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  • 10 Achievements to go in Rock Band 2

    Posted on May 13th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    It’s been many months since I talked about achievements in Rock Band, see the old post when I finished the solo drum tour on expert for Rock Band 1 to unlock “AN-I-MAL!!”. Last night, I finished the Impossible Drum Challenge on expert for Rock Band 2, getting me the “AN-I-MAL!!” achievement on the latest installment.

    AN-I-MAL!!! 25
    Beat the Impossible Drum Challenge

    Now, I have 40 of the 50 total achievements in the game. Two of the remaining 10, I can get on the drums.

    Band Savior 20
    Be a savior three times during a single song
    Stage Igniters 25
    Beat the Impossible Band Challenge

    The rest, will require me to pick up a plastic guitar to complete. For certain, there is one achievement that I will not be getting.

    The Bladder of Steel Award 25
    Completed the Endless Setlist 2 without pausing or failing.

    That’s playing all 84 songs without pausing, without going to any menus, without changing batteries. 6.5+ hours, non-stop. No thanks!
    The next 4 achievements, should take some time (especially since I’m terrible on guitar), but should be, well, “achievable”.

    Flawless Fretwork 25
    Score 100% notes hit as a guitarist on Expert
    Flawless Guitar Solo 20
    100% a guitar solo on Expert, using only the solo buttons
    Groove Assassin 20
    Beat the Impossible Bass Challenge
    Lord of the Strings 25
    Beat the Impossible Guitar Challenge

    [ad#post-banner-ad]The final 3 achievements go back to “The Bladder of Steel Award”. It’s the entire set list, but failing and pausing is allowed. There’s one achievement for each difficulty level, starting at medium. The tough part for me is, there are still two songs that I have not beat on expert drums. In fact, I think I have never beat them on hard. Visions and Battery.

    Vinyl Artist 20
    Finished the Endless Setlist 2 in World Tour on Medium
    Gold Artist 30
    Finished the Endless Setlist 2 in World Tour on Hard
    Platinum Artist 50
    Finished the Endless Setlist 2 in World Tour on Expert

    [source:Xbox360Achievements.org]
    I do not want to play this entire set list 3 times, so I guess it’s time to start practicing these two songs on expert.

    There’s my game plan to getting 49 of the 50 achievements for Rock Band 2. How about you? Where are you currently at, and are you trying to complete the game?

  • More Country Headed to Rock Band, July 21

    Posted on May 12th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band DLC UpdateOk, I know we have at least one country fan on this here blog. So, here y’all go. More country making its way to Rock Band this summer.

    This is something interesting to look at:
    1. Country must be more popular than the naysayers think, since this will be the third pack for the game. I can’t imagine Harmonix would take the time/effort to chart these songs if they weren’t selling.
    2. It’s a Track Pack (i.e. stand-alone disc), not DLC. Don’t fret, most of it is already available on DLC, plus The Gambler makes its way to DLC soon after the retail release.
    3. Still making games for the PS2. That thing’ll never die.
    4. Can be imported to Xbox 360 and PS3, which makes it a typical Track Pack.
    5. Still now Wii love for imports. Sorry Wii’zers.

    Most important and to be repeated, The Gambler makes it in! Welcome Kenny Rogers.

    Here’s the announcement from the desk of HMXHenry.

    Default Rock Band Country Track Pack Announcement

    MTV GAMES, HARMONIX and EA HEAD TO NASHVILLE WITH
    ROCK BAND™ COUNTRY TRACK PACK™

    Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain and More Join the Rock Band Platform July 21, 2009

    Cambridge, MA – May 12, 2009 — Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced plans for a July 21, 2009 North American release of Rock Band™ Country Track Pack™ for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, and Wii™ system from Nintendo.

    “Rock Band loves country music too, and these tracks are among the most fun to play of any we’ve released to date,” said Paul DeGooyer, Senior Vice President of Electronic Games & Music for MTV Networks Music Group. “We’ve received a ton of requests from fans to bring more country to the game, and our artist partners responded. We’re very excited to be able to offer this set, featuring some of the greatest songs ever recorded.”

    Rock Band Country Track Pack is a standalone software product that allows owners of Rock Band® and Rock Band®2 to keep the party going with 21 songs from an outstanding mix of country artists, including Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts and the legendary Kenny Rogers. Many of the tracks will be exclusive to the Rock Band Country Track Pack disc for a limited time before joining the Rock Band® Music Store as downloadable content. Additional artists and songs from the track list will be announced in the coming months.

    In addition, Rock Band Country Track Pack, like all Rock Band software, is compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero® and other current third party video game instrument controllers.

