Friday, February 24, 2012

Mastiff Announces BandFuse

Now this is a different take on the 'music game' genre. Coming this fall from Mastiff and developer Realta, BandFuse puts playable tracks to real video, all wrapped up with real guitars.
Much like Rocksmith, BandFuse allows for play with real guitars and mic's (via an included adapter)- which I personally think is a really smart direction for the genre to go in if it intends to be viable.

The game also eschews the traditional cartoony graphics found in these types of games for a very nostalgic trip down memory lane with the help of a little FMV. Full Motion Video hasn't been successfully used in videogames... uh... maybe ever, but BandFuse might change that. Since these are music video's we're talking about here, there's none of the cornball acting of Night Trap's past to worry about. There's also some really nice talent lined up for the game that'll make those vids even better.

 BandFuse: Rock Legends will let gamers play along with the biggest rock songs of all time on a real guitar by using animated tablature (tabs), which will simplify music for novice musicians while allowing advanced gamers to perform songs as the original artists intended. Singers can also belt out the lyrics using a microphone to keep the party jumping with a massive collection of hit songs from today’s top bands and classic rock ‘n’ roll artists including: “Yellow” (Coldplay), “Back From Cali” (Slash), “Sweet Home Alabama” (Lynyrd Skynyrd), “Breaking the Law” (Judas Priest), “Harder to Breathe” (Maroon 5), and “The Bleeding” (Five Finger Death Punch).

With Guns n' Roses'  own Slash serving as instructor, BandFuse: Rock Legends might be one to watch.
The game will be available sometime this year for the Xbox 360, but there's no date as of yet. Head on over to for more.