Can Rock Band 2 Withstand the Holy Throwdown of Guitar Praise?
Guitar Hero and Rock Band now have a new contender: Guitar Praise. No, I’m serious. Now you can rock out to “today’s most popular Contemporary Christian rock hits.” Why would anybody want a Christian-based Guitar Hero clone? Tom Bean, head burrito of Digital Praise, Inc., sez “People love the console guitar games on the market, but many would like more family-friendly songs and graphics.” They also put the lyrics on screen, which is apparently innovative. “Having the lyrics onscreen reinforces the positive messages present in Guitar Praise’s roster of songs, and allows everyone to take part in the game.” That’s right, so now when you want to rock out to Eric Carmen and Jars of Clay and…um…early Amy Grant…and…never mind. I don’t know any other Christian musical acts. Moving on.
Of course, not everyone is happy about this: Clearrawk, a company that was taking Guitar Hero and Rock Band games and editing out all the bad stuff so that people could rock out to “Sabotage” and not feel Satan’s pull, might get put out of business by this move. I suppose they’d better pray on it.
In the meantime, back in Saneville, Rock Band 2 released their list of songs. I’ve put them below at the bottom of this post for your perusal, but suffice it to say: I will destroy all comers for singing “Chop Suey.” I’m just warning you now.
Some notes that MTV pointed out in their press release: Axl Rose is debuting “Shackler’s Revenge” from Chinese Democracy on Rock Band 2. Probably because he figured bundled up with 83 other songs is about the only way anyone would buy it.
AC/DC is going to be on the game, the “first and only video game” to include them. Celine Dion version is unlockable.
Also, Bob Dylan‘s “Tangled Up In Blue” is on there. There are so many Rock Band singing jokes that could go with Dylan I’m just going to sit this one out.
And Rock Band 1 songs can be upgraded into Rock Band 2. The press release says “most of” the tracks. Here’s the full footnote they had on that:
Online connection required. Nominal fee required for export of RB1 soundtrack to compensate music licensors for expanded use. Fee still to-be-determined, but will be under $5. The list of exportable Rock Band 1 tracks has not yet been finalized as music licenses are currently in the process of being re-acquired.