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Top Stories in music games

New in music games

12:30 PM on 02.22.2012

Preview: Learn to play guitar with BandFuse: Rock Legends

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I was invited to see a new, previously unannounced music game. Internet hyperbole states that music games, or rather rhythm games involving guitars, are dead, killed by over-satura...

Bob Muir

4:30 PM on 12.15.2011

Preview: PixelJunk 4am

The music/rhythm genre is full of experiences that a reductive person might call “performance simulators.” In essence, games like Rock Band lay out a track of notes to hit -- whether with your voice or a controlle...

Samit Sarkar

5:15 PM on 10.21.2011

Preview: Sound Shapes (PS Vita)

Brought to us by the mind behind the PlayStation Network hit Everyday Shooter, Sound Shapes is a PlayStation Vita game many are pointing to prove the system’s promise of quality titles early in its lifespan. But a lot o...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 10.03.2011

Rocksmith teaches you how to play guitar for real

Music games that simulate musical performance have often been criticized, ridiculed and lampooned for being too repetitive and for lack of a better word, fake. Synonyms aside, Rocksmith -- a new game ...

Lori Navarro

12:00 PM on 09.23.2011

Preview: Rocksmith

Music games have had their time in the limelight, sadly opting to fade away than burn out. It's curious then that a big name publisher like Ubisoft would take the time to try their hand at this seemingly dead genre with Rock...

Abel Girmay

10:30 AM on 09.16.2011

TGS: Popping it with Pop'n Music Portable 2's party mode

One of my favorite things about my local arcade is its Pop‘n Music cabinet. Slamming the machine's big, illuminated buttons to remixes of classic Konami themes is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend. Most g...

Allistair Pinsof

11:40 AM on 09.15.2011

TGS: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is the best thing ever

I'm good, man. Totally good. It's only the first day of Tokyo Game Show but I'm already good. I found my game to love, and I can't quit talking about it. I've told everyone how much I love Theatrhythm Final Fantasy after play...

Dale North

10:31 AM on 08.28.2011

Music makers will dig PS Vita's Sound Shapes

Platformers?  Love 'em. You can't make enough. Platformers of any type appeal to the gamer in me. But upcoming PS Vita game Sound Shapes also speaks to the musician in me. It's slick platforming and musical cre...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 06.02.2011

Mak's musical-platformer Sound Shapes coming to NGP

Jonathan Mak, the designer behind the musical shooter Everyday Shooter, has got something in the works for Sony's upcoming handheld. It's a musical platformer tentatively being called Sound Shapes, and it's one of the NGP's most surprising and hypnotic launch titles.

Nick Chester

6:30 PM on 09.22.2010

Mic check with Def Jam Rapstar

Earlier this week, my neighbors were likely unprepared for me belting out the words “I don't love you hoes... I’m out the do’.” And the girl walking her dog outside, in front of the ceiling-high window...

Nick Chester

10:45 PM on 08.19.2010

GC 10: InstantJam: playing a guitar game in Facebook

What the hell is InstantJam? The short answer: a Guitar Hero clone on Facebook. Nuff said. The long answer is a social game with serious new technology driving it: it's the first music title running on the  InstantActio...

Maurice Tan

3:00 PM on 08.17.2010

Hands-on: Rock Band 3's keyboard peripheral

Ever since Harmonix announced the keyboard for Rock Band 3, fans have been begging to get their hands on the new instrument. And for good reason -- Rock Band's music has been compensating for the lack of keyboard support with...

Ben Perlee

10:00 AM on 08.17.2010

Preview: Moving my body to Dance Central

Dancing games get a bad rap. Either they're something like DanceDanceRevolution, or they are something like Just Dance. One is a hardcore score-based game that doesn't ever look like real dancing, and one is a much easier mot...

Ben Perlee

7:00 PM on 08.04.2010

Hands-on: DJ Hero 2

Back when the first DJ Hero released, music games were at a cultural high, selling hundreds of thousands of units; games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band proved that peripheral-based music games could not only work, but be very...

Ben Perlee

12:40 PM on 07.29.2010

Transforming a franchise in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

There are two paths a developer can take when making a music game. One, it can inch ever closer to recreating the music experience as closely as possible, sacrificing potential traditional videogame fun at the expense of...

Ben Perlee

10:00 AM on 06.23.2010

Def Jam Rapstar shows off its social features

Konami had one of the more active booth setups at E3 this year, thanks in large part to Def Jam Rapstar. The Rapstar stage overshadowed Konami's area, and it was always filled with life, as people would sing their favorite ra...

Hamza CTZ Aziz