Music Game News: DJ Hero 2 Announced, Power Gig Gets Drums

It's been a busy morning for music games. Not only did Rock Band: Green Day hit stores, but two upcoming music games had new details revealed. Activision provided the first details for DJ Hero 2, while the makers of Power Gig revealed the game's surprising new drum peripheral.

Activision announced DJ Hero 2 today, just days before it presumably will first be seen by the public at E3. DJ Hero 2's new features include vocal integrated into many of the songs, mixes created specifically for competitive multiplayer, and a freestyle mode. According to the game's official release, the track list will feature over 70 exclusive mixes. The game is due this fall, and will have a yet-to-be-priced "Party Bundle" that includes the game, a microphone, and a pair of turntables. As a preview and bonus for original DJ Hero customers, a track from the sequel will be available to download on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, as players will be able to try out Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" Mixed With Deadmau5's "Ghosts 'n' Stuff."

For those of you who have been keeping up with Power Gig: Rise of the SixString and its realistic guitar peripheral, you may be surprised to see how much the game's newly-announced drum accessory (shown at right) differs from the norm. Featuring a base that is laid on the ground and absolutely no drumheads, it may remind some gamers of the Wii Music method of drumming, but the CEO of developer Seven45 Studios Bernard Chiu asserted that the drums are just as authentic as the guitar, stating "We know that people may be skeptical of the AirStrike drums at first glance when they see there's no actual drums and can't understand how that's a match to our SixString guitar which is a fully-functioning electric guitar. But we also know that as soon as people sit down to play it, they are going to see how much more real and authentic it feels to be moving much the same way true drummers do when they play, without the limits of the drum kits already on the market."

As a testament to the game's authenticity, Seven45 Studios has announced that three of the biggest acts in the music industry have signed exclusive agreements to have their music only appear in Power Gig. Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews Band, and Kid Rock. In the announcement Chiu claimed that the game's realistic take on guitar playing attracted the artists, with Dave Matthews Band concurring with a similar statement. "We think Power Gig is a much needed and much welcomed game because, unlike any others before it, it puts a real guitar into the hands of aspiring musicians, and we hope it inspires our fans and others to start playing even when they're not playing the game," the band announced.

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString is due out this fall, though no prices have been announced for the peripherals. With the next Guitar Hero and Rock Band games due this year, which music games will you put your money on, if any?

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