As if it weren’t hard enough not to mix up features from ‘Rock Band’ and ‘Guitar Hero III,’ EA, Harmonix and MTV Games have found it necessary to issue a new ‘Rock Band’ press release for every possible new band or feature unveiled at E3. So, rather than let the confusion reach critical mass and cause potential couch potato bands to break up before they’ve had a chance to form, we’ve decided to round-up all the tidbits of information below.
First, Metallica has signed on to lend their tunes to ‘Rock Band.’ The only song that will be available on the game disc will be ‘Enter Sandman,’ though additional Metallica tunes will be available for download (re: purchase) at a later date.
Second, ‘Rock Band’ will only be available on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. It will not be available for Nintendo Wii.
Third, there are three pack-in accessories: the Guitar controller, Drum controller, and Microphone. You can see the Guitar and Drum in our screenshots.
Fourth, ‘Rock Band’ will be the first music-based game to feature digitally distributed levels consisting of entire albums. The first album that will be available for download either on or shortly after the game’s release is The Who’s “Who’s Next.”
Fifth, additional downloadable content will be made available on a weekly basis.
Sixth, pricing has not yet been made available, though judging by the controllers (gotta love that drum kit!), it won’t be cheap.
And seventh, the final song list that will ship with the game has been revealed and broken down by decade:
From the 1970s
The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
Mountain “Mississippi Queen” (cover version)
David Bowie “Suffragette City”
Black Sabbath “Paranoid”
Blue Oyster Cult “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
The Ramones “Rockaway Beach”
From the 1980s
Rush “Tom Sawyer”
Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive”
From the 1990s
Nirvana “In Bloom”
Stone Temple Pilots “Vasoline”
Weezer “Say It Ain’t So”
Foo Fighters “Learn to Fly”
Metallica “Enter Sandman”
From the 2000s
The Hives “Main Offender”
The Strokes “Reptilia”
Queens of the Stone Age “Go With the Flow”