South African pricing for Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and DJ Hero announced

Megarom, the South African distributor for the Guitar/Band and DJ Hero series of games has just announced the pricing. I’m keen to try my hand on DJ Hero especially with the special controller designed for the purpose.

My only complaint with all these music games is that you end up having to license the same track under multiple games. Already I’m seeing duplicates in my Rock Band and Guitar Hero set lists, now I’m gonna have even more duplicates.

Official press release follows:

FOURWAYS, SOUTH AFRICA – September 10th, 2009 – Megarom Interactive (Pty) Ltd., South Africa’s leading interactive video game importer and distributor, today announced the local pricing of Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and DJ Hero.

Guitar Hero 5, the latest title in the Guitar Hero franchise, has been priced locally from R899.00 for the Guitar Bundle and from R399.00 for the Stand-Alone Software. The full pricing details are set out below. The game has also been dated for release on October 16th, 2009.

DJ Hero, one of the new IPs in the Hero franchise, allows gamers to experience the thrills of a DJ with a unique new controller and gameplay technique. This product is set to retail in South Africa from R899.00 which includes the peripheral and the software (full pricing details below). DJ Hero is slated for release in November.

Band Hero, another new IP in the Hero franchise, allows players to experience the band feeling with the best pop songs made up from all era’s. Band Hero has been priced locally from R2,299.00 for the Super Bundle and from R399.00 for the Stand-Alone Software (full pricing details below). Band Hero is also slated for release in November.

Full Pricing Details:

Guitar Hero 5 – Guitar Bundle (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) – R999.00
Guitar Hero 5 – Guitar Bundle (PS2) – R899.00
Guitar Hero 5 – Stand-Alone Software (Xbox 360, PS3) – R599.00
Guitar Hero 5 – Stand-Alone Software (Wii) – R499.00
Guitar Hero 5 – Stand-Alone Software (PS2) – R399.00

DJ Hero – Bundle (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) – R999.00
DJ Hero – Bundle (PS2) – R899.00

Band Hero – Super Bundle (Xbox 360, PS2, Wii) – R2,499.00
Band Hero – Super Bundle (PS2) – R2,299.00
Band Hero – Stand-Alone Software (Xbox 360, PS3) – R599.00
Band Hero – Stand-Alone Software (Wii) – R499.00
Band Hero – Stand-Alone Software (PS2) – R399.00

This Christmas you can truly party the way you want with the variety offered by Activision and Red Octane.

Guitar Hero 5 Band List

Guitar Hero 5 Megarom has released a press release today with the band list that will be appearing in Guitar Hero 5 which is due for release in September 2009. It must be noted, that this is the release following Guitar Hero Metallica and Guitar Hero Smash Hits.

Looking at the band list I’m excited to see Dire Straits and The White Stripes on there but I’m sure Guitar Hero will succeed in getting me hooked on new artists like Guitar Hero World Tour did. One of the best new features I think is the ability to play with multiple of the same instrument in the same band. So yeah now for example you can have four guitarists at the same time.

The original press release follows:

FOURWAYS SOUTH AFRICA – 4th June 2009 – Megarom Interactive (Pty) Ltd., one of South Africa’s leading interactive video game importers and distributors, today announced that with some of the biggest rock artists and most prolific bands of all time, Guitar Hero® 5 is tuned for the ultimate shredfest as players prepare to join together and rock any way they want, with any combination of instrument controllers. Guitar Hero 5 features the most diversified set list to date, comprised of songs from some of the hottest bands of today to all-time favorite classic anthems, with music from a variety of genres including hard rock, classic rock, indie rock, metal and more. Get ready to shred, drum and wail with any in-game instrument combination as Guitar Hero announces the full list of artists and bands that will be offering up some of their greatest works to living room rockers everywhere. The complete list of artists and bands to be featured in Guitar Hero 5 when it hits store shelves later this year will include songs from:

  • 3 Doors Down
  • A Perfect Circle
  • AFI
  • Attack! Attack!
  • Band Of Horses
  • Beastie Boys
  • Beck
  • Billy Idol
  • Billy Squier
  • Blink-182
  • Blur
  • Bob Dylan
  • Bon Jovi
  • Brand New
  • Bush
  • Children of Bodom
  • Coldplay
  • Darker My Love
  • Darkest Hour
  • David Bowie
  • Deep Purple
  • Dire Straits
  • Duran Duran
  • Eagles Of Death Metal
  • Elliott Smith
  • Elton John
  • Face to Face
  • Garbage
  • Gorillaz
  • Gov’t Mule
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Iggy Pop
  • Iron Maiden
  • Jeff Beck
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • John Mellencamp
  • Johnny Cash
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • King Crimson
  • Kings Of Leon
  • Kiss
  • Love and Rockets
  • Megadeth
  • Mötley Crüe
  • Muse
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Nirvana
  • No Doubt
  • Peter Frampton
  • Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde
  • Queen & David Bowie
  • Queens Of The Stone Age
  • Rammstein
  • Rose Hill Drive
  • Rush
  • Santana
  • Scars On Broadway
  • Screaming Trees
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Sonic Youth
  • Spacehog
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Sublime
  • Sunny Day Real Estate
  • T. Rex
  • The Bronx
  • The Derek Trucks Band
  • The Duke Spirit
  • The Killers
  • The Police
  • The Raconteurs
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Sword
  • The White Stripes
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Thrice
  • Tom Petty
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • TV On The Radio
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Weezer
  • Wild Cherry
  • Wolfmother

About Activision, Inc.
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About Megarom Interactive (Pty) Ltd.
Megarom Interactive (Pty) Ltd. is based in Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa and is South Africa’s leading interactive video game importer and distributor. Megarom distributes PC, Playstation 2™, Playstation 3™, Xbox360™, PSP™, Nintendo Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, video games. Megarom was established in 1995. Megarom distributes interactive entertainment software to leading chain stores as well as independent stores nationwide.

