This week in music gaming

Rock Band proves it’s a little bit country, and Guitar Hero resuscitates a classic rock legend

Rock Band/Rock Band 2

Purists be damned! Rock Band’s serving up a five pack of country tunes that might just blow your mind. The songs come from country mainstays like Dierks Bentley, the Dixie Chicks and Brooks and Dunn. For a game that’s ostensibly about Rock Music, this five-pack should be a widely appealing deviation from the norm.

Brad Paisley / “Mud on the Tires”

Brooks and Dunn / “Hillbilly Deluxe”

Dierks Bentley / “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)”

Dixie Chicks / “Sin Wagon”

Miranda Lambert / “Gunpowder & Lead”

Songs are available individually for 160 Microsoft Points or $1.99 on the PSN Store, or 680 Microsoft Points or $8.49 for the entire five-pack.

If this slew of country songs has shaken you grunge fans to the core after the weeks of Nirvana and Soundgarden, there’s some good news: Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten was announced for release on March 24, 2009. The album features hits like “Jeremy” and “Alive” (which is on the Rock Band 2 disc) and “Even Flow,” meaning I can finally set fire to my copy of Guitar Hero III.

Guitar Hero World Tour

This Thursday marks the ninth straight week of Guitar Hero World Tour DLC since the game’s launch, proving the Neversoft team is committed to keeping the same consistency in content delivery that has made Harmonix a DLC juggernaut. This week, Neversoft is calling on one of the its valuable assets: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Eagles.

Signed to exclusivity with Guitar Hero World Tour, The Eagles are a classic 1970s rock fixture best known for the much-loved (and somewhat maligned) “Hotel California,” which features on the World Tour disc. Despite its infamy, “Hotel California” is a song that, in gameplay terms, sacrifices quality for quantity. Weighing in at about seven minutes, the song plods along at a belabored pace, and despite the haunting vocals that give way to a climactic guitar solo, the song is marred by repetitive and dull note charts that prevent it from being a wholly satisfying song in either a solo or group setting.

This week’s DLC three-pack aims to pump some new life into the game’s Eagles offering with the upbeat single “Life in the Fast Lane” as well as “One of These Nights” and “Frail Grasp on the Big Picture” from the band’s 2007 release Long Road Out of Eden. Eagles fans will want to grab these songs, as it’s highly unlikely they’ll be available anywhere else in the near future. The songs are available as a bundle for 440 Microsoft Points or $5.49 on the PSN store, or they can be purchased individually for 160 Microsoft Points or $1.99 on the PSN Store.


Mud on the Tires: (embedding disabled)

Hillbilly Deluxe: (embedding disabled)

Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go): 

Sin Wagon: (embedding disabled…gosh, Sony BMG! Get over yourselves.)

Gunpowder & Lead: 

Life in the Fast Lane:

One of These Nights:

Frail Grasp on the Big Picture: