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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Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero Live

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Guitar Hero, for all intents and purposes, was finished in 2011. It had released its final DLC pack in April of that year. Then, thee years later, all its DLC was pulled from the store. There wouldn’t really be any news for a while until a leaked screenshot from the proposed “Guitar Hero 7″ surfaced. Among the news there was that there was supposedly going to be a sixth button added to the guitar and that there was going to be a focus on microtransactions.

Well, fast forward to April 2015 and Guitar Hero Live was officially announced. Not necessarily a Guitar Hero 7, but rather a re-boot of the whole franchise, Guitar Hero Live radically changed the format by re-arranging the button layout from five in a row to two rows of three, and completely dropping drums and bass. It also did away with the animated graphics of the past and replaced the visuals with a first-person FMV display. The concept of DLC was completely done away with, instead additional songs were delivered via the GHTV service, a streaming music video platform.

The soundtrack for Guitar Hero Live is the smallest on-disc setlist of any main series Guitar Hero game (if the bonus songs from the early games are counted), likely due to the cost of shooting two complete FMV performances of every song. This was made up for, however, with the GHTV service (containing well over 300 songs at the time of writing). There was also a large focus on modern songs, with only 11 of the 42 on-disc songs coming from before the year 2010 and only three of those being from before the 2000s.

Launching in October of 2015, Guitar Hero Live was a direct competitor to Rock Band 4. The setlists, however, only share one song in common: Jack White’s Lazaretto. Despite only sharing the one song, the two games DID share many of the same artists.

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • The Black Keys
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Halestorm
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Paramore
  • Soundgarden

In addition, Bring Me the Horizon also featured as part of the pre-order DLC for Rock Band 4, albeit with a different song. Speaking of pre-order DLC, however, King for a Day by Pierce the Veil ft. Kellin Quinn was available for people who pre-ordered the digital version of Rock Band 4 on Xbox One. R U Mine? by Arctic Monkeys was also released in January as part of Rock Band’s first DLC in two years. It’s also worth noting that initial screenshots of Rock Band 4 showed that Neon Trees’ Everybody Talks was initially planned to be part of Rock Band 4’s setlist.

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, 13 of the 42 songs are available in Rock Band, meaning (now that the Rock Band 1 export is available) you can currently play 30% of the tracks in Rock Band 4 in all their 5 buttony glory! That percentage, however, is the lowest availability of any main series Guitar Hero game.

The full list is available after the jump.

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