Without a doubt, the Guitar Hero series of games is one of the most original offerings in video game history and as such the hardware is very original to boot. The quality of the controller can make or break a gaming experience and I'm pleased to report the quality of the Activision offering is fantastic.
From the ground up, the hardware has been designed to give the ultimate faux guitar feel, down to the adjustable strap for the real wannabe axe shredders and the integrated whammy bar. While you may look like the neighbourhood weirdo, the hardware encourages you to throw away your inhibitions and shred to your favourite tunes!
All of the design features, such as the removable neck for easy stowage are well thought out and intuitve. After two years of ownership, the guitar is yet to show any signs of heavy guitar hero abuse and this a testament to its build quality. One little niggle is plugging in the Wii remote into the bay at the rear of the body; it often feels as though the connector could split due to the cramped nature of the bay, however this has yet to happen and I question whether it is just my paranoia. The other problem I have is the limited compatiblity with Guitar Hero 4 onwards; as it does not have the slider ar those game utilise. To be fair this does not detract to badly from the gameplay.
Overall, the message is buy Guitar Hero and this or if you already own one of the games, but another so that friends and family can shred alongside.
Perhaps my most favourite (and most expensive!!) Wii accessory is this Activision Redoctane Wireless Guitar Controller. Shaped like a classic Les Paul guitar, it is the perfect accessory for Guitar Hero, which I was given along with my Wii when I had it for my birthday a couple of years ago. It's fair to say that to start with, I didn't have a clue how to use it, and bumbled ahead without using the instructions. Error!
On the back of the main body of the guitar there is a removable cover. Inside, there's a connector to attach the Wii controller to, in the same way as you would attach the Wii Nunchuk for certain games. This is quite a squeeze, so you have to tuck the wiring in quite carefully. Once you have done so, then the connection inside effectively turns the guitar into your Wii controller.
The connection is mainly button based. Along the neck of the guitar, where you would find the strings, there are inside a row of 5 buttons. These are coloured and need to be pressed in conjunction with a long, ridged button, placed where you would normally strum on a guitar. There is also a tremolo stick which you can move on long notes in the game to alter sound.
The trick with the game is to try and time your button pressing with the corresponding notes as they appear on the screen while you're playing the game. After a bit of practice, you find that this gets a lot easier, and completing the game on easy comes rather quickly. As you progress through the game, things get harder, you need to incorporate more buttons and in various combinations and speeds, and the placement of these buttons is just right on the guitar. There are five buttons, and of course you'd only be able to use four fingers, so once you get onto Hard and Expert then it's even trickier. You'll find yourself moving the guitar about and really getting into the swing of things.
There is a strap to help add to the realism but also for practical reasons: while this is not a heavy accessory by any means, it's still quite tricky to use if you have to bear the weight as well, and any shift of weight is made a lot easier by the strap. There is a really realistic nature to using this along with the Guitar Hero games, and it's something that you'll have to have if you want to play the Guitar Hero games.
The Wii sensor play element comes into force once you get something called Star Power in the game. Once you're told it's available, the idea is that you have to lift the guitar up and the sensor bar from the Wii picks up the motion, turning everything a glowing pale blue and giving you the Star Power, thus doubling your points for the short time it's in force. One of the frustrating things is, though, that this motion only sometimes works. Occasionally, I have only slightly moved this around and it has picked up the sensor. Other times, I have struggled in vain to get this to recognise the motion to no avail, and losing out on notes missed in the process. This annoys me a bit. Perhaps it is a fault with the guitar I have as opposed to a generally bad design fault.
Overall, this is an excellent accessory for your Wii. You'll have to have one to play the Guitar Hero games, and they're not cheap. At the moment, it appears you can get it for around half price from amazon, bringing it down to just over the £30 mark. However, at full price, it really packs a dent in your wallet. The best way of getting this is in a bundle, with the game as well. This reduces the cost, and once you have the guitar, it's compatible with other guitar based games as well. I do recommend getting this, as there's something great about wirelessly playing guitar on a game and getting a real feel for being a rock star. Feel free to go overboard and jump around like a lunatic as well, but just make sure you time things right with the game. The guitar is an expensive, but great accessory for the Wii. Recommended.
