THQ hits right note with Band Mashups

New rhythm game steps into the ring which will allow leading player to control the music playing in-game.

Music and warfare: together at last, according to THQ. In Band Mashups, gamers can play against a friend, battling not only to win, but to stop hearing songs in marching-band style, and switch to rock instead.

To start playing, gamers will select from one of five musical styles to play: rock, funk/hip-hop, country, marching band, and Latin. In the background, 30 chart hits from the last four decades will play--in the musical style chosen by whichever player is currently winning.

Alongside the two-player versus mode will be a single-player mode, where gamers will play as one of 11 bands battling to seize control of New Cadenza city away from the evil Mr Hong.

The 70 weapons available will be musically themed too, including sniper violins and flamethrowing guitars. Band Mashups is due out in April exclusively for the Wii, and we have a full hands-on preview complete with screenshots and movies.

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Stavr0s
Stavr0s

I still say that they need to get a guitar for this. . .otherwise. . .

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

Interesting concept, but I got a bad feeling its going to end up as yet another ho-hum game.

McDog3
McDog3

You know that lame quote "That's so crazy, it might just work!", well, this is one of those situations....

nate1222
nate1222

I think this game has the potential to rock. Some of you hatin' a** meatheads don't get it: Gaming needs risk takers, right now. I love FPSs, but they've become too cookie-cutter for me (or alotta people, for that matter) to spend my money on. A cartoony rhythm game with some over-the-top stuff might be one of the few to push things in a new direction. Gaming is about escapism, this looks pretty damn escapist to me.

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

never evenimagined a game like this...

blackie8
blackie8

this looks random but somewhat entertaining

stncldrwg
stncldrwg

This game makes no sense at all.

peacenutman
peacenutman

LMAO, flamethrower guitar? sniper violin? Where can I get those in real life? Imagine you on the street play sniper violin, then sniped someone who call you a loser, the cops would never know!

Ottosmann
Ottosmann

You've got to be kidding me...

CyphenX
CyphenX

Flame-throwing guitars, eh? One thing that this game needs is a ton of guitar-case weapons in reference to Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Oh, and the game itself doesn't look terribly exiting.

townsenda1
townsenda1

I'll wait to see how this one plays out. It might be cool. We will see.

mad_tyger
mad_tyger

... I'm geting tired of music games and shooters. Please come out with something different!

AlexandLandon
AlexandLandon

It's so funny that some many people claim this is a rip off of Guitar Hero and Rock Band yet..Harmonix ripped off of Guitar Freaks and Drum Mania..a Guitar and Drum simulation series that started in the late 90s. At least this game looks different.

jakob_187
jakob_187

I watched the video, and it looks like it'll be fun to play. All these people griping about a game that they HAVEN'T played...and yet this seems like one of the most competitive rhythm games coming out. Definitely interested in checking it out...and I'm going to laugh at the guys trash-talking right now when the game becomes a critical and sales hit.....

4quarters
4quarters

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miguel_69692003

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X-RS
X-RS

if i want a musical game it would be like osychonauts, in terms of art and humour. the world would be filled with snotty rich fat poeple. when you killed them theyd go "oaoaoao-aaoaooaoa-aoa-ao". and you would also here classical music as well. youd be running people over people while listening to sugar plum fairies (like in saints row). and when you got into a high combo mode, this heavy metal would come one, and everything around you would catch on fire. that to me sounds like a fun musical game. not some stupid rythm game.

Petri87
Petri87

@powerframe8 - Its not like Guitar Hero or Rock Band. You probebly wont have a guitar and such since it has 70 "weapons" and a packing whit 70 peripherals would cost around $2.000 and not to mention you having to switch instrument whenever the song changes. It will mostle likely be a light gun game whit rythem elements.

powerframe8
powerframe8

...Are people reading it at all? This sounds pathetic. Will it have "guitar hero" peripherals. Only 30 songs from the past 4 decades?... WTF LATIN>! Theres too much going on. And all of its smelling like crap-

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

I probably won't get it, just not good at them games and don't want to get good at them. I have a hard enough time playing other games:P

Ithok
Ithok

Sounds like it could be fun. I'm in as long as it doesn't up up like Wayne's World for the SNES

ghost867
ghost867

I was excited, until I saw it was Wii only. No offense, but I don't have a Wii, and I don't want one. I'm not interested....

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Seems like people are jumping on the band wagon. Literally.

frankeyser
frankeyser

hmm sounds crazy. kind of want to try it out.

Endogene
Endogene

guess it's kind of hard to get into the consept for those used to guitar hero and rockband but stay open minded on this one, the music mini games in rayman raving rabbids (wich used the wiimonte and the nunchuck) were really fun so the gameplay should work out. I do agree however that me to i'm a bit sceptic about the theme and some of the mecanics but i'll guess we'll see how it turns out when it's done

Taegre
Taegre

Shame it's not coming to 360. A game like this could have infinite replay value with Custom Soundtracks.

WllDan7
WllDan7

This game actually looks good. I saw the preview for it and it just looked plain fun.

Darkstar_Sinada
Darkstar_Sinada

Wow, rhythm-based games aren't fads or anything now.

willripyouanew1
willripyouanew1

This is a lame idea, but im sure dead brain suckers will think is cool.

SeeD
SeeD

That sounds terrible.

ClassicPlayer
ClassicPlayer

Just stick with the awesome Guitar Hero 3 and Rock Band, and screw the Wii and this game. If you want a Guitar Weapon, just look at Nevan from Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening.

twiztdmike
twiztdmike

Too bad I can't give humidity's post more than one thumbs up.

twiztdmike
twiztdmike

Another commercial in the form of news. This is getting to be too much.

VagrantChild24
VagrantChild24

This is one of those games that is trying to be innovative that will either fail or be pretty sweet. It's tough to get a good idea from the article though. I think I have to wait to see either gameplay footage or screens to really understand how it plays before making a judgement on this one.

CTAWATER
CTAWATER

I would love that Humidity. Unfortunately, I don't think Rock Band is programmed to song notes besides the prerecorded notes in a song. I also thought it would be awesome if EA came out with a program with a monthly fee that would enable you to upload your songs from your 360 HD and convert them to play on Rock Band but you run into that programming issue again. But your idea would be great for the next game they hopefully come out with. More freedom equals more replay value, which everyone wants.

Humidity
Humidity

Sorta off topic but I'm looking for opinions. Rock Band; what would be the interest level if players could compose, record, and upload to XBox Live their own original songs. It would cost the "bands" around $100 to upload the songs but then they would be available for free download. I think this would be a great way for new bands to get exposure at a minimal (compared to recording studio fees, etc.) cost. Opinions?

murder_tool
murder_tool

So is it a shooting game where the winner chooses the music and with stupidly themed weapons to or a rhythm game? Sounds rubbish and if the winner had rubbish music couldn't you just turn it down your end defeating the whole dodgy concept anyway.

Life-is-a-Game
Life-is-a-Game

Well I just read the preview @ ign...sounds interesting and looks promising to me :)

Sticboy
Sticboy

First Post =P This game is ridiculous....wut the heck is it for??? sounds extremmely pointless to me