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New Fall Out Boy content for Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero Live has some new content in the form of Fall Out Boy at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2015.

The pop punk band delivers songs from their latest album American Beauty/American Psycho straight from KROQ’s annual Christmas music festival, which are now playable in GHTV along with a new Premium Show called Pop Power! The new tracks that are now live in GHTV are:

Fall Out Boy Live from KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2015

  • Fall Out Boy – Irresistible (Live)
  • Fall Out Boy – Centuries (Live)
  • Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman (Live)

Pop Power!

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – She Looks so Perfect
  • Sheppard – Geronimo
  • Sky Ferreira – You’re Not the One

Guitar Hero Live announces three new Premium Shows on GHTV

Guitar Hero Live is bringing some new rock to GHTV. Below you’ll find the list of tracks now available in GHTV via three new Premium Shows: Rock Till You Drop!, AAA Metal, and Indie Pop Hits.

Rock Till You Drop!

  • Weezer – Back To The Shack
  • Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova
  • Nickelback – Get ‘Em Up

 AAA Metal

  • Marilyn Manson – Deep Six
  • Bring Me The Horizon – Down
  • Pierce The Veil – Bulls in The Bronx

Indie Pop Hits

  • Little Daylight – Mona Lisa
  • COIN – Run
  • The Colourist – We Won’t Go Home

Tenacious D top Guitar Hero Live song list

The team at FreeStyleGames has revealed the top 20 most popular songs played On Demand in the UK over the festive period.

  Song Band
1. Tribute Tenacious D
2. American Idiot Green Day
3. Sing Ed Sheeran
4. The Lazy Song Bruno Mars
5. All the Small Things Blink-182
6. I Want to Break Free Queen
7. Sex on Fire Kings of Leon
8. B.Y.O.B. System of a Down
9. Let Her Go Passenger
10. Nightmare (Live) Avenged Sevenfold
11. Before I Forget Slipknot
12. Hold Back the River James Bay
13. Budapest George Ezra
14. Eye of the Tiger Survivor
15. Feel so Close Calvin Harris
16. Stacy’s Mom Fountains of Wayne
17. Sugar, We’re Goin Down Fall Out Boy
18. Chop Suey! System of a Down
19. Tears Don’t Fall Bullet For My Valentine
20. Seven Nation Army The White Stripes


Additionally, the team has announced the top 20 songs that were played most often in GHTV. The list represents the top 20 songs played globally in GHTV’s channels, On Demand and via Premium Shows between Christmas and the start of 2016.

  Song Band
1 I Gotsta Get Paid ZZ Top
2 Best Day of My Life American Authors
3 Tribute Tenacious D
4 Epic Faith No More
5 Rollin’ and Tumblin’ The Gaslight Anthem
6 Jekyll and Hyde Five Finger Death Punch
7 Diamond Eyes Deftones
8 Break the Cycle Motionless in White
9 Tears Don’t Fall Bullet For My Valentine
10 Broken Generation Of Mice & Men
11 More Than A Feeling Boston
12 Stacy’s Mom Fountains of Wayne
13 Cult of Personality Living Colour
14 Eyes of a Stranger Queensryche
15 Buddy Holly Weezer
16 Cowboys from Hell Pantera
17 The Lazy Song Bruno Mars
18 Down with the Sickness Disturbed
19 Time To Pretend MGMT
20 Always with Me, Always with You Joe Satriani

There are two new Premium Shows to whet your rock appetite, including Festival Anthems and New Rock Revolution, as well as an extension of The Dead Weather’s three playable songs from their live performance in Nashville. The new songs coming this week are:

Festival Anthems

  • The Killers – Mr. Brightside
  • Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
  • Kings of Leon – Use Somebody

New Rock Revolution

  • Don Broco – Priorities
  • Lower Than Atlantis – English Kids in America
  • Mallory Knox – When Are We Waking Up?

Time to rock out again!

Music Game of the Year

Music GotY

The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

Next up is Music Game of the Year.

Third Place – Just Dance 2016

Just Dance 2016 is the most accessible version of the popular dance title so far, allowing you to use the Kinect or a smartphone to track your dance moves. It certainly made for an inclusive experience, and with excellent modes, a focus on fun, and impressive movement tracking, grooving around your living room has seldom been so fun.

Dave Moran said in his review:

Just Dance hits all the right moves again, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and doesn’t expect you too either. It’s bold, it’s bright and most importantly it’s fun

And that’s what we’re after from our rhythm games: fun.

Check out the review here.


Second Place – Rock Band 4

This music category would have been severely limited if it wasn’t for these next two title reviving the plastic instrument strumming, and whilst Rock Band 4 doesn’t shake things up much, it does offer a hugely impressive rooster of songs to jam along with.

Phil Kowalski said in his review:

Let’s face it, the Rock Band title has oodles of playability. Even if you’ve got the rhythm of the average X-Factor contestant, you’ll find picking up a guitar and following the colours a pretty simple affair…

And this accessibility, tweaks to the career mode, and the absence of the title to make the heart grow fonder, all came together to make Rock Band 4 a Christmas number two in the charts.

