New Rock Band 3 Details

November 7, 2009

Don’t expect the next Rock Band to be a rehashed title with an updated set list. It appears Harmonix is hard at work on reinventing the music game genre.

Dhani Harrison, son of Beatles legend George Harrison and developer on The Beatles: Rock Band, told the Chicago Tribune new details on the still unannounced Rock Band 3 project.

Harrison, who still works with developer Harmonix, said he’s creating new musical controllers that will actually teach players the fundamentals of playing real-life instruments for the next Rock Band title.

“I’m working on ‘Rock Band 3’ and making the controllers more real so people can actually learn how to play music while playing the game,” he said.

Harrison would add, however, gamers might not see the next proper Rock Band installment for quite some time.

“Give me a couple years, it’s going to happen.”

MTV Games general manager Scott Guthrie hinted at big changes for the series in a recent interview, saying the next Rock Band title could even incorporate Project Natal motion technology.

“We aren’t standing still – we will keep moving into new areas and look at new technologies that our platform holder partners are also developing, such as Project Natal from Microsoft,” said Guthrie.


Top 10 Video Games of 2008

December 9, 2008

(1)  Grand Theft Auto 4 – Xbox 360 & PC

GTA 4 has all of the makings for game of the year: blood, sex, violence, destruction, death, and prostitutes.  For any fans of the gangster/mob genre there is no greater storyline than an Eastern European coming to America to do right  and getting dragged back into the underworld of crime.  Niko Bellic was a great character that encompassed the raw emotion that none of the previous GTA characters were able to.  The missions were far more diverse and the recreation of NYC was very well done.  GTA 4 is a must have for any gamer.

(2)  Gears of War 2 – Xbox 360

This heavily anticipated sequel does everything right, again.  The level design in GOW 2 is far more expansive and bigger and better than the original.  There’s brutal executions, more blood and gore, and a much more detailed plot delving into a lot of the backstories of Dom and Marcus.  Add in the addictive Horde mode and a highly replayable Multiplayer mode and you’ve got one of the best games of the year.

(3)  World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – PC

The 2nd expansion to WoW opens up a new continent, caps the levels to 80, adds addictive achievements, new raid dungeons and gear, and improved battlegrounds.  Surely that will be enough to keep WoW fans please for the rest of ’08 and well into ’09.  Blizzard has its hands full with some big franchise sequels coming out next year but World of Warcraft has become its flagship series.

(4)  Metal Gear Solid 4 – PS3

Snake is back..and old.  Metal Gear Solid 4 takes place in the future and has an aging Snake as its protaganist.  The cinematic cut scenes in this series has always made this franchise feel like playing your own movie, and with the amount of them in MGS 4 you feel like you are watching a movie.  Fortunately it’s a good one.  MGS 4 is probably going to come to the Xbox 360 in ’09 but for ’08 it was the only reason to buy a Playstation 3.

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Game News

October 30, 2008

– Today it was announced by Activision Blizzard and Harmonix that The Beatles will be finally coming to the Rock Band series.  This is huge news as even ITunes hasn’t been able to get rights to the band’s catalog.  This is more proof that the power of video games has far outreached the hardcore video game nerd and become completely mainstream.   No details yet on playlists and price, but expect to plunk down the equivalent to a new game to get these songs. 

– Lots of news on the new Gears of War movie.  Screenwriter Chris Morgan has alluded it to being a prequel to the games and detailing the time before Emergence Day.  Expect Marcus Fenix and Dom to be the main characters.  “It would be a crying shame not to deal with Marcus and Dom,” Morgan told MTV News. “I would not be interested in the movie if we weren’t dealing with them. I want to see those guys. I want to see ‘Emergence Day.’ I want to see this stuff happen.”

When it comes to bringing the aliens to the big screen, Morgan said he’d obviously leave that up to director Wiseman, but that he wants the filmmakers to stay away from an “all-green-screen, all-CGI movie,” only using the computer effects for “the big stuff”. Think James Cameron’s Aliens.

He summed up his approach to the script: “I want to write and play it as though it happened today. Look outside at your city and imagine that the Locust started rising – that’s how I want it to feel.”