    Fans who buy the Rock Band Country Track Pack for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system can play directly from the disc or download the songs onto their consoles’ hard drives through a free offer with Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network or the PlayStation®Network. Once downloaded, the songs will automatically appear in the player’s custom Rock Band library and can be integrated into setlists and played in all game modes. With more than 660 tracks available in the Rock Band music catalogue and regular releases of downloadable content every week, Rock Band Country Track Pack is yet another way music-lovers can continue to expand and customize their music libraries.

    First Confirmed Songs for ROCK BAND COUNTRY TRACK PACK:

    Artist – Song – Title
    1. Alan Jackson – Good Time
    2. Brooks & Dunn – Hillbilly Deluxe
    3. Dierks Bentley – Free & Easy (Down the Road I Go)
    4. Dixie Chicks – Sin Wagon
    5. Drive-By Truckers – 3 Dimes Down
    6. Jason Aldean – She’s Country
    7. Kenny Chesney – She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy
    8. Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
    9. Lucinda Williams – Can’t Let Go
    10. Martina McBride – This One’s For the Girls
    11. Rascal Flatts – Me and My Gang
    12. Shania Twain – Any Man of Mine
    13. Steve Earle – Satellite Radio

    Price: $29.99 MSRP

    The Rock Band franchise is the ultimate platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music like never before. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune – all while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, the Rock Band music catalogue includes tracks that span every genre of rock, ranging from alternative and classic rock, to heavy metal and punk.

    Rock Band™ Country Track Pack™ is rated “E10+” for Everyone 10+ with a descriptor of Lyrics by the ESRB. Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are currently available for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems and Wii.

  • Xbox Live Gold on Sale!

    Posted on May 11th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    This deal is getting harder to find now that Amazon has partnered up with Microsoft to offer digital downloads.

    Showing up today on Amazon is the 12+1 (yes 13) months of Xbox Live Gold for $39.96. It’s $10 off the regular price, and seems like this deal (which used to be very common) is getting harder to find.

    If your Xbox Live Gold account is up for renewal within the next couple months, be wise and pick this up while it’s still a good deal. My account is up in two weeks, so I’ll be picking this guy up today.

  • Pearl Jam and Harmonix Collaborate, Need Our Help

    Posted on May 11th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    We got word today from a Harmonix press release that Pearl Jam and Harmonix are teaming up for a joint effort, which will focus around live Pearl Jam songs. The announcement is calling on fans of the band to help pick the best live songs to make the cut for this new “thing”, whatever it is.

    Based on the wording, it does not sound like it will be DLC, but something of a standalone game. See the press release below, and leave comments on your thoughts.

    For me, the Ten album on DLC is all the Pearl Jam I will ever need. I would also likely buy Versus on DLC, but that’s about it. I’m not much of a hard core Pearl Jam fan, but do like their first 3 years of material.
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    From the desk of HMXHenry:

    Default Pearl Jam Rock Band Project Coming Next Year

    Hey gang,
    Here’s an interesting press release that I thought you may want to check out. Read on.

    We need your help! Ten Club, MTV Games and Harmonix’s Rock Band, and Rhapsody are teaming up to let you, Pearl Jam’s biggest fans, help us choose the best versions of Pearl Jam live songs that will be presented for the first-ever fan voted set list for a forthcoming Rock Band project.

    Your expertise will help us determine which of these versions is worthy of making the cut. Just click on the songs you like and open up the Rhapsody playlist widget for that particular song. Once you have the widget open, listen to the version you think is the best. The versions that are played the most times will be deemed the best versions and will then be entered into consideration to make the final “set list” vote.

    Note: Those of you who aren’t Rhapsody subscribers will have to go to here to get your free trial subscription so you can use the play list.

    You’ve got your work cut out for you.

    I’ll link to an official discussion thread as soon as word starts to get around. So get posting!

    -HMXHenry

  • Rock Band Update: 9 New Songs From 5 Current Bands

    Posted on May 8th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band DLC UpdateNEXT WEEK IN ROCK BAND! Some of the rumored DLC comes true next week for Rock Band. We just got the details from HMXHenry at the RockBand.com forums. Quite a mix. Social Distortion, Disturbed, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, and The Replacements.

    There’s some stuff that jumps out as possible buys, like Social Distortion’s Bad Luck and Disturbed’s Stupify. Though, neither are must haves for me. Everything else, I’ll take a listen and then decide.  See the announcement after the jump. What’s your impression on this coming weeks DLC?

    Default DLC Week of 5/12 – Social D, Steely Dan, Disturbed and more!

