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Harmonix Taking Requests for Rock Band 4

As mentioned in Adam's subsequent editorial, on a few episodes of Radial Dialogue, we're pretty excited about Rock Band 4. We knew it was coming, but it didn't hinder the excitement the actual (official) announcement brought us in the slightest. So while we appreciate that maybe not everyone is hyped up for the fourth instalment of Harmonix's Guitar Hero successor...

Rock Band 4 Wish List

Well, the announcement of Rock Band 4 was a surprise, not because of the announcement itself, as it seemed more like a when than an if, but the timing of the announcement and how little was actually revealed. For those not up to date, Harmonix announced that Rock Band 4 will drop this year for Xbox One and Playstation 4 (sorry Wii U) and started to give a few tidbits of information that answers a few questions, but still leaves plenty of room for speculation.

Fantasia: Music Evolved [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Fantasia: Music Evolved maintains the core-concept of the original musical-animation by providing an introduction to the concepts of orchestral music through stunning visuals, but adapts it for the modern generation by including you in the story. However the technical issues of the game hold it back from being a truly emersive experience, or competitive for the older audiences.

The Pros: 

+Fantasic Concept
+Awesome Character Design
+Intuitive Menu Navigation
+Great Creative Outlet for Childern

The Cons: 

-Technical Issues Where the Kinect Can't Keep Up
-A Lot of the Remixes are far Worse Then the Original Songs Themselves.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

Years ago, I was visiting a friend’s house, just hanging out and playing video games… typical Friday night stuff for nerds like us. He pulled out a game called Amplitude, which at the time I had never even heard of. We booted it up, the premise and controls were explained and then we were off and running. I instantly fell in love with the concept, got my own copy and then eventually its successor Frequency. Ever since that first game I’ve been absolutely in love with Harmonix and their ideas on game design.

Dance Central 3 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Dance Central, with two previous titles, is a well-established series. It’s not something that needs any further explanation at this point beyond “That Harmonix game where you dance like a lunatic in front of your TV for the bemusement of your drunken friends.” If you’ve picked up Dance Central 3, or are considering it, you likely know exactly what you’re getting into.

The Pros: 

+Far more diverse set-list then the previous games.

+Funny, if not slightly cheesy, ‘story mode’ in the vein of Elite Beat Agents.

+Gangnam Style DLC announced.

The Cons: 

-Shorter set-list than other games in the genre.

-Dance party mode only offers the set-list via SmartGlass.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

When the Kinect originally launched, two years ago now, there was only one thing that had me excited for the hardware (I mean, aside from the potential and the games we were all dreaming up; I mean real, announced titles). That game was Dance Central. “Harmonix is allowing gamers an excuse to dance like fools in the safety of their own living rooms?” I thought.

Harmonix Seeking Talent For New IP With A Slight Twist

The studio that helped to define and bring light to the music/rhythm genre may be making a creative leap once the next generation of consoles finally arrives. Harmonix, the studio behind the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, appears to be shaking things up as the studio is currently working on an IP that may not just involve gamers becoming rock stars but instead actually feature some traditional gameplay of a combat oriented nature.

Dance Central 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The games mechanics and tech have all been given the upgrades that the fans requested. The new options for voice control on the menu system and the integrated co-op that allows you to dance with your friends at the same time are welcome additions to the game. The track-list however is a little south of 'impressive' and could have used a little more of that classic Harmonix awesomeness.

The Pros: 

+Voice controlled menus make navigation quick and easy.

+The integrated multiplayer allows you to dance together.

+The same gameplay that made DC1 the best launch title for the Kinect is back and refined.

The Cons: 

-The track list is pretty weak, which is kind of important for a game that's supposed to make you want to get up and dance.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

When Dance Central launched alongside Xbox's newest peripheral, the Kinect, one year ago (Happy Anniversary Kinect!) it was hands-down the best received game to take advantage of the hardware. To be fair, it wasn't a particularly stellar launch line-up to be fair... but even still a rhythm-based game from Harmonix is always a welcome addition to any new medium.

Harmonix May Have Yet Another Music Game On Deck

Harmonix is known for bringing the rhythm genre to a wide array of gamers with their work in Guitar Hero and Rock Band and the studio has subsequently jumped ship to the ever growing world of dance video games.  With Harmonix now being a completely independent entity (they were dropped by Viacom last year), the company may be readying their latest industry defining game.  Either that or we’re just going to be in for a world of disappointment.

Harmonix finds a surprising new home

After being dumped by the company they called home for four years and in turn suing them for what could be a large sum of money, Rock Band developer Harmonix has found a new home.  When media powerhouse Viacom revealed that they were dropping Harmonix, many wondered who would purchase the company.

Harmonix founders sue Viacom for what could be a boatload of cash

There’s no better time to issue a lawsuit than before the Holidays and that’s exactly what the founders of developer Harmonix have decide to do.  The company most known for creating the Rock Band series is suing its former owner Viacom over not being properly awarded the mass sums of cash that they should’ve received.

Rock Band 3 First Look [E3 2010]

This one is a game-changer. While Rock Band 2 may have felt like a moderate level of increase from its predecessor, the difference between Rock Band 2 and 3 is night and day. Everything has been changed to focus around the top level gameplay that pushes you on the route to being able to play real songs on real instruments. One of the best quotes of the presentation was that Harmonix has been working towards this game over the course of their entire life-span.

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