Rumor has it we won’t see Rock Band 2 for the Xbox 360 until October 19th. The game was originally slated to be released on September 14th. The original plan was to release the Rock Band 2 bundle on the 14th, and then the stand-alone game a month later on October 19th.
Back when the original Rock Band was announced for the Wii, there were many people upset by its limited features, and rightfully so. Essentially the Wii version was the same as the PS2, which meant you could get the same experience on a console that was 8 years old. Well fear not rock fans, this time around, the Wii is getting the full treatment.
We already know that Rock Band 2 is going to make its debut on the Xbox 360 before any other console. However, we've gotten no word on just how long we'll have to wait before it is released on the PS3 and Wii. However, thanks to a few snapshots from a retailer, we may have a better idea.
If Crüefest hasn't made its way to your area, there's a good chance that it will sometime in the near future. I had a chance to check it out a couple of weeks ago, and the bands put on a good show. You can now pick up another three-pack from some of the bands, plus a couple of singles from System of a Down.
This week's DLC for Rock Band is a little different from what we usually see. Normally we look forward to tracks that we've heard many times before, with the occasional new single thrown into the mix. However, this week we are treated to three brand new singles from different bands.
Well, E3 is over, which means this week will no doubt be a little slower on the major gaming announcements. However, you can always count on the guys at Harmonix to bring us a little something new every week. This week they've given us some Nine Inch Nails and Shinedown to look forward to.
The budget ultraportable trend showed no signs of slowing this week, as Acer's Aspire One hit US shelves priced from $379. Meanwhile, sources close to Dell's suppliers tipped the company's upcoming 'E' netbook as carrying a mere $299 price tag, and perhaps even landing as early as next month.
As for grown-up notebooks, Intel finally made the Centrino 2 platform official, and with it the promise of not only faster processors but native draft-N WiFi support and longer battery life. In fact this week the company had plenty to be pleased about, as they soundly thrashed arch-rival AMD with their Q2 2008 financial performance.
I have to admit that I've been pretty unhappy with Activision over the whole guitar incompatibility issue. Sure, I rock out on my 360 so I haven't had any issues, however, one of my best friends is more of a PS3 guy. He's only dropped the cash for a single Guitar Hero controller, however, his Rock Band Strat sits there begging to be used. Well it seems that this won't be such an issue for the next GH title.
There are likely plenty of people out there asking why they should bother picking up Rock Band 2 since they already own the first one. Yes, there are some awesome new modes that should get you excited, including customizable set lists for nonstop rocking in Quickplay. Yes, the instruments will be getting tweaked, but two things should really pursuade you to dish out the extra cash. First is the full set list for the game (check it out after the jump) and second is the full set list from the first game. That's right, not only will you be able to play all of your DLC, but most of your on-disc tracks will be available.
So we already know that the new Rock Band drums will have a few improvements. The main thing of note is that not only will the drum pads be quieter, but they will be velocity-sensitve. However, we finally know just how awesome the two new drum kits will be. Yes, I said two.