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Activision RedOctane Wireless Guitar Controller (Xbox360)

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      12.10.2010 10:37
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      A great guitar for a great game.

      The ever popular Guitar hero by activision is a music game where you use a guitar style controller to play lead guitar or bass in many well known songs.
      You can get one guitar controller and the game, or buy the game solo. But if you want to play cooperative or 2-player then you will need another guitar.
      Activision and red octane released the wireless guitar controller for you to buy to enable you to play with a friend.

      This guitar itself is based on a Les Paul, so thats the shape sorted!
      The guitar itself also comes in two parts, the main body and the guitar neck. The two pieces just slide together easily and make a satisfying click, you know they are joined properly!
      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. Just above this is a small array of red led lights. They will light up depending on which controller number you are.
      To the top corner of the guitar you will find a directional pad and playstation button. The d-pad allows you to select and move up/down/left/right through menus. Reducing the need for your normal pad to be used.

      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. Or slightly long note depending on how good you get.

      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.

      On the back of the guitar you will find the battery compartment, which takes two AA batteries. They last for a long time so no need to panic there! You will also see two small levers too. One is to release the neck, for storage purposes, the other is to remove the faceplate of the guitar. You can buy new ones or even release your boring one and repaint or customise it. There is also the guitar hero logo stamped into it too.
      If thats not your thing you can always use the supplied A5 sticker sheets to customise your guitar!

      The wireless reciever plugs into one of your usb hubs and is shaped like a guitar plectrum.

      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!

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      12.07.2010 22:20
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      A great way to play guitar hero

      I am a big fan of the Guitar Hero games and when I bought Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock, it came in a pack with the Redoctane Wireless Guitar Controller for the Xbox 360.

      The Wireless Guitar Controller is not totally essential to play the game, you can play the game with the usual wireless controllers for the console itself, but it is a lot harder to play this way, and lets be fair the name of the game is Guitar Hero!

      The Wireless Guitar Controller is basically what it says it is, a wireless controller for the game in the shape and playability of a guitar. The neck of the guitar has 5 colored buttons on it, green - red - yellow - blue and orange. On the main body of the guitar is a strum bar, a whammy bar and two buttons - start and back. There is also a built in movement sensor in the guitar that is triggered by tilting the guitar up so you can activate star power whilst playing the game.

      The controller is powered either by two AA batteries, or you can buy a seperate battery pack made specifically for the controller, which you can charge using the USB port on your Xbox 360 or on your computer. I found that with a fair bit of play, you can go through batteries quite easily and quickly, so I found it to be a much better choice to buy the battery pack and charger unit, as this actually cost me less than a pack of decent batteries.

      I am not going to explain how to play the game, as that would be a review of the game, but for those who do not know how to play, I do have a previous review of Guitar Hero 3 that you are welcome to read through.

      I really do enjoy playing the game with the Wireless Guitar Controller as it is a cool new way of playing games, and thankfully, it is not as heavy as a real guitar, so it does not impeed on your game playing. The controller itself is easy enough to use, once you get used to how to play the game. It has an attached strap so you can place the guitar on your body just like how you would with a real guitar and this enables you to sit or stand whilst you play the game.

      The Wireless Guitar Controller also is easy enough to put away if you don't want it on display when not in use. The neck comes out of the main body part by flicking a secure switch on the back, and also you can change the faceplates on the guitar, so you can customise it as to how you want it to look. There are many different faceplates available to buy for it.

      For those who play on Xbox live, there is a port for you to plug in your headset (should you have a wired one) on this guitar controller, so you can play away and chat to friends online, or just argue with the people you are playing with (trust me, it is something we all end up doing on Xbox live these days!)

      I have had my controller now for some time, almost 3 years now and it has held up well *touch wood*. It has been through a house move, a redecorating and a fair few bumps and scrapes, but it has held up good and still works just as well as the day I bought it.

      As I said earlier, I got my Wireless Guitar Controller with the game I bought, but these can be bought as stand alone controllers, and as they have been around for sometime now, they are actually a pretty decent price. You can buy them in places in like Game and HMV but I found the best price to be on Amazon.co.uk

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      23.07.2009 08:46
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      A fantastic plastic guitar that makes gameplay so much more animated.

      The Red Octane Guitar is one that I received when I purchased a pre-owned guitar hero three: legends of rock bundle (already reviewed here).

      The guitar I has it wireless and for use with the Xbox 360. It's very easy to sync this with the Xbox 360 by pressing a button on the console and on the guitar. The two items will then be synced with one another so that I simply turn on the guitar, sign in to the Xbox 360 and then I can begin playing the game.

      The guitar is fairly cool to look at. It's black & sleek looking, mine is adorned with lots of stickers which the previous owner had kindly placed in stupid places and I'm too lazy to peel them off and wash off the sticky residue that they leave behind.

