Harmonix Reveals Even More Beatles Rock Band Tracks

After unveiling the latest trailer for the game (which showcased eight Beatles songs that will be appearing in the game), Harmonix and Electronic Arts have announced seven more songs that will make the cut in The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • “Do You Want To Know A Secret” (Cavern Club)
  • “I Wanna Be Your Man” (Ed Sullivan Theater)
  • “And Your Bird Can Sing” (Budokan)
  • “With a Little Help from My Friends” (Abbey Road Dreamscape)
  • “Birthday” (Abbey Road Dreamscape)
  • “Dig A Pony” (Rooftop Concert)
  • “I’ve Got A Feeling” (Rooftop Concert)

    As you can see, Harmonix has included the venue each of the songs will appear in as well. And in case you missed the eight songs announced with the new trailer (and their venues), they include…

  • “Twist and Shout” (Cavern Club)
  • “Paperback Writer” (Budokan)
  • “Can’t Buy Me Love” (Ed Sullivan Theater)
  • “Eight Days a Week” (Shea Stadium)
  • “Yellow Submarine” (Abbey Road Dreamscape)
  • “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (Abbey Road Dreamscape)
  • “Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows” (Abbey Road Dreamscape)
  • “Revolution” (Abbey Road Dreamscape)

    The Beatles: Rock Band will be released for the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 on September 9. Continue reading

  • More Beatles: Rock Band Tracks Revealed

    Joystiq has gotten their hands on the new trailer for The Beatles: Rock Band and it reveals eight more songs the game will have when it comes to the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 on September 9.

    You can let out your inner Ferris Bueller with “Twist and Shout” along with seven other Beatles classics:

  • “Twist and Shout”
  • “Paperback Writer”
  • “Can’t Buy Me Love”
  • “Eight Days a Week”
  • “Yellow Submarine”
  • “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
  • “Within You Without You”
  • “Revolution”

    And here’s the trailer for those who’re interested (which may just be everybody at this point):

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  • Aliens RPG Cancelled

    Obsidian Entertainment, the development team behind the upcoming role-playing game based on the Alien movies, has announced that the unnamed Aliens RPG that was in development for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has been cancelled.

    An administrator on the official Obsidian forums had this to say about the cancellation:

    Hi guys, The Guildmaster here. Rumors have circled around a bit regarding the fate of the Aliens role playing game that Obsidian and SEGA had been working on. Unfortunately, it is true that we are no longer working on the game, and we wanted to finally announce that officially to everyone who has been following its development. We’re going to keep this forum up for another week for archival purposes and to allow you guys to finish up any open threads, and then we will shut it down since it is no longer a product that is in development.

    Sega still plans to publish two Aliens-related games for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360: Aliens vs Predator 3, a first person shooter from Rebellion and Aliens: Colonial Marines, another first person shooter from Gearbox Software.

    Uncharted to Become a Movie

    The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the popular PlayStation 3 adventure game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is being turned into a movie by Columbia Pictures (which is a division of Sony Pictures). The script will be written by Kyle Ward, who is a very busy boy as of late, agreeing to write Hitman 2 a few days ago while also writing the movie adaptation of Kane & Lynch.

    Uncharted is a treasure hunter adventure similar to Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones and follows the exploits of Nathan Drake…

    The story follows a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, a treasure hunter named Nate Drake who believes he has learned the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, from a cursed golden statue. The search becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray, then is racheted up several notches when creatures — actually mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis — begin attacking those hoping to learn the treasure’s true secrets.

    No release date was announced nor were any actors rumored for the part of Nathan.

    Review Round-Up Round-Up: Godfather II, Guitar Hero Metallica, Excitebots, X-Men Origins Wolverine

    I’ve been a bit lax on posting Review Round-Ups of some of the newest releases, so here’s a look back at what a variety of video game critics had to say about Guitar Hero: Metallica (PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360), The Godfather II (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), Excitebots: Trick Racing (Wii), and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (the PC, PS3 & Xbox 360 “Uncaged Edition”)…

    Guitar Hero: Metallica (PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

  • Boomtown (7/10
  • Eurogamer (8/10)
  • GameSpot (7.5/10)
  • GameZone (9/10)
  • Worth Playing (9.5/10)

