Guitar Hero 5 tracklist unveiled

Here we go, the complete track list for Guitar Hero 5. I promise that the first time I see anybody playing Du Hast that if someone is on the mic that I will run in and knee them to the gut with full force. Effin’ nerds.

    3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite”
    A Perfect Circle – “Judith”
    AFI – “Medicate”
    Arctic Monkeys – “Brianstorm”
    Attack! Attack! UK – “You and Me”
    Band Of Horses – “Cigarettes, Wedding Bands”
    Beastie Boys – “Gratitude”
    Beck – “Gamma Ray”
    Billy Idol – “Dancing with Myself”
    Billy Squier – “Lonely is the Night”
    Blink-182 – “The Rock Show”
    Blur – “Song 2″
    Bob Dylan – “All Along the Watchtower”
    Bon Jovi – “You Give Love A Bad Name”
    Brand New – “Sowing Season”
    Bush – “Comedown”
    Children Of Bodom – “Done With Everything, Die For Nothing”
    Coldplay – “In My Place”
    Darker My Love – “Blue Day”
    Darkest Hour – “Demon(s)”
    David Bowie – “Fame”
    Deep Purple – “Woman From Tokyo (’99 Remix)”
    Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing”
    Duran Duran – “Hungry Like The Wolf”
    Eagles Of Death Metal – “Wannabe in L.A.”
    Elliott Smith – “L.A.”
    Elton John – “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”
    Face To Face – “Disconnected”
    Garbage – “Only Happy When It Rains”
    Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
    Gov’t Mule – “Streamline Woman”
    Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re an American Band”
    Iggy Pop – “Lust For Life”
    Iron Maiden – “2 Minutes to Midnight”
    Jeff Beck – “Scatterbrain”
    Jimmy Eat World – “Bleed American”
    John Mellencamp – “Hurts So Good”
    Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
    Kaiser Chiefs – “Never Miss a Beat”
    King Crimson – “21st Century Schizoid Man”
    Kings Of Leon – “Sex on Fire”
    Kiss – “Shout it Out Loud”
    Love and Rockets – “Mirror People”
    Megadeth – “Sweating Bullets”
    Mötley Crüe – “Looks That Kill”
    Muse – “Plug in Baby”
    My Morning Jacket – “One Big Holiday”
    Nirvana – “Lithium”
    Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
    No Doubt – “Ex-Girlfriend”
    Peter Frampton – “Do You Feel Like We Do (Live)”
    Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde – “Bring the Noise 20xx”
    Queen & David Bowie – “Under Pressure”
    Queens Of The Stone Age – “Make it With Chu”
    Rammstein – “Du Hast”
    Rose Hill Drive – “Sneak Out”
    Rush – “The Spirit of Radio (Live, 2008)”
    Santana – “No One To Depend On (Live)”
    Scars On Broadway – “They Say”
    Screaming Trees – “Nearly Lost You”
    Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
    Sonic Youth – “Incinerate”
    Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
    Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”
    Sublime – “What I Got”
    Sunny Day Real Estate – “Seven”
    T. Rex – “20th Century Boy”
    The Bronx – “Six Days a Week”
    The Derek Trucks Band – “Younk Funk”
    The Duke Spirit – “Send a Little Love Token”
    The Killers – “All the Pretty Faces”
    The Police – “So Lonely”
    The Raconteurs – “Steady As She Goes”
    The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil”
    The Sword – “Maiden, Mother & Crone”
    The White Stripes – “Blue Orchid”
    Thin Lizzy – “Jailbreak”
    Thrice – “Deadbolt”
    Tom Petty – “Runnin’ Down a Dream”
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “American Girl”
    TV On The Radio – “Wolf Like Me”
    Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk”
    Weezer – “Why Bother?”
    Wild Cherry – “Play That Funky Music”
    Wolfmother – “Back Round”

Source: Joystiq

First Guitar Hero 5 tracks revealed

Activision is intent on putting out 8-10 Guitar Hero games per year, so it’s kind of hard to keep up with things like track announcements for their upcoming games. Recently, the first tracks from Guitar Hero 5 were made known to the public. They are:

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Santana – No One To Depend On
Bob Dylan – All Along the Watchtower
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Runnin’ Down a Dream
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
Stevie Wonder – Superstition

So some of those are pretty awesome, and I’ve been waiting a long time to see Tom Petty make his way to these games, but I think I’m burnt out on the Guitar Hero franchise. I’ve noticed that at parties Rock Band is the only one that gets pulled out anymore due to the much better and larger DLC support. Disc swapping is annoying. Unless a real innovation is unveiled in Guitar Hero 5, I’ll stick with my Rock Band bias.

Forbes: Rock Band is a shameless knockoff

Yeah, that’s a direct quote. In a recent article where Forbes did a profile on Bobby Kotick, the big boss of Activision, they take a random shot at EA/MTV Games/Harmonix in an attempt to continue their pumping up of Bobby. Here’s the direct quote:

EA also teamed with MTV to sell Rock Band, a shameless knockoff of Guitar Hero that added drums, bass and a microphone to the world of make-believe rock stars.

Now, we’ve had issues with Forbes in the past where they’ve either tired to capitalize on a hot topic in gaming or to stir up controversy for hits, but this one just smacks of ignornace. First of all, Harmonix created Guitar Hero, so it would be hard for them to “knockoff” their own creation. Secondly, Rock Band took a concept that was growing stagnant and evolved it into something much bigger and much more exciting. If anything, Guitar Hero: World Tour is a “shameless knockoff” of Rock Band, but we’re not about to go there right now. Oh, and for the record Forbes, Activision isn’t the most successful publisher in videogames today, that title belongs to Nintendo. Fact checking, folks.

Link to the original story (quote on page 3): http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0202/052.html 

I’m not sure what Activision is doing anymore

A little while back I posted the video of Kobe Bryant, Michael Phelps, Alex Rodriguez, and Tony Hawk doing their Risky Business routine with the Guitar Hero instruments that was all part of a new marketing campaign by Activision. Well, a few days ago a new video came out, featuring Heidi Klum doing the same bit, only this time in her underwear and with a bit more enthusiasm. Now I understand that the target audience for Guitar Hero probably isn’t against seeing Heidi dance around like that, but what in the world does a supermodel have to do with a music/rhythm game? Are they saying that everybody has an inner rocker, or are they just desperate to spend as much money marketing the game in the most confusing way possible? I say it’s the latter. Here’s the video clip.

So, I guess that means you should buy the game or something.