A karaoke app simply named Karaoke is headed to Xbox Live “in time for the holidays,” according to the Karaoke Channel.
Karaoke will allows users to stream from a library of more than 8,000 songs, all of which will have karaoke-style subtitles enabled. Where it differs from existing singing games like Lips or even Rock Band is that users aren’t required to purchase additional tracks; instead, users spend Microsoft Points to rent the service for 2-hour, 6-hour or 24-hour periods. All tracks can be accessed during this time frame, and the Karaoke Channel says it will add tracks to Karaoke’s library over time.
The app will also make use of the Xbox 360’s new SmartGlass functionality, allowing users to browse and queue songs from a mobile device. Among other staple karaoke features, Karaoke features the option to change any given song’s key to better suit a singer’s range. Xbox Live avatar integration has also been confirmed by the first batch of official screen shots.
Following the recent launch of Rock Band Blitz on XBLA and an impending five year anniversary for the original Rock Band, Harmonix have announced they will be celebrating with …
Rock Band Blitz was developed and published by Harmonix. It will be released on August 29, 2012 for 1200 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.
With the emergence of online gaming, calling up friends to come over and play a video game seems like a distant memory. The most prominent party game a few years ago was Rock Band. Harmonix had struck gold with the be-all-end-all of party games. Hours passed as friends played the drums, keyboard, guitar, and of course the vocals. Everyone had “that friend” who tried to hit the falsetto on Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. While we all had fun with the “wannabe Freddie Mercury”, Harmonix has developed a new way to enjoy their rhythm-based game with the release of Rock Band Blitz on XBLA.
Rock Band Blitz is an entertaining music game utilizing controller-based play. Touting 25 songs, Harmonix channels their popular PS2 game Frequency; players control all of the tracks in a song and use power-ups to accumulate stars and points. An interesting twist is earning multipliers for each track, and players must get the maximum number of multipliers on all tracks to raise their level cap. Another way to gain points is to enter Blitz Mode. While hitting every note is impossible, hitting many of them in a row will put players into this mode, where they’ll start earning additional points for every tenth note hit.
Over the course of the last few weeks, Harmonix has been announcing tracks for the new PSN and XBLA game: Rock Band Blitz. While you won’t be seeing Ballroom Blitz by Sweet (the song was already on the original title), you will be able to rock out to 25 different songs. Also, you won’t need to drag your old instruments out of storage, because Harmonix is introducing controller-based play system.
Rock Band Blitz offers a setlist to satisfy many music tastes. While classic and modern rock are quite prominent, the game also mixes in a bit of Top 40. In addition to the songs with Rock Band Blitz, all songs from previous Rock Band titles will be playable. The 25 tracks will also be able to be played on Rock Band 3 with full instruments.
Rock Band Blitz hits XBLA August 29 and will be available or 1200 MSP. Read the entire setlist after the break.
Fans hoping to import disc-based tracks from Rock Band 3 to the newly-announced XBLA title Rock Band Blitz are out of luck. According to a Joystiq report, Harmonix confirms …