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Guitar Hero Live rocks out with ten more tracks

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Guitar Hero Live, Music games

Guitar Hero Live rocks out with ten more tracks

Activision has revealed ten more of Guitar Hero Live's songs, which are less about mass appeal and more about rocking out hard and heavy. If I had any hair, I'd start headbanging right about now.

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What do you make of Rock Band 4's first six tracks?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Harmonix, Music games, Rock Band 4

What do you make of Rock Band 4's first six tracks?

Sweet wonderful you. You make me happy with the things you do.

Harmonix has revealed the first six tracks for Rock Band 4, and they're all songs that should be as fun to play as they're great to listen to.

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Guitar Hero Live: the first 24 tracks shoot for "broad appeal"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Guitar Hero Live, Music games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Guitar Hero Live: the first 24 tracks shoot for "broad appeal"

Guitar Hero Live has stolen a march on Rock Band 4 by revealing their first 24 songs. It's a strong if somewhat diverse, from Judas Priest and System Of A Down to Ed Sheeran and Skrillex, which is designed to appeal to as large an audience as possible.

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Rock Band 4 may support cross-platform catalogue compatibility

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Music games, PS4 games, Rock Band 4, Xbox One Games

Rock Band 4 may support cross-platform catalogue compatibility

It has emerged that there is a slim chance that gamers' existing catalogue of Rock Band tracks may work on next-gen consoles, even if they are making a platform holder switch. So Xbox 360 gamers may be able to use their tracks on PS4 and PS3 gamers use them on Xbox One.

Harmonix has already confirmed gamers will be able to use their existing library on the new-gen machines if they stick to the same console family - PS3 to PS4 for example. But for those of you that may have gone from Xbox 360 to PS4, there's a slight chance your old library could be made compatible too.

When asked about the possibility in an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine UK (Issue 108), Harmonix's Product Manager, Daniel Sussman said:

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Save £10 on your Guitar Hero Live preorder on all formats

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Guitar Hero Live, Music games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Guitar Hero Live was announced yesterday and already we've found preorders that are £10 cheaper than any other site. It's what we do. These bundles include the game and the newly designed guitar with two rows of three buttons replacing the line of five. As fake plastic guitars go, this one looks pretty sweet and much less like a Fisher-Price product.

Are you ready to dive into the world of Guitar Hero again? We certainly are, but we're also keen to see what Rock Band has up it's sleeve. For more details on Guitar Hero Live, check out Jon's reveal post.

Guitar Hero Live officially announced for last & current-gen consoles - "it's about to get real"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Guitar Hero Live, Music games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Guitar Hero Live officially announced for last & current-gen consoles - "it's about to get real"

New axe, FMV crowds

It's official: Guitar Hero Live is happening.

Coming to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U and helmed by DJ Hero developer Freestyle Games, the latest entry in the series plans to take things in a radical new direction. Boasting that "it's about to get real," the idea is to make you feel like a rock god with a first person view that shows an FMV crowd reacting to your music, on top of hundreds of playable music videos.

There's also a new peripheral... that sadly isn't backwards compatible. Watch the trailer and let's do this thing.

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You can now buy Rocksmith 2014 Edition & Real Tone Cable for £27.95 on Xbox One

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Music games, Rocksmith 2014 Edition, Xbox One Games

You can now buy Rocksmith 2014 Edition & Real Tone Cable for £27.95 on Xbox One

Attention wannabe Guitar Gods: you can now buy Rocksmith 2014 Edition for just £27.95 on Xbox One, including the Real Tone Cable.

It's a great price for a game that genuinely teaches you how to play guitar to various levels of proficiency, plugging your own axe into your console to become a real guitar hero. Thanks again, uwantsum!

However, there's a serious caveat that you need to be aware of. You will encounter crippling lag if you use an HDMI audio connection instead of an optical connection. If you don't use optical audio, we'd suggest staying well clear. Get the details in Carl's Rocksmith 2014 review.

Rock Band 4 is happening!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Music games, PS4 games, Rock Band 4, Xbox One Games

Rock Band 4 is happening!

DLC transfer & legacy instruments confirmed

Boom. Drop the mic. Then pick it up and sing into it.

After weeks of rumours, Rock Band 4 has been announced for PS4 and Xbox One, and it's pretty much the best case scenario we could have hoped for.

