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  • Logitech Xbox 360 Drum Controller 60% off, $91

    Posted on April 27th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Hey, Guitar Hero (WT, 5, Metallica, Smash Hits, Band Hero, VH) drummers, how about you get a new drum kit that blows the stock GHWT and Band Hero controllers out of the water? Logitech has made the competitor to Ion’s Drum Rocker. Though Logitech is focused at the Guitar Hero drummer, and the Ion is focused at the Rock Band drummer. At 60% off the regular prices, this drum kit is a must have if you are still using the stock Guitar Hero drum kit.

    This kit comes with three adjustable pads, two cymbal pads, and a kick pedal. Plus all the cables needed, and the built-in Xbox 360 controls.

    Here’s everything else you will find in the box:

    Package Contents

  • Logitech Wireless Drum Controller
  • 2 drum sticks
  • Quick-start guide
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 1-year limited hardware warranty
  • Game sold separately
  • It even folds up nicely (unlike the Ion) for easy and quick storage.

    Just like the Ion Drum Rocker, it is fully compatible with all Guitar Hero and Rock Band games.  Yes, this will work with all Rock Band games on Xbox 360, including Lego: Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and Green Day: Rock Band.

    As a Rock Band drummer myself, who has played many hours with Guitar Hero drum controllers, I can tell you the important differences.  The yellow pad for Guitar Hero games is always used as a cymbal (hi-hat, ride, crash, etc), whereas in Rock Band games, the yellow pad may be a cymbal or a tom. For Rock Band drummers, there will be a learning curve to get used to hitting a cymbal for toms, but it is doable.  I played this way exclusively for several months.  The orange pad is only used in Guitar Hero games.  This is a huge win for Guitar Hero drummers.  Having the orange pad gives you more authenticity of playing a real drum kit, due the the dedicated orange/cymbal pad.  For Rock Band drummers, the orange pad is not used.  There is no learning curve for the orange pad, since Rock Band just ingnores the orange pad, and Guitar Hero games display an orange lane.

    The reviews are mixed, though generally positive.  Most of the mediocre reviews are comparing it to the Ion Drum Rocker, and the fact that the two are so close in price.  But, at this current price of $91 with FREE shipping, this blows the Drum Rocker pricing out of the water.  Take a look at the Amazon deal for the Logitech Xbox 360 Wireless Drum Controller and see if this is for you.

  • Guitar Hero: Metallica DEMO — Initial Reaction

    Posted on March 20th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Ok, here we go. I downloaded the free demo of GH: Metallica from Xbox Live Marketplace. You may know that as far as rhythm games go, I care about:
    1. Drums
    2. Vocals
    That’s about it. When mixing things up, I’ll play some bass or guitar, but those don’t matter to me at all. I never owned Guitar Hero 1, 2, or 3.

    The Metallica demo comes with four songs, two from Metallica, one from Queen and one from Alice In Chains.
    * Sad But True
    * Seek & Destroy
    * No Excuses
    * Stone Cold Crazy

    I only played drums tonight. I’m most concerned with how the drums play, since GH: World Tour has drum charting issues on expert. T put it simply, on GH: World Tour, Sweet Home Alabama on drums expert is missing some hi-hat notes. It’s very obvious, and makes you feel like you are not playing actual drums.

    Here’s my quick take on GH: Metallica drums. The expert+ mode (double bass drum) was not used in the demo, so I stuck with expert. “No Excuses”, I failed out within 30 seconds. Lot’s of moving around with the yellow and orange cymbals, and my brain is trained for the Rock Band setup. The only thing I can say about that song is, I suck at it. I’ll come back to it another time.
    Then on to “Sad But True”, one of the easiest and more repetitive Metallica songs. I figured that I’d 5-star it no problem, and I did. But, there’s a big BUT here, the drums are under charted. In many spots, there is a simultaneous yellow/orange/purple hit (2 cymbals and a kick drum) followed by an empty note. The problem, where there’s the empty note, I can easily here a hi-hat note. This happens throughout the song. Oh what a disappointment for such an easy song.
    Then on to “Seek & Destroy”. It’s a fast moving song, but not crazy. I 3-starred it, and felt it was charted good. No complaints at first.
    The final song, “Stone Cold Crazy”. This is my favorite Metallica cover form the Garage Days album. It’s a very fast moving song with lot’s of yellow/orange switch ups. I 3-starred it, and think it was charted well, but I will have to play it more to really see. I don’t really love the yellow/orange charting that is now in World Tour and Metallica.

