Guitar Hero II Xbox 360 exclusive tracks revealed

My Chemical Romance, Pearl Jam, Alice Cooper among 10 new songs added to new version of Activision/RedOctane shredfest.

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From the day it announced the acquisition of Guitar Hero publisher RedOctane, Activision has been clear about its intent to mine the franchise for all its worth. For versions of the game on next-gen systems, that means selling downloadable content. However, microtransactions aren't the only thing Activision and RedOctane are adding to the Xbox 360 edition of Guitar Hero II.

In addition to standard Xbox 360 features like achievements and online leaderboards, the port of Guitar Hero II will also include 10 new songs, with at least one performed by the original artist. The first five of the new songs have been announced:

"Billion Dollar Babies"--Alice Cooper
"Hush"--Deep Purple
"Dead!"--My Chemical Romance
"Life Wasted"--Pearl Jam
"Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo"--Rick Derringer

Activision is using My Chemical Romance's own version of "Dead!" in the game, while the rest of the songs revealed today will be covers performed by sound-alike musicians. During a live stage demo at the Consumer Electronics Show, RedOctane's Marcus Henderson also listed The Toadies' "Possum Kingdom" as one of the game's songs.

As for the downloadable content, Guitar Hero II on the Xbox 360 will have themes, pictures packs, and songs available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Guitar Hero II is rated T for Teen and will be available this March. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest hands-on impressions straight from CES.

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