    Hey gang,

    Sorry for the slight delay in posting. Server issues… exciting! Here’s the DLC announcement for tracks coming out next week. Hopefully there’s a little something for everyone in this varied assortment of tracks. Dig in!

    Social Distortion – Bad Luck
    Social Distortion – Ring of Fire
    Social Distortion – Story of My Life
    Disturbed – Stricken
    Disturbed – Stupify
    Steely Dan – Black Friday
    Steely Dan – My Old School
    Elvis Costello – Radio Radio
    The Replacements – Kids Don’t Follow

    All tracks are master recordings.

    Release Dates:

    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360® and in-game Rock Band 2 Music Store for Wii)
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 (PlayStation®Store)

    ** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **

    Price:
    $1.99 or 160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360 per track
    $2.00 or 200 Wii Points for Wii per track
    $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for “Social Distortion Pack 01”

  • Discounted Xbox 360 Gear

    Posted on May 8th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    We’ve got the links to all the discounted Xbox 360 gear on sale today, and for the next few days/weeks. Everything here is cheaper than you will find at retail prices, and cheaper than regular Amazon prices. If you have been hemming and hawing for some new gear (like me with a controller), now might be the time to make it happen.

  • Rock Band DLC Rumors

    Posted on May 7th, 2009 Shawn 4 comments

    I’ve got word on a slew of possible DLC news for Rock Band next week. I’m going to throw it out here (thanks to the RockBand.com forums for supplying the rumor mill). Remember, none of this is confirmation, it’s pure speculation based on talks around the Interwebs.

    Snoop Doggs greatest hits pack – Confirmed by HMX, but when will it come out? We anticipate just as Snoop starts his tour, which begins in June.

    Grateful dead pack – Confirmed by HMX. They licensed 18 from them and we’ve gotten 13 already. Here’s what’s left to release:
    Grateful Dead – “Scarlet Begonias”
    Grateful Dead – “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)”
    Grateful Dead – “Throwing Stones”
    Grateful Dead – “Touch of Grey”
    Grateful Dead – “U.S. Blues”
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    B-52’s – Confirmed by HMX in onsite interview. Don’t know what or when.

    Limp Bizkit – Rumored by Fred Durst on his Twitter, I’ve got a Tweet in to confirm. This would make sense since LB has a new long delayed album (with original members) due out soon.

    Random songs on a ‘leaked list’ – There were originally 80 songs on this list, all but these have since been released:
    Allman Brothers Band – “Whipping Post”
    Bon Jovi – “Bad Medicine”
    The Cure – “Just Like Heaven”
    Fall Out Boy – “Dance, Dance”
    Foo Fighters – “I’ll Stick Around”
    Oasis – “Supersonic”
    Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?”
    Ramones – “Rock N Roll High School”
    R.E.M. – “These Days”
    R.E.M. – “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”
    Taking Back Sunday – “What It Feels Like To Be A Ghost”
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Gold Lion”
    Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
    Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”
    Nirvana – “Come As You Are”
    Nirvana – “Lithium”
    Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
    Indochine – “L’Aventurier”
    Metallica – “King Nothing”

    Shaimus – “All of This” – Confirmed on the bands blog, not by HMX
    Shaimus – “Tie You Down”

    thenewno2 – You Are Here(Album) – Confirmed by band on myspace page
    “So Vain”
    “Another John Doe”
    “Back To You”
    “Bluesy”
    “Give You Love”
    “Hiding Out”
    “Idle Lover”
    “Shelter”
    “Wind Up Dead”

    Disturbed – Indestructible (Album) – David Draiman talks about this on RB special
    “Deceiver”
    “The Night”
    “Haunted”
    “Enough”
    “The Curse”
    “Torn”
    “Criminal”
    “Divide”
    “Facade”

    These four songs were found on a copyright website saying that they have been released to the RB franchise:
    Flyleaf – “All Around Me”
    Flyleaf – “Fully Alive”
    Eve 6 – “Inside Out”
    Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod

    Ghostbusters Theme – Confirmed to be in the works by Ray Parker Jr. Makes sense since the video game is coming out soon, with lots of hype around it.

    The Replacements, The Who – HMX mentioned in an interview that more was on the way.

    Cake – The Distance – Email from the band stating RB tracks in the works.

    2nd metal pack confirmed by HMX to OXM early early last year(seeing as how two of these were covers, most likely never seeing the light of day)
    Metallica – “Fuel”
    Iron Maiden – “Wrathchild”
    Black Sabbath – “Supernaut”
    The Haunted – “Shadow World”

    The Doors – Email exchange by Doors management that tracks were coming to RB

    Skunk Anansie – “Brazen – Confirmed by Band in radio interview.

