One of the games that really caught people off guard last year was Portal. I remember thinking that it was going to be some simple game that I would forget soon after playing. However, it was just as much fun as any of the other games in the Orange Box. While it didn't last long, people are producing new levels for it all the time, and today I've discovered an awesome collection of new custom levels.
I always talk about the abundance of DLC for Rock Band as one of the game's best features. Unfortunately, with so much music to choose from, it's also something of a downside. Okay, so they're not exactly twisting your arm to buy it, but you can easily spend a lot of money picking up extra tracks. However, thanks to a partnership with McDonald's, you'll be able to pick up some tracks on the cheap.
I just got word yesterday that in this week's DLC for Rock Band we'll be seeing Zero from the Smashing Pumpkins. I've been waiting around to hear this news for a very long time. Sure, I'm a huge Pumpkins fan, but that's not why. I've known about this particular song being being included in the game since I visited Harmonix last November. As a special weekend treat, I give you the first ever gameplay video of Zero for Rock Band after the jump.
Rock Band has been out for a while now, and Harmonix has been true to their word about providing fresh DLC on a weekly basis. This has given us fresh new music to rock to, and thus keeps the gameplay fresh and fun. What we haven't seen is a full album released. Again, Harmonix is good on their word, and will be releasing their first full album tomorrow.
Since Rock Band was announced last year, we've known that there would be much competition between it and the Guitar Hero franchise. I try to stay as neutral as possible, as each as their own strengths. We haven't seen the competition heat up much lately, though I'm sure it will once either Guitar Hero Aerosmith or GH IV hits the market. However, we just told you last week that Def Leppard was releasing a new single through Guitar Hero, and now we hear that Mötley Crüe will be doing the same in Rock Band today.
This is a triumph. Somehow the crazy cats at Harmonix have not only managed to get “Still Alive” from Portal into the game this week, but they're throwing us a curve ball and releasing it for free.