Dance Central: Spotlight DLC for 9/15

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Just announced via the @Dance_Central Twitter account, “The Way” by Ariana Grande will be added to Dance Central: Spotlight via DLC tomorrow, September 16. The song can be purchased separately, or along with launch day DLC song “Problem”, as Ariana Grande Dance Pack 01.

New Songs:

  • Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller – The Way

Legacy Songs:

  • Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock (Original 12″ Version)
  • Chic – Le Freak
  • Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes – Don’t Cha
  • Trey Songz – Say Aah

 

Harmonix Announces Harmonix Music VR

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Earlier this week, Samsung announced their new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone, and with it, the Samsung Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that is powered by Oculus, using the Galaxy Note 4 as the display, for release later this year.

Along with that hardware announcement comes today’s news that Harmonix is currently developing what they are calling Harmonix Music VR, which is described in their press release as “a fully immersive, music-driven dreamscape allowing you to experience your tunes like never before”.

Not much else is known at this point, as no video, or screenshots were released alongside the announcement, however we do know that Harmonix Music VR will be available later this year when the Samsung Gear VR is released.

The full announcement can be read via the Harmonix blog.

Review: Dance Central: Spotlight

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When Kinect first launched for the Xbox 360 in 2010, the overwhelming consensus was that there was one game in the launch line up for the device that stood out above all others, and that was the original Dance Central from Harmonix. Now, 10 months after the Xbox One hit stores shelves with a Kinect in every box (or, at least, that was the original idea), it only makes sense for Dance Central to return, this time in a different format with the $10 digital only Dance Central: Spotlight, which is available now on the Xbox Game Store.

If you’re a fan of the previous games in the series, especially the most recent incarnation on the Xbox 360, Dance Central 3, the biggest thing you’ll notice up front is the incredibly stripped down nature of the game. Gone is the time traveling story mode, or the multiplayer Crew Throwdown mode that added to the core dancing of Dance Central 3. Upon booting up Dance Central: Spotlight, you’re presented with options for the store, the fitness section, and the ability to dance. That’s it.

Once you get past the menu, and into dancing, that’s where the game feels exactly as you remember it.

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Dance Central: Spotlight Full Launch Day Song List

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Today, Harmonix launches Dance Central: Spotlight, a $10 downloadable follow up to their acclaimed dance series, exclusively for Xbox One, and we can finally reveal the full day one setlist for the game, including which legacy DLC songs you’ll be able to carry forward from the beginning.

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PAX Notes: Prime 2014 Edition

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For the eighth time in its ten year history, the Penny Arcade Expo filled the halls of the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, allowing tens of thousands of gaming fans to attend panels, chat with developers, and get hands on time with upcoming games before they are available to the public.

As usual, Harmonix had a big presence at the show, demoing three upcoming games that they will release over the next couple of months, announcing the final batch of songs for Fantasia, and presenting a follow up to the single dumbest panel in PAX history.

I was able to get hands on time with all three of the games Harmonix was showing this weekend, so here are some notes:

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Rock Band Community Nights: Boston Giveaway (360 Only)

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Hey guys, time for the last trivia giveaway of this months #BRNights! Up for grabs is Boston 01. Here’s what you’re playing for:

  • Boston – More Than A Feeling
  • Boston – Peace Of Mind
  • Boston – Smokin’
  • Boston – Rock And Roll Band
  • Boston – Something About You
  • Boston – Hitch A Ride

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