    Overall, with the poor charting of “Sad But True”, it’s going to be inevitable that other songs will be under charted. Since I’m not likely to play much of guitar or bass in this game, and as much as I like Metallica, don’t plan to do much singing of there’s…this game might be a pass for me.

    I will likely save the $60 for more Rock Band DLC.

  • FREE Guitar Hero: Metallica for Xbox Live Gold Members

    Posted on March 20th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Xbox Live Gold Members, run to the Xbox Marketplace right now. There is a FREE demo of Guitar Hero: Metallica up there.

    Brilliant move by Activision and Microsoft, if you ask me. I’m guessing pre-orders are not as high as anticipated, so they are trying to bring up the buzz.

    For me, GH: World Tour is a disappointment on drums, but good on vocals. The only reason I’d be interested in the Metallica game is for drums. So, if Activision did a good job charting drums (i.e. like the Harmonix guys did with Rock Band), I’ll buy it. If not, no thanks.

    I have queued up the free demo from the web marketplace, and can’t wait to get home tonight to play.  What say you?

  • Guitar Hero: Metallica … Duplicate Songs

    Posted on March 5th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    We are just weeks away from the release of Guitar Hero: Metallica.  Many people are excited about this, since it brings in lot’s of heavy songs, plus adds an expert-plus mode (with double-bass drum) for drummers.  But, let’s look at the game for the value.

    Figure it will cost you $50 – $60.  Guitar Hero: Metallica features 49 songs, 28 being by Metallica, and the other 21 songs being bands that are “their personal favorites and influences from over the years”.  So, at more than $1.00 per song…each track is about the price of 1/2 a song from DLC.

    As a concern with all these music games, how many duplicate songs are there?  Unfortunately, I’m afraid there are more dupes than I’d like.  Let’s take a look at the set list and mark the duplicates.

    • “All Nightmare Long” – Metallica
    • “Battery” – Metallica – Rock Band 2
    • “Broken Beat & Scarred” – Metallica
    • “Creeping Death” – Metallica
    • “Cyanide” – Metallica
    • “Disposable Heroes” – Metallica
    • “Dyers Eve” – Metallica
    • “Enter Sandman” – Metallica – Rock Band
    • “Fade To Black” – Metallica
    • “Fight Fire With Fire” – Metallica
    • “For Whom The Bell Tolls” – Metallica
    • “Frantic” – Metallica
    • “Fuel” – Metallica
    • “Hit The Lights” – Metallica
    • “King Nothing” – Metallica
    • “Master of Puppets” – Metallica
    • “Mercyful Fate” (Medley) – Metallica
    • “My Apocalypse” – Metallica
    • “No Leaf Clover” – Metallica
    • “Nothing Else Matters” – Metallica
    • “One” – Metallica
    • “Orion” – Metallica
    • “Sad But True” – Metallica
    • “Seek & Destroy” – Metallica
    • “The Memory Remains” – Metallica
    • “The Shortest Straw” – Metallica
    • “The Thing That Should Not Be” – Metallica
    • “The Unforgiven” – Metallica
    • “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” – Metallica
    • “Wherever I May Roam” – Metallica
    • “Whiplash” – Metallica

