I really like the idea of Guitar Hero: Smash Hits. It's going to take songs from the past guitar-only games and re-release them in the full-band format. I like it because those early Guitar Hero games have some totally crushing hits in them, and it's tough to go back to some of that stuff now without hooking up a PS2.
Well, it's getting to be time for Activision to start releasing the song list for Smash Hits. But rather than just tossing out a press release and being done with it, the publisher has decided to post it up in chunks, sorted by the game that the songs originally appeared in. The song list will be updated every Thursday, and users get to vote on which game they'd like to see the songs from on the game's official site.
Additionally, some songs from the game's 48-song track list have already been revealed:
- "Killer Queen" - Queen
- "I Love Rock N Roll" - Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
- "Bark At The Moon" - Ozzy Osbourne
- "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
- "I Wanna Rock" - Twisted Sister
- "Nothin But A Good Time" - Poison
- "Barracuda" - Heart
- "Through the Fire and Flames" - DragonForce
Bark at the Moon, yes. Killer Queen, yes. Carry On Wayward Son, yes. Barracuda, yes. I Wanna Rock? Well, I'm just going to assume that they're going to use that same version that was used in Rocks the 80s, which was still by Twisted Sister, but it wasn't the original recording and wasn't as good as the original. But the nature of it being a full band game sort of takes the sting out of that move, since you'll be screwing up the vocals far more than Dee Snider ever would, even on a re-recording.
As you might expect, Smash Hits runs off of the same stuff that powered World Tour, so it'll have a lot of the same features, like the GHTunes song creator, online band battles, and so on. It'll be available on 360, Wii, PS3, and PS2 in June.