Activision has debuted the first song packs for Guitar Hero II
on the Xbox 360's Marketplace, with three downloadable sets of 3-song packs from the original Guitar Hero
costing 500 Microsoft points ($6.25) each.
Specifically, as revealed by
Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb on his official Microsoft weblog, the following debuted in all territories except Asia for digital download:
Guitar Hero Track Pack 1
"Bark at the Moon as made famous by Ozzy Osbourne, Hey You as made famous by The Exies, Ace of Spades as made famous by Motorhead."
Guitar Hero Track Pack 2
"Killer Queen as made famous by Queen, Take it Off as made famous by The Donnas, Frankenstein as made famous by The Edgar Winter Group."
Guitar Hero Track Pack 3
"Higher Ground as made famous by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Infected as made famous by Bad Religon, Stellar as made famous by Incubus."
Initial reaction to the pricing has been mixed, with Major Nelson reader 'Xaos' commenting: "The current 3 packs contain songs that are from the original Guitar Hero
, of which there are 47 total playable songs (including lesser known ones), and at 500 MSP per 3 songs, that equates to roughly 8000 MSP total ($99.96 US, £68.00, $132.00 AUD) for just the GH1
Several other users expressed concern over pricing, to which Hryb noted: "Remember, these song packs contain licensed songs. Licensing songs gets pretty expensive, and complicated when you involve other countries. Anyone who knows a little bit about the music industry and publishing can tell you that it's not a walk in the park to secure content and the proper distribution licenses for songs."