Setlist Checklist: BandFuse: Rock Legends

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Hot on the heels of Rocksmith 2014, a new studio entitled Realta Entertainment Group decided to throw their hat in to the ring with BandFuse: Rock Legends. Another “real guitar game”, BandFuse differentiated itself from the competition with an interface much more akin to guitar tablature, the usage of master tracks instead in order to drop the guitar or bass out as you play, scored vocals, and, of course, the titular Rock Legends.

The legends in question consisted of Slash (who had also appeared in the similarly titled Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock), Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom, George Lynch of Dokken, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, and representing the bassists, funk legend Bootsy Collins (who contributes an original track called Rock Bandit to the game). Throughout the game they act as teachers, showing off concepts like intonation and pinch harmonics through video packages.

Another thing that separated it from Rocksmith was the difficulty system. Rather than use a dynamic difficulty system, there was a more traditional Rock Band-style system, where the user would select their difficulty. Interestingly, however, unless you were on the highest difficulty you didn’t get to play the solos.

A brief bit of controversy occurred when BandFuse showed of UI that used the familiar Rock Band instrument icons. While the guitar icons made a bit of sense as Fender was a big backer of the game, the vocal icon was simply confusing. This is where it came out that Harmonix themselves had actually lent some sort of backing to the development of the vocal engine.

8 of the songs on the disc are available with Pro Guitar/Bass support in Rock Band 3, or 14%. They are as follows:

  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Going Down
  • Foreigner – Hot Blooded
  • Heart – Barracuda
  • Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
  • Living Colour – Cult of Personality
  • Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
  • Santana – Black Magic Woman (Live) (Studio version in Rock Band)

As noted in previous Setlist Checklist posts (and all future posts, as well), as the holes are continually filled in by Rock Band’s weekly DLC releases, we will update this post, and keep it linked in the FAQ page above, for future reference.

The setlist itself featured a relatively moderate 55 songs spanning the 70s all the way through to 2013. Of those 55, an impressive 40 are available to play in Rock Band. This gives us a 72% rate of availability, far and away the highest we’ve seen thus far in the setlist checklist feature.

Also, as a fun fact, barring Green Day and The Beatles: Rock Band, BandFuse: Rock Legends features at least one track from every single Rock Band game from Rock Band 1 to Rock Band Blitz.

The full list is available after the jump.

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DLC for 2/9: Valentine’s Day Singles

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We actually have a pretty decent idea of what we can expect this week. A lot of people have been making the same predictions, given our new list of artists for this month, as well as the Harmonix tradition of doing Valentine’s Day DLC. Of course, we don’t know exactly what we’re getting, so check it out below.

  • Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven
  • Bruno Mars – Treasure
  • Generation X – Dancing with Myself
  • The J. Geils Band – Love Stinks
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Hate Myself for Loving You
  • Masaya Matsuura – Speed Fighter
  • Orleans – Still the One

All songs available for $1.99.

Setlist Checklist: Rocksmith 2014

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If you want to get technical, Rocksmith never had a sequel. Instead, in 2013 Ubisoft unveiled a new version of Rocksmith entitled Rocksmith 2014 Edition (clearly taking a cue from sports game numbering) designed to be a replacement to the original game. The rationale behind this being that if the average person were to see something entitled Rocksmith 2, they might think that its a more advanced version and that they needed to master Rocksmith 1 first.

Rocksmith 2014 featured many improvements over the original game. The UI was much sleeker, the note detection was better, and it even supported a whole bunch more tunings, especially compared to the first game’s limit of E Standard, Drop D, and Eb Standard. This allowed the player to get even closer to matching the original song. Even if it was initially recorded slightly sharp or flat. Probably the biggest new addition, however, was session mode. Session mode allowed you to choose the scale you wanted to play in, and then the game would detect what you’re playing and have a virtual band respond in real time.

The support of new tunings allowed Rocksmith 2014 to incorporate many previously impossible songs in to the game, perhaps most famously the Radiohead DLC pack, which included songs tuned to EGDGBD and DADFCd. The on-disc setlist this time was less focused on indie rock and deep cuts, instead putting out more major artists like Aerosmith, Oasis, The Who, Avenged Sevenfold, and (moar) Muse. There was also a decent amount of Japanese content, with songs by B’z and Tak Matsumoto on-disc, and DLC from Hotei, GOLDEN BOMBER, ONE OK ROCK, and more following shortly after.

Initially released on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Mac, Rocksmith 2014 would also later be ported to Xbox One and PS4 in December 2014. Adopters of the game on next-generation consoles also had the opportunity to download 12 free Jimi Hendrix tracks for the first month of availability.