    Other Artists

    • “No Excuses” – Alice In Chains
    • “Turn The Page” – Bob Seger
    • “Albatross” – Corrosion of Conformity
    • “Am I Evil?” – Diamond Head
    • “Stacked Actors” – Foo Fighters
    • “Hell Bent For Leather” – Judas Priest
    • “Demon Cleaner” – Kyuss
    • “Tuesdays Gone” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • “Beautiful Mourning” – Machine Head
    • “Blood And Thunder” – Mastodon
    • “Evil” – Mercyful Fate
    • “Armed and Ready” – Michael Schenker Group
    • “Ace of Spades” – Motorhead – Rock Band 2
    • “Stone Cold Crazy” – Queen
    • “Mother of Mercy” – Samhain
    • “War Ensemble” – Slayer
    • “Mommy’s Little Monster” – Social Distortion
    • “War Inside My Head” – Suicidal Tendencies
    • “Toxicity” – System of a Down – Rock Band DLC
    • “Black River” – The Sword
    • “The Boys Are Back in Town” – Thin Lizzy – Rock Band DLC

    If I took it further and compared it to the older Guitar Hero library, there would be more dupes.  So, 44 original songs (not available for Rock Band 1, 2 or Guitar Hero World Tour).  Is this worth $50-60  to you?

  • Metallica on Guitar Hero

    Posted on September 8th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Well, alright, some good news from the Metallica and Guitar Hero camps. Quick note, then the details courtesy of Joystiq. Metallica’s Death Magnetic will be available this Friday for Guitar Hero III DLC (Xbox 360) and will be FULL BAND forward compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour.

    Now that’s what I’m talkin’ bout!  (Of course, I don’t own Guitar Hero III, and never plan to).

    From Joystiq:

    death magnetic

    by James Ransom-Wiley Sep 8th 2008 3:50PM

    Beginning this Friday, September 12, you can get a jump on building yourGuitar Hero World Tour library by purchasing the new Metallica album, Death Magnetic, on Xbox Live (1440 / $18) or PSN ($17.99) — you can even practice the guitar parts using Guitar Hero 3. In other words, the DLC album, which happens to be releasing day and date with the not-for-toy-instruments version, is compatible with both games, but you’ll have to wait until World Tour is released in late October to channel your inner Lars or reach deep inside your chest cavity to unleash your best Hetfield impersonation. What you will get on Friday, assuming you do have a copy of Guitar Hero 3, is access to two exclusive cuts of “Suicide & Redemption” with extended solos by Hetfield and Kirk Hammett.

    “We’re proud to be setting a new precedent for our two industries, making an entire new album available in two different mediums simultaneously,” Activision’s Tim Riley boasted. How about you do us one better? An entire new album available in two different mediums in one download! We’d sure like to export those tunes to our Zune iPod as we wait for World Tour. (But maybe that’s just a pipe dream.)

  • Happy post-Labor Day

    Posted on September 2nd, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Alright, we took a long weekend, with nothing to report.  Now we are back.  Some tidbits for you to start the short week.

    • Metallica offering 11 free tracks from Death Magnetic on Guitar Hero III (as downloadable content), if you pre-order the CD at Best Buy.
      • EDITORIAL:  Incredible deal, especially if you are a Metallica fan, and a GH III fan.  For me, this sort of hurts.  I’m an old school Metallica fan, but I’m a fanboy of drums and vocals (i.e. Rock Band and potentially Guitar Hero World Tour).  I really wish they didn’t release this as GH III content.  I personally think it’s such a waste.  Here’s hoping it comes to RB as DLC.
    • Working towards AN-I-MAL!!! achievement.  I have not got any further on drums expert for Rock Band.  Still have Run to the Hills and Won’t Get Fooled Again.  I practiced Won’t Get Fooled a few times this weekend and am hoping to have one of the two tracks finished by the end of tonight.  I’ve got to get a move on, since I have 11 days to reach my goal.
    • New Rock Band DLC out today.  Straight from the geeks at PAX (that’s a compliment).  Three more cheap (80 MS Points / $1) and relatively unknown acts:
      • “Skullcrusher Mountain” by Jonathan Coulton (80)
      • “Livin’ on the Corner of Dude and Catastrophe” by MC Frontalot (80)
      • “Shhh…” by Darkest of the Hillside Thickets (80)
      • NOTE:  As I’m focused on getting the AN-I-MAL!!! achievement, I don’t plan on downloading anything right now.  So, if someone get’s these tracks or the Locksley tracks, please post a review of them.  I’d like to know how they are.
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