This is just a brilliant product for one of the best games around, and certainly one of the most fun. It can be used with all the Guitar Hero games, and produces some fantastic entertainment. It is designed like a real guitar, and although it´s obviously not exactly like the genuine article, it´s real enough that it´s easy to believe that you´re playing a guitar whilst playing the game. It features an analogue stick and a slot into which you put the Wii remote - this is a little bit fiddly, as you have to put it in from the back, but it´s not too difficult to do, and you get the hang of it. Once you´ve done that and set up the game, you play it by strumming the plastic ridge where the strings would be and pressing the coloured buttons on the neck to produce different chords.
Basically, it´s the same design as the guitars available for the XBOX and Playstation games, and though it´s a bit more fiddly to set up than those, it´s still a great accessory, and has been cleverly adapted for the use of the Wii, meaning Wii users don´t miss out on a great game.
The guitar itself is all made of plastic, and is quite lightweight, but doesn´t feel too cheap or liable to break. The body is strong and pretty tough, and the individual components stand up to some pretty tough playing. I have to say, though, that the strumming-ridge in the middle of the guitar, which is of course played all the time, does eventually start to show wear and tear, and in some guitars I´ve used (although not mine, maybe I´m more careful with my stuff!), I´ve noticed that this part of the product has become quite loose and unresponsive, which damages the enjoyment of the game, and really needs replacing. This doesn´t happen quickly, and only seems to occur after you´ve been playing the game intensely and for a long time, but when you spend so much on a piece of equipment, you would be disppointed if it broke while you were doing what it´s designed for. So that´s one thing to consider.
Obviously, the price is a big issue with this product - buying the game and the guitar will cost about 70 pounds together, although once you´ve bought the guitar once, you can just buy the individual games, which works out cheaper. I think it´s worth it for the quality of the game and the fun you can have playing as a group, but it´s not cheap.
Overall, I think this is a really well-designed accessory for a great game that´s worth the price - if you´re fairly careful, it should last, so I´d recommend the product.
If you fancy yourself as a budding rock god, or even a guitar hero and you own a Nintendo Wii games console, then the chances are you will have heard of the well received series of Guitar Hero games. Anyone with one of the series of games will know that to play the game you will need to get yourself a suitable guitar and not just any guitar either!
Thats where the Activision Red Octane Wireless Guitar Controller for the Nintendo Wii becomes important. Its just one of the series of controllers that you can use, along with your Wiimote control to play and enjoy the Guitar Hero games.
This particular guitar is based on the Classic Les Paul guitar shape. Now any real life guitarist will be able to tell you what an iconic design/ make of guitar that is to guitarists all over the world. Many strive to get their hands on them, but they aren't cheap to buy so many only ever end up with an Epiphone Les Paul copy.
So it makes great sense to me that the Les Paul shape was picked by Nintendo as one of the controllers for the series of games. After all its a classic and now its a classic in plastic!
What I like about the controller is that fact that even non guitar players can stand, guitar in hand and feel like they are really playing away with great aplomb. At first its hard to keep up but you can soon master easy mode.
I love the looks on peoples face when they mange to keep time with the game and get to the end of a piece of music for the first time, they just look so very happy. But, you do need to practice with the guitar, as its quite hard to use this guitar controller to complete the whole game from start to finish on the hardest game play setting.
I know I was thrilled when I first completed a song on Guitar Hero 1, which I think was Joan Jett and the Blackhearts from memory. Well who doesn't love rock and roll eh? One thing I would say is that if you have enjoyed the use of the Activision Red Octane Wireless Guitar Controller and had thoughts about taking up the guitar then you should, as there is nothing like the feel of playing a real guitar plugged into a good quality amp.
The way the Activision Red Octane Wireless Guitar Controller works is easy to grasp. All you need to do is inset your Wiimote controller into the space provided in the back of the guitar body. Once set up you can use the 5 coloured tabs on the guitar neck to play in time to the music.
You use the green, red and yellow buttons when playing on easy mode. If playing on the medium game play mode you use, the green, red, yellow and blue buttons to play the notes in time to the backing track. On both hard and expert mode you use all 5 buttons, green, red, yellow, blue and orange.
The tremolo arm that comes with the guitar is used to bend longer notes down during the game. During game play when your star power meter shows as being full, you need to tilt the guitar upwards and this will activate the star power mode, which gives you twice as many points for a short time.
The Activision Red Octane Wireless Guitar Controller comes with its own guitar strap, so you can be ready to put that in place and play in a flash. The tremolo arm is already in place on the guitar and is not removable.
There is a long shaped button on the middle of the guitar body and this is the one that you use to strum along in time to the music with. Its hard to co-ordinate strumming and using the buttons at first, but you soon get the hang of it.