Check out the review here.


Music Game of the Year – Guitar Hero Live

An innovative and intuitive new button layout and FMV framing may not sound like enough to make a huge difference to how strumming along on a plastic guitar feels but turns out to be just what the genre needed to refresh it.

Dave Moran said in his review:

Freestyle Games have gone for a brave change to a system we were all very used to, having played every day for a week I can honestly say I’ll struggle to go back now. It feels more natural, some of the button combinations certainly feel like you are playing a real guitar.

And with GHTV adding another neat mode of constantly changing tracks to play, this latest Guitar Hero offering thrashed the competition.

Check out the review here.


Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Guitar Hero Live introduces Rival Challenges


FreeStyleGames, not content with redesigning the gameplay for Guitar Hero Live are now exploring new ways to make the game even more of an interactive and interesting experience.

Going live now, they’ve introduced Rival Challenges to GHTV as a direct response to the community’s desire for more head-to-head competition within the game.

The feature will match similarly skilled match-made players in a 1-on-1 song battle.To unlock Rival Challenges, you’ll need to be level 10 or higher. These will happen twice in every half-hour show on GHTV and the song choices will be picked by the game, so you’ll need to be prepared. What do you get for winning, other than bragging rights, an inflated ego and that smug look? You’ll get an extra 100 Status XP.

Also now available in GHTV is the ability to favourite a song and a new daily 3-token reward for those who have used all of their Play tokens for GHTV. Simply log in to GHTV with zero plays and you’ll get your reward.

Jamie over at FreeStyleGames’ community site also hints that there will be some festive themed events coming up shortly for GHTV too. You can also get some more information on the new Rival Challenge feature if you head there.


Guitar Hero Live review

When I recently moved house there was one item that didn’t make it, my Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock guitar. My days of rocking out in front of the TV were finally over. Imagine my delight when Guitar Hero Live was announced, not only was I going to be able to be everyone’s favourite lead guitarist yet again, but this time it was going to be in front of a real crowd!

The first thing you’ll notice upon opening the game box up is the new formation of buttons on the guitar’s fret, instead of the traditional 5 colour buttons running down, there are now six buttons, in two rows of three at the very top. It immediately feels more comfortable and once you begin to play the game you’ll realise just how well it works. The rest of the buttons are fairly standard for a guitar controller except for the hero button near the whammy bar.


Freestyle Games have gone for a brave change to a system we were all very used to, having played every day for a week I can honestly say I’ll struggle to go back now. It feels more natural, some of the button combinations certainly feel like you are playing a real guitar. I’m still struggling on regular mode, but I’m having a great time and getting better with practice.

The guitar itself looks great, but I was disappointed that the strum button is loud, which in turn means you’ll need to turn your TV volume up to hear the music, it connects to the Xbox One via a Bluetooth USB dongle, my Xbox One USB’s already has a Hard Drive, TV Tuner and Headset plugged in, so one had to go. Looks like I’ll be investing a USB hub soon.

Guitar Hero Live comes with two modes, Live and TV. The live mode sees you playing as lead guitarist for a number of different bands at two festivals, Rock the Block and Sound Dial. You make your way up from the small stages to the headline act, playing through different sets. It felt a bit like Forza Horizon in its style, DJ’s would talk about the different bands and their sets as you navigate the menu to choose which one you want to play.


Gone are the days of watching animated characters while you played, in Guitar Hero live you play through the eyes of the lead guitarist, as you play well you’ll not only see the crowd reacting but your band mates too, when things start to go south, you’ll know about it! “You suck!” Signs begin to appear, cups of liquid get thrown in your direction and your band mates look at you like you have broken their favourite toy, it’s not pleasant.

It’s a bit cheesy, but like the new controls it’s a refreshing change, personally I would rather have been part of one band playing at all sorts of gigs before hitting the big festivals, also the crowd can turn on you a little bit too quickly, but I still enjoyed my experience.

The other mode Guitar Hero TV (GHTV) also embarks on some new ideas. GHTV is composed of non-stop channels, two are available now with another on its way, as soon as you log in you are thrown into a song. You can only see the schedule a couple of hours in advance, which is a shame because if you know there is a set you would like to play you can plan ahead. But no doubt that is something that could be rectified. It’s also here where you can add a second guitar and a USB microphone to sing along to. Unfortunately the second guitar plays the same notes as the first, there doesn’t appear to be an option to play as bass or rhythm guitar.

With well over 200 songs available, you are never short of something to play and the on-demand side of GHTV means you’ll always experience something new. You can also browse the music catalogue and choose which songs you want to play. At the beginning of GHTV you play a small tutorial and are given 10 play tokens, each one giving you a single play of a track you like. You can earn extra play tokens simply by playing songs, you’ll earn points based on your performance and each time you level up you’ll be rewarded with extra tokens. You can purchase extra plays using the coins you have collected through normal play or Hero Cash which can be purchased using real world money. It’s worth nothing at no point have I actually had to pay for any songs, which is excellent.