      There are five buttons on this guitar (green, red, yellow, blue & orange) and these are used on varying difficulties on the guitar hero games. There is also a strum bar which is a plastic bar which can be strummed up or down to play a note on the game. There is a small whammy bar as well which can be used on longer notes throughout the game to increase the amount of points you can earn during a song and produce a different sound to the note. The whammy bar makes everything sound much cooler and when playing against someone of the same level as me online it's helped me to win the odd match by just a thousand or two thousand points.

      There is a star power button (also the back button when not playing in a game) and this helps you during the game. I do find that the button is in a slightly inconvenient place because of the small whammy bar and I sometimes struggle to hit it. This is particularly annoying if you have turned off the feature that allows you to tip the guitar to activate star power. I also find that it's extremely sensitive at activating star power by tilting the guitar and no matter what position I am standing in and holding the guitar it always activates (must to the annoyance of any fellow band members).

      I've had this guitar for around 6 months now and have no idea how long the previous owner had it for as I purchased this from Gamestation. I've not had any problems with the guitar and the notes that I strum are always played just as I have pressed the buttons.

      I believe that this can currently be purchased new with Guitar Hero 3: Legends Of Rock for under £50.00 and I paid around £40.00 for mine six months ago pre-owned.

      I am going to rate this guitar 4/5 as it helps to play the game fine and I just have a couple of minor complaints about it that don't particularly affect the game play. It's a pretty aesthetically pleasing guitar and I love playing it, even after 6 months of ownership. I would definitely recommend this product to anybody who wants to become a guitar hero legend (or at least attempt to become one!).

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      03.07.2009 05:23
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      the best of the bunch in my mind

      the controller I am reviewing is the one that came with Guitar Hero Aerosmith (don't buy the game unless it's very cheap by the way) but is exactly the same as this one with a different face plate on it.

      Out all the several guitar hero controllers that are out for the xbox 360 this is my first choice, although it's not perfect it is the best combination of cool, comfort and function they have found yet.

      This was the first wireless guitar controller for the xbox 360, it has the coloured buttons (red, blue, Green, yellow and orange), the trem, the strum bad, start button, select button and of course the wireless sync button. So pretty much a standard affair (until the world tour controller brought in the slide pad).

      One of the reasons I find this my preferred choice is it's size, it's comfortable to play while sitting down, I find the World tour guitar a little large for that and is better standing up.

      There is no delay between pressing the buttons and the action on the screen though one problem the star power tilt can be a bit sensitive and often you find you're using star power when you didn't intend to.

      I have used my controller for about 100 hours play in total and only gone through 3 sets of batteries in that time, and the guitar is still working as well as it did when it was new.

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      19.04.2009 21:40
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      Save your money for another controller

      The Les Paul Guitar controller for Guitar Hero. when it comes to Xbox 360 controllers, or just all controllers in general, this is the epitome of cool. However, there are drawbacks.

      For one, each Les Paul I've used whilst playing Guitar Hero has had the tendency to overreact to movement, the star power tilt sensor will activate star power at even the slightest tip upwards, especially if playing standing up. Secondly, the Les Paul controllers are notorious in that they're more likely to break than the older X-plorer controller, be it that the fretboard comes loose of its own free will, or buttons may simply decide to no longer react to applied pressure. I have indeed experienced trouble with my own controller, and replaced it with the more reliable, albeit smaller, X-plorer, which is in my opinion a more efficient controller.

      For the job the Les Paul controller is designed to do, it is perfect, however, should you have bought this controller wanting to keep it and not have to spend again on your favourite game, you may want to think twice, and perhaps invest in one of the new guitar hero: world tour controllers, or the retro X-plorer.

      My advice: Save your money for something more reliable and sturdy.

      Les Paul Guitar Controller: 7/10

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        21.01.2009 01:09
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        I had bad luck but maybe others have been luckier

        I first came across this guitar with the release of the game Guitar Hero 3, I had previously purchased Guitar Hero 2 so luckily I had another guitar at my dispense after using this dodgey product.

        To start with this guitar worked great, it plugged into the xbox 360 the same way any wireless controll does (by pressing the wireless button and connecting it to the system) easily and worked perfectly.

        The controller was used in gameplay in the same way as other plug in guitar, so I had no problems in picking up the technique of playing it.

        However I didnt get much game play time with this controller, within 1 week the green button that is needed to play the game broke, no matter how much I pressed it the button wouldnt register, then in the same way the red and orange buttons broke and stopped responding. This meant that it was absolutely useless to use to play this game.

        To me this purchase has been a complete waste to money and if I didnt already have the plug in controller from the previous game I would not have been able to play my game at all without forking out more cash for another controller.

        Overall I am really disappointed in this product, I am not the only one to have this problem as friends wireless guitars have also had faults in them.

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