Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Guitar Hero III announced

Good grief, these announcements are coming fast and furious. Here's the initial list of songs for Guitar Hero III (thanks Gamespot):
Original Recordings:
"Cult of Personality" by Living Color
"Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones
"Cherub Rock" by Smashing Pumpkins

"Sabotage" by Beastie Boys
"The Metal" by Tenacious D

"My Name Is Jonas" by Weezer
"Knights of Cydonia" by Muse

Cover Songs:
"Rock And Roll All Nite" as made famous by Kiss
"School's Out" as made famous by Alice Cooper
"Slow Ride" as made famous by Foghat
"Barracuda" as made famous by Heart

That's an excellent list, with a few songs ("Paint It Black" and "Barracuda" are the ones that leap out at me) that should be fantastic.

That's the good stuff. Reading the official press release, though, raises at least two questions. Here are two excerpts that seem a bit worrisome:
...players will experience an incredible number of newly added features and explosive content including a new multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, a bevy of exclusive unlockable content and authentic rock venues. Expanded online multiplayer game modes will also allow axe-shredders worldwide to compete head-to-head for true legendary rock status.

"Grueling boss battles?" Boy, I hope they can somehow make that not suck, and in case it does, let us turn them off, please.

The exclusive Gibson guitars will include innovative features such as removable faceplates that will allow fans to later personalize their guitars and make it their own, and a new button color design that will be integrated for an even greater authentic feel and rock experience.

Uh-oh. "New button color design?" I hope this isn't the "change the controller so you really have to buy a new one" feature, because that's what it sounds like. We'll see.

Here's the full press release.

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