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Re: Guitar Hero I or II
« Reply #30 on: May 31, 2007, 10:40 AM »
Some more GHIII info hit the net today:

Guitar Hero III Hands-on

A couple of videos showing the new (different) look:

First Guitar Hero III videos are ... different

And the first look at the new Les Paul-style guitar:

Guitar Hero Les Paul Controller Impressions



That's a non-playable prototype, and it looks a little funky with the all-white faceplate, but there will be removable faceplates, which I'm sure will look more Les Paul-ish.

Other new stuff on the guitar:

*Detachable neck - not only for ease of storage and travel, but also for possible double-neck extensions in the future
*Totally wireless
*Two different strap knob positions
*Toned-down fret button colors for a more-realistic look

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Re: Guitar Hero I or II
« Reply #31 on: May 31, 2007, 12:11 PM »

*Detachable neck - not only for ease of storage and travel, but also for possible double-neck extensions in the future

The real reason probably has to do with money.  You know, smaller package means less material and freight.  Fit more on the shelf too.

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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2007, 12:33 PM »
That's a really good point and you're probably right on the money.  The boxes for the other guitars are huge, and they'd be able to save a considerable amount of space (and money) by shipping the guitars in two pieces.

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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #33 on: June 1, 2007, 12:03 PM »
Pearl Jam's "Even Flow" has been confirmed to be in GHIII.

Horrible song, horrible, horrible band.  Good thing they don't have any fans around these parts.

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Guitar Hero
« Reply #34 on: August 9, 2007, 04:17 PM »

*Detachable neck - not only for ease of storage and travel, but also for possible double-neck extensions in the future

The real reason probably has to do with money.  You know, smaller package means less material and freight.  Fit more on the shelf too.

That's a really good point and you're probably right on the money.  The boxes for the other guitars are huge, and they'd be able to save a considerable amount of space (and money) by shipping the guitars in two pieces.

Err, maybe not:



(And yes, that is Mr. Slash on the packaging.)



And the confirmed track listing so far:

   
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* "3's and 7's" – Queens of the Stone Age
    * "Barracuda" – Heart (COVER)
    * "Cherub Rock" – Smashing Pumpkins
    * "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" – Blue Φyster Cult (COVER)
    * "Cult of Personality" – Living Colour
    * "Even Flow" – Pearl Jam
    * "Knights of Cydonia" – Muse
    * "La Grange" – ZZ Top (COVER)
    * "Lay Down" – Priestess
    * "The Metal" – Tenacious D
    * "Miss Murder" – AFI
    * "Mississippi Queen" – Mountain (COVER)
    * "My Name Is Jonas" – Weezer
    * "The Number of the Beast" – Iron Maiden
    * "One" – Metallica
    * "Paint It, Black" – The Rolling Stones
    * "Paranoid" – Black Sabbath (COVER)
    * "Raining Blood" – Slayer
    * "Reptilia" – The Strokes
    * "Rock and Roll All Nite" – Kiss (COVER)
    * "Rock You Like a Hurricane" – Scorpions (COVER)
    * "Sabotage" – Beastie Boys
    * "School's Out" – Alice Cooper (COVER)
    * "She Builds Quick Machines" – Velvet Revolver
    * "Slow Ride" – Foghat (COVER)
    * "Suck My Kiss" – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    * "Through the Fire and Flames" – DragonForce
    * "Welcome to the Jungle" – Guns N' Roses

In addition, bands confirmed to be contributing to the game include:

    * Another song by Velvet Revolver from Libertad
    * An original song composed and performed by Slash of Velvet Revolver.

Most of those are master tracks by the original artists.

Between this and Rock Band, there's gonna be tons of guitar gaming goodness to be had this Christmas. . .
« Last Edit: August 9, 2007, 04:21 PM by Matt »

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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #35 on: August 9, 2007, 05:02 PM »
Rock band will be sick, 10 frets?? Awesome apparently the extra frets are for solos :D

The Stratocaster controller will have 5 additional fret buttons located further down the neck to be used in special solo sections. Additionally, the controller will feature an effects pickup switch. Harmonix has confirmed Guitar Hero guitar controllers will be compatible with the game, as well as other third-party guitar controllers. The company has also said that Rock Band will also support the use of additional third-party controllers, and, should Activision (the current publishers of Guitar Hero) request it, they can make the Rock Band guitar controller work with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.[citation needed]

Rock Band's microphone instrument will be similar to the model used in the Harmonix-developed Karaoke Revolution games. According to an article in Game Informer, "Vocalists sing along to the rock tunes as they always have. Additionally, a phoneme detector will pick up the individual vowels and consonants." The microphone can also be used as a tambourine and cowbell when there are no vocals.

