I'm going to withhold judgement of Guitar Hero Live until it's released, but I have been disappointed with the tracks they've announced so far. Rock Band 4? The precise opposite. Its tracklist gives me hope. Clearly Harmonix still gets it. They still get what the core audience is after, and has an understanding of what works well in rhythm games. Today they announced new tracks for Rock Band 4. I am excited.
The tracks announced were...
Aerosmith – “Toys in the Attic” The Cure – “Friday I’m In Love” Dream Theater – “Metropolis - Part 1 “The Miracle And The Sleeper” Foo Fighters – “The Feast and the Famine” Judas Priest – “Halls Of Valhalla” Live – “All Over You” The Outfield – “Your Love” Ozzy Osbourne – “Miracle Man” Paramore – “Still Into You” St. Vincent – “Birth In Reverse” Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl”
This is more like it.
Don't get me wrong: I love pop music, but I'm not sure Ed Sheeran belongs in Guitar Hero, that's what I'm saying. It doesn't fit and plays like a desperate play for a mainstream audience. At this point I'm feeling a little more enthusiastic for Rock Band 4, based on the tracklist alone. Even the pop music songs on Rock Band 4 feel like they'll work better in a game context — like Uptown Funk. Who doesn't want to bust out that bassline? I know I do.