By the time Rocksmith 2014 was released DLC for Rock Band 3 had already completely stopped, so of course there aren’t any competing releases to compare the setlist to. However, a number of its songs were already available for Rock Band with Pro Guitar/Bass add-ons. A whopping 10, actually. They are as follows:

  • Avenged Sevenfold – Beast and the Harlot
  • Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me (Live version in Rock Band)
  • Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)
  • KISS – Rock and Roll All Nite (Live version in Rock Band)
  • Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
  • Nirvana – Heart-Shaped Box
  • The Police – Every Breath You Take
  • Queen – We Are the Champions (If the RB3 Version is owned)
  • Rush – The Spirit of Radio (Live version in Rock Band)

As noted in previous Setlist Checklist posts (and all future posts, as well), as the holes are continually filled in by Rock Band’s weekly DLC releases, we will update this post, and keep it linked in the FAQ page above, for future reference.

Ultimately 26 of the 66 songs in Rocksmith 2014 are available to play in Rock Band for a grand total of 39%, a large increase over Rocksmith’s 21%. If you want the authentic “real guitar” experience in Rock Band, then you’ll still have access to 15% of the on-disc tracks. That’s definitely not a bad number.

The full list is available after the jump.

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DLC for 2/2 – Daft Punk, Kelly Clarkson and Outkast

daft-punk-portraitsWe’re back to the normal Monday announcements guys. It was fun while it lasted. But January is behind us and February DLC has kicked off without a thud but, rather, a loud boom. Not only has this weeks DLC been announced, but every artist featuring in the DLC line up for February has been announced too!

Here’s what will be available to purchase tomorrow:

  • Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
  • Kelly Clarkson – My Heartbeat Song
  • Outkast – Hey Ya!

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Listen to our own Oscar Bernard on this week’s Living Room Clutter!

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Its been a while, but our own Oscar Bernard (@OsagaTheGreat) has returned to Living Room Clutter!

On this week’s episode, we discussed the new Guitar Hero Live Premium Shows, Guns N’ Roses, whether or not The Police were over rated, Shows Mode, a VERY spirited discussion about the customs scene and modern distribution of music, and really anything else to pass the time with this lack of Rock Band news.

Check out the show below:

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If you want more from Living Room Clutter’s hosts, you can follow Sidd over at @RockbandSam and on Rock Gamer and his YouTube page, as well as Dave over at @Dacespace and his website Dacespace Studios! Also be sure to check out NEO Community Radio, where you can hear this show streamed on Thursday nights at 8PM EST!

Setlist Checklist: Rocksmith

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By October of 2011 it did not look good for rhythm games. Guitar Hero had already ceased production of DLC, and Rock Band’s scale was notably reduced. Peripherals were often difficult to find, and sub-games like PowerGig: Rise of the Six String had piled on to an already over-saturated market. Why, you may ask, would a company release a rhythm game now?

Well, enter Ubisoft and Rocksmith. The concept of playing along to songs using a real guitar had been flirted with before. Rock Band 3 had its Pro Guitar and the aforementioned PowerGig had attempted to do something similar. Both of those games, however, required you to purchase additional, and often expensive, peripherals on top of the game. Not Rocksmith. The thing that made Rocksmith so special was the ability to plug in ANY guitar (and later bass) with a pickup. Making use of the special RealTone Cable, the game would actually understand the notes you’re playing on the guitar.

What also separated Rocksmith from other “real guitar” games was the presentation. Rather than presenting itself as a entertainment video game, it was shown off as a learning tool for the player to actually learn guitar. Another interesting thing about the game was the fact that it didn’t use master tracks, instead just opting for an audio file. This vastly expanded the range of songs that the game could support. In fact, now Rocksmith (as DLC for its 2014 edition) even features a Hank Williams song from 1948!

There weren’t any Rock Band releases in 2011, so there isn’t any setlist to compare it to. However, the “real guitar” aspect of the game can be compared to Rock Band’s Pro Guitar/Bass mode. Four of the songs in Rocksmith’s setlist can be played on Pro Guitar/Bass in Rock Band 3:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama (Live version in Rock Band)
  • Nirvana – Breed
  • Soundgarden – Outshined
  • The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness

As noted in previous Setlist Checklist posts (and all future posts, as well), as the holes are continually filled in by Rock Band’s weekly DLC releases, we will update this post, and keep it linked in the FAQ page above, for future reference.

In total, 12 out of Rocksmith’s 57 song setlist can be played in Rock Band. That’s 21%. However, that number increases to 13 if you include Silversun Pickups’ Panic Switch, which was available as DLC for Rock Band but has since been removed from purchase. In addition, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Higher Ground features on the setlist, and while that version isn’t playable in Rock Band, the original Stevie Wonder version is.

The full list is available after the jump.

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