Battle of the Bands: Rock Band set list vs. Guitar Hero sequel

Posted by Joshua Hill

Chicago (IL) - They have been two of the biggest video game franchises launched in recent years - and both Rock Band and Guitar Hero are in the news again: The former with a new set list and the latter with a new sequel.

Guitar Hero World Tour is set to hit store shelves in the U.S. on October 26. As the fourth major installment in the franchise, World Tour will not only allow you to play along to your favorite tracks, but record your own as well. For the first time, Guitar Hero will come with a drum kit and microphone, as well as its guitar-shaped controller, so that users can not only create their own music, but share it with their friends around the world.

An online service called GHTunes will allow players to upload their own songs, as well as download others and even collaborate on music projects.

Naturally, there will be a veritable plethora of master recording hits, including Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze," Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer." But on top of that, Guitar Hero is spreading its wings, introducing gamers to music genres such as country and dance, with classics like Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

Guitar Hero Charles and Kai Huang of RedOctane sat down with CNN, and had this to say about the newest version of their game. “You can lay down a drum track, stop, then pick up a guitar and lay down a guitar track. And then you can go into an editing studio and edit your song and put the finishing touches on it. So there's going to be almost an unlimited amount of original music. . .that people will explore.”

Stepping across the picket lines, we come to news on Guitar Hero’s direct competitor, Rock Band 2, will be releasing 20 free songs for users to download. The downloadable content includes artists such as Underoath, Hollywood Undead as well as Between the Buried and Me.

"The Rock Band platform is an unparalleled destination for music discovery - offering a broad cross section of rock, from iconic rock artists to emerging bands," stated Paul DeGooyer, MTV's senior vice president of Electronic Games & Music. "With the addition of the 20 new songs we're announcing today, owners of Rock Band 2 will have the ability to experience music from over 100 artists - ranging from the acts they already know and love to up-and-coming bands we think they will like."

This most recent addition to Rock Band 2 translates into the largest catalogue of music for any music-based video game yet, with a pending total of 104 tracks.