Brutal Legend Unveiled, First Look
Following up on past rumors, the next project from Double Fine Productions (headed by Psychonauts creator Tim Schafer) will be heavy-metal centric Brutal Legend featuring comedy rocker Jack Black. This comes from the latest issue of Game Informer, which carries a feature on the game.
According to the magazine’s website, the game is billed as a “surreal ode to the mythology of rock and roll, starring the talents of Jack Black and a stable of heavy metal legends.” The game is in development for PS3 and Xbox 360.
Some scans from the magazine article have popped up online. It was originally contributed to this forum thread on Double Fine’s forums, but I have mirrored them here for convenience.
KISS, Soundgarden, RHCP Bring Their Music to Rock Band
More big bands have joined Rock Band’s kickass lineup. As reported by 1UP, songs from KISS, Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers will appear in the game as master tracks. The songs are “Detroit Rock City” by KISS, “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden and “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The abovementioned songs brings the game’s set list to 34 songs, ranging from the ’60s to now.
Nirvana Joins Rock Band
Citing the September issue (what?!) of GamePro magazine, Joystiq reports that Rock Band will also feature Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as a full downloadable album to rock out to. This comes after word at E3 that albums from The Who and Metallica will be released as downloadable content.
The report also states that the game will do away with fictional locales found in Harmonix’s previous series Guitar Hero. Instead it will feature 41 venues, spread out across various cities like New York, Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, London and more.
Joystiq also contacted Harmonix about the date provided in the magazine article – November 6. The response? “Holiday 2007.”
Left-of-the-dial Soundtrack for College Hoops 2K7
Ever heard of a “left-of-the-dial” soundtrack? Well, now you can tell your grandchildren that you have: 2K Sports has compiled such a soundtrack for College Hoops 2K7, according to a press release by the company. The soundtrack features a diverse roster of underground hip-hop artists ranging from 3rd Degree to Traxamillion, as well as rock acts like Cities in Dust and Tokyo Police Club; P.O.D. also makes an appearance. As an added bonus, the game features original songs from 3rd Degree, Deux Process and Traxamillion.
2K Sports also mentioned 2K Beats, its internet radio station for fans of the publisher’s games. The site streams the music from all of the company’s best games, with access to artist bios, photos, discographies and more.
College Hoops 2K7 is now available for the PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360; a PS3 version will be available this winter.
Navarro Signing Guitar Hero Controllers; In-game Partners Announced
Guitar Hero II features quite a few in-game partners, according to an announcement from RedOctane. As players rock out to the game’s 60+ songs playlist, they will be subject to viewing ads for Gibson Guitar, Kramer, Krank, MusicMan Basses, Orange, VHT and the Vans Warped Tour, among others.
“The product placement within Guitar Hero II is designed to add an extra element of realism for gamers,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing, RedOctane. “Players are deeply immersed into the rock star culture, utilizing the authentic tools of musicians worldwide including an extensive array of amps, strings, pedals, cymbals, music stores and venues.”
In far more exciting news, it has been announced that Dave Navarro from Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be signing Guitar Hero controllers and games at a midnight release event in Los Angeles. Gamers will need to flock the Best Buy at 11301 W. Pico Blvd. from 10.30pm on November 6; the guitarist will be there until 12.30 am on November 7. The event will also be host to Guitar Hero II kiosks set up for people to try out the game “with the help of on-site Best Buy ‘blue shirt’ gaming experts.”
Guitar Hero II will be released on November 7 for PS2. A Xbox 360 version is in development.
Guitar Hero II in Europe this November
Headbangers in Europe will now be able to bang their heads nearer with their North American brethren thanks to Red Octane and Activision who announced that Guitar Hero II will be available in the region this November, shortly after its American release.
Guitar Hero II will be available as a hardware bundle complete with a replica Gibson SG controller or as a standalone disc for owners of the original. The final tracklist for the title is yet to be announced, but RedOctane promises a heady mix of classic and contemporary rock, as well as a couple of surprises.
SingStar Legends Gets Lineup
Scheduled for release this Christmas, SingStar Legends will feature classic rock tunes to rock out to. SCEE has proudly announced the current lineup for the game:
- Elton John – Rocket Man
- The Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA
- The Police – Roxanne
- Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
- The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
- Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It?
- John Lennon – Imagine
- Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
- Ben E King – Stand By Me
- David Bowie – Life on Mars?
- The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
SingStar Legends will ship with two microphones and will let up to eight players sing it out (and also shamelessly dance away to the original music video). It will be released in early November.
Guitar Hero II Performances at E3
Guitar Hero II will be rocking Kentia Hall this year! RedOctane has announced that E3 attendees will get the opportunity to play demos of the upcoming game, as well as enjoy live performances by bands featured in the original Guitar Hero. There will also be special guest appearances by female guitarist Judita Wignall from the band Halo Friendlies, the inspiration behind the character Judy Nails.
Below is the complete schedule:
WEDNESDAY, May 10th at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.:
Hard-rock band Drist starring Marcus Henderson will rock the crowd and perform hits from their newly launched album “Orchids and Ammunition!” Marcus is an original guitar hero who recorded multiple guitar tracks for the Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II soundtracks.
THURSDAY, May 11th at 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.:
Graveyard BBQ, winners of the first “Be a Guitar Hero” competition, will perform their winning song “Cheat on the Church” along with many others from their debut album “Graveyard BBQ Greatest Hits Volume 1.”
FRIDAY, May 12th at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.:
Los Angeles-based rock sensation Shaimus will woo the crowd with the smooth stylings from their recently released album “Paper Sun,” including their first hit single “All of This” from Guitar Hero.
The game will be out this November for the PS2.