We here at MTV Multiplayer love our music games, so when we heard about Digital Praise's "Guitar Praise" for the PC/Mac, we knew we had to try it.
Today, I finally received my copy of the game in the mail. The box includes the CD-rom game and wireless guitar controller. The back of the box says you can "Jam with the Band!" and that there are "over 50 pulsating hits" by Flyleaf, tobyMac, dc Talk, Skillet, Stellar Kart, Newsboys and more.
Features include onscreen lyrics that "emphasize Christian themes," a co-op or "power duel mode" and online leaderboards.
Read on to see close-up images of the box, the guitar peripheral and screenshots. (And stay tuned for my impressions.) Read More...
Today Konami confirmed to MTV Multiplayer that there are no plans to make a guitar peripheral for its band game "Rock Revolution."
"At this time, Konami will only be releasing 'Rock Revolution' with a drum peripheral; there are no plans for a guitar peripheral," said Mondona Akhazan, an associate product manager at Konami. "Initially, when we started making the game, we designed it to be more of a drum-focused game. We have our competitors out there that created games that are focused more around the guitars, so with this we really wanted to pay homage to the drummer."
However, Konami reiterated that competing titles' guitars -- namely those of Activision's "Guitar Hero" and MTV's "Rock Band" -- will work with the game (at a demo today, I used a wireless Xbox 360 "Guitar Hero" guitar). The "Rock Revolution" drum set will also be compatible with the other games, even though it has six pads, while "Rock Band" has four and "Guitar Hero: World Tour" has five.
According to PR at the event, the "Rock Revolution" game will recognize which drum set you're using and how many inputs the peripheral has. Then the game will reconfigure and scale the drum tracks to have the corresponding amount of playable notes depending on the drum peripheral being used.
The stand-alone game comes out on October 14, while the game and drum set bundle will be released in mid-November. No price point has been announced at this time.
'Rock Revolution' Works With Competing Guitars, Not Yet Confirming Its Own
Pros And Cons Of The 'Rock Revolution' Drums, Our Second Hands-On
While the rest of the gaming press is in Leipzig, we held down the fort Stateside. Check out the week's news:
* A reader suggested that developers get credit on their game boxes, so we did a Photoshop experiment to see what it would look like with mixed results.
* Stephen got the scoop on some overlooked "Rock Band 2" details and what Harmonix is planning for in-game music creation.
* We also found out how "Rock Band 1" songs will be exported to "Rock Band 2" and "SingStar" offers song-swapping (and not exporting).
* The creator of the "Space Invaders" vs. World Trade Center art installation explained the project. Patrick discovered that it was not approved by publisher Taito.
* We were told that MTV is as hard as "woodpecker's lips." Read why Stephen was threatened by the "Call of Duty" military advisor during an explanation of how the Japanese fight in "World at War."
* Mythic VP Mark Jacobs explained to me why "Warhammer Online" and MMOs in general can't credit everybody. He also called for the anonymous developer to reveal himself/herself.
* Patrick talked to Electronic Arts about the future of "Harry Potter" games once the movies end. He also found out that the latest game was made for the Wii first before the other consoles, and that EA is open to the idea of a "Harry Potter" MMO.
The plastic instrument compatibility war appear to be almost over.
Reading between the lines this morning, however, it seemed Konami's "Rock Revolution" wouldn't feature its own guitar peripheral.
When asked, "Rock Revolution" associate producer Keith Matejka kept things vague. "Konami hasn't announced a guitar peripheral for 'Rock Revolution' at this point," he said.
Either Matejka is subtly hinting to us Konami isn't producing a guitar for "Rock Revolution" or the publisher has an ace up its sleeve. Regardless, your "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" guitars will work just fine in "Rock Revolution." "We are compatible with all major guitar peripherals on the market," confirmed Matejka.
Having one less instrument around the house wouldn't be the end of the world.
Sony Promises PS3 Instrument Compatibility Across All New Major Music Games
‘Rock Band’ Surprised By ‘Guitar Hero’ Compatibility
‘SingStar’ Mic Check: No Love For ‘Rock Band’ Or Bluetooth Headsets
Music game fans can rejoice that the incompatibility wars of "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero" are already... over?
We broke the news last month that "Rock Band 2" and "Guitar Hero: World Tour" instruments will be cross-compatible on the Xbox 360, at least according to Activision.
Today, Sony's official U.S. PlayStation blog reports that all drums, guitars and mics for "Rock Band 2," "Guitar Hero: World Tour," Konami's "Rock Revolution" and "SingStar" will all work with each other.
This comes after a year of incompatible instruments and allegations that the makers of these games were preventing the previous version of these games' guitars from working with each other. The announcement is progress all around, considering, among other things, that even "SingStar" wasn't mic-compatible with any games until this announcement.)
Michael Shorrock, director of third-party relations for Sony Computer Entertainment America added to that news by stating that legacy titles are being looked at as well: "We’re still working hard to ensure compatibility between the Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles currently on the market, and we hope to have an announcement on that shortly."
Read the full report on Sony's official blog: PS3 Music Peripheral Compatibility Update
The nominations for the Game Critics Awards Best of E3 were announced last night. "Fallout 3," "Gears of War 2," "Little Big Planet," and "Mirror's Edge" made the shortlist for Best of Show.
I was one of 36 members of the gaming media who judged and voted this year for the best games of E3. All games had to be presented at E3 and been playable for judges. Last week, I submitted a ballot of my picks for nominees. Everyone's votes were weighted in order to produce the final nominees list.
I have until late Thursday to cast my vote for the winner for each of these categories. I've got most of my picks selected but am still unsure of a few.
(The full list follows, as do my notes on which of my picks for nominations are missing from the list, including the yanked Best Simulation category.)
I came away from my first experience with Konami's "Rock Revolution" a bit frustrated. The drums, while pleasantly complex, were daunting on the first go round.
E3 provided another opportunity to step up to the plate. Six buttons and a kick pedal or not, I wanted to slide up the difficulty settings and put the drum set to the test.
Last time, I played on easy. Piece of cake. This round, I picked Blink 182's "All The Small Things," ratcheted up the difficulty an unprecedented medium. How did I fare? Better, but I still ran into some of the same issues from before…