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Chart-topping songs from Coldplay, Justin Bieber, One Direction, and more are now available from Rock Band 4’s Music Store

Harmonix has decided to spin a few more chart-topping songs onto Rock Band 4‘s Music Store as players of the reborn rhythm franchise can download new songs from Coldplay, Justin Bieber, One Direction, and other popular acts beginning today. The following songs are now available to purchase for usual price of $1.99 apiece (and you can get a preview of each track in the trailer embedded above)…

  • Coldplay – “Adventure of a Lifetime”
  • Ellie Goulding – “On My Mind”
  • Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”
  • One Direction – “Drag Me Down”
  • Sam Hunt – “Leave The Night On”
  • Weezer – “Thank God for Girls”

If you haven’t picked up the new-gen game yet, Harmonix is also trying to spread the word about a major Rock Band 4 sale going on this week at GameStop. The Game-Only package has been slashed to a more wallet-friendly $39.99 on the PS4 and $59.99 on the Xbox One for the next seven days. Both instrument bundles have also been heavily discounted as the Band-In-A-Box Bundle is currently priced at $199.99, while the Guitar Bundle is just $79.99.

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Harmonix hopes you’ll “Desire” the U2 Essentials 01 Pack… which is available through the Rock Band 4 Music Store beginning today

Harmonix is taking a trip “Where the Streets Have No Name” today to give players a chance to purchase an eight-pack of U2 songs in Rock Band 4.

The U2 Essentials 01 Pack starts with 1983’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” before taking a career-spanning journey through many of U2’s biggest hits including 1984’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love),” 1987’s “Where The Streets Have No Name,” 1988’s “Desire,” 1992’s “One,” and 2004’s “Vertigo.” The pack closes out with two songs from last year’s Songs of Innocence: “California (There Is No End To Love),” and “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).”

Players will be able to purchase the complete U2 Essentials 01 Pack for $13.49, with individual songs priced at $1.99 apiece. A video preview of all eight songs has been embedded above.

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Harmonix adds new songs from The Weeknd, Elle King, Fall Out Boy, more to Rock Band 4 Music Store today

Harmonix is bringing more of 2015’s most popular musicians to Rock Band 4 with another “Off the Charts” song pack. Elle King, Fall Out Boy, Shawn Mendes, Walk The Moon, and The Weeknd will all appear in the Off the Charts 02 Pack, and you can preview each song in the trailer embedded above. And speaking of songs, here’s a list of exactly what the Off the Charts 02 Pack will contain:

  • Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s”
  • Fall Out Boy – “Irresistible”
  • Shawn Mendes – “Stitches”
  • Walk The Moon – “Different Colors”
  • The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

The Off the Charts 02 Pack has been priced at $8.49, a 15% discount versus buying each song individually for $1.99 apiece.

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Harmonix adds three “intense” metal tunes to Rock Band 4 Music Store in today’s DLC Update; Brutal Mode added in a free update

Harmonix is getting loud in this week’s Rock Band 4 DLC Update as they’ve added new music from a trio of progressive metal bands to the Music Store. Priced at $1.99 apiece, Between the Buried and Me’s “The Coma Machine,” Opeth’s “Heir Apparent,” and Symphony X’s “Nevermore” can be downloaded now.

The hits keep on coming as the developer also added a brand new gameplay mode to Rock Band 4 today in a special free update. Brutal Mode will “put even the most hardcore players’ skills to the test” as it modifies the note highway to react to how well you’re playing. As your playing improves, Brutal Mode will push the target line further up the note highway until most of it is hidden. Players who complete this ridiculous challenge, which you can see in the trailer embedded above, will earn the coveted Crimson Star.

A preview trailer for this week’s new tracks can be found after the break. (more…)

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Beck, Cold War Kids, X Ambassadors, more go “Off the Charts” in today’s Rock Band 4 update

Harmonix is scouring the Alternative Rock chart for today’s Rock Band 4 DLC Update. New songs from Beck, Cold War Kids, X Ambassadors, Borns, and Catfish and The Bottlemen are all now available to download from the Rock Band Music Store:

  • Beck – “Dreams”
  • Borns – “Electric Love”
  • Catfish and The Bottlemen – “Cocoon”
  • Cold War Kids – “First”
  • X Ambassadors – “Renegades”

These songs can be acquired for $1.99 apiece or bundled together for $8.49 as part of the Off the Charts 01 Pack. A video preview of all five tracks has been embedded above.

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New tracks from Van Halen melt your face off in today’s Rock Band 4 DLC Update

Harmonix wants to take us back to school with today’s Rock Band 4 DLC Update. Van Halen’s eternally popular “Hot For Teacher” headlines the Van Halen Hits Pack 01, which will include five additional songs from the band’s David Lee Roth era. If you’ve got it bad… got it bad… got it bad… you’ll also be able to play along with “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “And the Cradle Will Rock…,” “Dance the Night Away,” “Runnin’ With the Devil,” and “Unchained.”

The Van Halen Hits Pack 01 is available to download now on the PS4 and Xbox One for $9.99. Individual songs can also be purchased for $1.99 apiece.

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Shut up and rock as songs from Ed Sheeran, Walk the Moon, and Vance Joy were added to Rock Band 4’s Music Store

Is this what all the cool kids listen to today? Harmonix sure hopes so as the developer is going modern for today’s Rock Band 4 DLC Update.

First up, Walk the Moon will walk the stage with their latest single, “Shut Up and Dance.” Meanwhile, Vance Joy will promise to be your left hand man in “Riptide.” Finally, Ed Sheeran will sing on “Sing.” All three songs are available for $1.99 apiece and every purchase of “Sing” will also come bundled with Saint Raymond’s “Young Blood.”

A trailer previewing these three tracks has been embedded above.

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Halo 5: Guardians was the best-selling game of October 2015 according to the NPD Group

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The Master Chief’s sales performance was masterful last month as players flocked to stores to purchase Halo 5: Guardians, making it the best-selling game in October 2015.

The fifth entry in Microsoft’s long-running shooter series wasn’t the only new release to rule the charts last month. Players also pushed their gaming dollars towards the newly available Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (#3), WWE 2K16 (#5), Yoshi’s Woolly World (#8), and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (#9). And the battle of the (plastic instrument) bands ended with Harmonix’s Rock Band 4 taking the #10 spot and Guitar Hero Live failing to chart. This month is also notable for another no-show as Minecraft was knocked out of the top ten for the first time in a long time. But it’ll surely climb the ranks again as the holiday season approaches.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, The NPD Group’s Liam Callahan confirmed that the game industry saw a year-over-year sales increase thanks to Halo 5 and the debut of Microsoft’s Xbox One Elite Controller: “Overall sales across physical software, hardware, and accessories experienced a modest 2% growth in October 2015 compared to October 2014. This was driven entirely by accessory sales, which grew by 18%, or just under $30 million.”

Halo 5 also helped sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One triumph over Sony’s PS4 on the monthly sales charts for the first time all year. Even more impressive, this happened after Sony officially dropped the price on the PS4.

The NPD Group’s complete top ten for October 2015 can be found after the break. (more…)

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