DJ Hero 2

March 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Eurogamer ’10 Preview – Rock Band 3

October 11, 2010 at 5:02 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits

November 25, 2009 at 2:55 am | Posted in Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | Leave a comment
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With the Guitar Hero franchise going strong, not everyone wanted to keep hold of every copy of GH they own, so what better way to relive those classics than with a Greatest Hits featuring the best tracks from the previous Guitar Hero’s?

The game features songs from 1, 2 and 3 predominantly and has some from 80’s and one from Aerosmith, the majority of the best ones were picked by the public through polls on Activision’s websites, so lets hope you all picked wisely!

In this day and age, everyone has a copy or has tried in some way or form a Guitar Hero now. With the franchises expanding to new horizons with Band and DJ Hero, some people, including myself may have taken the previous beginning titles back to a store for some quick cash. Greatest Hits is a great way to keep the best bits from those iconic first titles which skyrocketed the platform to the juggernaut game it now is.

The game play is up to date to the latest of GH’s including GHtunes, and its more in depth character creation mode, whilst the creation mode is still a little shy from Rock Bands creativity, GHGH has the new instrument creation tools which allow you to colour and design your own guitars and kit, this is pretty cool to say the least, as it means the clever designers can make their sweet designs and the casual kind of players can just have a guitar and colour they choose, rather than a big oversized chainsaw guitar, as much as some people do love those, which I don’t blame them, but its always nice to have something a lil’ more…normal for a change.

Along with that, there are always the Guitar Hero favorites you can play as, or just make your own rockstar and design him however you’d like!

What’s best about the Greatest Hits is that some people, like me may have taken more of a liking to the drums/vocal side of things with the launch of GH4/Rock Band. What’s great about this is all the tracks in GHGH have been updated to include full band peripheral game play. Ever fancied playing the drums to your favorite GH3 track? Or wanted to wail out and be scored on your best track of GH2? Now we can!

So, by now, you’re probably curious as to what’s on the game? A competition was held before production to get a good idea of what games people wanted to see again, and here’s what made the cut:

“Back in the Saddle” Aerosmith
“Bark at the Moon” Ozzy Osbourne
“Barracuda” Heart
“Beast and the Harlot” Avenged Sevenfold
“Carry On Wayward Son” Kansas
“Caught in a Mosh” Anthrax
“Cherry Pie” Warrant
“Cowboys from Hell” (Live in Moscow 1991) Pantera
“Cult of Personality” Living Colour
“Electric Eye” Judas Priest
“Free Bird” Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Freya” The Sword
“Godzilla” Blue Öyster Cult
“Heart-Shaped Box” Nirvana
“Hey You” The Exies
“Hit Me with Your Best Shot” Pat Benatar
“I Love Rock ‘n Roll” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
“I Wanna Rock” Twisted Sister
“Killer Queen” Queen
“Killing in the Name” Rage Against the Machine
“Laid to Rest” Lamb of God
“Lay Down” Priestess
“Message in a Bottle” The Police
“Miss Murder” AFI
“Monkey Wrench” Foo Fighters
“More Than a Feeling” Boston
“Mother” Danzig
“No One Knows” Queens of the Stone Age
“Nothin’ but a Good Time” Poison
“Play With Me” Extreme
“Psychobilly Freakout” Reverend Horton Heat
“Raining Blood” Slayer
“Rock and Roll All Nite” Kiss
“Round and Round” Ratt
“Shout at the Devil” Mötley Crüe
“Smoke on the Water” Deep Purple
“Stellar” Incubus
“Stop!” Jane’s Addiction
Take It Off” The Donnas
“Take Me Out” Franz Ferdinand
“Them Bones” Alice in Chains
“Through the Fire and Flames” DragonForce
“Thunder Kiss ’65” White Zombie
“Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” Stone Temple Pilots
“The Trooper” Iron Maiden
“Unsung” (Live in Chicago) Helmet
“Woman” Wolfmother
“YYZ” Rush

These days, bands often use Greatest Hits albums as milestones in their career rather than a homage to their work before they part their own ways, with new games on the horizon and plenty more planned, Guitar Hero Greatest Hero is a milestone for the fans to collect, or even just for a rookie to catch up and get hooked.


Rock Band Review

August 11, 2009 at 1:13 am | Posted in Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | 1 Comment
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Tune up and Rock out to the summers hottest party game!!!

