Rock Band Summer Showcase Update

All you Pixies fans can rest easy; they've made it into Harmonix's towering rhythm game, which we played at EA's summer event.

Rock Band is going to be awesome. We think that's been established by now. We're sold on the whole multiple-instruments thing, the full downloadable albums, the online play...and the list goes on. All that's really left at this point is for us to uncover the game's tracklist song by song as it's revealed by the Harmonix/MTV/EA PR machine and observe how it continues to shape up as its release draws nearer. Luckily, we got to do both of those things at EA's sprawling Redwood City, CA campus.

The two new songs on show here at the event are Hole's "Celebrity Skin" and the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation," both of which further round out the game's increasingly eclectic lineup of songs. The former adds its crunchy, guitar-driven grrl rock, while the latter brings Frank Black's characteristically unique, pre-alterna-rock songwriting to the mix (and for the record, it's the album version, not the surf-rock B-side).

On the game and design side, the artists at Harmonix have really polished up the visuals in the past few weeks. The fret boards that bear the game's note patterns are much cleaner now, with more defined lines and a nice light-up effect that will travel up the board when you pull off top performance. Notably, the notes on the fret board have changed from the more traditional, Guitar Hero-like circular shape to a rectangular design that both blends better with the game's overall design aesthetic and also seems a little easier to interpret visually.

We're still as stoked as ever to get our hands on this rhythmic monstrosity, and we'll continue to bring you our impressions of it whenever we get the chance to see it. Stay tuned for more on Rock Band.

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83 comments
emerald101
emerald101

This looks so Awesome, its good to see that EA is actually trying to make a game in this genre.

king_olly
king_olly

Dammit ! I want this game right now!! The drum machine looks ultra cool. Does anyone know whether the ps3/xbox versions can splice online and whether the instruments will work on both systems?

basszilla
basszilla

If you dont like Slayer you should just DIE!

Darclas
Darclas

WOW iamscott3600, NEVER INSULT THE **** KEYTAR OK YOU ****

lamplan
lamplan

Thanks for sharing, Clone and batt. Am I the only one who clicked on an article to read it cause I'm interested in it?

Battleer
Battleer

Clone, your not alone lol.

clone01
clone01

am i the only one who could care less about this game?

LoneSierra
LoneSierra

Rage?? lol Is the best band ever? Dragonforce and all those European hardcore death metal bands suck. Let me give you some lyrics: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH 'Insane drums'

RIP_Hendrix
RIP_Hendrix

i agree with ianscott3600 dragonforce sucks ass, but kiwiman69 is wrong, Slayer kicks ass!

kiwiman69
kiwiman69

slayer sucks, dragonforce sucks, you guys suck, rage against the machine is the best band ever

iamscott3600
iamscott3600

Gunnerpunk, the Dragonforce show I saw, the lead singer got nailed in the head with a shoe. True story. The entire audience was booing. They sucked compared to the other bands there, their songs only held up by the guitarist. And they had a keytar. That automatically disqualifies them from the realms of "awesome music" and "talented musicians". Just so you know.

Quadrifoglio
Quadrifoglio

daien90, i think that you are completely right! I think that Rock Band is was too ambitious.

Gunnerpunk
Gunnerpunk

slayersdeath200.. i've seen dragonforce live and i can personally attest to the fact that they are easily some of the most talented musicians in rock music, each and every one of them. they nail everything with album quality and put on a great show. and as a professional musician let me tell you their solos make MUCH more musical sense than the mindless shredding crap slayer does.

ergo2497
ergo2497

How can anyone say that adding the Pixies makes this tracklist worse? No taste at all.

sheehanm1989
sheehanm1989

coll j they aint got enter sandman they metallica song one

sheehanm1989
sheehanm1989

karbon you idiot u do get a wireless guitar in the package just not with the 360 version! JUST cant wait now though im deffo geting both rock band and gh3 both have gr8 track. ps. how can you say rock band track list is getting worse they just added radioheads song CREEP!!! whooooo just over a month to go to gh3.

Legendkillerh2
Legendkillerh2

i like how everyone is like o noes, 200$. last time i checked, games only cost 60$. besides, most people who get this will play the guitar parts. so just use your GH controller, which you can do btw...and problem solved. no one is forcing you to buy a mic, drumset, and extra guitars. geeze...

daien90
daien90

I think i'll be getting both games, but i want GH3 more. first cuz i gotta stay loyal to the one that started it, 2 cuz of the better song list, 3 cuz i think neversoft is taking it in a better direction and they have some cool ideas. the only thing thats holding my attention about rock band is the drums, so far they dont seem to have the same quality in song choices and the character creation doesnt seem to have the same amount of style as guitar hero. and i dont like the graphics engine as much. (Damn the singer in GH3 looks awesome now, way more hardcore)

aznhayato7
aznhayato7

dude, Rock Band will be better than GH3 because those guys at GH3 dont know how to make the game right.Only the original devs can get you the same experience as GH2 and GH1 and those guys are working on Rock Band.