The drum controller is similar to the DrumMania arcade game, and will be based on striking one of 4 foam pads, representing the snare drum, tom-tom, hi-hat, and crash/ride cymbals. The set will also feature a kick pedal for bass drum and will ship with a pair of authentic drumsticks. The legs of the drum peripheral can adjust in height or be detached if the user wishes to place it on a table-top, while the kick pedal can be adjusted laterally. Harmonix representatives have said on numerous occasions that "If you can play the drum parts on hard, you can pretty much play the drums [in reality]."

Can't wait to pick this up  :D

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Re: Guitar Hero
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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #37 on: August 10, 2007, 12:12 PM »
Their loss.

If this one sells the way the last one sold, I think they'll still squeak by. . . 

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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2007, 08:39 AM »
Oh, it will sell. 

They could make more profit if they shipped it in a smaller package, that is all.


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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #39 on: August 22, 2007, 01:21 PM »
Oh, it will sell. 

They could make more profit if they shipped it in a smaller package, that is all.

That's true, but by the same token, I'm sure they don't mind the extra visibility at retail that the enormous packaging provides, especially with the competition they'll have this Christmas, in the form of Rock Band.

And speaking of Rock Band, ten new tracks were revealed recently.

So here's Rock Band's confirmed track-listing so far:

1960s
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones

1970s
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who
"Mississippi Queen" by Mountain (non-original recording)
"Suffragette City" by David Bowie
"Paranoid" by Black Sabbath (non-original recording)
"Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Φyster Cult
"Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones
"Highway Star" by Deep Purple

1980s
"Tom Sawyer" by Rush (non-original recording)
"Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash
"Epic" by Faith No More

1990s
"Learn to Fly" by Foo Fighters
"Enter Sandman" by Metallica
"In Bloom" by Nirvana
"Vasoline" by Stone Temple Pilots
"Say It Ain't So" by Weezer
"Cherub Rock" by Smashing Pumpkins
"Creep" by Radiohead
"Sabotage" by Beastie Boys

2000s
"Main Offender" by The Hives
"Go With the Flow" by Queens of the Stone Age
"Reptilia" by The Strokes
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet
"Here It Goes Again" by OK Go
"The Hand That Feeds" by Nine Inch Nails

There's a little bit of overlappage there with GH3:  Cherub Rock, Mississippi Queen, Sabotage, and Paranoid.

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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #40 on: September 4, 2007, 03:39 PM »
Where should a newbie start in regards to Guitar Hero?  Should I buy the GH2 set with game and guitar?

Is wireless the way to go?


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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #41 on: September 4, 2007, 04:10 PM »
What system will you be playing it on?

Will there be anyone else playing with you, or will you be. . .  playing with yourself?

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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #42 on: September 4, 2007, 04:18 PM »
PS2

Myself.  As usual.


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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #43 on: September 4, 2007, 05:27 PM »
I'd look at the track-listings for each of the games and go with the one that has the most songs you like:

GH:

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1. Opening Licks

    * "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
    * "I Wanna Be Sedated" – The Ramones
    * "Thunder Kiss '65" – White Zombie
    * "Smoke on the Water" – Deep Purple
    * "Infected" – Bad Religion

2. Axe-Grinders

    * "Iron Man" – Black Sabbath
    * "More Than a Feeling" – Boston
    * "You Got Another Thing Comin'" – Judas Priest
    * "Take Me Out" – Franz Ferdinand
    * "Sharp Dressed Man" – ZZ Top

3. Thrash and Burn

    * "Killer Queen" – Queen
    * "Hey You" – The Exies
    * "Stellar" – Incubus
    * "Heart Full of Black" – Burning Brides
    * "Symphony of Destruction" – Megadeth

4. Return of the Shred

    * "Ziggy Stardust" – David Bowie
    * "Fat Lip" – Sum 41
    * "Cochise" – Audioslave
    * "Take It Off" – The Donnas
    * "Unsung" – Helmet

5. Fret-Burners

    * "Spanish Castle Magic" – Jimi Hendrix
    * "Higher Ground" – Red Hot Chili Peppers[3]
    * "No One Knows" – Queens of the Stone Age
    * "Ace of Spades" – Motφrhead
    * "Crossroads" – Cream

6. Face-Melters

    * "Godzilla" – Blue Φyster Cult
    * "Texas Flood" – Stevie Ray Vaughan
    * "Frankenstein" – The Edgar Winter Group
    * "Cowboys from Hell" – Pantera
    * "Bark at the Moon" – Ozzy Osbourne

GH II:

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1. Opening Licks

    * "Shout at the Devil" – Mφtley Crόe
    * "Mother" – Danzig †
    * "Surrender" – Cheap Trick
    * "Woman" – Wolfmother
    * "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" - Spinal Tap † (Encore)

2. Amp-Warmers

    * "Strutter" – Kiss †
    * "Heart-Shaped Box" – Nirvana
    * "Message in a Bottle" – The Police
    * "You Really Got Me" – Van Halen[3]
    * "Carry on Wayward Son" – Kansas (Encore)

