Guitar Hero rocks out soundtrack

Red Octane strums out partial list of songs to be included in the guitar sim; Jimi, Red Hots, and Sabbath among them.

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Though it won't be time to "drop the hammer," show the "horns," or smash the fender into the stage until this fall, publisher Red Octane released a partial list of songs that will be included in the upcoming rhythm game Guitar Hero. The game is currently being developed for the PlayStation 2 by Harmonix Music, the company behind the rhythm games Amplitude and Frequency.

Guitar Hero, which will come packaged with a special guitar-shaped controller, challenges wannabe rock stars to thrash to some of rock's most classic tunes. Like in dancing rhythm games, a sequencer will show gamers which frets to play and when to strum. The better the score, the more the cyber-crowd will rock out and the closer gamers will come to being a legend.

The songs in the game aren't the actual songs but rather covers made specifically for the game itself. A partial list of the songs is below (Artist/Song Title):

-- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
-- Boston - More Than a Feeling
-- Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction
-- The Donnas - Take it Off
-- Jimi Hendrix - Spanish Castle Magic
-- ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man
-- Black Sabbath - Iron Man
-- White Zombie - Thunderkiss 65
-- Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
-- David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
-- The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
-- Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
-- Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
-- Cream - Crossroads
-- Sum 41 - Fat Lip

For more information on Guitar Hero, which stage-dived off with GameSpot's award for Best Puzzle/Rhythm Game of E3 2005, check out the previous coverage. To see the game in action, check out last week's edition of GameSpot's weekly show, On the Spot.

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