When the first GUITAR HERO arrived back in 2005, I was one of those people who felt that introducing a generation of impressionable youngsters to the world of music through wielding plastic guitars could be potentially damaging to the future of rock, with potential musicians of the future looking at music as a game as opposed to an art. Five years later, the world of music gaming has gone through numerous changes, and along with that, also changed has been my outlook.
I'm a little late to the SKYLANDERS party, but when I was asked to give the new cross-platform game from Activision a spin - I couldn't really resist. Geared toward kids a little older than mine (she's only 28-months), the SKYLANDERS: SPYRO'S ADVENTURE starter pack arrived here at The Rock Father™ house to be played with by the big kid - me.
Fisher-Price is already a popular name here in The Rock Father™ house, so when the UPS man showed up here late one evening last week with a brown box bearing the F-P name, I'm pretty sure that the little one knew immediately that it was for her. Before she even knew what was inside, she was giving the box a hug, so that was a pretty good indicator. What was inside was the new Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo.
If you've been following along here, then you may already know that CAILLOU has been somewhat of an obsession for my daughter since she was only a few months old. Now, at 28 months - the little one is fully immersed in all-things-Caillou, so she's been getting some of the toys here and there, and loves to have the little guy hanging around as she follows his adventures on Sprout and PBS Kids. Having just come from an early Christmas with Grandma & Grandpa in Michigan, it pains me to have to share with you this review of the new Caillou Tree House by Spain's Famosa Toys. Knowing that a lot of kids are going to be asking for or getting one of these very soon, there's some things you need to watch out for.
UPDATE/NOTE: After posting this review, it was brought to my attention that much of the staff from Seven45 Studios have been let go, and that the promised DLC has been "postponed" indefinitely, and their full-sized guitar appears to be cancelled. My Adjusted rating is below, and those looking for future expansion on this title need not hold their breath.
When I first came across POWER GIG: RISE OF THE SIXSTRING at E3 earlier this year, the initial reaction was that it was a cool concept, though the guitar itself didn't seem to want to stay in-tune. Regardless, interest was piqued as to seeing the fleshed-out version of the game - the first to offer an actual guitar as a music gaming peripheral.
While my "advance" copy of ROCK BAND 3 arrived just a few days prior to the game's official launch last month, there was no way to accurately review the game in such a short period of time. My fondness for the ROCK BAND franchise goes back to the release of the first game - and in fact, is the reason I got into gaming on the XBOX 360 in the first place. As a guitarist for (now) 18+ years, I was once one of the people that didn't take an immediate liking to rhythm games. That was until ROCK BAND hit and brought drums into the mix.