GH II, Blue Dragon DLC rocking XBL

Exclusive three-track pack for Activision's rock star sim joins free Blue Dragon modes on Microsoft's online service.

Earlier this month, Activision happily announced that its three-song downloadable packs for the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II had been downloaded more than 650,000 times. In particular, the publishing giant noted that the second three-pack of brand-new songs from emo rockers My Chemical Romance had burned through more than 50,000 copies during its debut week in August.

When I think Neverending Story, I think Atreyu.

Today, Activision has added the third three-pack of exclusive tracks for the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II. Diverging from the primarily mainstream bands found in the rest of the game, Activision has tapped three underground acts for the Indie Label Pack. In this download, fantasy fretters will find Trivium's "Detonation," Atreyu's "Ex's And Oh's," and Protest the Hero's "Bury the Hatchet."

They may be indie artists, but Activision isn't cutting gamers a break on the admission fee. The Indie Label Pack is available at the same rate as its other bonus-track downloads, 500 Microsoft points ($6.25). A free Indie Label Pack Trailer is also available for those unfamiliar with these acts' underground sounds.

For those who like their DLC at the price of free, Microsoft has added the Ultra Hard Mod for Mistwalker's Japanese role-playing game Blue Dragon. Three new difficulty settings have been added to the JRPG with the download. Game Plus lets players begin the game afresh with the character data saved from near the end of the game. The other two modes--Hard game and Impossible game--ramp up Blue Dragon's, with the former doubling the challenge level and the latter scaling the game to suit player level 50 or higher from the beginning.

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OReilly89
OReilly89

That seems a little overpriced on the Guitar Hero side, seeing as how with all the songs included in the game it came to around, what, a dollar(Canadian) a song? And its nice to see a free update like that for Blue Dragon. Developers have got to stop charging us for something that should have been in the game to begin with. Also, those guys in the picture look like they're trying to be some kind of gangster/emo crossbreed...

dr_mcguire
dr_mcguire

Theole is rite. One of the great things about Guitar Hero is that it introduces you to great abnds you never knew exsisted

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

It's as simple as this: If you don't like the bands, don't buy this song pack. If you think it's too expensive, DON'T buy the song pack. Be happy they are least offering it, in this day in age, there are some games that don't even offer DLC, so complain about that!

Cooldude224
Cooldude224

thats about $3 a song... not a good deal

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

Having songs you know to play along with is nice, but not a necessity. Actually playing along with songs you don't know is more challenging and fun, that's what the game is really about.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

Yeah, I have been kindof disappointed with the DLC for GHII. I guess something is better than none at all, but I had high expectations.

Ssouljah
Ssouljah

Atreyu doesn't suck and if you wanna play tired rock that we have all heard a billion times do it with all the ones already in the game. I'm glad the released a pack with some indie bands I'm so tired of hearing the same crap coming out of my TV. Don't get me wrong I love Led Zeppelin and Ac/DC but, gimmie a break I hear their songs everyday of my life on tired rock stations and TV shows. So I say more Indie Bands and Lastly since when has all Punk metalcore been concidered Emo?

mtheb
mtheb

Protest the Hero is awesome. They're really technical, and IMO Kezia was one of the best albums put out last year. Bury the Hatchet is a BUSY song and should translate well to GH and drive a few people nuts on expert. Good to see a kick ass southern Ontario band being represented.

ByronMcKeeby
ByronMcKeeby

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ByronMcKeeby
ByronMcKeeby

When are they going to release DLC that DOESN'T suck??? I'm worried that they'll continue this trend with GH3 and release a bunch of emo crap instead of Zeppelin, AC/DC, Megadeth, Pantera and more Metallica.

vbetter
vbetter

I wouldn't mind playing Detonation... but I'm not paying all that money for three songs. Atreyu sucks. My Chemical Romance sucks. And I haven't heard of Protest the Hero. Trivium is meh, but I like Detonation...

franky111
franky111

F.Y.I. we like bands we've heard of.

ullerw_basic
ullerw_basic

watch out for those indie bands that no ones heard of AMIRITE???

ewmgreendawg
ewmgreendawg

if their going to throw half ass metal on here can we at least get a dragonforce song pack?

thrashunreal
thrashunreal

Boy. Atreyu, Trivium, and Protest the Hero. Now THAT'S underground. What a joke.

ptown58
ptown58

Mo money suckers, $6.25 ? what a joke.

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

Sounds like a bunch of meh coming from the DLC center of XBL as of right now! Lets see some Bioshock DLC and some Halo 3 now!!!!! :)

egraves7
egraves7

How about some good songs next time?

BongMonkey
BongMonkey

Atreyu is signed by Hollywood Records. Ex's and Oh's is a great tune, the new disk though kinda sucks.

Jenova_Flare
Jenova_Flare

They're hardly 'underground' acts...Trivium and Atreyu feature prominantly in the festival scene...

SpiderLuke
SpiderLuke

$6.25 and $8 isn't a lot of money for mini games and content. There was a time we spent about 40-50 bucks on those old classic games they offer on Wii and Live. Get a job.