I have found that using the Wiimote and Activision Red Octane Wireless Guitar Controller together for game play to be great fun, but it really does drain your Wiimote battery power quite quickly! My advice there would be to have a spare Wiimote charged and ready to go. That way you can just insert a new controller into the guitar body, then carry on with your game. Simples.
You can also buy different face plates to enhance your Activision Red Octane Wireless Guitar Controller and make it look a little different. Mine has a silver mirror effect face plate on it and it looks great. It does however show every little mark and finger print, which can be rather annoying.
Over al the concept of having a guitar gaming controller is really appealing to me and so it gets a 5 star rating. The Les Paul shape is only one of the types that I have and you can buy others either with a specific Guitar Hero game or on its own.
It is cheaper in the long run to buy both game and controller together unless buying pre owned. You can also buy the guitar controllers as part of a kit that includes, drums and a microphone if you want to.
I would say that whilst the Activision Red Octane Wireless Guitar Controller is great fun to play and well worth getting for your guitar based games, it can never replace the feeling of playing a real guitar and if you are any good at Guitar Hero you may want to consider dabbling with the real thing.
Bundled with the ever popular guitar hero for wii, this accessory is the controller for the entire game.
Therefore lets look at it's long term build quality first. It is a fairy sturdy piece of equipment, it never feels like it is going to break while in your hands. The place where you insert the wii remote into is extremely fiddly however, and I can imagine with prolonged use will begin to falter, as it is thin plastic holding it in. It has 5 note buttons, guitar whammy stick and a "star power" button that are all fundamental to gameplay, and all feels very solid even after a while.
Another issue is that when the wii remote is plugged in, you can no longer use the motion sensing and have to use the joystick on the controller. Not only is this unsightly to the design, but it is quite haphazard with how it works, it's quite confusing knowing which way it thinks is forward.
It must be said though, the device for the actual gameplay is brilliant. Of course it doesn't feel overly realistic, but there's enough to rock out with here, thanks to the size. There's also a whammy bar to make weird noises with your notes, which is always fun to use. You can really rock out.
I have always wanted to learn the bass guitar but just like most people I never seem to have the time to go get lessons, even though it is suppose to be the easiest instrument to learn (but the hardest to master) I just never had the time.
Well a few Christmases ago we all chipped in to get my brother guitar hero world tour, and I also got him a second guitar so that when all the presents were done we could jump straight on and play (I'm a big kid at heart) but I got the guitar for him, honest.
For those of you who don't know guitar hero world tour is a music game consisting of a drummer, singer, guitar, but other instruments can be added including a bass guitar.
You can get the game guitar hero with just a guitar and no other instruments and have battles with people if you have a second guitar, but we figured that it would be more fun with a group of us getting the guitar hero world tour.
It doesn't matter if you are big or small this guitar sits well with everyone, it's almost like a one size fits all, this guitar is smaller than a regular guitar, if you stand one next to the other, this Activision Red Octane Wireless Guitar is a full 10 " shorter than a regular guitar only measuring in height being 29" and the widest part of it's base being 9.5" so as you can probably work out it does sound small and only weighing at 4.6 pounds really leaves you wondering. When you see it in it's box you think it's going to be full size, until you take it out of its box and realize that actually it looks like a real guitars younger brother, but then when you connect it up to the Wii and begin playing you soon forget about the size and how small it seems and get sucked into the game and slowly bit by bit feeling like a rock star.
It has a black long neck measuring at 18.5" with five buttons at the top end of the neck Green, Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange, each colour button represents a different note. When you place your fingers over the buttons they do line up well with no awkward or uncomfortable positions to make sure that they are all on the buttons, when pressing on the buttons they only need the slightest of pressure for the Wii console to register what you have pressed.
Coming further down to the wider base of the unit, where the neck of the guitar is jet black, the base of the guitar is a white of whites, but right in the middle where you would usually have the strings that you would strum or pick, you have a black flip lever that basically acts the same way as if they were strings but this is called a "Strum bar", for example, every time you hit a button at the top of the neck you have to push down or up on the Strum Bar for the Button to be registered, just like on a real guitar (only a guitar requires more skill). This guitar also has a "whammy bar" yes that is the actual terminology for that lever on the bottom that gives you reverb, if you can fit the whammy bar in whenever you are playing that is good, and adds to your scoring but when you get a real long note that your holding then not grab that bar and go nuts (I do).
