Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Revenge of Stan Bush

Singer-songwriter Stan Bush has, for the better part of the last decade, been experiencing one of the most improbable late-career rebirths in recent rock history. A quintessential stylist of 80s "power ballad" metal, he was mostly known for composing moderately-noteworthy tracks that wound up used in B-movies like "Bloodsport" and (more recently) on "Sailor Moon."

All that changed with the overdue re-release in the U.S. of the original "Transformers" movie, reaquainting fans with the "You've Got The Touch" and "Dare" - two tracks he recorded for the movie which have gone on to become ironic cult-classics in their own right. Since then, Bush's "second win" career has primarily involved performing said songs at Transformers conventions and composing NEW songs also related to the aforementioned intergalatic robot war. At least two such songs were offered (by Bush) to the producers of the Michael Bay Transformers movies... and rejected, presumably as part of Bay etc's resistance to all things that are awesome.

In any case, Bush is evidently planning to ride this train as far as it'll take him. The video game "Transformers: Battle For Cybertron" - handily described as a giant bucket of interactive 80s Transformers fan-service - is out this week, and KOTAKU already has a video up of the game's ending credits. Playing over said credits? Yet ANOTHER new Stan Bush song about Transformers. Give it a look: http://kotaku.com/5570343/transformers-credits-are-a-joy-for-old+timers

In other news, "Transformers 3" is still on a track to suck about a year from now.

12 comments:

xarin said...

I really hope that game get's a pc release at some point

Mason said...

xarin: It IS available on the pc. $40 on Steam.

GEL said...

It's a damn shame the multiplayer is such a cop-out in some ways, basically just being Unreal With Transformers.

Sorry but Revenge of the Fallen's GAME (the 360/PS3/PC one) was shockingly good in that respect. Oh sure the single player was bland but functional (due to being made in a year), but the MULTIPLAYER was...well it's the best damn third person shooter I had ever played in my entire life. Seriously. The constant shifting between three different playstyles, the insane variety in characters, just...THE DEPTH was AMAZING! They created a game that was uniquely Transformers, milking the Transformation ability for all it's worth!

What's even sadder is that Luxoflux, the company that made Revenge of the Fallen, WANTED to make a Gen 1 game! They even released special DLC of Gen 1 characters on the grounds that if it sold it proved there was a market for such a thing...

...and then High Moon Studios gets it instead and Luxoflux goes bankrupt and NOW *EVERYONE* is all creaming their pants over a damn reskinned Unreal with tacked-on transforming that barely even fucking counts when TRUE FUCKING BRILLIANCE goes unnoticed...due mostly to the fact that the movie said brilliance was based on sucked.

Argh.

xarin said...

@ Mason

thanks, off to Cybertron I go...

Robert said...

When I saw Battle for cyberton I nearly screamed "Why couldn't the movie be more like this!?" They caputred more of the spirit and was closer to the look in a 30 second thing than anything the movie did!

Captain Machine said...

Balls I was going to leave this game and just rent it but the Fan Boy in me must own this and realising that its coming out and Stan Bush is in the game I have to have it.

Captain Machine said...

Actually 'Til All Are One' is from 1997 and is considered in a large part of the fandom to be the best song for the franchise.

Anonymous said...

"They created a game that was uniquely Transformers, milking the Transformation ability for all it's worth!"

The transforming in ROTF game was nothing more than a glorified boost mode that bearly served ANY purpose. In this game atl east the viechle has it's own ammo and weapons, not to menatino that it's a vital par of some levels...

You're full of shit!

GEL said...

"The transforming in ROTF game was nothing more than a glorified boost mode that bearly served ANY purpose. In this game atl east the viechle has it's own ammo and weapons, not to menatino that it's a vital par of some levels...

You're full of shit!"

The vehicles in RotF ALSO had their own weapons (not to mention actually FEELING like vehicles with cars drifting and planes barrel rolling and all that shit), but it was MORE than that! There were the cross-transformational moves. Holding A while switching from vehicle to robot allowed you to super jump, Holding X allowed you to transform directly into a melee attack, holding B allowed you to Ground Pound! This could then be used for some pretty spiffy techniques: Climb up a building, turn into a car, boost->super jump off the building, turn into a car in mid-air, hold B while transforming back to ground pound from high in the sky! (Highly situational but it can definitely surprise people)

It's really hard to say if the War for Cybertron vehicles are more or less useable. On one hand they are because they work just like your robot form. On the other hand it makes them kinda pointless in comparison.

xarin said...

and for some reason War on Cybertron still isn't available in my area...

and they wonder why people are tempted to download games

Anonymous said...

If it's any consolation, a friend of mine was on the Transformers 3 set and saw Megan Fox get killed. He said it was incredibly gratifying.

xarin said...

yes, yes it is extremely gratifying