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  • TWIRB: 5,000 songs in 2009, more Nickelodeon, the Dead, Wii DLC, and some GHWT

    Posted on January 28th, 2009 Shawn 3 comments

    Rock Band DLC UpdateTHIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND (and guitar hero)!  Holy moly, there is a plethora of Rock Band and Guitar Hero news to talk about. So, let’s give a quick overview, then discuss in comments.

    * MTV execs have been quoted by Billboard and GameDaily that the Rock Band series will have 5,000 songs playable for the game within the 2009 calendar year.  Holy headlines Batman!  We are getting closer to the 1,000 mark every week, but how are they planning to pull of the miricale of pulling off about 50 90 songs a month week? We’ll see.  Meanwhile, Guitar Hero World Tour might be nearing the 200 songs mark…well behind Rock Band.

    * Nickelodeon has a TV movie, Spectacular, coming out soon. Two songs fromthe soundtrack will make a Rock Band appearance. Hey Harmonix, my two year old and four year old thank you. They were getting bored playing Avenged Sevenfold and Mastadon.
    From Joystiq:
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment just announced that it plans to use Rock Band to promote the Nickelodeon TV movie, Spectacular!, which airs February 16th.

    Two songs from the film — “Break My Heart” and “Don’t Tell Me” — will be available for 80 / $.99 each on the Xbox Live Marketplace from February 3rd, and the PSN from February 5th. Come March 31st, the DVD release of Spectacular! will include a redemption code for a free download of the two songs, via the Rock Band music store.
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    * We already know the Grateful Dead 02 Pack came out this week for download. See earlier post for details. Sorry, the Dead is not my cup of Joe, but maybe it’s yours.

    * Wii is getting regular download updates for Rock Band, though it’s typically stuff that’s already been released for Xbox 360 and PS3. Wii (we) are happy for our Wii readers to get six classic tracks this week.
    From Joystiq:
    Another week, another bundle of Rock Band DLC oldies for the Wii, which according to the press release should be available now.

    Individual Tracks
    (200 Wii points apiece)
    “Attack” – 30 Seconds to Mars
    “Gimme Three Steps” – Lynrd Skynrd
    “Live Forever” – Oasis
    “Just What I needed” – The Cars
    “Siva” – Smashing Pumpkins
    “Tell Me Baby” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Fun fact: the Rock Band series has about 559 songs. At this point, Wii owners have access to 212 of them, leaving 347 songs to go. At 6 songs per week — not counting any future DLC — we should see Wii owners catch up to everyone else some time before mid-2010.

    * Let’s wrap up with an occasional Guitar Hero update. One, Metallica is coming out next month and I may very well buy it. I now own the GHWT drum kit, plus I have it connected via MIDI to my real electronic drum kit. It would be fun playing some Metallica on drums.

    * Guitar Hero World Tour…I have to admit it, is kicking Rock Band’s ass in downloadable music lately. And the ass-kicking continues this comingGuitar Hero World Tour month. Incubus, Bob Seger, and more. If I owned GHWT 🙂 I’d be picking up a few of these tracks immediately.
    From Joystiq:
    Much like it did last month, Activision Blizzard has announced three new DLC packs for Guitar Hero World Tour due out in February.

    Acoustic Track Pack (440 / $5.49)
    “Drive” – Incubus (160 / $2)
    “New Slang’ – The Shins (160 / $2)
    “Wonderwall (Oasis cover)” – Ryan Adams (160 / $2)

    Wings Track Pack (440 / $5.49)
    “Junior’s Farm” (160 / $2)
    “Hi Hi Hi” (160 / $2)
    “Jet” (160 / $2)

    Bob Seger Track Pack (440 / $5.49)
    “Old Time Rock and Roll” (160 / $2)
    “Her Strut” (160 / $2)
    “Get out of Denver (live)” (160 / $2)

    The Acoustic Track Pack is coming Thursday, February 12, followed by Wings and Seger on the two Thursdays after that, respectively, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

    And that my friends is THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND (and guitar hero).  You’re welcome. Leave your thoughts on this weeks montage of RB and GHWT news in the comment section.

     

    3 responses to “TWIRB: 5,000 songs in 2009, more Nickelodeon, the Dead, Wii DLC, and some GHWT” RSS icon

    • AbrtRetryIgnore

      >MTV execs have been quoted by Billboard and GameDaily that the Rock Band series
      >will have 5,000 songs playable for the game within the 2009 calendar year.
      >Holy headlines Batman! We are getting closer to the 1,000 mark every week,
      >but how are they planning to pull of the miricale of pulling off about 50 songs a month?

      50 a month? Check your math. 50/month is only 600 per year. Hell, even 50 per WEEK wouldn’t get them to 5000 by the end of 2009. [50×52=2600 + 500 (current) = 3,100 songs]

      I think the MTV execs may be on crack. Using your count of 559 songs “currently” available, they’d have to crank out over NINETY songs per week from now until New Year’s Eve to hit 5,000. I’ll believe that when I see it. That’s just crazy talk.

      >Guitar Hero World Tour…I have to admit it, is kicking Rock Band’s ass in
      >downloadable music lately. And the ass-kicking continues this coming month.
      >Incubus, Bob Seger, and more. If I owned GHWT 🙂 I’d be picking up a few of
      >these tracks immediately.

      Have to disagree with you on this one. It’s just a matter of opinion, of course, but none of those tracks really excites me. I’d “consider” a few of them, but that’s hardly an ass-kicking, imho…whereas the wife and I have been buying quite a bit of RB DLC lately. And at 3 songs per week for GH:WT versus Rock Band’s average of almost 7/week for January, with personal preference aside you have over twice the chance of getting a song you like on Rock Band. Oh, and I *have* GH:WT, and I haven’t even put the disc into my 360 over the past few months, let alone download any of their DLC tracks. It’s just a vastly inferior game, in my opinion. Activision is gonna hafta step up their game if they wanna compete.

    • Abrt,

      2 young kids + awake coughing all night 4 nights in a row = Shawn’s bad math.

      Good catch, I just updated the post. Plus, a new post is about the drop. HMX clarified things last night. It was a misquote.

      I’m glad you disagree about the GHWT DLC. I love Rock Band and I love the soundtrack too. Though, I keep seeing (not every week, but enough to comment) GHWT DLC that makes me want to get it. Fortunately, enough GHWT players have complained about two major issues with GHWT. Drum charting unrealistic and vocals extremely difficult. Those are the two reasons I play these games to begin with. For now, my unopened copy of GHWT is for sale on my works classified board…with no takers.

      Are you down for some playing tonight? I need to break in my new drum kit.

    • AbrtRetryIgnore

      Ugh. Sorry to hear about the lack of sleep from coughing. That’s the worst.

      HMXsean’s clarification of the actual quote from Arstechnica makes a lot of sense. Even Ralph Wiggums could tell that hitting 5,000 songs this year was “unpossible!”

      As for GH:WT, it makes an okay rental. Not much more than that, though, imho. Vocals on it is indeed ****ing ridiculous.

      Sorry…can’t play tonight (and didn’t see this until just now). Late night at work for me.

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