By Andrew Fletcher on April 21, 2008 - 10:08pm.
Made by Rock Band and Guitar Hero pioneers Harmonix, Phase harks back most closely to the developer's outstanding debut titles Frequency and Amplitude. A now very familiar vertical track scrolls toward the screen, while the player attempts to hit the notes dotted along each of the track's 3 lines with the use of the 3 central iPod buttons (left, centre, right).
There is a new selection of low budget games
that constitute a slight resurgence in the founding rhythm action principles, utilizing basic control schemes to make playing with music fun. All are downloadable and priced under $10, all integrate the player's own music collection with their gameplay, and all have silly, cred-craving one-word titles.
By Mike Bracken on January 22, 2008 - 9:30am.
For proof that Cinderella stories can happen even in the world of videogames, one need look no further than the Guitar Hero franchise. When the series started a few years back, it was an almost off the radar game that only the most hardcore rhythm game fanatics were following. Now, it's a pop culture phenomenon.
By Mike Bracken on January 22, 2008 - 9:19am.
According to ESRB
, this game contains: Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
By Brandon Erickson on October 8, 2007 - 7:59am.
After years of playing second fiddle, music-based gaming finally reached the forefront with the release of 2005’s Guitar Hero
. Now comes Boogie
, a game that combines well-known licensed dance hits and hip-hop music—from The Jackson Five to Britney Spears—with onscreen dancing and karaoke gameplay. The result is a strange and misguided attempt to do for singing and dancing what Guitar Hero did for guitar playing.
Game Description: Meet the Boogs. Get ready to join in and sing-in with some of the latest and greatest hits in this unique game with built-in karaoke functions. Fun mini-games, co-op gameplay, head-to-head dance battles and karaoke party make Boogie the perfect party game and a complete entertainment package for gamers of all ages. Players dance, sing and create music videos with this ultimate videogame party package that takes advantage of the innovative Wii controls getting gamers off their couch and playing to a new beat. Not only will gamers be belting out their favorite tunes or dancing to the latest hit songs, players will catch their best dance moves, record their own voice and make music videos with the easy-to-use music video creator.
By Brandon Erickson on October 8, 2007 - 7:05am.
According to ESRB
, this game contains: Lyrics, Suggestive Themes
Game Description: Rock the Rhythm, Lead, and Bass Guitar tracks in the follow-up sequel to the Best Music Game of the year of 2005. Form your guitar duo and shred riffs cooperatively or go head to head in all new multiplayer modes. With over 55 tracks to rock out to, you'll go from Guitar Hero to Guitar god in one press of a fret button. Choose from multiple rock characters and jam at concert venues that grow in size as your rock career progresses! You’ll start your rock career playing small clubs and bars, but if you play well you’ll work your way up to stadiums and arenas. Strap on your Guitar Hero SG Controller, plug it in, and CRANK IT UP! The Guitar Hero SG Controller feels just like a real guitar, making it the ultimate way to jam on your PlayStation®2. With the Guitar Hero SG Controller, you turn into a rock star every time you play Guitar Hero!
By Brandon Erickson on January 21, 2007 - 1:17pm.
For a long time I resisted playing the original Guitar Hero
. I had read the rave reviews. I had heard the buzz from friends. But I dismissed it out of hand, figuring that it was somehow beneath me. Being an accomplished guitarist, why would I want to pay 80 dollars to play songs on a fake guitar that I can already play in real life? So when Guitar Hero II
came out, I hardly gave it a thought.
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