Being 6 months late for us over the seas in Europe, Rock Band’s delay and then price was not laughing matter. So has Rock Band got us cheering for an encore?

With the split between Red Octane and Harmonix a shock for the future of Guitar Hero, we were laid to rest with the release of GH3. But a few of us also wondered about developers Harmonix, they’d been very quiet and working away on new projects.

Shortly after Rock Band graced the American shores, an ingenious mix of their hit Guitar Hero, the ever popular karaoke classic Singstar and what’s that?? A drum kit!?

Eagerly awaiting the game the UK and Europe patiently waited for our release, some gave up hope, some stayed passionate to wait for the release, and finally, six months down the line and after one hell of a pricey tag on it the game finally came to our retail stores for us to rock out with our friends.

The game obviously still has the main focus of what Guitar Hero had started with the pressing buttons in the correct sequence on a guitar shaped controller to some of your favorite tracks of old and new. What makes Rock Band different is the game incorporates the singstar style of singing, where you must wail into a microphone and hit the correct pitch to gain points and not be kicked off stage. Obviously getting the words right makes the game a little easier, but humming or ooohing in the right tune also get you through.

With Rock Band comes the new Rock Band guitar. Being sponsored by Fender the typical Stratocaster shape has been used. The style of the buttons have been changed and features like a pick-up switch which changes the effect style of your solo’s has been included. During the songs you’ll often reach the solo. This is shown by your HUD turning blue and a percentage counter appearing for how many notes you hit. This is the ideal time to use the ‘solo buttons’ which are found further down the neck, here you can play the notes without having to strum, although children or people with smaller hands can also use these for the full song. With all of the instruments comes the use of ‘Overdrive’, which is RB’s take on star power. For guitar, drum and bass you must hit all the notes which appear in white to get a section of the power, for vocals you must sing a verse perfectly to get some of that juice to unless some multipliers and rack up those points. Overdrive can also be used if your band mates mess up too much and fail. Failing is allowed 3 times for each player provided that there saved in time not to fail the song. The Guitars Overdrive can be activated by striking that ‘LETS ROCK!’ pose and raising the top end of your guitar in the air! Hey! Hey! I wanna be a rockstaaar!!

Fortunately if you don’t have a Rock Band guitar and have GH, you can use those controllers to play Rock Band, which is good for when your mates come round…no-body ever wants to but…someone’s gotta play the Bass.

If you’re brave enough to sing your given the top half of the screen in multiplayer or the bottom half in single. Your vocal line appears within the bars and the correct lyrics are shown and you have to sing along to get the points. Your Overdrive power can be operated by singing or making noise when your bar has a yellow effect around it, this gives you your extra points whilst you’re squawking away. I mean…singing. Honest.

The drum kits also keep the same style of the playing the guitar but to make use of the drum pedal, Harmonix dropped the HUD for drums to 4 coloured bars and the drum pedal to be highlighted as an orange strip going horizontally across which must be played like you would a real drum kit. To deploy your Overdrive you’re occasionally given a drum fill to perform, this can be played however you like and as long as it ends with the green symbol your power will be activated. These custom drum fills appear once you have the minimum amount of overdrive that’s required.

The single player mode stays true to GH tradition in which you play through set lists with your band until you reach the harder songs. These 5 song set-lists increase in difficulty and length as you progress and whilst having the same songs, the order of difficulty is changed depending on which instrument you use. Guitar, Vocals or Drum kit. Also sticking with tradition is the 4 difficulty settings; Easy, Medium, Hard and Expert for each instrument.

The multiplayer side is where the big fun starts with the ‘Band World Tour’ now its important to mention that unfortunately this game mode is Local multiplayer only meaning your going to have to bring your mates over for some hefty Rock Band sessions.

Band World Tour basically is where you and 2-4 of your friends make a band. You chose a name; create a character each with the new and in-depth custom character modeling section and then start playing songs in a city.

Each city must be unlocked and within these cities are venues varying from small clubs to bigger arenas. Obviously starting out in the clubs, you’ll find yourself returning to the older cities to play the big events later on. In each venue can be one or two songs separately and a few bigger set lists which can be made up yourself or complete random selection from the songs you have on the game and DLC.

Whilst playing this, you’ll have to gain fans and stars to unlock new stages. You’ll find yourself having to get a manager, and many other people to join your team to unlock more and more things to play.

Now, if you don’t have many friends to play this fun game mode then if your really good with the instruments you can try combining them and playing them yourself!