    Metallica fans will find the most to like in Guitar Hero: Metallica, but Guitar Hero fans in general will find another great entry in the series. Even if it is a tad on the short side.
    Verdict: Buy It (VGL Review Guide)

    The Vitals
    Publisher: Activision
    Developer: Neversoft
    Release Date: March 29, 2009
    Genre: Music Game With Plastic Instruments
    ESRB Rating: Teen

    The Godfather II (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

  • Crispy Gamer (Fry It AKA 1/3)
  • Kotaku (Overall Negative)
  • Game Daily (8/10)
  • GameSpot (4.5/10)
  • Giant Bomb (3/5)

    The Godfather II is little more than a poorly done Grand Theft Auto rehash that features awkward controls, tiny open world environments and ugly graphics. Also, the “Don’s View” portion of the game isn’t particularly interesting and the Godfather license feels more or less tacked on.
    Verdict: Skip It (VGL Review Guide)

    The Vitals
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Developer: EA Redwood Shores (AKA Visceral Games)
    Release Date: April 7, 2009
    Genre: Open World Action/Mob Simulator
    ESRB Rating: Mature Continue reading

  • SpongeBob Stage Dives onto Rock Band

    Rock Band will take the stage in a pineapple under the sea as Harmonix has announced that next week’s Rock Band Store update will include a three song SpongeBob SquarePants Pack. Single tracks will be released from several human-fronted bands, including Journey, Glasvegas, Pat Benatar and Von Bondies.

    The SpongeBob SquarePants Pack will include three tracks from the album SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever. They are “I Can’t Keep My Eyes Off of You,” “The Best Day Ever” and “Where’s Gary?” The tracks will be available individually for $0.99 each on the PlayStation 3 or 80 Microsoft Points each on the Xbox 360. The three-pack can be downloaded for $2.99 (or 240 Microsoft Points).

    The single tracks will be available for the standard Rock Band price of $1.99 each (or 160 Microsoft Points) and will include:

  • Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing'”
  • Pat Benatar – “Heartbreaker”
  • Glasvegas – “Geraldine”
  • Von Bondies – “C’Mon C’Mon”

    All of the tracks will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace on Tuesday, March 31and on the PlayStation Network on Thursday, April 2.

  • Resident Evil 5 Review Round-Up (PS3, Xbox 360)

    After four long years, Capcom has released the fifth game in the main Resident Evil series. While the “Is Resident Evil 5 racist?” controversy overshadowed the actual game before it was released, what about the actual game?

    Does Resident Evil 5 uphold the scary traditions of this well worn series? Here’s what a selection of five reviewers had to say about Resident Evil 5 and what the overall verdict on the game is.

    1UP: “RE5 is a little shorter, game length-wise than the overly long RE4, but offers multiple difficulty levels (and corresponding achievements and trophies) to encourage multiple playthroughs, especially with the online component. And players who persevere through the main storyline will find plenty of rewards, extra modes, and secrets, which add extra value to the subsequent playthrough (and have always been a big draw for the series). Ultimately, Resident Evil 5 shouldn’t be looked at as a failure in the series, merely too ambitious, inconsistent and uneven. […] But the bottom line is that RE5 is a very beautiful, occasionally exciting game with a lot of built-in value to recommend it, but it’s far too disjointed to qualify as a top-tier addition to the canon.” (B) Continue reading

    The Beatles: Rock Band To Include Unreleased Beatles Songs

    Dhani Harrison, the son of late Beatle George Harrison, recently talked to Billboard about his involvement in Harmonix’s The Beatles: Rock Band.

    According to Harrison, he was intimately involved in the creation of the project and helped bring Apple Corps. around to the idea that a Beatles video game would be a good idea. He also underwent a motion capture session for the game, presumably to play the part of his father.

    “I took the project to Apple and sort of convinced everybody to have a presentation,” says Harrison. “My job description is…being enthusiastic. We’ve been working on it for the past two years. This is the first one that is going to be totally, historically accurate. It’s been a real headache, but it’s been the most enjoyable work I’ve done in my life.”

    Harrison also said that the game will include previously unreleased songs from The Beatles, but couldn’t go into specifics about what those songs could be or when they were recorded.