TEN More Songs Revealed for Rock Band 3

I’ll waste little time in getting to these. EuroGamer.net is reporting 11 new songs (although only lists 10) that will be appearing on Rock Band 3. MTV Games and Harmonix will be in Germany this week for the Gamescom event, promoting a setlist that is arguably more “Euro-friendly.” Anyway, the new songs are…

  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up
  • INXS – Need You Tonight
  • Poni Hoax – Antibodies
  • Rammstein – Du Hast
  • Roxette – The Look
  • Tokio Hotel – Humanoid
  • HIM – Killing Loneliness
  • Maná – Oye Mi Amor
  • Slipknot – Before I Forget
  • War – Low Rider

Also, anyone still doubting that Gamefaqs leak?

[Big thanks to Jon for the heads up!]

RBN Passes 500 Songs

A post by Matthew Nordhaus, AKA “The Overnord” on the RBN site, put up a post this morning with some very interesting statistics about the Rock Band Network.

As of yesterday’s RBN store update, there have now been over 500 songs published on the Rock Band Network! According to Mr. The Overnord, the store has been open for 162 days, which works out to over three songs released PER DAY, or nearly 22 songs PER WEEK, released since launch. He continues on to compare it to the official Rock Band DLC, which has 1,047 tracks available for a time period of 995 days, or just over one song per day.

Congratulations to all of the authors, artists, and Harmonix developers for the success of the Rock Band Network!

[RBN Site]

PS3 RBN DLC for 8/17

  • Texas in July – Hook, Line, and Sinner
  • Job For A Cowboy – Unfurling A Darkened Gospel
  • The Tragically Hip – Blow at High Dough
  • Jonathan Coulton – Mandelbrot Set
  • Anarbor – Let The Games Begin

[Official announcement]

After Further Review…

Wow, I didn’t expect people to get that heated. Based on the 100+ comments in the Rock Band 3 Achievement List post, some people reacted as though I insulted their religion! Let’s dial it down a notch… I didn’t expect people to resort to name calling and insults, but here we are. According to the poll, 70% of the near 500 respondents yesterday think it was fake. A similar poll on RockBand.com shows nearly the opposite picture (with less people responding after MORE facts came out, mind you).

So based on this much, for lack of a better word, drama surrounding my accusation that the list was a fake, I went back and looked at a few more facts that came to light AFTER I formed my opinion, both on what the community provided, as well as other sources who may have actually seen the achievements in action.

While I still won’t go as far as saying the setlist is 100% confirmed as appearing on the Rock Band 3 disc, I will revise my earlier statement that it is fake. Based on the Xbox360achievements.org submission process, all achievement lists must come directly from Xbox.com. While a link to the source that spawned the achievement list at X360A.org would have ended the debate nice and quick, it didn’t look like this was going to happen. What I am saying now is that this is the Rock Band 3 achievement list AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS. I’m definitely not saying that list is not from a legit source, but I still have my reservations that this is the FINAL list. Let’s think about that LOGICALLY for a second before people overreact…

This list is based on the achievements as they currently are from the current Rock Band 3 build, which is not in its final, ready to be shipped, form. The game still doesn’t come out for another 2 1/2 months. Bugs are being squashed, ESRB ratings are being determined, etc. I would certainly hope that the spelling, grammar, and redundancy errors in the list are corrected prior to publishing. Also as @HeyRiles pointed out, much of the Rock Band 3 achievements use stock Rock Band 2 artwork. The game has been in two years in production, and with Harmonix’s small army of artists, it’s not a leap of faith assuming the would not recycle artwork from a game two years old for new achievements.

Now, as I mentioned before, shortly after I published the post, I received word from someone who has seen one or more of the achievements in action and let me know that SOME of these are definitely legit. Combine this with Dan Teasdale’s tweet from awhile back mentioning 4- and 6-point achievements, and I now believe this list is Harmonix-based.

As for those that don’t like the achievements, that’s another matter. Could Harmonix change some of the achievements prior to publishing based on negative community reaction? Probably. But I wouldn’t expect any major deviations from this list. As for those bent out of shape about the Pro-Guitar-based achievements? It’s a new game, with new peripherals, that Harmonix is (and should be) very proud to show off. Why would there not be achievements surrounding this? Same goes for the Keys peripheral.

Then there’s the matter of the DLC-based achievements. While Nine Inch Nails is definitely one of my favorite bands, I still find it hard to believe that “The Perfect Drug” DLC would have it’s own achievement. While the other artist DLC would be easier to swallow based on their popularity, I would find these artist-specific DLC achievements MUCH more plausible if they happened to be updated with Rock Band 3 features. Hopeful, yes, but Queen, Boston, NIN, and Dave Grohl songs updated with RB3 features would definitely make the community very happy.

And as for those inevitable few people that seem to thrive on drama and will not except anything less than trite contrition from myself, I will appease them only by saying this: Yes, I my initial interpretation of the list prior to significant fact gathering through community involvement was that the list was fake, and I was wrong. I still stand by the way I report things on the site, and the methods I go through to fact check and corroborate stories prior to posting on the site.

Additional DLC for 8/17

The Black Keys went ahead yesterday and jumped the gun a bit with their DLC announcement, but here’s the rest of what we can look forward to for next week.

  • Neon Trees – Animal
  • Neon Trees – Sins of My Youth
  • Neon Trees – 1983

[Official announcement]

RBN DLC for 8/12

  • Alien Downlink – Heavy Plastic (80 MSP)
  • Kingsize – Rabbits (80 MSP)
  • rathergood.com – We Like The Moon (80 MSP)
  • Sunny Day Real Estate – In Circles (160 MSP)
  • The Shazam – On the Airwaves (80 MSP)