Gamers absolutely love the Guitar Hero franchise. It simultaneously satisfies their innate desires to rock things in ways generally attributed to hurricanes, while filling the void in their lives reserved primarily for shmups, X-Treme Needlepoint and any other activity that causes spiral fracturing of the metacarpals.
With that said, the track list for the upcoming Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is kind of a let-down. To wit, a snippet from a press release we just received detailing some newly announced tracks:
18 and Life (as made famous by Skid Row)
Bathroom Wall (as made famous by Faster Pussycat)
Lonely is the Night (as made famous by Billy Squier)
Nothing But a Good Time (as made famous by Poison)
Play With Me (as made famous by Extreme)
Shaken (as made famous by Eddie Money)
Synchronicity II (as made famous by Police)
Maybe it’s the elitist in me that cries out for Slint, Dramarama, and the occasional ironic Huey Lewis cover, but the songs included here are the 80s equivalent of My Chemical Romance or Avenged Sevenfold! Oh, wait …
Hit the jump for the full press release.
ACTIVISION REVEALS ADDITIONAL FINGER-MELTING TRACKS TO BE INCLUDED ON GUITAR HERO™ ENCORE: ROCKS THE 80s™
Songs Made Famous by Artists Such as Skid Row, Poison, and Eddie Money Are Added to Enhance the Axe Shredding Experience
SUNNYVALE, CA – May 22, 2007 – Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced additional songs to be included in the latest installment of the critically acclaimed Guitar Hero™ franchise — Guitar Hero™ Encore: Rocks the 80s™, available this summer exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The tour will continue with 30 awesome new songs from the classic era, allowing Guitar Hero fans to further experience the ultimate rock star fantasy. Additional tracks include:
- 18 and Life (as made famous by Skid Row)
- Bathroom Wall (as made famous by Faster Pussycat)
- Lonely is the Night (as made famous by Billy Squier)
- Nothing But a Good Time (as made famous by Poison)
- Play With Me (as made famous by Extreme)
- Shaken (as made famous by Eddie Money)
- Synchronicity II (as made famous by Police)
For more information, please visit the dedicated community site www.guitarherogame.com.
About Activision, Inc.:
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