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Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call only £12 at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Music games, RPGs, TheatRhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call only £12 at GAME

Theatrhythm is awesome. And prounounced 'theatre-rhythm,' in case you were wondering. Blending rhythm games with RPG mechanics and the legendary Final Fantasy soundtrack, this is basically a must-have for any fan.

Better yet, you can now buy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call for only £12.99 from GAME.

The sequel expands on the original game massively, with a bunch of new gameplay modes, over 200 songs, and 60 playable characters. Another great spot from FantasyDeals!

Pay what you want for Steam music shooter Retro/Grade on IndieGameStand - if you won't buy the Insert Coin Bundle

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Music games, PC games, Retro/Grade, Rhythm games

Pay what you want for Steam music shooter Retro/Grade on IndieGameStand - if you won't buy the Insert Coin Bundle

Retro/Grade is the latest pay what you want deal on IndieGameStand.

And one of the best we've seen in recent months, to be perfectly honest. This innovative SHMUP looks like a traditional scrolling shooter at first glance, boasting some gorgeous graphics, amazing visual feedback and a punchy soundtrack, but there's more than meets the eye.

See, it's actually a crazy music game where you control the flow of time, not the ship itself.

If that sounds good, that's because Retro/Grade is brilliant (I can actually vouch for this one) - and you can pay what you want for it on IndieGameStand. A Steam code usually costs £6.99 but can be yours for only £0.64 here, or even $0.25 if you only want a DRM-free download.

However, you should be aware that Retro/Grade is currently in the Bundle Stars Insert Coin Bundle, which costs £1.99 and presents significantly better value. If you aren't going to pick it up for whatever reason, this is the best way to cherry-pick.

TheatRhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call only £6 at Tesco

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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3DS Games, Final Fantasy, Music games, Rhythm games, Square Enix, theatrh, TheatRhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call

 

TheatRhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call only £6 at Tesco

TheatRhythm is awesome. Although you will get some odd looks if you bust it out on a train and start pulling shapes to all of your favourite Final Fantasy tunes. Trust me.

The sequel expands on the original game massively, with a bunch of new gameplay modes, over 200 songs, and 60 playable characters. Thanks Kei1!

Rocksmith 2014 Edition PS4 Review | Plug In Baby

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Music games, PC games, PS4 games, Rocksmith 2014 Edition, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

 

Rocksmith 2014 Edition PS4 Review | Plug In Baby

Let’s begin with a bit of housekeeping – those of you that have bought or played Rocksmith 2014 Edition on PS3 or Xbox 360 will find an almost identical experience with the current-gen version. All the new modes and functionality used to improve the experience returns, as does the ability to access any song bought in previous titles as long as you stick with the same family of consoles (eg. PS3 to PS4). So, with that in mind, you can probably skip towards the end of the review for critique specific for the current-gen version.

For the rest of us, be it those uninitiated to Rocksmith or have remained with the previous version, Rocksmith 2014 continues to provide a way for budding guitarists to learn how to play and improve their skills. Tutorials cover the basics, including setup and posture, all the way to advanced techniques such as trills, hammering, and bending. Video demonstrations and repeatable interactive sections are well presented, easy to follow, and gives opportunity for intermediate players to perfect other skills before jumping into the track list proper. For someone who was always more of a Rhythm guitarist than a Lead, it meant I could venture into new areas of play without having to start over completely.

Rocksmith 2014 Edition PS4 Review | Plug In Baby

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Review | Kinect Semaphore Hero

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, Games reviews, Kinect games, Music games, Rhythm games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Review | Kinect Semaphore Hero

Platforms: Xbox One (reviewed) | Xbox 360

Developer: Harmonix

Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios

I genuinely love my Kinect sensor and the musical legends at Harmonix, but I think they might have missed the point here.

Guitar Hero and Rock Band make you feel like a rock god, whether you're shredding on a plastic guitar, smashing the drums, laying down a bass line or howling into a microphone. Rocksmith literally teaches you how to play a six-string, much like Dance Central teaches you a selection of hilarious dance moves. Child Of Eden makes you feel like a transcendent electric death machine. You're only stood in front of a telly with a plastic peripheral or Kinect sensor, but the physical movements feel empowering and rewarding in and of themselves.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Review | Kinect Semaphore Hero

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is supposed to turn you into the Sorcerer's Apprentice and grant you dominion over music itself... but playing it feels like directing traffic at a busy intersection. Or attempting to guide a light aircraft in to land in your living room. You're just waving your arms about in time to music, more like a weather reporter in front of a greenscreen than a magical orchestra conductor.

