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Lego Rock Band Track List Revealed

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It seems as if LEGO Rock Band will be available in time for the Jolly old Fat Guy to bring the kiddie’s this holiday season. Harmonix has released the track list for LEGO Rock Band, and it is (as expected) pretty solid! (except for the fact they brought in the Rascal Flatts version of “Life is a Highway” instead of the superior Tom Cochrane version from)

From the list of 40+ tracks, Harmonix also is saying that 90%+ of the tracks will be exportable. (only 90%+ due to the fact that some licensing details are still being worked out at this time)

What are your thoughts on this track list? (See list after the jump)

After the break is the current track listing for consoles, as well as what tracks should be on the Nintendo DS version. (more…)

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Pepsi Rock Band Videos

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With 9/9/09 right around the corner, we’re not only celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast, but also the release of The Beatles: Rock Band. Also celebrating this release is YaHoo! and Pepsi, teaming together for a video contest that gives the chance to win 1 of 10 The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundles.

Unfortunately, the deadline to upload a video is tomorrow, (July 28th, 2009) but we thought we’d share one of the submissions with you, starring /Gamer reader, TieDyedGuy! Watch TieDyedGuy (vocals) rock out “Float On” by Modest Mouse with fellow band mates, PenGwynn (Drums), Drausius (Bass) and Daeph (Guitar).

Unfortunately, the video does not currently have an “embed” option, so we have to give the direct link. Watch. Enjoy. And please comment.

Watch TieDyedGuy here!

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Dead Space Movie Gets Director

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Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso is set to hit the director’s chair for the big screen adaptation of the Electronic Arts hit, Dead Space. There is no script as of this time, but the films producers and EA hope to have a writer and concept set by September so they can begin to hunt out a buying studio.

“‘Dead Space’ becomes the fifth EA title to percolate as a feature property. Aside from the “Dante’s Inferno” film that will be produced by Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham, EA is in business with Universal on “Army of Two,” with Scott Z. Burns (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) scripting and Scott Stuber producing. EA’s “The Sims” is being developed by producer John Davis and “Mass Effect” by “Spider-Man” producer Avi Arad.”

It’s hard for me to look forward to films taken from video games, due to the history of their quality, but I’m going to put my hopes in this one. The team that will put this movie together should take some heavy notes on the visuals EA used, which made Dead Space such a complete enjoyment. (Read our Dead Space review HERE)

Source: Variety

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Review: Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumble Bees

Telltale Games has released a number of highly entertaining point-and-click titles such as the Sam & Max series, Bones, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People and CSI: Hard Evidence. Their next adventure is a grand one, as they tackle the pop culture smash, Wallace & Gromit. Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures is set to be a four part, episodic series that will take you right into the mischievous doings of the absent minded, cheese loving inventor, Wallace, and his intelligent witty pet and life saver, Gromit. This grand adventure begins on March 24th, 2009 on PC and Xbox Live, and will continue in May, June and July of the same year. The whole series includes characters new and old to the Wallace & Gromit legacy with a brand new story, mishaps and conflicts. Your job is to assist the duo in locating solutions to their problems.

The series starts out with Episode One: Fright of the Bumble Bees. We begin in the main duo’s home on West Wallaby Street in the early morning, with Wallace requesting Gromit to assist him in getting out of bed and making some breakfast. The opening of this game is a rather entertaining and quick puzzle to assist you, the player, in getting atoned to the controls and keystrokes needed to work through the adventure. The controls flow rather well, with the occasional character moving toward a direction you would not like it to, but not to any extent of ruining the value of the title.

From the introduction portion of the game, you jump right into an intriguing story of Wallace finding himself running behind on paying some bills. On top of this, a local store owner is extremely upset with Wallace because his cheese sniffing invention destroyed his shop. With the shop owner being made aware that Wallace is getting into the honey business, he requests that Wallace supply him with 50 gallons of honey before the day is over. Desperate to resolve the issue, Wallace, resorts to whatever quick solution he can whip together, without any thought of consequence.

The story develops extremely well and will keep you drawn in with each scene not being too long; yet still working your brain well enough to remain a challenging puzzler. There is plenty of spoken dialogue, which is key to this title, as is most point-and-click titles. If any spoken dialogue is present that is not part of moving the story forward, it is there for a reason: To give you clues. There are a handful of items that are interactive but are not accessible, but I believe these items and areas will play a significant roll in the remaining three episodes.

The environment and characters are very well rendered. The detail and grand use of color flow smoothly to make an eye appealing presentation. From the interior of the house, to the exterior to show West Wallaby Street, the sites add to the entire experience. There is always something to interact with in every screen to assist you in hitting your game completing goal.

The voice acting, audio effects and music score are top notch. Unfortunately, Peter Sallis does not reprise his role as the voice of Wallace, but, the backup voice fits as a near perfect replacement. The rest of the voice acting cast do a fantastic job at making the remaining characters show their personality and role in the story. The music score throughout the title keeps an upbeat, happy go lucky feel, yet not overpowering where you feel you’d have to turn it down from annoyance. It is a well balanced soundtrack that sets the mood in each scene to perfection.

