DON'T HOLD YER BREATH
"Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock" (Sept. 28)
The franchise that virtually invented the music game genre came close to killing it during the last two years by oversaturating the market with too many editions and too little variety. While "Warriors of Rock" returns to the series' roots, critics have slammed its new "Quest" (storyline) mode for being confusing and too limiting.
"PowerGig: Rise of the SixString" (Oct. 19)
Publisher: Seven45 Studios
Among the titles adding instructional elements to their game play this year, "PowerGig" goes further than others by featuring an actual six-string guitar. But upstart developer/publisher Seven45 will face challenges stocking the game against titles from larger rivals. It will also have to fight the perception that "PowerGig" is an instructional title rather than just a game, despite featuring music by Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews Band and Kid Rock.