Online really consists of ‘tug of war’ matches where players must fight to get the most notes and quick play games where 2-4 friends can all play together on songs of their choice.

The tracks are plentiful and if you cant find a song you know or like in the standard set list a healthy dose of new songs every Tuesday will surely get something you like to play. The songs play clearly and 90% of them are Master tracks, rather than covers.

The game looks a lot more nicer, GH’s cartoony approach worked well, but the visuals with Rock Band make it look more of a better game, the band members act out with the music and everything just looks a lot more serious, not so much realistic, but more of a serious tone with where the game goes.

Guitar Hero also had different designs for the ‘fret boards’ where your notes would appear. And the designs would change with each character. Rock Band have not included this and left it as a translucent black block, which makes focusing on the notes and colours a lot easier for some.

The HUD with what you have to play is a lot clearer to see and on a HD TV looks clean and crisp. Veterans of Guitar Hero may find getting the timing of the icons a little difficult at first, as each note is represented as a small block rather than the big circles you may be used to.

The background is always showing a part of the show whether it be your drummer whacking out a crazy drum fill or your singer and bassist singing the songs into a mic together and keep those who are just watching you play just as entertained.

Whilst the Single Player tours really rely on your determination to improve and/or your skill at these games. The multiplayer Band World Tour will have you and your friends at it for ours, especially when you give the Endless Set list a try. Whilst its still unfortunate this mode isn’t online it makes Rock Band one of the ultimate party games to bring round with your mates.

As well as this, as previously mentioned each Tuesday see’s a new batch of songs for you to dlc for a small price each and rock out to.

If you’re through with standing in lines to clubs you’ll never get in, or feel life’s like the bottom of the ninth and you’re never gonna win. Rock Band might just be the game for you. If you’re new to the whole Guitar Hero/Rock band style of gaming, Rock Band might just be for you, if you want a great local multiplayer experience, Rock Band is the game for you. Though definitely worth searching around in the stores for the cheaper deals that you can get. With summer coming round the corner, Rock Band is definitely one of the games to get for 2008.

Rating: 9.0

Published by: MTV Games
Developed by: Harmonix
Genre: Music
Number of Players: 1-4
Also Available On: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii
Features: Xbox Live, Downloadable Content

Rez HD Review

August 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | Leave a comment
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Drum and Bass rail shooter gets a healthy Rezurrection…

To prevent a supercomputer from collapsing within itself you, an unnamed hacker take on the system Eden to make your way through the programs to save it and take out any firewalls and virus’s on your way.

The game has received a major enhancement in graphics and really makes having a HD TV to flaunt its full potential an enjoyment to experience. The graphics really add to the feel the game creates with its visual style and connections with the music.

To those unfamiliar with Rez’s style of gameplay here’s a quick intro to it. The game style is a simple rail shooter progressing through levels of enemies with a boss at the end. Each level is split into 10 sections where you must eliminate all enemies and shoot at an item to progress to the next section. Now, here is where we take your usual expectations and jumble it up a bit.

The games main focus is around the music featured in it. These tracks are drum and bass/trance tracks which start off rather simple but as you progress to the next levels the sounds become more complex and interesting. Along with this, the sounds of shooting and eliminating enemies is also timed with the music, the destruction of an enemy results in sounds like drum beats and other trance sounds ultimately building up on the song.

Your avatar and background also pulsate to the beat of the music along with the vibration of the pad in time as well. This though in words may not sound like much of an effect but whilst in play can really give a feel of involvement in the game even in a sub conscious kind of level. The songs are all different for each level and are really well made as well as good to listen to, even on a casual level.

The game has 4 official levels with extra levels and game types to unlock. Those who really enjoy the game and play it a lot get rewarded with extra features that the game doesn’t boast about. If a lot of people knew more about these extras people would know to play it for longer.

It’s good to see the games making a comeback and ultimately a brilliant visual feast for your HD TV to lap up. Even those without a HD TV will enjoy its visual style. And even if you’re a d’n’b/trance fan you’ll probably like this game more than you’d think. However with bringing it to the Xbox Live Arcade something like a multiplayer or online would have been nice.

Rating: 7.5

Published by: Q Entertainment
Developed by: HexaDrive / Q Entertainment
Genre: Shooter
Number of Players: 1
Features: 16:9 Support, 720p Support, Dolby Digital 5.1

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