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Activision Reveals Part of the Set List for Guitar Hero: Smash Hits

by Pedro Hernandez - April 15, 2009, 10:25 pm PDT
Total comments: 21 Source: Press Release

Following the reveal of a few songs from each game, Activision is giving fans the opportunity to vote on how the set list for the upcoming Guitar Hero game is announced.

The Guitar Hero franchise has found a solid fanbase on the Wii with Guitar Hero III and Guitar Hero: World Tour being million sellers on the system. The next game in the series, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, will be a collection of 48 songs from earlier games that didn't feature full band gameplay. It will retain all of the gameplay modes that were in Guitar Hero: World Tour. For many of these songs, this will be the first time they are made available to Wii gamers. To hype up the upcoming release, Activision has asked fans to determine how the songs will be revealed through their official website.

Developed by Beenox Studios, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits will be released in June 2009.

After the initial announcement last week, there have been more song unveilings. We'll keep you posted as more songs get unveiled.

Here is the set list so far:

  • "Them Bones" by Alice in Chains
  • "Godzilla" by Blue Öyster Cult
  • "More Than a Feeling" by Boston
  • "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple
  • "Take it Off" by The Donnas
  • "Through the Fire and Flames" by DragonForce
  • "Hey You" by The Exies
  • "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand
  • "Barracuda" by Heart
  • "Unsung" (Live) by Helmet
  • "Stellar" by Incubus
  • "I Love Rock 'n Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas
  • "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne
  • "Cowboys From Hell" (Live) by Pantera
  • "Nothin' But a Good Time" by Poison
  • "Killer Queen" by Queen
  • "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age
  • "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine
  • "Message in a Bottle" by The Police
  • "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister
  • "Thunder Kiss '65" by White Zombie
  • ACTIVISION EMPOWERS FANS TO REVEAL GUITAR HERO® SMASH HITS SET LIST

    Online voting at SmashHits.GuitarHero.com Begins Today

    Santa Monica, CA – April 9, 2009 – Guitar Hero® fans can now cast their votes online atSmashHits.GuitarHero.com to determine the order in which songs will be revealed for Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® Smash Hits. Guitar Hero Smash Hits takes the most exciting, recognizable and fun to play music from genre-defining titles Guitar Hero®, Guitar Hero® II, Guitar Hero® Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock, which were previously available for guitar-only in-game play, and delivers them as a compelling and dynamic full band experience.

    Starting today, music and video game fans alike can visit SmashHits.GuitarHero.com to cast their votes for which previous Guitar Hero game they would like the set list unveiled from first. Each week, a portion of the Guitar Hero Smash Hits set list will be revealed based on which prior game captures the most votes.

    Guitar Hero Smash Hits feature the most memorable songs from Guitar Hero games together in one epic set list, including these tracks:

    • Guitar Hero
    • "Killer Queen" – Queen
    • "I Love Rock N Roll" – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
    • "Bark At The Moon" – Ozzy Osbourne
    • Guitar Hero II
    • "Them Bones" – Alice in Chains
    • "Killing in the Name" – Rage Against The Machine
    • "Message In A Bottle" – The Police
    • "Carry On Wayward Son" – Kansas
    • "Free Bird" – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s
    • "I Wanna Rock" – Twisted Sister
    • "Nothin But A Good Time" – Poison
    • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
    • "Barracuda" – Heart
    • "Through the Fire and Flames" – DragonForce

    Turn down the lights, crank up the amps and prepare to command center stage as some of the most famous AND infamous tracks from Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock step into the spotlight in the most epic, full band jam session to-date - Guitar Hero Smash Hits. The #1 best-selling video game franchise of 2008 presents the best of the best to music video game aficionados so they can join together for guitar, bass, drums and vocals in-game and rock to master tracks of their favorite Guitar Hero music.

    Featuring 48 master recordings, Guitar Hero Smash Hits delivers exciting online and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player "Battle of the Bands," which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online. Players' rock n' roll fantasies turn to realities as they create their rocker, compose original music and share it with the world through the innovative Music Studio, GHTunes™ and robust Rock Star Creator gameplay modes first introduced inGuitar Hero® World Tour.

    Developed by Beenox Studios, Guitar Hero Smash Hits for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo, andPLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems are scheduled for release in June. For more information about the game, visit www.GuitarHero.com.

Talkback

StratosApril 16, 2009

I know this is something that can generate hype but I'd rather see the whole list right now.

I do want to see Knights of Cydonia.

ReverendNoahWhateleyApril 16, 2009

John the Fisherman would be nice.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusApril 16, 2009

Games like this reinforces why I quit the Guitar Hero series.

EasyCureApril 16, 2009

DEAD KENNEDYS PLEASE

which has almost 0 chance of being original tracks, not covers :(

MorariApril 16, 2009

Just so long as we finally see some more Dio...

EasyCureApril 16, 2009

damn i read that wrong, why would i want to vote for how the setlist is revealed, thats stupid. I wanted to vote for which songs make the cut, booo!

MorariApril 16, 2009

Hearing what passes for music on the radio stations today, it might be better that all the thirteen year old fans didn't vote. I'd hate to end up with a setlist full of Slipknot and Panic at the Disco.