3. String-Snappers

    * "Monkey Wrench" – Foo Fighters
    * "Them Bones" – Alice in Chains
    * "Search and Destroy" – Iggy Pop and the Stooges
    * "Tattooed Love Boys" – The Pretenders
    * "War Pigs" – Black Sabbath (Encore)

4. Thrash and Burn

    * "Cherry Pie" – Warrant
    * "Who Was in My Room Last Night?" – The Butthole Surfers †
    * "Girlfriend" – Matthew Sweet †
    * "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" – The Rolling Stones †
    * "Sweet Child o' Mine" – Guns N' Roses (Encore)

5. Return of the Shred

    * "Killing in the Name" – Rage Against the Machine
    * "John the Fisherman" – Primus
    * "Freya" – The Sword
    * "Bad Reputation" – Thin Lizzy
    * "Last Child" – Aerosmith † (Encore)

6. Relentless Riffs

    * "Crazy on You" – Heart
    * "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" – Stone Temple Pilots
    * "Rock This Town" – Stray Cats
    * "Jessica" – The Allman Brothers Band †
    * "Stop" – Jane's Addiction (Encore)

7. Furious Fretwork

    * "Madhouse" – Anthrax
    * "Carry Me Home" – The Living End
    * "Laid to Rest" – Lamb of God †
    * "Psychobilly Freakout" – Reverend Horton Heat
    * "YYZ" – Rush (Encore)

8. Face-Melters

    * "Beast and the Harlot" – Avenged Sevenfold
    * "Institutionalized" – Suicidal Tendencies †
    * "Misirlou" – Dick Dale
    * "Hangar 18" – Megadeth
    * "Free Bird" – Lynyrd Skynyrd † (Encore)

GH Encore: Rocks the 80s (available as game only, no guitar pack in):

Quote
1. Opening Licks

    * "(Bang Your Head) Metal Health" - Quiet Riot
    * "We Got the Beat" - The Go-Go's
    * "I Ran (So Far Away)" - A Flock of Seagulls
    * "Balls to the Wall" - Accept
    * "18 and Life" - Skid Row (encore)

2. Amp Warmers

    * "No One Like You" - Scorpions
    * "Shakin'" - Eddie Money
    * "Heat of the Moment" - Asia
    * "Radar Love" - White Lion [2]
    * "Because, It's Midnite" - Limozeen (encore)

3. String Snappers

    * "Holy Diver" - Dio
    * "Turning Japanese" - The Vapors
    * "Hold on Loosely" - .38 Special
    * "The Warrior" - Scandal
    * "I Wanna Rock" - Twisted Sister (encore) [3]

4. Return of the Shred

    * "What I Like About You" - The Romantics
    * "Synchronicity II" - The Police
    * "Ballroom Blitz" - Krokus[4]
    * "Only a Lad" - Oingo Boingo
    * "Round and Round" - Ratt (encore)

5. Relentless Riffs

    * "Ain't Nothin' But a Good Time" - Poison
    * "Lonely is the Night" - Billy Squier
    * "Bathroom Wall" - Faster Pussycat
    * "Los Angeles" - X
    * "Wrathchild" - Iron Maiden (encore)

6. Furious Fretwork

    * "Electric Eye" - Judas Priest[5]
    * "Police Truck" - Dead Kennedys
    * "Seventeen" - Winger
    * "Caught in a Mosh" - Anthrax
    * "Play With Me" - Extreme (encore)

And you may want to wait and see how this whole GH III/Rock Band thing shakes out over the next couple of months, too--'cause they both have pretty impressive song lists of their own.

As far as guitars go, the Gibson SGs that are packed in with GH and GH II are pretty much identical, except for color.  Both are wired.

I can't comment on Red Octane's wireless PS2 guitar, as I haven't used it.

There will be a new wireless guitar packed in with GH III, the Kramer Pacer.  I haven't heard too much about that one yet, but the guys at ScoreHero (a big GH fansite) got to try out the new wireless Les Paul controllers (for the next-gen systems) and seemed to think that they were much-improved over the wired SG controllers.  The same may be true for the PS2-exclusive Kramer, I don't know. 

There will also be a Fender Stratocaster controller packed in with Rock Band, but that's all I know about it.

The new guitars may be another good reason (along with the new songs) to wait and see what happens with the new games this fall.  But if you don't care about that stuff, and are itching to get started, you can't really go wrong with the GH II bundle (I don't know if the first bundle is available anywhere anymore--probably not).

Amazon's got the GH II bundle for $69.99 right now with free shipping - I believe it sells for $79.99 everywhere else.  Not a bad deal at all.

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Re: Guitar Hero
« Reply #44 on: September 5, 2007, 09:07 AM »
Thank you kind sir for the info.

I've seen the track listing for Rock Band and it too, is impressive.

Do we know if the GH 'guitar' will be compatible with Rock Band?