Band Hero

Platform(s): Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Genre: Rhythm
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Release Date: Nov. 3, 2009 (US), Nov. 6, 2009 (EU)

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'Band Hero' (ALL) Gets Playable Taylor Swift, Debut Tracks - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 4, 2009 @ 5:53 a.m. PDT

With Band Hero, you can come together with family and friends to ascend the virtual stage and rise to fame, bringing you a new genre of music focused on today's hottest top-40 hits and classic anthems that everyone will know.

Get the Band Hero [ALL] Trailer off WP (180mb)

Band Hero delivers an exciting music collection featuring top-40 hits, including No Doubt, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects, Snow Patrol and Jackson 5, designed to expand the experience to a new genre and appeal to a broad family audience who can play together on the guitar, drums, bass and microphone. The game builds upon Guitar Hero’s easy-to-play, difficult-to-master signature gameplay and allows novice players and expert fans to join together on their favourite songs. Band Hero supports all Guitar Hero instrument controllers, as well as other music/rhythm game controllers.

Budding music stars, their families and friends, will all live their musical fantasy on the Band Hero stage, playing as Taylor Swift or alongside the singer/songwriter and guitarist, as she performs her smash-hits "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me" from her latest album Fearless as well as "Picture to Burn" from her self-titled debut record.

"Anything that encourages people to pick up an instrument and play, I'm fully behind. And, I'm really excited about Band Hero, because not only are fans getting to play my songs, but I'm actually in the game," said Swift. "There are so many awesome things that go into being in Band Hero, like getting to customize my band to look like my touring band, and it's so cool for people to feel like they are experiencing one of my concerts. This is one of the closest things out there to going to see me perform!"

Later this summer, Taylor Swift and Band Hero will award 20 lucky fans the opportunity to see a Taylor Swift Concert and four of those fans will win the opportunity to meet Taylor Swift in person.

"Taylor Swift's impressive rise to the top of multiple music genres, along with the broad appeal of her songs, makes her a great example of the type of experience we are bringing to music fans with Band Hero," said Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Guitar Hero. "We're thrilled to announce her as the very first of several playable in-game artists and showcase her many talents in our game."

Band Hero delivers an explosive and unprecedented social gameplay experience for Nintendo DS Lite with the addition of vocals and drums – via an innovative new Drum Grip – to the guitar and bass gameplay popularised by the Guitar Hero On Tour trilogy.

Band Hero allows handheld gamers to choose the way they want to play in multiplayer mode with any instrument combination of guitar, bass, drums and vocals as they strum, drum and belt out some of today’s most popular tracks across multiple genres of music, including rock, pop, alternative and punk. With the largest and most diverse set list in a Nintendo DS Lite offering to-date, Band Hero offers fans 30 master recordings from today’s top artists including: Blink-182, Avril Lavigne, The Killers, KT Tunstall, and Fall Out Boy. With new features players can enjoy anytime, anywhere, a brand new Rockstar Editor to fully customise your band members, No Fail mode and Stage Stunts, Band Hero changes the way games can be played on the road.

The Band Hero Kit includes the following items:

  • Band Hero Software
  • Standard USB microphone with 15ft Cord
  • Band Hero Wireless Drum Kit with 5 Pressure Sensitive Drum Pads
  • Band Hero Wireless Guitar Controller
  • Kick Pedal for Band Hero Wireless Drum Kit
  • Standard Wood Drumsticks
  • Guitar Faceplate
  • Standard 1" Wide Guitar Strap

Band Hero, rated E10+, is currently scheduled for release on Nov. 17, 2009 on the PS2 ($39.99), PS3/X360 ($59.99) and Wii ($49.99) while the full Kit will retail for $199.

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