EasyCureApril 16, 2009

Quote from: Morari

Hearing what passes for music on the radio stations today, it might be better that all the thirteen year old fans didn't vote. I'd hate to end up with a setlist full of Slipknot and Panic at the Disco.

I agree, but i meant vote from what was already included in GH1,2,80s

PlugabugzApril 16, 2009

I continue waiting for Beyonce's Bootylicious Dance Mix.

EasyCureApril 16, 2009

Quote from: Plugabugz

I continue waiting for Beyonce's Bootylicious Moist Mix.

Maybe in a new Boogie game

nickmitchApril 16, 2009

The more Queen, the better.  Also, have they confirmed "Holiday in Cambodia" or "Anarchy in the UK"?  Because I'm pulling for those from 3.

Ian SaneApril 16, 2009

Quote:

Hearing what passes for music on the radio stations today, it might be better that all the thirteen year old fans didn't vote. I'd hate to end up with a setlist full of Slipknot and Panic at the Disco.

Agreed.  Oh man, do I agree with this. :)

Voting to see what part gets revealed is very odd.  Just seems like such a lame thing to vote on.

Didn't they just release Guitar Hero: Metallica?  And you know Guitar Hero 5 is going to come out around Christmas.  So THREE Guitar Hero games in one year?!  Fuck, Activision you're just killing it.  Not just Guitar Hero but probably the entire rhythm genre period.  We'll go back to playing Japanese rhythm games with good gameplay but horrible selections of songs.

I'll likely get this game since so far the set list looks pretty good.  One thing that's kind of a bummer is that I liked Guitar Hero 3's set list way more than World Tour's but when my friends are over they want to play the full band setup.  So this kind of helps with that.  On the Wii this games makes sense since the older games aren't available but on the Playstation 2 it's a little more redundant.

EasyCureApril 16, 2009

Quote from: nickmitch

The more Queen, the better.  Also, have they confirmed "Holiday in Cambodia" or "Anarchy in the UK"?  Because I'm pulling for those from 3.

I hope at least Holiday in Cambodia makes it, and i don't care much for Anarchy in the UK. Then again as seen in this post:

Quote from: EasyCure

DEAD KENNEDYS PLEASE

which has almost 0 chance of being original tracks, not covers :(

I'm more partial to DK. I think i'd rather have "police truck" since i already get to play "Holiday in Cambodia" on GH3, but if its the same awful cover from the PS2 game count me out.

Quote from: Ian

On the Wii this games makes sense since the older games aren't available but on the Playstation 2 it's a little more redundant.

Exactly why i don't mind picking this one up. They'll never re-release the songs from before GH3 as DLC (even if it would be easier for me..) so i'll take a budget priced compilation, as long as the set list is worth it of course!

Oh and i want me some Radar Love dammit!

TJ SpykeApril 16, 2009

Quote from: Flames_of_chaos

Games like this reinforces why I quit the Guitar Hero series.

Why? Do you also hate when a company releases a box set of their DVDs? Or a box set of CD's? It's not meant for people who have every Guitar Hero game. It's really meant for people who are just getting into the series (like those who first played a Guitar Hero game on the Wii) and would like to basically play the greatest hits of the series.

Don't forget Guitar Hero: Van Halen everybody!

Also, as much as I prefer Rock Band, I do get warm fuzzies from the thought of playing songs from Guitar Hero 1 and 2. Back then, I had no hatred for series and love for the other. All I had was love for the concept.

EasyCureApril 16, 2009

I thought GH:VH was a rumour? Good think the type of bands i'd want a full game made out of would NEVER happen, so i can skip all these (Aerosmith, Metallica, Van Halen, etc)

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterApril 16, 2009

Quote from: EasyCure

I thought GH:VH was a rumour? Good think the type of bands i'd want a full game made out of would NEVER happen, so i can skip all these (Aerosmith, Metallica, Van Halen, etc)

Guitar Hero: Motley Crew was also rumored...

LuigiHannApril 16, 2009

This just feels like a waste of a disc. I'd much rather that these songs be added as DLC to GHWT (or Rock Band, ideally :p), so I could pick out the 6 or 7 songs I actually want and buy those.

StratosApril 16, 2009

Quote from: LuigiHann

This just feels like a waste of a disc. I'd much rather that these songs be added as DLC to GHWT (or Rock Band, ideally :p), so I could pick out the 6 or 7 songs I actually want and buy those.

That's the trick. If they did that they would get less money. 6-7 tracks as DLC = $12-14 while making you buy the whole disc at $50 nets them more cash.

EasyCureApril 16, 2009

Quote from: pap64

Quote from: EasyCure

I thought GH:VH was a rumour? Good think the type of bands i'd want a full game made out of would NEVER happen, so i can skip all these (Aerosmith, Metallica, Van Halen, etc)

Guitar Hero: Motley Crew was also rumored...

JEBUS! at least its yet another band i'm not that big a fan of so i won't be tempted to purchase that.

NinGurl69 *hugglesApril 16, 2009

I think with MetalliDisc already out there doesn't need to be any more Arthritis Hero on the market.

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