You can also pick up a party pass for the price of a pint that will give you 24-hour access to everything without having to use any other resources – this doesn’t include the Premium shows, which consist of new songs being introduced into GHTV, or cool content like live concert footage from a band’s recent tour. Premium shows can be accessed by completing in-game challenges, which generally mean achieving a 3-star rating at regular difficulty on three specific songs in GHTV. Or, you have the option to bypass these challenges by spending Hero Cash (210 Hero Cash to bypass the three challenge songs, 140 if you’ve already completed one of the challenges and 70 Hero Cash if you’ve completed two out of the three song challenges.)

The song list contains a great range of songs from bands such as Tenacious D, The Dandy Warhols, ZZ Top and Fall Out Boy. All tastes are covered and I look forward to seeing what else gets added in the future.

Guitar Hero Live is an excellent game, I love playing to real crowds and GHTV is excellent, the guitar could definitely do with being quieter when you strum, but the new combination of buttons works really well. I feel like a rock star all over again.

Thanks to Activision for providing TiX with Guitar Hero Live to review

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Guitar Hero Live gives you the chance to get in the game


Have you fancied yourself as a music video star? Want to couple that with starring in Activision’s new Guitar Hero Live game? They are doing exactly that, with the only downside being it’ll be to an Ed Sheeran track.

Crowd-sourcing at it’s finest will be achieved through Guitar Hero TV Star, a mobile app initiative through musical.ly, and will invite players to lip-synch to sections of Ed Sheeran’s hit, Sing.

The result will be a world premier, user-generated music video for the track in GHTV.

Activision’s CMO, Tom Ellis;

Guitar Hero Live gives you the thrill of being a rock star by playing in front of real crowds or awesome music videos, so we wanted to give fans the opportunity to become stars of their own music video that will be featured and playable in the game. This is something that has never been done before and we believe it is the perfect way to celebrate the launch of the game. With GHTV, the game’s online playable music video network, we can deliver all kinds of gameplay experiences that just weren’t possible in the past. To put real fans into a video that people can play along to in the game is an expression of the innovation that we have built into Guitar Hero Live and we’re excited for fans to play along, and sing along, to the music.

Do you want to know more? Visit Guitar Hero’s official site here for further details, but hurry, you’ll only have until the 25th of October to submit your lip-synch.

Guitar Hero Live is set for curtain-up on the 23rd of October.

Guitar Hero Live tracklist announcement


Activision and FreeStyleGames have revealed the next group of tracks for Guitar Hero Live. This list features some classics as all of the tracks, listed below, have appeared in the previous Guitar Hero games. Activision are reintroducing them to the incoming title to bring that little bit of nostalgia to the living room, and deliver a new way to play the songs with the new, redesigned, six-button guitar controller.

Here are the tracks announced today:

  • Living Colour – Cult Of Personality
  • Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Live)
  • Ratt – Round and Round
  • Slipknot – Before I Forget
  • AFI – Girl’s Not Grey
  • Warrant – Cherry Pie
  • Incubus – Drive
  • Faith No More – Epic
  • Audioslave – Cochise
  • Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
  • Queen – We Are The Champions
  • Disturbed – Down With The Sickness

To get you in the mood for the release, in around two weeks, the title has created it’s own Spotify playlist, which they’ll be updating as new songs become playable in GHTV.

Guitar Hero Live looks set to hit the stage on the 23rd of October in Europe or the 20th if you’re in North America.

Guitar Hero Live set to win the crowd


There are only a couple of weeks until the newest and probably most anticipated edition of the Guitar Hero franchise hits the shelves. Activision Publishing have hit the campaign trail hard with a live action trailer directed by veteren comedy director, Jonathan Krisel.

The Win the Crowd trailer stars Lenny Kravitz and actor James Franco and follows them in an axe-off to see who is truly the king of the music festival circuit in Guitar Hero Live. The trailer features Kravtiz’ best known track, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, which is also playable in the game.

This marks the start of the release campaign for the title, so expect a few more of these releases in the next few weeks as the run-up to release day intensifies.

Activision’s Tom Ellis had this to say on the beginning of the launch campaign;

Guitar Hero Live gives you the chance to live out your rock star fantasy in front of a real audience that reacts to how you play, so watcing James Franco and Lenny Kravitz challenging each other to win the crowd in the game brought excitement to life in a really cool way. Some of the best moments captured on film were purely spontaneous between James and Lenny. They had great chemistry and had a lot of fun with the game. We just let them loose.

You’ll be able to get your sticky fingers on Guitar Hero live on October the 23rd in the UK and I for one, cannot wait.


Guitar Hero – Behind the Scenes

In celebration of Gamescom 2015, Jamie Jackson and the FreeStyleGames crew lift the curtain on what you can expect to play come 23/10. See what it’ll be like to take the stage at Rock the Block and SoundDial, two massive festivals you’ll get to headline. Learn more about GHTV’s Premium Shows, and future content updates. If that’s not enough, take a first look at how singing will work in Guitar Hero Live.