Monday, February 18

Devil's Got A New Disguise For Guitar Hero

The next game in the Guitar Hero series has been confirmed by Activision, and this time we're getting specific. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith will feature one band, you guessed it, the drugged up 80's band Aerosmith.

To market for the next sequel in the ever-bloating Guitar Hero franchise, users of both Xbox Live and the Playstation Network could download a free Guitar Hero 3 song "Dream On" over the weekend.

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is set to hit the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, and the Nintendo Wii.

With a GH game being based solely on one band you may want to be a fanatic before you pick up a copy of it, but maybe they're working towards a new direction for the franchise. Another money-whoring direction, but a new direction nonetheless.

I mean, I love Aerosmith just as much as any other foot shuffling, lighter swaying, eighties head out there. They're one of my favorite bands from that time period, but I can say with much confidence that I would not fancy playing through a whole game dependent on their song listings. Maybe that's just me though, how does everyone else feel about this?

If you want to read the whole press release here it is.


Epic Collaboration Creates First Music-Based Game to Feature One Band

Free Download of “Dream On” Offered to Commemorate Alliance

Santa Monica, CA - February 15, 2008 - Fire up the fret board, crank the
amp to 11 and get ready to rock this way with Activision, Inc.’s
(Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero(r): Aerosmith(r), the first game built around
the legendary music of America’s Greatest Rock ‘N Roll Band: Steven
Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer. Slated
for release this June, this latest installment from the franchise with
the #1 best-selling video game in 2007, puts players in the shoes of
Perry (guitar), Whitford (guitar) and Hamilton (bass), as they rock out
alongside frontman Tyler and drummer Kramer. Gamers will experience
Aerosmith’s GRAMMY(r) winning career, from their first gig to becoming
rock royalty, in a way that no other entertainment vehicle offers.

To celebrate this historic, ground-breaking collaboration, Guitar
Hero(r) III: Legends of Rock fans will have the opportunity to download
and jam to Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” The song will be available for free
from February 16-18 on Xbox LIVE(r) Marketplace for Xbox 360(r) video
game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION(r)Store forthe PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment system. For more
information, please visit

“Having a game built around Aerosmith has been a huge honor and really a
great experience for us,” says Joe Perry. “We’ve put a lot of ideas into
the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music, getting
inside our body of work and learning about the band’s history.”

Steven Tyler says, “Any band that can go from ‘Don’t Want to Miss A
Thing’ (Aerosmith’s #1 smash hit) to the ass-kicking ‘Sweet Emotion’ to
the cheekiness of ‘Love in an Elevator,’ to the classic ballad ‘Dream
On’ shows why Activision chose us to headline this game based on the
diversity of the Aerosmith catalog. Not only is songwriting a bitch, but
then it goes and has puppies.”

Perry adds, “On a larger scale, it’s cool for us to be pioneers helping
to rebuild the music industry through a format like video games. It’s
great for rock since the record companies are struggling to make sense
of how things are changing. Fans want to get and experience music in
new formats–and there are going to be some of them who will play the
game, then pick up the guitar for real and start bands. It’s what’s
happening now, and it’s only going to build more momentum in the future.
It’s a massive change for the music business.”

“We are extremely excited that Aerosmith chose to team up with Guitar
Hero, bringing one of the world’s all-time best-selling artists together
with one of the biggest video game brands, to deliver a new and unique
interactive way for our customers to connect with artists and their
music,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane.
“This partnership will give Aerosmith, a band that has sold more than
150 million albums worldwide, a powerful and innovative platform to
reach their fans and new audiences.”

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the
interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans
progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores
of Aerosmith’s greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists
that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some
way. Venues from historical moments during the band’s illustrious
career offer the experience of “sweet emotion” and further capture the
essence of the band’s rise to fame.

PS: Devil's Got a New Disguise is an Aerosmith song....


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TheCro said...

What a piece of shit....It's gonna be like that piece of shit encore of the 80's or whatever that shit was.

Sp3ctr said...

Can't say I'm too exited about this one. I like Aerosmith, but an entire game focusing on it. I'm just going out on a limb here, but I don't think this one will be very good at all. You need variety in what your playing or else your gonna get bored. I know that not all Aerosmith songs sound the same but still...