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Friday, November 26 2010 03:51

POWER GIG: RISE OF THE SIX STRING

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powergiglogoUPDATE/NOTE: After posting this review, it was brought to my attention that much of the staff from Seven45 Studios have been let go, and that the promised DLC has been "postponed" indefinitely, and their full-sized guitar appears to be cancelled. My Adjusted rating is below, and those looking for future expansion on this title need not hold their breath.

When I first came across POWER GIG: RISE OF THE SIXSTRING at E3 earlier this year, the initial reaction was that it was a cool concept, though the guitar itself didn't seem to want to stay in-tune. Regardless, interest was piqued as to seeing the fleshed-out version of the game - the first to offer an actual guitar as a music gaming peripheral.

While my "advance" copy of ROCK BAND 3 arrived just a few days prior to the game's official launch last month, there was no way to accurately review the game in such a short period of time. My fondness for the ROCK BAND franchise goes back to the release of the first game - and in fact, is the reason I got into gaming on the XBOX 360 in the first place. As a guitarist for (now) 18+ years, I was once one of the people that didn't take an immediate liking to rhythm games. That was until ROCK BAND hit and brought drums into the mix.

Tuesday, October 05 2010 00:00

GUITAR HERO: WARRIORS OF ROCK (Review)

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When the first GUITAR HERO arrived back in 2005, I was one of those people who felt that introducing a generation of impressionable youngsters to the world of music through wielding plastic guitars could be potentially damaging to the future of rock, with potential musicians of the future looking at music as a game as opposed to an art. Five years later, the world of music gaming has gone through numerous changes, and along with that, also changed has been my outlook.

Tuesday, June 08 2010 00:00

GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND (Game Review, XBOX 360)

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510tCc03HtL. SL160 Music Gaming has evolved in ways never thought possible just a few short years ago. With the next generation of games and peripherals slated to debut next week at E3 in Los Angeles, could some visions of the future be included in GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND, which arrived in-stores today?
Wednesday, December 30 2009 12:00

G-FORCE (Blu-ray Review)

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Originally posted on STARLOG

Released theatrically in 3-D this past July, Disney's G-FORCE was met with lukewarm critical reviews despite positive audience reaction and a box office take of over $119M (falling short of it's estimated $150M budget). There's not a lot you can say about a film in which CGI Guinea Pigs fight the forces of evil alongside live-action human counterparts to sell it upon an adult audience without realizing that adults aren't the audience. It's a film distinctly aimed at kids.

Wednesday, August 26 2009 12:00

PETE'S DRAGON "High-Flying Edition" (DVD Review)

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Originally Posted on STARLOG
As far as Disney reissues go, they seem to be breaking that "Seven Years in the Vault" a bit as the last time PETE'S DRAGON hit DVD was a "Gold Collection" release in 2001, just over 8 years ago.
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