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Guitar Hero III Rakes First Week Sales

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–Activision, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) announced today that consumer sell through for Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock™ exceeded $115 million within seven days of the game’s North American release, making it the largest single product launch in the company’s history. The game was released on October 28, 2007, and will launch in Europe on November 23, 2007.

The Guitar Hero franchise has remained the #1 best-selling franchise in the U.S. through September, according to the NPD Group. The franchise has sold more than six million units worldwide to date, according to The NPD Group, Charttrack and Gfk.

Guitar Hero has expanded well beyond video games and is one of the biggest entertainment franchises in the marketplace today. The release of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock marks the franchise’s debut on PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo, making it the only music based game on all console platforms.

Competitively, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is set to significantly widen its lead in the market with strong early consumer response well in advance of the holiday season, an unprecedented global supply of product, record retail support with more than 30,000 in-store kiosks, an unparalleled number of music tracks, a highly competitive price point and the only game in its genre available worldwide.

“Guitar Hero III is the game that everyone is talking about. It is the only video game to make the Toys “R” Us Hot Toy list for 2007 and Toy Wishes’ Hot Dozen 2007, which forecast the most popular holiday gifts of the season. Despite having significantly increased our production capabilities for the holiday, there is still a high likelihood that we will not be able to meet demand for this game on every platform,” stated Robert Kotick, Chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will offer a robust slate of new downloadable online content. The title’s first video game song pack, The Interscope Soundtrack Pack, was released at launch exclusively for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and includes songs from Marilyn Manson, AFI and Flyleaf. In November, Activision will release three new downloadable video game song packs for the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Each downloadable pack contains three individual songs.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock includes explosive new content and features including a multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, a host of exclusive unlockable content and visually stunning rock venues. Expanded online multiplayer game modes allow consumers worldwide to compete head-to-head for true legendary rock status. For the first time ever, Guitar Hero fans are also able to thrash and burn with new wireless guitar controllers available for each platform. The game features a star-studded soundtrack including master tracks by such legendary artists as Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys and Pearl Jam as well as original songs by guitar icons Slash and Tom Morello. The sequel also offers downloadable content from some of the most popular European bands.

New Halo 3 Info to be Revealed Tomorrow

Frank O’Connor and Lars Bakken from Bungie are going to be apart of a Bungie Developer’s tour event in Australia tomorrow. Most of the press will be there and it’s rumored quite a bit of new stuff is going to come out of the event. There are already pics of a new multiplayer map that has been revealed to IGN.

Check them out.

More Guitar Hero III Tracks Revealed

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Today Activision even announced the next set of songs to be included in the next guitar hero. Not bad stuff. Here is the complete list:

Suck My Kiss, Red Hot Chili Peppers
La Grange, ZZ Top
Number Of The Beast, Iron Maiden
Through The Fire And Flames, Dragonforce
Miss Murder (by AFI)
Through Fire and Flames (by Dragonforce)
Number of the Beast (by Iron Maiden)
3’s and 7’s (by Queens of the Stone Age)
Suck My Kiss (by Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Raining Blood (by Slayer)
Reptillia (by The Strokes)
Paranoid (as made famous by Black Sabbath)
Cities on Flame (as made famous by Blue Oyster Cult)
Mississippi Queen (as made famous by Mountain)
La Grange (as made famous by ZZ Top)

Not a bad little list. The AFI and RHCP songs are pretty much the only ones that interest me. But I am sure there’s something here for most gamers. Enjoy.

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Halo 3 Replica Weapons are on the way

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For the uber Halo nerds of the world. Here you go, real weapons are coming your way.

The plasma rifle and plasma pistol are first out the gate with a price of $119 and $79 respectively for the weapons from the Halo world. Probably the most sought out weapon though in the game and in real life, the plasma energy sword will be released some time in 2008.

All the weapons seem to be of the laser tag variety. Definitely something to consider for the Halo freak on your holiday list this season.

You can check out the full press release here .

Call of Duty 4 Xbox 360 Achievements Revealed

A few more of these posts will pop up as the major holiday release achievement’s are released. Today, Call of Duty 4’s have been put out. The best part? No ridiculous veteran difficulty achievements. Even though, the achievements do not tell us whether or not they’ve scrapped the difficulty level or only made two. Check em out here.

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