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Having been a fan of the Guitar Hero series for a good few years now since playing the original on the Playstation 2, I've ended up with 6 of the titles now on my Xbox 360 from Guitar Hero 3 to the new Guitar Hero : Warriors of Rock. I was in Gamestation a little over a year ago and saw the Guitar Hero World Tour game for the DS in the bargain bin and thought I'd give it a go. I wasn't sure what to expect really, as the sound isn't really anything to write home about on the DS lite, compared to the Xbox anyway, but for £5 for the game and the grip I wasn't going to complain.
- - My Experience - -
When I got home I thought I'd give it a bash and immediately reached for the DS and plugged in, it was that simple. I fastened the grip securely over my hand and it felt like I had a good grip, until I started playing that is, my hand felt like it was slipping from the grip slightly, and I was trying really hard to reach the buttons. I tried with my other hand to see if it was just me being a bit of a gimp, but I was even worse with that hand. I carried on anyway and just switched the difficult down a notch so I didn't have to reach for the buttons so quickly, but then the game ended up being too easy.
A couple of songs down and the DS informed me that the grip had been removed from the system and would need restarting. I thought it was just my fault, but then it happened more and more, and I became extremely frustrated with it. Especially when it would cut out half way through a song I was getting into, as far as I was concerned the grip was still secure inside the DS.
I plodded on regardless as I wanted to complete the career but ended up giving up half way through anyway as my hand started to cramp up. This happens after around 15-20minutes of playing the game now, this only happens to me on the Xbox Guitar Hero guitar controller after hours of play. The DS felt really bulky in my hand, and awkward to hold, and I think as you are trying to keep a constant grip on it so you don't drop it, that's why your hand cramps up easier.
The good thing about the grip is that it was cheap, and the plectrum you get with it which replaces the stylus is quite cute, and the grip has a little slot for the plectrum to be housed in. Apart from that there isn't anything that great about it. The grip and game have been sat on the shelf for months now, I occasionally pick it up for a quick play but then just end up getting frustrated with it disconnecting or my hand cramps up.
- - Overall - -
You can buy it for a couple of quid from many game stores, or online. Amazon is currently selling them for just over £2 so it's a bargain. However, if you've got anything newer than a DS lite it isn't going to work. The DSi and consoles afterwards, all got rid of the Gameboy Advance slot that was at the bottom of the DS lite, this is what the guitar grip uses to be plugged into the system, so before you think of buying it make sure you have a compatible DS or DS lite. DSi's onwards WILL NOT WORK.
I would only recommend it if you have an old DS and are a big fan of the guitar hero series, however I'd much rather play it on my Xbox where I'm not going to get cramps so easily and have better sound quality. I also prefer holding a "real" guitar hero guitar instead of the grip and my DS. It's just too bulky, and I doubt it would be very good for young kids who have small hands and may find it difficult holding the grip with the DS as it's quite bulky and sometimes difficult to reach all of the buttons.
Bargain price, fun bit of kit but save up for a console version instead ,you'll have way more fun.
The guitar hero grip controller was a bit of kit I got for the nintendo ds game guitar hero on tour. The ds is a small hand held gaming console and the guitar hero on tour game can be played with the guitar hero grip controller. It can be fun to use for short time spans.
The idea is to use the controller attached to the ds and then use the features on it to play the game. The grip goes into the game boy advance slot when you need to use it. This is easy to do you push it in place and it takes a few seconds to set up. The connection is good and I had no problems with it.
When playing the game you use the 4 coloured buttons in the same way you use the buttons on the guitar controller for the full sized version of the game. If you are left handed you can hold the grip in the opposite way and it will still work.
The guitar hero grip is small and can end up hurting your hand if you use it for too long. I think I was alright using it for about half an hour but after that I had to have a break as I got hand cramps. You hold it a bit like when you use a camcorder type thing.
When I got the game I got the controller with it as part of the pack. The hand strap that you get comes as part of the set up and you only need to hook your hand under it do use it. You can adjust the fit of the hand grip but I got cramps even after I had done that. The strap is easy to adjust.
The guitar hero grip is well made and the functions buttons work fine when you use them. I didn't have any problems with them when I used this. The response from them was good. I think the grip controller is durable but can cause hand cramps if you use it for too long and I think that is a bit of a pain.
I think that its best to have breaks when you use the grip controller and that way you can get the best from it with not too much strain on the hands. Perhaps people with smaller hands may not have such problems with hand cramps but I don't know for sure.
I would recommend the guitar grip because it adds a bit more fun to the game and the coloured control buttons can be used like the guitar frets on the normal guitar used in the full sized ps3 and wii versions of the game. The controller does not need any batteries and that is a good thing I liked about it.
I got mine with the game but you can buy a replacement one for about £5. Many computer games shops also sell second hand grip controllers and I have seen these sometimes at good prices.