Complete with its well rounded story, solid audio editing, stunning visuals, and even the slight cliff hanger ending, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumble Bees has left me wanting more. This title should fair well with old and new fans alike.

/Gamer score for Fright of the Bumble Bees: a respective and earned 9 / 10

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumble Bees is available today for download on the PC and Xbox Live Arcade.

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Metallica gets Sirius!

Metallica is taking over the airwaves of Sirius XM Radio this Saturday, March 14th for a full month. To my fellow Sirius XM subscribers and fellow metal heads out there, this takeover will be on Sirius Channel 27, Liquid Metal, and turn into Mandatory Metallica until the 13th of April. (Yes, Liquid Metal will return to its full glory after the 30 day take over)

You’ll hear virtually every song from the Metallica catalog, including rare live cuts from the band’s personal archives and new songs from their latest platinum album, Death Magnetic.

Some of you may be thinking… “What the hell does this have to do with the gaming industry?” Well, according to an email I received from Sirius XM this morning (which most subscribers should have received), they stated the following…

The launch of the channel coincides with the release of “Guitar Hero: Metallica” on March 29, as well as the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4.

(one of these days I’ll go to the Rock Hall… I stare at it every day out of my office window)

Is anyone looking forward to Guitar Hero: Metallica? If so, which Mighty Met song are you most excited to rock out to? (click here to refresh your memory on the track list…)

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The Beatles: Rock Band – 9/9/9

On September 9th, 2009, the Sega Dreamcast will be celebrating its 10th birthday. This calls for a celebration, and who better to headline the shindig than The Beatles! (Insert audio of their hit song “Birthday” here…)

Harmonix recently announced a release date for their sure to be hit, The Beatles: Rock Band for 09/09/09. The team at /Gamer have been excited for this title since the news broke about Harmonix and Viacom pegging the deal with Apple Corps Ltd., back in October of 2008. Within less than a year, this exclusive deal seems to have allowed the creation of a full stand alone title, which will feature a hopefully well picked selection of The Beatles’ all time classic library.

The stand alone title will have a home on many Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii consoles for $59.99 USD as well as a limited edition bundle with the usual Rock Band peripherals for $249.99 USD. And of course, Harmonix plans on shelling out some pre-order exclusives. But, we’ll all have to wait on those details. We have until October, which is plenty of time for Harmonix to build up the hype and drizzle out more game details bit by bit. In the meantime, check out the not-so-informative yet stylishly retro The Beatles: Rock Band official web site. www.thebeatlesrockband.com

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Resident Evil 5 Guaranteed by GameStop (Canada)

It appears the EB Games and Gamestop up in Canada feel that Resident Evil 5 is going to live up to the hype. They believe this so much that they’re offering up full retail, in-store credit within one week of the purchase if the game does not meet your expectations… that is, if you pre-order the game.

Head on over to GamesOnSmash.com for the details.

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Resident Evil 5 Demo a Go!

The Demo for one of the most anticipated games of the next-generation gaming era, Resident Evil 5, is now available on Xbox Live. (PS3 users have to wait until Feb. 2nd… and Germany will just have to wait) The download will only take up 473MB on your HDD. This also means the demo my be playable off of a 512MB Memory Unit as well.

The demo can be played in single player and multiplayer modes both online and offline. (offline multiplayer with give you a split screen)

Please let us know your thoughts on the Demo.

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Rock Band DLC Update. 8 New Tracks!

It is yet another week and we are blessed with more Rock Band downloadable content! This time around, there are 8 new master recordings to choose from.

To start things off, there is a 3 pack of Steve Miller Band tracks. Also available is are tracks from GodSmack, Belly, Ghost Hounds, Mute Math and the almighty Rob Zombie. The list of tracks is as follows.

Steve Miller Band 3-pack
“Space Cowboy”
“Take the Money and Run”
“The Joker”

Godsmack
“I Stand Alone”

Belly
“Feed the Tree”

Ghost Hounds
“Wind Me Up”

Mute Math
“Typical”

Rob Zombie
“War Zone” (The Punisher: War Zone soundtrack)

As usual, the pricing goes as follows.
Price: $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
$5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for the Steve Miller Band 3-pack

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F.E.A.R. 2 Demo Available this Week

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment recently announced that a Demo for F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this Thursday, January 22nd. PC users will need to head over to www.whatisfear.com to snag the demo, and all PS3 and Xbox 360 users would naturally use their respective online sources.

The F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin demo will offer a glimpse of the action, terror and suspense of the full retail version of the game. Players will maneuver through bloodstained corridors and hallways from several locations in the game, as they combat through various parts of the city of Auburn , which now lays in ruin after the catastrophic explosion that rocked the finale of F.E.A.R.

Source: whatisfear.com

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