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Rock Band

Harmonix survey asks what you would want from a new Rock Band experience


Just more Rock Band, to be honest
Jan 16
The Rock Band franchise has shown promising signs of revitalization lately. Earlier this week, there was the surprise announcement of a trio of fresh downloadable tracks. Now, Harmonix has posted a survey throwing all so... read
Rock Band DLC

Harmonix surprises everyone with an imminent trio of Rock Band DLC songs


Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, and Arctic Monkeys
Jan 12
Remember the days of yesteryear when a bevy of plastic instruments was a de facto part of your interior design? Well, if you so wish, that look could make a comeback, as Harmonix is adding to the Rock Band library f... read
3-2-1, Let's Jam
Before the folks at Harmonix Studios put themselves on the map with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, it was known for the cult hits Frequency and Amplitude. Blending fast-paced rhythm-based action with mesmerizing visuals and ... read feature

The Voice

The Voice still looks like garbage, but I want to play it


♫ I got garbage~~! On a clooooudy day~! ♫
Oct 16
Let it be known that I play any and all karaoke games, no matter how bad they are. Hell, I even bought Disney's Sing It because I thought there might be a couple Hannah Montana songs I could rock out to. But I think Activisio... read
Don't sell your games

I'm so glad I never sold my copy of Mario Paint


Hold on to your favorites
Oct 14
I may not replay videogames very often, but when I do get the urge, it feels impossible to ignore. If it's an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii game I feel compelled to revisit, that's no big deal at all -- there's still enough... read

Disney Fantasia Music Evolved demo is out


Try it out!
Oct 10
I believe that Harmonix's Disney Fantasia Music Evolved is one of those games you'll have to experience for yourself to really get. You can read our previews and get some idea of how it made us feel, but I really think that t... read
Vib Ribbon

Enough teasing: Vib-Ribbon is headed to PlayStation Network


Releasing in North America, at last
Oct 06
There was an out-of-nowhere nod to Vib-Ribbon at Sony's E3 press conference this year, and then nothing. No follow-up announcement. That wasn't very nice at all. But everything will be better, soon enough: the cult PlayStatio... read

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call song contest winners announced


Picked by Nobuo Uematsu himself
Oct 02
The Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Legacy of Music contest results are in! Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu picked the winners himself (I'm still kind of freaked out that he heard my contest demonstration ... read
Amplitude

Amplitude isn't pretty yet, but at least it works


It's coming along, Kickstarter backers
Sep 30
Judging by the first gameplay video of Harmonix's reboot of Amplitude, development's coming along rather nicely but is still far from done. This prototype update for Kickstarter backers is heavy on placeholder visuals and ha... read
Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014 plays its encore on Xbox One and PS4


Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Sep 23
Although it was outed by ESRB ratings almost a month ago, Ubisoft just got around to formally announcing that Rocksmith 2014 will be headed to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 4 of this year. For the most part, thi... read
Band Saga

Band Saga looks like the Audiosurf of isometric shooter action


YO
Sep 02
Generating gameplay using music might be one of my favorite things to happen in videogames in the last ten years. Though Audiosurf released six years ago, there still are not many games that utilize the functionality. Soon e... read
Harmonix

Check out Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved at PAX Prime


Dance the night away
Aug 28
Harmonix is headed to PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend, and bringing with them Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, as well as swag and some brand new songs that you can check out if you happen to be in attendance. The event's on... read
Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014 rated for PS4 and Xbox One


...but can it teach me how to play "3s & 7s" competently?
Aug 26
Rocksmith 2014 has been rated for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by the ESRB and Korean Game Rating Board, and I'm still sitting here waiting for a new iteration of Guitar Hero. Although Ubisoft hasn't announced any new versi... read
Taiko no Tatsujin

New pics surface of the Taiko no Tatsujin drum controller


And it was never ever localized, the end!
Aug 21
More pics have surfaced of the sweet Taiko no Tatsujin controller compatible with the Wii and Wii U. Unfortunately there hasn't been a Taiko no Tatsujin game available in the West since the PlayStation 2's heyday, but rhythm ... read

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call: Music contest kicks off, new screens


Kupo!
Aug 06
The Legacy of Music Contest for upcoming 3DS game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call has officially kicked off. Did you see...me in the contest announcement video? Weird, right?  I can't wait to hear all of the arra... read
Next great roguelike

Man, I wish I were playing Crypt of the NecroDancer right now


It's out on Steam Early Access
Jul 31
Are you playing Crypt of the NecroDancer? You should be playing Crypt of the NecroDancer. It's a rhythm-based roguelike in which you hop around dungeons to the beat of music, a novel mechanic that ends up being enjoyable -- n... read
Taiko Drum Master