    Pennywise – Confirmed by Band in magazine article

    The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket – IGN interview

    Sublime – email from band stating they have tracks in the works

    Def Leppard – Console Hero interview

    Anvil – Confirmed by Band on Myspace

    Do you know more, or do you want to weigh in on the rumors? What are you waiting for?

  • Free Dream Theater MP3 From Upcoming Album

    Posted on May 7th, 2009 Shawn No comments


    Dream Theater fans, you don’t have to wait until June 23 to get your ears on some new music from the band. Thankfully, DT and RoadRunner Records is letting members of their mailing list, get a FREE MP3 of the song “A Rite of Passage” from the forthcoming album “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”.

    So what are you waiting for? Go get it!

    Report back and let us know what you think, in the comments section.
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    UPDATE: Looks like you missed out. This download was for 24 hours only! We will be streaming this track on RoadrunnerRecords.com on May 11th! Head over to Dream Theater’s ARTIST PAGE for more information on the relase, news about the band and other streams and videos! CLICK HERE!

    I guess we will have to search the torrents for a copy.  🙁

  • Guitar Hero: Smash Hits — The Setlist (and editorial)

    Posted on May 7th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Activision dropped lots of news over the past 24 hours, and we will bring you as much as we can. First, let’s talk Guitar Hero: Smash Hitscoming for all major platforms on June 16.

    This is the greatest hits of all previous Guitar Hero games..the ones that only had guitar and bass, now for the full band experience. (See the set list after the break). If you ask me the set list is nothing shy of incredible.

    Incredible as the list may be, I’m still going to have a hard time buying anything with the Guitar Hero name on it. Why? It comes down to the engine that runs the game, the drum charting, the lack of import, and the DLC model.

    All of this years Guitar Hero games (Guitar Hero: Metallica, Smash Hits) are based on the the core Guitar Hero: World Tour engine, with some improvements. I generally do not like the layout of the notes, and the loose timing windows. Also, the fail window is scary. You can go from perfect to fail in less than 5 seconds. Maybe these things will be improved on for Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, and I hope so.

    As for drum charting, the guys charting Guitar Hero drums, just don’t get it right (unlike the guys charting Rock Band songs). Maybe it’s the layout of the 5+1 drums for Guitar Hero, versus the more simple layout of Rock Bands 4+1 drum setup. But, I can say for sure, that I have seen several fairly simple songs for Guitar Hero: World Tour and Guitar Hero: Metallica, where hi-hat notes were not charted at all.

    As for importing, I really, REALLY wish Activision would get an importing feature. If they did…I would buy every GH game that would support the import feature…and I would run out right now and get them. I HATE (and I know you do too) swapping discs, just to play some music.

    For DLC, I don’t buy any GH DLC, because of the lack of import. You buy DLC for one game, and there is no guarantee the DLC will import to the other GH games. Again, too much disc swapping for me.

    For now, Guitar Hero: World Tour is the first-and-last GH game I plan on buying…but it’s difficult to keep my word, since Guitar Hero: Smash Hits has such a kick ass set list. Pantera, Motley Crue, Warrant, Heart, and lot’s more. Oh, and there are a handful of duplicates from the Rock Band library too (which is a downer.)

    …and now, the set list you’ve been waiting for:

    Guitar Hero

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

    Guitar Hero II

    • Avenged Sevenfold – “Beast And The Harlot”
    • Rage Against The Machine – “Killing In The Name”
    • Rush – “YYZ”
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”
    • Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench”
    • Iron Maiden – “The Trooper”
    • Nirvana – “Heart-Shaped Box”
    • Lamb of God – “Laid To Rest”
    • The Police – “Message In A Bottle”
    • Wolfmother – “Woman”
    • Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
    • Stone Temple Pilots – “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart”
    • Warrant – “Cherry Pie”
    • Alice in Chains – “Them Bones”
    • Danzig – “Mother”
    • Jane’s Addiction – “Stop!”
    • Reverend Horton Heat – “Psychobilly Freakout”
    • The Sword – “Freya”
    • Mötley Crüe- “Shout At The Devil”

    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    • Pat Benatar – “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”
    • Living Colour – “Cult Of Personality”
    • Heart – “Barracuda”
    • Kiss – “Rock And Roll All Nite”
    • AFI – “Miss Murder”
    • DragonForce – “Through The Fire And Flames” < li>Priestess – “Lay Down”
    • Slayer – “Raining Blood”

    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: Aerosmith

    • Aerosmith – “Back In The Saddle”
  • The Beatles: Rock Band…the Guitars

    Posted on May 5th, 2009 Shawn No comments


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