Just below the "Whammy Bar" you have 2 buttons a + button and a - button they don't do anything during the game and they don't really do anything outside of the game either so basically they don't do....much.
Above where the Bridge would be located on a normal guitar you have a rectangular hole, this is where you would connect your Wii remote and tuck it into the hole with the buttons facing out, as soon as the remote is connected the guitar comes to life, just next to where you have put the Wii control is a little black joystick that deals with the Left, Right, Up, Down.
In the box comes a strap to put on the guitar and around your self, just to finish off the look and the last and final thing you get in the box is some stickers that you can put on that white surface to really rock it up, this is the only instrument that can be 2 instruments, it can be a guitar or a bass.
press the buttons on the Guitar Hero Wireless Controller in sync with scrolling "notes" on screen that indicate the rhythm of the song. Players activate these "notes" by flicking the strum bar on the Guitar.
If you have ever had a dream to play the guitar or bass at an armature, intermediate or advanced level you need to pick up this controller and show the world how well you play.
So what you waiting for Strap on your Guitar, plug it in, and Crank It Up!
Guitar hero by activision is a music game where you use a guitar controller to as either a guitarist or bassist in time to numerous songs.
When you buy the game you have a few options, you can buy it:
Solo - Just the game
The game and 1 guitar
Or the band bundle, which includes drums, mic and guitars.
If you buy the single guitar pack and decide you want to play cooperative or 2-player then you will need another guitar. And luckily for you Activision and red octane released the wireless guitar controller for you to buy to enable you to play with a friend.
The guitar itself is based on a Les Paul, which is where the shape of the controller comes from, and it does a pretty good job too!
The guitar comes in two parts, the main body and the guitar neck. The two pieces just slide together easily and click just to ensure you know they are firmly locked together.
On the front side of the guitar body you have the following:
Strum bar - Used to strum up or down to make the guitar react as if it had strings.
To the bottom right of the guitar body there are two buttons and the whammy arm. The buttons are start and select, used as normal with games, start pauses the game etc. Select can be used to initiate the power ups, which can also be done by quickly lifting the guitar neck end first.
The whammy bar allows you to change the note when being played by giving it the echo/ wobbly noise. You can do this whenever you get a long note to play.
In the main body of the guitar you also have a large cutout. This is so you can slot in your Wii controller. Unlike the guitars for other platforms the Wii one still relies on utilising the buttons on the remote. The other guitars for PS3 and X box have directional buttons on the body. The wii one uses the remote so has less on the body!
So use the wii remote in the guitar to control on screen menus!
The neck of the guitar has five buttons on it situated toward the end of the guitar. The buttons are green, red, yellow, blue and orange. These correspond to the notes you see on screen. You hold these down in order and strum in sequence to "hit" the notes. The harder the level the faster and more combinations of these five buttons you will be required to achieve.
The adjustable shoulder strap is great allowing you to have the guitar hanging low or high for those tricky solos!
So overall a great controller for one of the best music games available. They can be pricey but they are great controllers, which work well. A great controller, you have the game, you now look the part! Awesome!
The other note i would like to add is just how sturdy and well built the controllers are! Really good quality, and so they should be for the price!
The 'RedOctane Wireless Guitar' made by Activision is the controller which comes as standard when you purchase Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for the Nintendo Wii.
In a classic Gibson Les Paul design, the device feels quite sturdy and features an adjustable shoulder strap. The neck end houses the five coloured fret buttons (green, red, yellow, blue & orange) whilst the body of the unit houses the strum bar, whammy bar, two buttons and a control stick. The control stick is generally only used for navigating through the Wii menu system before loading the guitar Hero game, and is not needed during actual gameplay.
The 'brains' of the unit is the Wii controller which fits into a space on the front left side of the guitar. This provides the user with motion sensitive controls to activate 'star power', a power-up system used in the popular rock franchise. The controller also allows the guitar to be wireless - using it's inbuilt bluetooth to add functionality to the device.
The guitar on the whole isn't too small - probably just under 3/4's of the size of a real guitar - it doesn't feel too tiny to make you feel silly when using it however.
Costing £49 from Game, the controller is fairly pricey. There are cheaper alternatives available - for example, the version made by Njoy which costs £28.98 from Amazon. This isn't as well built however, and probably won't last as long as its Activision rival.
Overall, the RedOctane Wireless Guitar controller is the original and best Guitar Hero operating device. It's ingenious design has allowed gamers around the globe to get a feel of what being a stadium rocker is actually like.