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Rock Band VR’s Final Setlist Revealed, Classic Mode Detailed

Rock Band VR is just a week away, and Harmonix has just revealed final batch of songs which will be present at launch.

The virtual reality rock and roll simulator will contain 60 songs on day one, and the company plans to support the rhythm game with post-launch DLC; Six songs by Aerosmith (including "Ragdoll" and "Janie's Got a Gun") will be available from the Oculus Store for $ 2.99 each.

Finally, while we've already detailed how Rock Band VR shakes up the traditional Rock Band formula with its performance-based scoring, old-school fans of the franchise will be pleased to learn that the original five-button guitar gameplay is still an important part of the game. Classic Mode is the Rock Band we all know and love, but with an extra touch of virtual reality immersion thanks to the Oculus headset.

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Rock Band VR comes out exclusively for Oculus Rift on March 23. For more, check out our coverage of the narrative-based campaign mode.

[Source: Harmonix]

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Rock Band VR Campaign Mode Detailed, 20 New Songs Revealed

Rock Band VR is just weeks away, and Harmonix continues to pull back the curtain on game modes and the final selection of playable songs.

20 more tracks were just unveiled, including "Suffragette City" by David Bowie, "Holiday" by Green Day, and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. These tunes join the 21 songs already announced for the VR title, leaving 19 more to be revealed before launch.

Rock Band has sporadically dabbled with story-based campaign modes, most recently in the form of Rockudrama mode from Rock Band 4: Rivals. Rock Band VR continues this trend with its own focus on narrative. The campaign mode follows your player character, a guitarist for the in-game band, Audioblaster. Harmonix is promising an immersive story in which other band members (Derek, Maddy, and Wes) come across as fully-realized characters, and not mechanical automatons. The developer made extensive use of voice-over recording and motion capture techniques to enhance the VR experience. Harmonix is aiming for authenticity in Rock Band VR's story mode, and their goal is to use the virtual reality format to enhance the intimacy of being part of a rock and roll band.

For more on Rock Band VR, check out GI's earlier setlist reveal and how the classic Rock Band gameplay is being adapted into VR here.

Rock Band VR releases on March 23 for Oculus Rift.

[Source: Harmonix Blog]

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A Video Tour Of MLB The Show 17′s Franchise Mode

MLB The Show 17 has been the only triple-A baseball simulation in town for several years now, but that doesn't mean the development team is getting complacent. In addition to new additions to Diamond Dynasty and Road to the Show, Sony San Diego Studio is adding Retro Mode, a nostalgic exhibition experience that recalls games from the early '90s. One mainstay mode that's receiving several new features in MLB The Show 17 is franchise mode.

Join Game Informer's Brian Shea and Sony San Diego Studio's Ramone Russell as they take a quick tour of franchise mode. 

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MLB The Show 17 hits PlayStation 4 on March 28. For more, check out Matt Kato's Sports Desk column dedicated to the game, as well as our discussion of Retro Mode on a recent episode of The Game Informer Show.

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Some PS4 games will see performance juiced on PS4 Pro via upcoming ‘Boost Mode’

An upcoming PlayStation 4 firmware update (4.50) will include a “Boost Mode” which allows some PlayStation 4 games to perform better on the PlayStation 4 Pro, even if they don’t officially support it. …


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Titanfall 2 Trailer Shows Off New Maps And Live Fire Mode

Titanfall 2 may have been overshadowed by more high-profile shooters like Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but publisher EA and developer Respawn Entertainment are still supporting their critically acclaimed shooter.

The latest free update for Titanfall 2 will include Live Fire mode, along with two new maps specifically designed for the fast-paced mode. Two teams of six pilots (no Titans here) will fight tooth-and-nail over control of a single neutral flag, and the team in possession at the end of each sixty-second round wins. Sounds simple, right? The new trailer promoting the mode showcases how these matches can get wildly chaotic, thanks to the free movement mechanics and varied weaponry of the game.

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Back in October, GI's Javy Gwaltney gave Titanfall 2 a 9.5, stating that "For first-person shooter fans, Titanfall 2 is a must play." 

[Source: Titanfall 2 Official Website]

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Watch Game Informer Editors Try To Stay Alive In Resident Evil 7′s New Survival Mode

Resident Evil 7's first wave of DLC packs, called Banned Footage Vol 1, launched today. Included in the pack is a mode called Ethan Must Die, which has protagonist Ethan working through the Baker Estate to take on dastardly Marguerite in the Green House. However, the rules have changed from the main game. There are no save points, the house has been rearranged, enemies are deadlier, and items are randomized. 

Editors Kyle Hilliard, Javy Gwaltney, and Jeff Cork decided to put their skills to the test in a deadly game of Pass The Sticks. How did our trio do? You can find out right here:

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If you want more pass the sticks goodness, be sure to check out our Chronicles of Dark Souls 3.

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Respawn Lays Out Titanfall 2 DLC Road Map And Details New Live Fire Mode

Respawn and EA have stuck to their free DLC plan since announcing it, and have some new details to offer about what's in store for the future.

Live Fire mode will be available in February. It is apparently inspired by playing speedball in paintball, according to the mode's designer Griffin Dean. In the 6 v 6 mode, players have 60 seconds to grab a neutral flag. Whoever has the flag when the timer runs out wins, regardless of how many lives have been lost up to that point. The mode will be available, for free, in February.

In March, a (sort of) new map, Colony will be available. It is a map from the original Titanfall that is being updated to appear in the sequel.

For our review of Titanfall 2, head here.

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Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Game Mode is a ‘biasing’ act in favor of games

“Right now Game Mode is about biasing the game from a GPU perspective so it gets more of the cycles if it’s in the foreground, and from a CPU perspective,” Microsoft’s Kevin Gammill explains to Rock, Paper, Shotgun. …


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Test Chamber – Overwatch’s New Capture The Rooster Mode

The latest Overwatch event, Year of the Rooster, features a new capture the flag mode (called "Capture the Rooster"), which is an interesting addition for at least one reason: it's the first mode where the action isn't centralized to a single area.

You can watch me try to figure this mode out with fellow editor Dan Tack as we talk about how the mode changes Overwatch matches, characters we think are cool, and poorly-timed Ultimates.

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Leaked Overwatch Trailer Shows New Skins, Hints At New Mode For Chinese New Year Event

After a tease last week for a Chinese New Year event, many Overwatch fans are curious for what's in store. The Year of the Rooster event goes live tomorrow, but a leaked trailer that surfaced on Reddit, provides an early glimpse at some of the skins and hints at a new mode. 

With most events, a bevy of new skins become available alongside other extra goodies for characters, from highlight intros to voice lines. The leaked trailer, which you can view here, shows new skins for Tracer, Symmetra, and Mercy. People are speculating based on the video that a "Capture The Flag" mode of some sort exists based on Tracer pictured with a flag saying, "The objective is mine!" Time will tell if this is true and part of a brawl or new map entirely. 

Game Informer will be posting information and video of the event once we know more and it goes live. 

[Source: Weibo via Reddit user tf2manu994

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