GuitarHeroDude
GuitarHeroDude

slayerdeath200, dude shutup they have good music, and for one cant wait to play it on GH3 i'll be gettin that instead this stupid Rock Band thing..

nathris
nathris

The Rockband tracklist just keeps getting worse, which isn't all that surprising considering its MTV.. (I shouldn't have to explain this). I'd love to play the drums(which is the only interesting feature the GH3 doesn't have) but with only 3 metal tracks in the game its not worth spending $200 for.

Karbon561
Karbon561

im so pumped for this game but whos the idiot who made the package... i mean yea its great to get the mic, drums and guitar for $200 but u cant get the wireless guitar in the package... i mean now if i want to get the wireless guitar instead its gunna cost me like $240 for the who package

CaribouLou5
CaribouLou5

Yep, 200 bucks. I'll take one, please.

TheUnholyOne
TheUnholyOne

What? There is no way it is only 200 bucks.

AENEMA_TOOLOGY
AENEMA_TOOLOGY

This is awesom because i submitted to them The Pixies as one of the bands to put in but the song i wanted was "Where is My Mind" but this one is just as good.

Roboy_the_GG
Roboy_the_GG

if this comes with guitar and drums this could easily break the 500$ barrier..

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

at 3Dpaper dragonforce are not awesome the songs are awful and the people in the band are not good at playing their instruments (its mostly done on the keyboard) if you don't believe me get a guitar tab proves that they are not great and they shouldn't be on any guitar game i feel sorry for GH3

feirlessleider
feirlessleider

What? I'm a little sad that Dragonforce will be on GH3 and not Rock Band. Who am I kidding though, I could never pull off those solos. Oh wait, every Dragonforce song is a 5 minute solo. Yeah I prob wouldn't progress past "easy" on that haha.

3Dpaper
3Dpaper

DragonForce is Awsome but diss the songs not the peeps playin cauz the are amazing

RorshachV
RorshachV

at least Rock Band doesnt have Dragon Force

Zacek
Zacek

I can't wait!

Coll_J382
Coll_J382

Oh god i cant stand Hole... PASS!!! plus i dont really like most of the other songs on the setlist (they could have chosen a better Metallica song than Enter Sandman) I think im gonna go with GH3

jakob_187
jakob_187

Stupid Jakester....nice to see you trolling everywhere but the Red Octane boards. =D Either way, I WAS psyched about Rock Band...until Guitar Hero III announced a far better tracklisting. I think the problem with Rock Band at this point is that they are offering too many songs in terms of quantity and in terms of songs that I just don't care about nearly as much as GH.

Teh_Jakester
Teh_Jakester

Only ten more songs. ... the last twenty have sucked. Yay. The only way I will buy this game is if there's a song I love. Like something by Cacophony. Yay.

morris96
morris96

In theory this is going to be one of the, if not the, best games in its genre. If it works in practice everyone who likes rock should get it

ZetaBlanco
ZetaBlanco

Maybe with Rock Band will let Accept make the cut... I wish to play Metal Heart!!

duffman0hy3a
duffman0hy3a

I see rockband being the fun game and GHIII being the challenging game, i plan on getting both so im not singling either one out, but thats how i see it... but what do i not see... JOURNEY ROCK BAND WHERE THE HELL IS JOURNEY COME ON.

caesarbites
caesarbites

The Pixies are one of the greatest bands ever. All I needed to hear is that one song of theirs will be in Rock Band and now I'm completely sold on this game 110%.

Le-Beave
Le-Beave

Lookin' Goooooooooooooooooooooooooood!

KronikKilla
KronikKilla

Dragonforce is in Guiatr Hero 3 there buddy...

thescorpion1983
thescorpion1983

Linkracon, they did put enter sandman form metalica...u should have knows if u kept ueself informed :P

Linkracoon
Linkracoon

Theyd better put mettalica, or even maybe dragonforce, but that would probably be to crazy, The bundle is kinda expensive but my birthday is 2 weeks before it, hehhe Im going to have rock band :D

DaFreeze
DaFreeze

Better make this for wii.