Bang the drums and roll the dice in this Taiko Drum Master RPG


More Taiko than you can handle!
Jul 04
A new Taiko Drum Master game is now available on a mobile device nowhere near you (if you live in Japan, anyway) with Taiko Drum Master: RPG Daton, an adorable quest featuring the cute little Taiko characters, pachinko balls... read
Project DIVA F 2nd

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd to feature fully-translated English lyrics


The songs are still in Japanese, though
Jul 03
It's exciting to see so much love for Hatsune Miku from Sega, especially given how fun the Project DIVA games are. Perhaps as an extension of said love, Sega has announced that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd will feature f... read

Korg DSN-12 analog synthesizer comes to 3DS this September


3D oscilloscope on the 3DS!
Jun 26
The following might be lost on you if you're not a music or sound person. Japan-based Detune Ltd, the folks behind DS and 3DS musical software titles Korg DS-10 and Korg M01, are back with another new musical tool, the Korg ... read
The Rhythm of Fighters

The Rhythm of Fighters combines music with brawling for your gaming pleasure


Putting the "beat" back in music
Jun 20
Do you love fighting games? Do you love music games? What about a combination of the two? No, I'm not talking about Kickbeat. I'm actually talking about The Rhythm of Fighters - SNK Original Sound Collection. Strangely enough... read
Quick hands-on preview
As Miku fans likely already know, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is coming to North America this year, to both PS3 and Vita. It was through your support for the first title that this sequel's release is possible, Sega tell... read feature

Phil Fish is back

Fez, Canabalt creators announce new partnership


Polytron and Finji reveal support for musical indie game Panoramical
Jun 12
A unique partnership was unveiled today at the Los Angeles-based Horizon conference, an E3 alternative event hosted by Venus Patrol and the LA Museum of Contemporary Art. Panoramical is described as "anthology of intera... read
Kinect lives on
Dance Central Spotlight is a new Xbox One Kinect dancing title. The idea is to keep the focus on dancing and music, serving as a sort of follow-up to the hit Xbox 360 title Dance Central. The difference here is that Spotligh... read feature

Hands-on with new Neighborhood level
Harmonix has thought a lot about how they'll welcome players to Fantasia: Music Evolved and they've decided to add a partner apprentice that will serve as a sort of game guide. Her name is Scout, a talented but impatient appr... read feature

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call trailer shows off RPG elements


New modes shown
Jun 05
The music of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is pulled from the biggest RPG series ever, so why shouldn't the game have its own RPG elements? This new trailer for the upcoming 3DS music game shows off some of tho... read

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call launches Sept. 16


Collector's Edition and pre-order incentives announced
Jun 03
We finally have a release date for 3DS music game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call: September 16. Packed with 26 years of Final Fantasy music, this release comes in both standard and Collector's editions. The latter wil... read
Rockin' just to keep on rockin'
With a new Amplitude on the horizon and a post-Guitar Hero world having left much to be desired by way of rhythm games, we must look to the past to drink our fill from the fount of the world of music. And even before Guitar H... read feature

Harmonix Kickstarter

Amplitude Kickstarter crosses finish line with $844K


Congrats, Harmonix!
May 24
It's over. The Kickstarter campaign for Amplitude, a revival of Harmonix Music System's 2003 PlayStation 2 game, has run its course. After achieving its $775,000 funding goal with precious little time to spare, the project co... read
Amplitude

Get ready 2 rokk: Amplitude's Kickstarter successfully funded


That was a close one, rhythm game fans
May 22
After a tense will-they-or-won't-they run, Harmonix's Kickstarter for a revival of cult classic music game Amplitude has been funded. At the time of this post, the current amount raised by backers is $777,219, with a funding ... read
SingStar

SingStar resurfacing on PS4 later this year so you can sing your heart out


And believe me, I will
May 21
There isn't any decent karaoke where I live and I'm not in San Francisco or New York, so I turn to games like SingStar for my singing fix. SingStar is coming to PS4 in a big way later this year, and I couldn't be more ex... read
Amplitude

Harmonix on why it needs Kickstarter to fund Amplitude


It's that or nothing, basically
May 14
Harmonix is attempting to crowdfund a new Amplitude right now and there's been confusion as to why the studio went this route. There's a lot of confusion in general when it comes to crowdfunding, for that matter. In an attemp... read
Record Run

Harmonix releases free-to-play Record Run for iOS devices


Yes, Android is coming as well
May 08
Harmonix is hard at work getting its Amplitude Kickstarter off the ground, but there's still time for other projects to come to fruition. Harmonix and SuperVillain Studios have teamed up to release rhythm-runner Record Run f... read






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