Rock Band VR coming March 23rd!

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While we’ve certainly known about it for a while, we now finally have a release date for Rock Band VR, and it’s soon! Coming on March 23rd for the Oculus Rift, we’ve also got a bit more news about what the features actually include.

The bulk of the game is the “Performance Gameplay” mode, which allows you to strum your own notes and chords overtop of songs, not unlike freestyle guitar solos in Rock Band 4. If that’s not for you, however, “Classic Mode” is also available which features the note highways that you’re familiar with.

Leaderboards will also be featured, which seems to indicate that there will be some sort of scoring in the performance mode meaning it’s a bit more in-depth than just noodling over selected songs from Rock Band.

In addition, the next little bit of the setlist has been unveiled with the following three songs:

  • Aerosmith – Walk This Way
  • The Killers – When You Were Young
  • Paramore – Ain’t It Fun

It seems like more song announcements are on the way, given that the soundtrack appears to be “over 60 songs”. Interestingly, Paramore’s Ain’t It Fun isn’t currently available for Rock Band meaning it’s likely going to show up as DLC in the future for the main game. It is also worth noting that Rock Band VR will have its own unique DLC down the line as well.

Pre-orders are currently available on Amazon with a guitar bundle available for $69.99. It will also require an Oculus Rift and an Oculus Touch controller, which are not included.

[Official announcement/Amazon pre-orders]

Thursday Throwback – “Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Live)” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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Gear up international friends and non-sports fans: it’s Super Bowl week in America, and it’s Super Bowl week in Rock Band.

2008 in the US of A- the year that we faced massive economic downturn, cheered on a swimmer that won 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, and were revving up in the midst of a battle that ended in the election of the first African-American president. Before any of this, however, was Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. If you are anything like me, then you would remember absolutely nothing about the game (because sports are icky and confusing), but you would remember the halftime show! Compared to more recent spectacles, 2008’s Super Bowl halftime show was simple and kicked ass with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- our pick for this week’s Thursday Throwback!

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DLC Playthrough for 2/02 (Twisted Sister & RATT)

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This week brings us two smash hit hair metal songs featuring a brand new Twisted Sister tune and a fan favourite from RATT! Be sure to take a look at these full band playthrough videos courtesy of the totally awesome Spectro’s Rock Hero! Definitely check out and subscribe to their YouTube channel!

Links to purchase DLC songs online at Xbox.com and Playstation.com are included below for each track. All tracks are $1.99.

RATT – Round and Round (XB1/PS4)

Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock (XB1/PS4)

February DLC Revealed!

It’s the beginning of the month again, and that means it’s time for more artists to be revealed! So let’s take a look at what’s on tap for February, shall we?

  • Cake – I Will Survive
  • Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me
  • Motörhead – Ace of Spades ’08 *
  • Panic at the Disco – Nine in the Afternoon *
  • Ram Jam – Black Betty
  • RATT – Round and Round *
  • Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
  • Sum 41 – In Too Deep *
  • Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock

* Denotes a song previously available through an export.

[Official announcement]

DLC for 2/02: Hair Metal!

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We’re going in completely blind once again to start a new month off! While it’s more than likely that next week will see another dose of love related singles, as is tradition, this week is a total mystery. Let’s just dive in and see what we’ve got!

  • RATT – Round and Round *
  • Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock

All songs are $1.99.

* Denotes a song previously available through an export.

[Official announcement]

DLC Playthrough for 1/26 (Lady Gaga & Skratch’N Snyf)

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We’ve got three new songs from pop sensation and halftime show headliner Lady Gaga, as well as a free song from “legendary” hair metal band Skratch’N Snyf for Rivals owners! Be sure to take a look at these full band playthrough videos courtesy of the totally awesome Spectro’s Rock Hero! Definitely check out and subscribe to their YouTube channel!

Links to purchase DLC songs online at Xbox.com and Playstation.com are included below for each track. All tracks are $1.99, except “S.O.M.P.”, which is free for owners of Rock Band Rivals. Lady Gaga Pack 03 (XB1/PS4) is available for $5.49.

Lady Gaga – A-YO (XB1/PS4)

Lady Gaga – Applause (XB1/PS4)

Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory (XB1/PS4)

Skratch’N Snyf – S.O.M.P.