Now on Wednesdays! Guitar Hero Live is not giving up on being a special snowflake and insists on updating Wednesdays, despite the fact that literally every other game updates on Tuesdays. I’ll just have to change my ways.
Well, whatever. On with the news!
Rock Band 4
Continuing the trend of decade specific releases, this week we got three songs from the 2000s! Each song is available at $1.99 USD. Gameplay videos done by Spectro’s Rock Hero.
- Audioslave - “Like a Stone” (gameplay)
- Godsmack - “Awake” (gameplay)
- Linkin Park - “Lying from You” (gameplay)
From the announcement:
Featured on rock supergroup Audioslave’s self-titled debut album in 2002, “Like A Stone” was the number-one single on both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts. 2000’s “Awake” is one of Godsmack’s record-breaking fifteen appearances at number one on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Linkin Park scored their fourth consecutive number one on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks with “Lying From You” upon its release as a single in 2004.
This week I’m gonna start trying to do reviews for each song, too. Please note that I can only do reviews for Rock Band 4, as it’s the only game of the big three that I actually own. Heh.
Audioslave returns to Rock Band with their best selling hit “Like a Stone”. Previously, we only had “Gasoline”, a strange choice as it was a deep cut. “Like a Stone” is more for vocalists, as it’s pretty unremarkable on all other instruments. It does have a pretty decent guitar solo, though, albeit quite easy.
For a band that has had 20 top ten hits, Godsmack is criminally underrepresented in Rock Band (only one song!). That’s going to change a little bit this week, with the release of “Awake”! This song is great for everything except bass. Drums are definitely the highlight in this song. It has fun patterns all throughout, and changes them up slightly every now and then. Guitar is solid, though a bit hard to keep a combo going because of some weird chord transitions. It has a solid guitar solo too.
Finally, we have “Lying from You”. Out of the 12 Linkin Park songs previously released, we had only one song that was that heavy, angry sound that many of us love Linkin Park for (“One Step Closer”). It took seven years, but we finally got a second! Pretty easy on everything, this is a song you’d pick up if you like the song (I do!). Guitar and drums are both fun for their difficulty, but bass, again, is boring.
Pick of the week: “Awake”
What you should buy: “Awake”, “Lying from You”
Finally, a strange, but very cool bit of news. Harmonix are partnering with SCRUFF for iOS by giving away a free song for members of the app. For those that don’t know, SCRUFF is a dating app for gay men and women. The song that they’re giving away actually hasn’t been released anywhere, yet. It’s “Bad Catholics” by The Barbazons, a local Boston band that is very pro LGBTQ. They used to be called Fagettes, btw. It should be pretty obvious why they decided to change their name. To get the song, just download the app (if you don’t already have it) and RSVP to the Rock Band 4 event. They’ll send you a code for it.
If you happen to not be part of the target audience for SCRUFF (statistically speaking, most of you aren’t), you can still get the song by following this link. It’ll send you a download code for the song to your email.
It’s free, so why not?
Guitar Hero Live
This week, two new premium shows are being added. They are as follows:
- Evanescence - “Going Under”
- Iggy Pop - “Real Wild Child (Wild One)”
- The White Stripes - “Seven Nation Army”
Fresh for 2015:
Also, last week’s songs (minus Black Veil Brides) are now available to play on demand.
In addition, as of this writing, the premium Black Veil Brides show only has 5 days left. Play it while you can! The Avenged Sevenfold songs still haven’t shown up in regular rotation or on demand yet, which could mean that it’ll be a while until we see these songs again.
Finally, Rocksmith 2014 is adding a 4 pack of songs from the California punk band Rancid. Each track is available at $2.99 USD, and can be bought as a pack for $9.99 USD. Gameplay videos done by Elison Cruz and DoofiestDoofz.
- “Fall Back Down” (Capo Required) (Guitar, Bass)
- “Maxwell Murder” (E Standard) (Guitar, Bass)
- “Ruby Soho” (E Standard) (Guitar, Bass)
- “Time Bomb” (E Standard) (Guitar, Bass)
And that wraps up the news from this week. If you see that I missed something, have a suggestion for future articles, or just want to share in the excitement for the DLC, please leave your comments below! These roundups are every Tuesday at no specific time, just whenever I finish them.