It's a shame, because Disney Fantasia is otherwise one of the most fascinating and unique projects ever developed for the Kinect sensor, letting you create crazy remixes out of classic and current music.

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Rocksmith 2014 (solus) £8.82 at Mac Game Store (Steam Key works for PC too)

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Mac games, Music games, PC games, Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) £8.82 at Mac Game Store (Steam Key works for PC too)

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) | £8.82 (save up to £30) | Mac Game Store | Review

Rocksmith is outstanding, it really is. By smooshing together Rock Band and an extensive virtual suite on how to play an actual guitar, Ubisoft have created a gamified marvel. The Mac Stoire currently has the 2014 version of the game down at around £8.82, but you're paying for a Steam key, so PC owners can take full advantage of this deal too.

If you're yet to acquire a Rocksmith Real Tone cable -- the interface that allows you to plug your guitar into your platform of choice -- it could be worth shopping around the marketplaces for a bundle deal. But you can pick up the cable for around £15-20 on its own, and there are still plenty of retailers stocking the solus version (without the cable) for upwards of £30, so this is still a pretty damn good deal.

Thanks to jaystan at HotUkDeals.

Let's Play... Cosmic DJ - Getting Jazzed

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Cosmic DJ, Devolver Digital, Gl33k, Indie Games, Let's Play, Music games, PC games, Rhythm games, Videos

Let's Play... Cosmic DJ - Getting Jazzed

Cosmic DJ is essentially a beginner's guide to music sequencing wrapped up in a bundle of crazy. And I love it.

The developers at Austin studio Gl33k are no newcomers to the scene, though you're more likely to have found them working behind it than stepping into the spotlight in the past few years. They've been responsible for some award-winning sound design across the likes of Halo 4 and Uncharted 3. Put simply, they know their shit.

Perhaps that's why Cosmic DJ is such a delight. It's a simple, straightforward affair that provides instant pick-up-and-play appeal, filled with all sorts of utterly bonkers instruments and effects, and set to a narrative that has you (the Cosmic DJ of Legend) and a floating polygon named Steve (who sounds a lot like the eponymous virus that infects Lister in the Red Dwarf episode "Epideme") saving the universe through the power of music, by fixing a bunch of "Jamtennae" and creating barmy dance music to barmy pictures of horses wearing 3D glasses, barking corgis, and pixel pizza.

Let's Play... Cosmic DJ - Getting Jazzed

It's quite odd. It's also a lot of fun.

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SingOn Review | Your Streaming Karaoke Machine

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Karaoke games, Music games, PS3 games, PSN, SingOn, SingOn Inc.

SingOn Review | Your Streaming Karaoke Machine

Platform: PS3 (PSN, free client download/trial) | Other platforms TBA

Developer: SingOn Inc.

SingOn feels like the next generation of living room karaoke.

If you want to sing without complications, fuss or spending much money, this revolutionary Finnish upstart is pretty much everything you could want. It's a streaming service client as opposed to a locked-in boxed game, granting you access to hundreds and hundreds of songs that are updated on a weekly basis, always including the very latest charts alongside rock, jazz, cheese, rap, film classics and even Finnish folk music. Every decade is represented, every genre has plenty of choice on offer, and it's all delivered on our terms.

SingOn Review | Your Streaming Karaoke Machine

£2.99 nets you full access to the entire library for three hours, more than enough for an evening of crooning, letting you stream and sing to your heart's content while laying out considerably less than the cost of a London pint. Or an entire weekend sorted for £5.99. The days of having to spend £40 on a limited selection of tracks, many of which you won't like and will never sing, are well and truly over. If you've got a microphone, a PS3 and an internet connection, it's game on.

However, SingOn is more of a karaoke machine than a karaoke game - and it's clear that the service still has a way to go before it can cement its place in the lounge.

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Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call is coming West

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS, 3DS Games, Final Fantasy, Music games, Rhythm games, Square Enix

Enjoy legendary tunes in stylus

Final Fantasy's soundtrack is a thing of rare beauty, capable of packing out the Royal Albert Hall and venues worldwide thanks to Nobuo Uematsu's legendary anthems. It's a joy to listen to, but even more fun to tap along with, thanks to the excellent rhythm game/JRPG hybrid Theatrhythm that graced 3DS handhelds back in 2012.

