Posts Tagged ‘band hero


Band Hero! Are You Ready To Pop….

As your music correspondent it is my duty to bring you all of the news from this genre, so it is my solemn duty to inform you that yes, ‘Band hero’ is officially on the way.

Now being a rock goddess through and through, I am obviously programmed to despise the idea of band hero. However before I weigh everyone down in my own personal opinions here are some facts.


Band hero will work similarly to guitar hero 5 with a similar theme of band gameplay, however instead of focusing around the guitar as the key instrument Neversoft claim that this title will be designed with all four instruments in mind. They are also aiming to incorporate more mainstream acts such as Taylor swift,  Lily Allen and the Jackson 5 to make the game more enjoyable for the whole family. For some time now the Gh series has chosen to incorporate guest stars to add to the atmosphere of the games and this game follows suit. So far confirmed guest stars include Taylor Swift and Adam Levine (Maroon 5) with several others still awaiting conormation. The game will have the same multiplayer options as GH5, with the added bonus of being able to change difficulties drop out and even swap instruments at any time during a song. From what I can make out with its mainstream hits and ease of use this game is geared entirely towards party play, which is not for me, but not necessarily a bad thing for everyone. Now, just for you, because I love you all, here is a sneaky look at the confirmed songs so far…..Cries into beloved plastic guitar…

  • The All-American Rejects -Dirty Little Secret
  • Jackson 5 – ABC
  • Don McLean – American Pie
  • KT Tunstall – Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
  • Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn
  • No Doubt – Just a Girl
  • David Bowie – Let’s Dance
  • Taylor Swift – Love Story
  • Taylor Swift – Picture to Burn
  • Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me
  • Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Going Down
  • Fall Out Boy – Thanks for the Memories
  • Lily Allen – Take What You Take
  • Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Light

And now for my real opinion, my own personal rant if you will. Is it just me or does the above set-list seem more like something out of sing-star than a true GH title? I mean in my opinion the pervious GH games are very accommodating to all instruments, especially the more recent titles, and so why they had to release something like this under the same name truly baffles me. I know they are trying to cater for more mainstream tastes, but in doing so they have lost a great deal of what guitar hero was really about, the tacky, heavy metal, rock god simulating experience. If they were going to release something like this I don’t know why they didn’t distance it from the Gh series all together, even the name ‘Band hero’ doesn’t sound right, so why force it. I would say that this game seems more accommodating to female singers (any girl who has tries in vain to battle through the GH World tour vocalists career will know what I mean) However personally if I want to sing I play sing-star so to me this is not a great selling point. Also, personally I wouldn’t call Taylor swift a ‘Band Hero’. I accept that she is in vogue at the moment, but she hasn’t been around long enough to truly be considered a pop legend therefore to have three tracks and a guest star appearance in this game is quite frankly overkill.


All in all I don’t think I would dislike his game so much if it wasn’t so strongly affiliated with the Gh series, perhaps if it wasn’t called ‘Band Hero’ I would have a better personal opinion of it. Still, as much as other may love this game I will say that I don’t think I will be becoming a Band Hero myself anytime soon. After all, Gh5 has a set list with some mainstream hits and a big dose of rock as well, and after a thorough play through I can truly say this is my favorite release of 2009. I will try and update you all when I have a chance to play this game, but until then my suggestion is to buy Gh5….and enjoy it.



Plus XP News Round Up

Thought it would be a good idea for the blog to have a news round up every week for the news that we neglected to mension and to keep people nice and up to date about the blog itself as well as games 🙂

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Duke Nukem Forever – Probably now gone forever.

Mega sad face for Me as i am a huge Duke Nukem fan. Still play the good old duke 3d on my xbox. god bless xbox live. But the next installment may not even happen. 3D realms have gone bust possibly taking the franchise with it!

Duke Forever 1

but according to some 3rd party developers. the hand held duke nukem games are still in the making.

Whats That? More Guitar Hero???

yep thats right lads and lasses. Keep your eyes peeled Q3 and Q4 this year. As guitar hero: Van Halen has been confirmed for a Q3/Q4 2009 release. Will be featuring other bands such as Queen, Offspring, Wheezer, Blink 182 and Queens of the stone age. 

Yet even more guitar hero goodness!

Guitar Hero 5 has been confirmed!! The 5th installment (excluding the game GH rocks the 80’s, areosmith, metallica and the upvcoming van halen) sounds like its going to be………..interesting. Here is a quote from the publisher:

“there will be an unprecedented level of control over the way they play the game with the ability to drop in and out of songs and change band members, instruments, and difficulty levels on the fly,” 

My opinion: if it aint broke don’t fix it! Are activition probably over stepping the mark on this one? i mean dropping out mid song? whats the point?!

Doesn’t stop there for the now (what i will call) ‘Hero’ franchise.Taking a leaf from Wii Music’s book Band Hero has been confirmed. Boast it will be a fun game for all ages. Not much else has been confirmed but quoted from the publisher “the game will feature top-40 hits designed to expand the appeal to a broad family audience who can play together on the guitar, drums, bass, and microphone.”

You really didnt think Activision would stop there with their ‘Hero’ franchise would you? 

DJ hero has been confirmed! *does double take* Yes thats right DJ hero. Featuring R&B, hip hop, motown, electro and dance tracks DJ Hero will let players produce “original mixes of popular songs and music from the world’s most exciting artists and DJs.” as quoted from the publisher.

The paripherals feature a microphone and, yes you guessed it, a turn table:

djheo turntable

to be honest i wont touch it. but i can see the appeal for other gamers.

well thats all the big news i can muster up for this weeks round up. Plus xp will keep you up to date with whats happening with the site and the gaming world as it happens, through the blog here and on twitter 🙂