Two of my favorite games from 2015 were Guitar Hero Live & Rock Band 4 (our review: Guitar Hero Live vs. Rock Band 4). While many have grown apathetic to the living room rock fest video game, my daughter and I share a strong couch co-op bond with both franchises in the long running plastic guitar game series.
It should come with no shock that while neither game set the world on fire sales-wise in 2015, both Harmonix & Activision are once again primed to earn your attention this holiday shopping season. Instead of posting news on each one over the long haul I’ve been waiting on Guitar Hero to produce their update and cover each in one consolidated post.
Rock Band 4’s Rivals Expansion
Rock Band 4’s new expansion is titled Rivals and adds the following;
Rockudrama. The biggest story/single player content addition, Rockudrama puts your band in a quasi-behind the music narrative. The mode features a narrator covering your bands highs and lows as well as featured interviews and additional cosmetic items and venues to tour as you progress.
Only coop multiplayer (Asynchronous Multiplayer). I have loathed the term “asynchronous multiplayer” ever since Nintendo built an entire E3 presentation around the buzzword at the Wii U’s E3 reveal. Fortunately, Rock Band 4’s use of the term is much more welcomed. FINALLY you and your friends can play as a band without having to be in the same room.
Rock Band Rivals will be available October 18th. A physical edition with one guitar will cost $90 and a digital expansion pack for existing owners will be priced at $30. Pre-Ordering nets a nifty reward of 10 bonus tracks added to your library.
Bring Me The Horizon: “Happy Song” Capital Cities: “Safe and Sound” Eagle-Eye Cherry: “Save Tonight”
Pharrell Williams: “Happy” The Neighbourhood: “Sweater Weather” Of Monsters And Men: “Little Talks”
Semisonic: Closing Time” Sia: “Chandelier” Skillet: “Feel Invincible” Weezer: “King of the World”
Maroon 5: “One More Night” (Amazon Pre-Order Exclusive) Matchbox 20: “3AM” (Amazon Pre-Order Exclusive)
UPDATE 10/3/16: Harmonix revealed 18 new tracks that will be joining the Rock Band 4 DLC music library this month. The first two will be available for purchase tomorrow, October 4, on both Xbox One and PlayStation®4 for $1.99 per track:
Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta” Jane’s Addiction – “Stop”
Other new tracks set to join Rock Band throughout the month of October include:
Andy Grammer – “Honey, I’m Good.” The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
Guitar Hero Live’s “Supreme Party” Bundle
With Guitar Hero Live, Activision is taking a much conservative approach to attract new adopters. Starting October 7th, Guitar Hero Live “Supreme Party Bundles” go on sale for the price of $80. These bundles are only available for PlayStation 4 & Xbox One owners (sorry Wii U fans) and includes the game with two guitars. While this bundle is a nice value (even better on Black Friday), the lack of any big expansion to the game itself is somewhat disappointing. Activision is resting on the fact that their game includes 100s of songs available without extra nickel and dime purchases found in Rock Band 4. To their credit, I can confirm that they continue to add content to the great Guitar Hero Live TV (GHTV) service – Even last week they added 12 new Country & Rock songs.
It’s also worth noting that while the Supreme bundles are not available on Wii U, the original Guitar Hero Live SKU and GHTV service is still available and the only guitar controlled game on Wii U.