Squeenix has now confirmed that its sequel, Curtain Call, is coming to North America and Europe later this year; containing 200 tracks, 60 characters from throughout the franchise and plenty of new modes. Definitely one to watch out for - and we'll keep you posted.

Oh, and it's pronounced 'theatre-rhythm.' Just so you know.

SingOn Preview | The 'Next Generation Karaoke Game' Might Be The Last You'll Ever Need

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Karaoke games, Music games, PS3 games, PSN, SingOn, SingOn Inc.

SingOn Preview | The 'Next Generation Karaoke Game' Might Be The Last You'll Ever Need

In case you haven't noticed, we're big fans of karaoke here at Dealspwn.com. There's little more enjoyable than thoroughly embarrassing ourselves by tipsily belting out awful versions of classic songs from the diaphragm, and videogames have long been on hand to scratch our itch; from SingStar and Lips to the likes of We Sing and even Rock Band.

But there's a problem. Every time a new karaoke game comes out, we find ourselves gravitating to three or four songs in the track list, restricted by the 20-40 tunes on the disc. There's always filler material, there's always bumf that literally no-one likes to sing, while themed sequels and track packs leave fans of other decades or genres sitting glumly on the sofa and wishing that they'd gone to that other party instead.

SingOn Preview | The 'Next Generation Karaoke Game' Might Be The Last You'll Ever Need

SingOn aims to change all that. We've seen so many games trying to become "services" over the last few years, usually with disastrous results, but for Karaoke games this new startup makes perfect sense. It's effectively a free client that grants players access to a continually-updated streaming roster of hundreds of songs throughout numerous genres, on their own terms. Whether charging a couple of quid for a night, a few Pounds for weekend access or spending the price of a regular game for a year's unfettered use, SingOn is all about letting us choose exactly when and exactly what we want to sing.

The passionate developers describe SingOn as the "next generation of Karaoke games," and though it's rolling out on PS3 first, PlayStation Network is just the very first step in a plan for global domination across multiple platforms.

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Vita Review | Vital Vocaloids

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Crypton Future Media, Music games, PS Vita, PS Vita games, Rhythm games, Sega

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Vita Review | Vital Vocaloids

Platforms: PS3 | PS Vita (new, reviewed)

Developer: SEGA | Crypton Future Media

Publisher: SEGA

2014 has already been a great year for localised Japanese gaming, especially on PS Vita. Us Europeans have been thoroughly spoiled by the likes of Danganronpa, Sorcery Saga and Ys: Memories Of Celceta... and SEGA have just released the motherload. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F was a smash hit in Japan, but now the Vocaloid rhythm game has finally made it over to British shores. A gutsy move to say the least, especially since much of the hardcore fanbase will have probably imported a copy.

In case you're not au fait with the term 'Vocaloid,' here's a grossly oversimplified crash course. Hatsune Miku is effectively a musical instrument: a synthesised voice represented by the image of a young lass with huge pigtails. However, canny marketing, massive fan support and an army of talented musicians turned her into a phenomenon, a virtual pop star whose songs and performances are provided by the community and those who use the software. She doesn't exist, yet absolutely does, her personality being interpreted differently by each fan and artist, whether online, in videos, in concert or even the imagination. It's fascinating and rather wonderful, especially since the resulting music is often brilliant.

Still not with me? Okay. Erm... the Nyan Cat song. She sings that. Let's move on.

If you're a fan of rhythm games, J-Pop and J-Rock, Project Diva F is going to suit you down to the ground. If you're a fan of Hatsune Miku and Vocaloids in general, however, this is going to be an essential purchase.

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Rocksmith 2014 (solus) £20.98 on PS3/360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Music games, PS3 games, Rocksmith 2014, Xbox 360 games

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) £20.98 on PS3/360

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) | £20.98 (save £5) | Zavvi PS3 / 360 | Review

If Guitar Hero and Rock Band unleashed a fire in you to become a rock god, we'd advise checking out Rocksmith. Here you can plug in a REAL electric guitar (sold separately, of course) and be put through your paces with a series of lessons, drills and games to give you some genuine skills. Be sure to check out Matt's full review for more information. Note: this is the solus edition of the game, you'll  need to track down a cable for it too if you don't have one already.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.