IguanaBob
IguanaBob

If Blue D was any good I'll be interested but unfortunately it is not a good RPG. Not for me anyway. I'll pass and get Eternal Sanata instead.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Blue Dragon content should have come with achievement points. I'll still try my hand at Impossible mode.

slim-jim69
slim-jim69

ohslax33 is right they're on an independent label meaning they are an indie (thats short for independent) band. A bands sound has nothing to do with whether they are indie or not. The word was just misinterpreted by all those kids with complicated hair and tight jeans as meaning they sound like oasis, blur etc as they were originally on an independent label and therefor called indie bands.

Andrain14
Andrain14

First :Anyone know if songs you downloaded for guitar hero 2 is playable oh Guitar hero 3? Second. Atreyu is not indie folks thats BS

ohslax33
ohslax33

No but there labels are dumb ass

hmproductions
hmproductions

trivium, atreyu, and protest the hero aren't indie.

PartnersInCrime
PartnersInCrime

Alkerio "It'd be really cool to play F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X. By The Fall of Troy. Seriously... That song is pretty crazy." No, no it wouldn't. It's nothing like playing a real guitar, they would simplify the hell out of the song.

Alkerio
Alkerio

It'd be really cool to play F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X. By The Fall of Troy. Seriously... That song is pretty crazy.

Dryker
Dryker

The pricing is steep for those of us interested in scooping up all of 'em on a whim, but roughly two dollars for a song isn't really a bad price if you really like the song. They probably have to charge that much because there are too many people taking pieces of the profit, you've the band, the label, the makers of Guitar Hero, Microsoft for distributing it... that's alot of people to pay and if the amount is too low, there would be nothing to warrant their involvement. We would have no songs.

Dryker
Dryker

I don't care what anyone thinks... Trivium is the greatest thing they could have made available. It would have been a whole lot better if it had been a song from one of Trivium's first two albums or even Washing Away, me, With the Tides, now that would've been sick. Their latest album is over produced and too clean and concise. I hope they go back to their roots for the next one, but they're supposedly under Metallica's wing now and we all know what happened to Metallica...

stewysrootbeer
stewysrootbeer

how about instead of atreyu or trivium, they put on more stuff from avenged sevenfold or lynyrd, those are songs that actually make you want to play because they are longer, have harder solos and is actually fun to play

xsa
xsa

Deadlycorpse: They've wanted to do that, but there are too many legal issues involved so they've given up hope on it and are concentrating on GH3 instead, as far as I understood it.

jaysonball
jaysonball

dont buy the GH2 pack. 500 points for 3 songs is freaking stupid

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

PROTEST THE HERO!!!! rodie, arif, tim and moe must be psyched to see their stuff get into a guitar hero game. i remember getting free tickets to see these guys when they started out, killer band, nicest guys you'll meet especially arif. good stuff protest

guertt
guertt

Those companies are so stupid. Why not put a price point where anybody could not resist buying a lot of mini-games??? The same for the Wii. I baught excite bike for 8$ and I played 5 minutes and never open it again since. Those are good games but don't last for 8$. DROP THE PRICE !!!!!!!!!!!!! Every console should drop the price of 50% to their virtual games.

DeaDlyCorpsE
DeaDlyCorpsE

am i the only one that thinks they should put up the songs they put out in guitar hero 1 up for download so ppl that never played part 1 can enjoy those songs.

EclipseStorm
EclipseStorm

I'm not gonna pay $6.25 for 3 songs. that's just f'in retarded. I can go and buy a whole cd for like $10. yeah I can't play them on GH but I don't give.

GrimTalos
GrimTalos

They need to put some DethKlok into the game

NaturalBornGamR
NaturalBornGamR

This is why those damned downloadble song packs haven't dropped in price.. you idiots are still paying $6.25 for 3 songs.

Trindris
Trindris

Trivium is alright, I guess, but damn emos need to start listening to music that doesn't suck so bad.

BrendonSilver
BrendonSilver

PtH is ok, but there are a ton of better post-hardcore bands or whatever PtH is. Gamers(and other people who don't know) need to learn what emo is. Listen to: Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Saetia, and Rites Of Spring. They are REAL emo bands. Another GH without Botch is sad. We are the Romans and American Nervoso better be a downloadable albums for Rock Band.

BrendonSilver
BrendonSilver

God Atreyu and Trivium are ****ty metalcore bands,

darktomorrow
darktomorrow

People Please quit Bashing bands just cause YOU dont like them! i dont see the need to stir other peoples emotions with your negative comments! i actually like this NEW DL pack!!!! why? cause i love atreyu! and TRIVIUM ROCKS! i dont know who protest the hero is but the song sounds good!

Alkerio
Alkerio

Okay, again, people. Just because you don't like a band doesn't mean that everyone automatically agrees with you, and that your taste in music is automatically good. MCR is not emo. I KNOW emo people. They HATE MCR. Most of them listen to HIM instead.

CrushedGroove
CrushedGroove

Atreyu is not indie....radio stations play them all the time.

rangeraa
rangeraa

Good thing rock band comes out soon these new songs are HURTIN

KakarotTheMonky
KakarotTheMonky

I agree with polsci1503 100%. It's unbelievable that they packed 74 songs into the full retail game for only $60 but charge $6.25 for only THREE songs. By rounding up if they used the same pricing on the original game's songs then it would have cost about $156.25.