Rhythm Games

A Review: Simplicity + charm + rhythm = Rhythm Heaven Fever for Wii

At first I was surprised that Rhythm Heaven Fever didn’t include motion in its control scheme. The controls, in fact, are infinitely simple: the “A” and “B” buttons are essentially the summary of control for the entire game. Upon thinking about this, I decided it was for the game’s benefit. Rhythm is a precise art (trust me, I know). Motion control is not a prec...

Rock Band 3 looks lame; is proof rhythm games missed the point

In 2007, a handful of ex-Guitar Hero developers announced a “radical new idea” in video games. I know because I was in the room at E3 when they announced it. They, Harmonix, were going to launch “an interactive music platform” called Rock Band, after which additional songs and game updates would be download later—as opposed to yearly stand alone releases. Everyone in the ...

Just Dance: Can 2 million people be wrong?

Ubisoft surprised the gaming industry last month (myself included), announcing that Just Dance had sold 2 million copies worldwide in fewer than four months, making it the fastest selling third-party Wii game ever. “The consumer response to Just Dance has been overwhelming,” said Ubisoft’s Tony Key at the time. “With Just Dance’s success we’ve seen a renewal of the musi...

Dhani Harrison to redegisn controller, make all my Rock Band dreams come true

Something has always bothered me about guitar rhythm games: we’re spending all this time to pretend to play a guitar when we could actually be playing a guitar. I felt a little better when drums were thrown into the mix that was actually somewhat like playing the drums – but the guitar? It felt like a waste of effort. Not anymore. Son of Beatles Guitarist George Harrison, Dhani, reveal...

Will you pay $120 for DJ Hero? That’s what it’ll cost you.

Both Amazon and GameStop have listed DJ Hero for $120, which includes the turntable peripheral. Now I really like DJ Hero, having played it at E3 (game was dang fresh, although the guitar + DJ mode was lame). But this is getting ridiculous! In 2005, Guitar Hero with guitar cost $69. Now a $50 premium? But hey, if the market will bear it, the market will bear it. Will see if it does once DJ Hero dr...

First-look at DJ Hero controller to be shown at E3

It’s only a partial shot, but was uploaded to Tweetpic by an account labeled DJ Hero. I wonder where the orange and yellow buttons are?

Wii Music: Toy, Instrument, or Musical Tool?

“We have this firm belief that the more you chew, the more flavor you get.” Nintendo Representative JC Rodrigo told me at Nintendo’s Fall Media event in early October, “There’s a lot of different levels and depth to a game. Take Wii Music for example, Kids can pick it up and get the instant gratification of ‘Oh, I get it, It’s a piano,’ but for guys that are really into music, ...

DLC and online play confirmed for Rock Band 2 Wii

USA Today posted a small article recently that confirms full online features for the Wii version of Rock Band 2. While unannounced, MTV Games has confirmed that the upcoming Nintendo Wii version of “Rock Band 2” will offer the same online functionality — i.e. song downloads and Internet multiplayer modes — as the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 versions. The PS2 version, ho...

Review: Groupies will love Guitar Hero Aerosmith

Everyone else? Not so much. You see, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was not intended for rhythm game fans. Maybe not even music fans. It was made for die-hard Aerosmith fans.

Popular Mechanics thinks highly of Ultimate Band

From the article entitled Top 10 New Games at E3: For us, Ultimate Band was a best-in-show among the E3’s Rock Band wannabes. That’s a backhanded compliment, but for its intended 8 to 12 demographic, this game is brilliant. It scales up smoothly from simple to complex gameplay and faithfully captures the spirit of a rock performance. It’s also a much cheaper alternative to buying...

Rhythm Heaven DS!?

Rhythm Tengoku Heaven is a simple and infectious rhythm game that anyone can play. If you can tap your finger in time to music, you’ll get the hang of Rhythm Heaven in no time! Players hold their Nintendo DS system sideways like a book and tap their stylus on the touch screen to the rhythm of the music. Players tap, slide or flick the stylus to hit the right beat. Rhythm Heaven features catchy t...

SEGA announces DLC for Samba de Amigo

SEGA announced today via an E3 press release that Samba de Amigo “will be one of the first titles to offer exclusive downloadable Wii content.” Songs will be released in packs of three on a regular basis. The first pack will be available at the game’s launch and will include “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow, “Are You Going To Be My Girl?” by Jet and “Ma...