Guitar Hero & Rock Band 2 – I’m addicted

Guitar Hero : World Tour Super Bundle (Xbox 360)When I bought Guitar Hero 2 a few years back I must say the game didn’t get much play time in my Xbox 360 console, I just figured that I was clueless and lacked the required coordination to succeed at playing a plastic guitar.

Then last year after seeing what Rock Band was like at the 2008 MVP Global Summit party, I decided to order Guitar Hero World Tour, the complete band pack. Why? I figured the drums would do it for me. As a result I found myself playing a whole lot more Guitar Hero. I put it down to the songs not the drum kit as now I’m playing guitar more often than drums.

What really makes Guitar Hero World Tour so great though is that more than two people can play at the same time which is really awesome as it brings in people that would typically not be interested in gaming. Yes its a social experience and it rocks!

Rock Band 2 (Xbox360)Rock Band Song Pack 2 (Xbox360)In March I visited Seattle again for the 2009 MVP Global Summit and once again got to see and this time even played some Rock Band 2. Unfortunately its not officially available in South Africa yet and there is no news from Electronic Arts when it will be. However our good friends at Evolution Games have been importing PAL copies in for the local gamers. The awesome thing is that all of the Guitar Hero controllers work with Rock Band 2. Stock is very limited right now so get your orders in quickly for Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360) for R699 and the Rock Band Song Pack 2 (Xbox 360) for R409.

You can easily order for Guitar Hero World Tour Standalone (Xbox 360) for R596 or the Guitar Hero World Tour Super Bundle Pack (Xbox 360) including wireless drums, a wired microphone and a wireless guitar for R2869.

Guitar Hero III: Legends Competition at rAge Expo 2008

Are you South Africa's Guitar Hero Legend? 

Megarom in association with The Lair are holding a Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock competition at rAge Expo this year. If you think you have what it takes to rock the stage, then get yourself down and enter, you might just win. Even if you aren’t going to compete, pop down and support your mates on stage.

Fourways, South Africa –4th September 2008 – Megarom Interactive (Pty) Ltd., South Africa’s leading interactive video game importer and distributor, today announced, in association with The Lair, the Guitar Hero III – Search for South Africa’s Guitar Hero Legend competition to be held at the rAge Expo this year from the 3rd – 5th October 2008 at the Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg. There are going to be two competitions running at rAge this year for Guitar Hero III. There is going to be the Ultimate Guitar Hero III Legend Competition and the Ultimate Guitar Hero III Casual Competition for the not so hardcore Guitar Hero III fan.

With a little over a month to the expo, entries have now opened for the Ultimate Guitar Hero III Legend competition on The Lair website at the following address: http://www.thelair.co.za/rAgeGH3Legends.html

The Legends Competition is limited to 64 places and we are searching for the top Guitar Hero player in the country. The competition is going to be run on a round robin tournament format until we have the top 16 players. These players will then go head-to-head against each other until we have the top 2 Guitar Hero players in South Africa. The final song, to be played on Sunday afternoon, will be Dragonforce, Through the Fire and Flames .The Legends competition is going to be completed by participants on the Hard Difficulty. Prizes are going to be awarded to the top 5 places in the Legends Competition. The prizes are as follows:

  • 1st – Xbox 360® with 60GB Hard Drive + Guitar Hero World Tour Super Bundle + Set of JBL Speakers
  • 2nd – Guitar Hero World Tour Game + Microphone + Set of JBL Speakers
  • 3rd – Guitar Hero World Tour Game + Set of JBL Speakers
  • 4th & 5th – Set of JBL Speakers Each

In addition to the Guitar Hero III Legends Competition, Megarom and The Lair are also hosting a competition aimed at the more casual gamer. This competition is also limited to 64 participants and will be competed in the same format as the Legends Competition. Participants can enter the Ultimate Guitar Hero III Casual Competition at: http://www.thelair.co.za/rAgeGH3Casual.html. This competition is going to be performed on the Medium Difficulty and gamers are going to have the chance to win many great prizes (prizes for the Casual Competition TBA).

The competition is going to be running on the Megarom/Microsoft/MTN Loaded main stage at rAge, from Friday morning until Sunday. The time of the final is TBA.

For all you Guitar Hero III fans, and those that think they can rock, go along to The Lair’s website and check out this great competition. We hope to see you all at the event, and come rock out, and prove that YOU are South Africa’s greatest Guitar Hero III Legend!