm Is Brewing

    Posted on August 28th, 2008 Pabel No comments

    Thanks to the detectives at Engadget, it looks like we have our first juicy tidbit on the BlackBerry “Thunder.”

    First off it looks like it’s going to be called the Storm. It also looks very similar to the early rumored pics of what BB’s touchscreen phone would look like. One interesting detail is that it’s going to come preloaded with an 8GB SanDisk microSD card. It’s also going to have a SIM Card and adapter clips for the travel charger making it a legit global phone.

    So does this change the smartphone landscape at all? Do people need to hold off on their Bold purchases to give the storm a try? This phone is Verizon’s response to the Bold going on other carriers for now and makes things a lot more interesting. Looks like it may now come down to the carrier you want.

  • TWIRB – This Week in Rock Band

    Posted on August 27th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    First up, no Rush DLC due to technical difficulties.  Something else promoised to take its place before the week is out.

    From hmxseam (Harmonix Developer):

    Rush Delay Info

    Hey everybody,Unfortunately, due to unforeseen technical difficulties, we won’t be able to release Rush’s “Moving Pictures” this week. We’ll be working on it as hard as we can, but it looks like it could be a couple of weeks to fix. In the meantime we will be moving around our schedule so we still have DLC coming out each week (including this week, info to follow in another announcement).

    Look forward to some exciting news this weekend, from PAX and elsewhere.

    Engadget gets the ION Drum Rocker.  We are jealous.

    Hands (and feet) on with ION’s Drum Rocker Rock Band Premium Drum Set

    Rock Band 2 might not be out yet, but ION was kind enough to send us the new Drum Rocker Premium Drum Set a couple weeks early. Built like a tank, this thing makes the original Rock Band drum set look like the toy it is — we’re talking aluminum tube construction that apes traditional electronic rack kits, soft trigger surfaces that register velocity, and quarter-inch connections that’ll make modding a dream. Of course, all that heft means that set-up took over an hour and it eats up just about twice as much living room space as the original with no easy way to take it down, but if you’re a hardcore fake rocker and you don’t have the DIY chops to roll your own, this is $300 you’re gonna want to spend. A couple more quick impressions after the break, and tons of pictures in the gallery.

    Update: Joystiq also got a chance to check this bad boy out, they didn’t like it quite as much as we did. Take a peek here.

    I’m still stuck on (Don’t Fear) the Reaper drums expert.  Wo is me.

  • Guitar Hero Ripoff to Lift Your Soul

    Posted on August 27th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Are you feeling a little evil by playing all the demonic music that is on Guitar Hero? Do you feel that, although you love the game, you need to cleanse your soul? If so, look no further. Guitar Praise, a Christian Rock based PC-ripoff to Guitar Hero, is due in stores this September. With the likes of “Undo Me” by Jennifer Knapp, “Jesus Freak” by dc Talk and “This Fragile Breath” by Todd Agnew, this game is sure to rock your soul free of those demons.

    See Wired.com for the initial post.

    To be honest, I love the song Jesus Freak, and I actually own the dc Talk CD.   Oh, and I also love Black Sabbath and own everything they ever released with Ozzy.  Call me a heathen.

  • I Fear the Reaper

    Posted on August 26th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Tonight started as a good night for Rock Band.  Fired up the 360 hoping to finish out Los Angeles drums on Expert and move onto the final city in the solo tour.  I had four songs to get through to make this happen: Cherub Rock, Enter Sandman, Highway Star, and (Don’t Fear) the Reaper.

    I knocked the Cherub and Sandman out of the park.  Highway Star surprisingly was easier than I had anticipated.  All three songs I either 4 or 5 starred the first time through.  I was on fire, right?  Wrong! Then I tried the Reaper.  Overall, easy song…then the break/bridge in the middle.  Freakin’ impossible.  I failed at 63% three times in a row.  Then spent the next 30 minutes practicing that part, and could only get 83% in practice mode.

    So I figured I’d cool off and play some online quick band.  Played some Coheed, some Dirty Little Secret, and something else.  Played well, all was good.  Time to slay that Reaper.  Nope.

    It wasn’t meant to be tonight.  The Reaper reamed me a new one.  I called it a night with some Cars DLC to cool off and that was that.  One song remains on L.A. and I hang my head low tonight as the Reaper beat me.

    I’ll get you next time Reaper, next time!

    BTW, did anyone notice that the Rush DLC still isn’t available?  It’s 10:30 pm ET.  What happened Harmonix?

  • And the Survey Says…

    Posted on August 26th, 2008 Pabel No comments

    The folks at IGN have posted the rankings (by instrument) of each song in RB2. Here are the hardest songs from each category:

    1. Vocals – Bob Dylan “Tangled up in Blue”
    2. Guitar – Judas Priest “Painkiller”
    3. Bass – Dream Theater “Panic Attack”
    4. Drums – Dream Theater “Panic Attack”
    5. Band – Judas Priest “Painkiller”

    So basically, they’ve laid down the gauntlet. Bands that can play the Judas Priest and Dream Theater tracks are gonna be the de facto big boys online. Anything on the lists look crazy or jump out at anyone?

  • Solo Drum tour on Expert…almost there

    Posted on August 26th, 2008 Shawn 5 comments

    Rock Band Drums

    I have been quietly working on unlocking the “AN-I-MAL” achievement on Rock Band for Xbox 360. I’m on the 2nd to last city for the drum solo tour, Los Angeles, and have completed one of the 5 songs. It was Foreplay/Long Time (with 5 stars I might add).

    My goal is to complete this tour before September 14 (the release of Rock Band 2). I have a total of nine songs remaining and 20 days to make this happen.

    The remaining songs:
    “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” Blue Öyster Cult
    “Cherub Rock” Smashing Pumpkins
    “Enter Sandman” Metallica
    “Highway Star” Deep Purple
    “Flirtin’ with Disaster” Molly Hatchet
    “Next to You” The Police
    “Run to the Hills” Iron Maiden
    “Tom Sawyer” Rush
    “Won’t Get Fooled Again” The Who

    Tonight there will be no Xbox Live Jam Session and no DLC for me, as I’m poised to slay The Reaper, bash Cherub Rock, and violate the Sandman.  If time allows, I’d like to Flirt With Disaster before I call it a night.
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    I know for sure that 5 of the remaining songs are going to attempt to stab me in the eye like a hot poker fresh from the fire pit of hell.  Those demonous tracks are Highway Star, Next to You, Run to the Hills, Tom Sawyer, and Won’t Get Fooled Again.  These songs slowed me down on the hard tour, and no doubt will bring me to my knees with tears in my eyes before the week is out.

    If you have any tips, please share.

    That’s it for now, see you online.
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