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Genre: Music & Dancing / Release Date: 2009-06-26 / Published by Activision

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      13.04.2010 19:08
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      Very good game, and fun to play

      I've been a fan of the Guitar Hero series since World Tour came out, and I decided to finally change from playing Guitar Hero only on the PS3. And so I saw Guitar Hero Modern Hits in HMV for £10, including the guitar grip, and bought it. For a Nintendo DS game, they managed to get quite a lot onto that one little cartridge. There are 28 playable songs (I think), which is pretty decent in my opinion.

      Gameplay - the same as any other Guitar Hero game, except you have to drag the stylus across the touch screen in order to "strum" instead of having something like a strum bar. And there are only four fret buttons instead of the five that you get with guitar controllers for consoles.

      Songs - a good selection here actually! I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of my favourites in there, along with several songs that I've come to love since discovering them in the game! If you're a fan of the kind of songs on Guitar Hero: World Tour, then you'll probably find something you love on this game.
      Examples: The Offspring - Half-Truism, Placebo - The Bitter End, Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire, AFI - Miss Murder

      You play through different venues, unlocking new ones after gathering a certain number of "fans". Playing a song for the first time also unlocks different challenges (under the name of "Fan Requests") for that song, including getting a certain score while playing a bass track, or using a certain number of battle items in a guitar duel, etc. This is actually my only problem with the game. Because you have to get so many "fans" to unlock new songs in career mode, you HAVE to play a lot of these challenges, meaning that you can play a song through two or three times before you can actually get different songs to play. There are three Fan Requests for each song, so you could actually end up playing each song four times if you wanted to, three times on lead guitar and once on bass.

      Other than that, I would highly recommend this game to any fans of the Guitar Hero series. You can always just put the game down and pick it up later to play those same songs again, so that you don't get quite so sick of them! :P

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      29.03.2010 22:32
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      Strum along to some great tunes whenever wherever

      ****What is it?****

      As most of you are aware Guitar Hero is a computer game that involves strumming along to different music tracks in a bid to earn cash (to personalise your characters etc.) and hit the 100% note streak. After buying and becoming addicted to the Wii version of the game I saw Guitar World Hero On Tour for the Nintendo DS and just had to give it a go. The thought of rocking out to a load of decent tracks whenever and wherever I wanted seemed a too good a chance to miss.

      With the Wii version being so good and a real hard act to follow I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical when buying this game, although any concerns disappeared very, very quickly.

      ****Songs****

      The Guitar Hero On Tour Modern Hits for the Nintendo DS contains 30 tracks, which is considerably less than that of the consoles. However, when you consider the size of a DS cartridge 30 songs is actually quite impressive, although I still think the producers should have created a special cartridge that would hold the full suite of tracks available on the Wii.

      The tracks include songs like "Girl friend - by Avril Lavigne", "Two Princes - Spin Doctors", "Excuse Me Mr - No Doubt", "So What - Pink", "In Too Deep - Sum 41" amongst many others. The track list contains some absolute classics and, in my opinion this is one of the best track listings of any game of this genre I have played. It really is great and you'll soon be toe tapping, nodding and humming away.

      As identified by the above the tracks are spread across all genres and include pop, rock, indie and heavy meal. There really is something for everyone on this game. One thing that is noticeable about the track listing is that most people would have heard of most of the songs, or if you haven't you will recognise them once the tune starts. It is a game of "all killers and no fillers", unlike the console version where many of the tracks are actually not that mainstream or well known.

      A full track listing is available from many websites and is easily found by inserting "GH DS Track Listing" (or something similar) in to Google.

      ****Controls****

      This game is played using the touch screen and a special fret button controller and it is impossible to play this game without it. Whilst the fret button controller can be bought with the game as a bundle package it is worth noting that the game can be bought separately so if you are buying the game second hand off Ebay or some other similar site ensure you get a controller as well otherwise you are going to be very disappointed.

      The fret controller consists of a black box that includes 4 different colour buttons and looks like the end of the "proper" guitar controller. I should point out that the DS version has 4 fret buttons, whereas full sized console versions have a fifth fret button that is used in expert mode.

      Whilst die hard gamers may see this as a disadvantage not having a fifth fret button doesn't bother me that much as I still struggle with four.

      The controller is used by simply sliding the DS unit on to the unit, with the GBA cartridge slot cover removed to allow the male connector on the unit to slide in to the GBA slot. It is then a case of securing the DS to your hand (using the handy strap built in to the controller), placing a finger over the fret buttons, grabbing the pick and getting ready to rock out to your favourite tunes.

      ****Game play****

      The game play is the same as on all the other consoles in that you chose the song and as it plays coloured circles travel down the screen that represents the guitar note of the part of the song. To hit the note it is simply a matter of pressing the corresponding coloured button on the controller and strumming. The strumming is achieved by moving the pick (supplied with the controller) on the touch screen.

      With this game you'd expect that many of the console features would have been lost, but that does not appear to be the case here and just like the console versions some of the notes contain that all important "star power" that is required to reach those high scores. There are also times when you have to whammy notes, which without a whammy bar you'd think would be impossible. This is not the case and the developers have devised a cunning way to whammy the notes, which simply involves scribbling on the touch screen during the long notes. I think this is easier than using the whammy bar on the guitar controller on the console version.

      What is good about this game is the touch screen will pick up a strum regardless of the direction the pick is slid across the screen. In addition, multiple strums can be done without taking the pick off the screen which is very useful for those fast notes in expert mode. In fact, if you had to take the pick off the screen then I think the completing songs in expert mode would be unachievable.

      As with everything in life there are some downsides to this game and one thing I should point out is that to begin with, this was the most uncomfortable game I had played on the DS, period. Being strapped to the controller and the DS you will find your hands are forced in to an unnatural position, which unfortunately is required to play the game. I have the same issues playing the console version using the guitar controller however using the guitar controller you can actually stretch and move your hands and fingers to alleviate the pain. This is not possible with this version as any vigorous movements or stretching is going to lead to the controller becoming dislodged from the DS which will temporarily render the controller useless and stop game play. If this does happen then you will need to turn the DS off, push the controller in properly and reboot the game. It is not possible just to push the controller back in and carry on playing, as Nintendo doesn't allow "hot swapping" of peripheral items in the GBA slot, which is very frustrating.

      With your hands forced in unnatural positions at first you'll probably find that it won't be long before your hand is cramping up in pain, forcing a recovery break. With a bit of perseverance you'll soon find your playing sessions will get longer and longer between breaks so it is worth sticking with it.

      ****Graphics****

      A game of this genre is all about the playability and the audio so, in the large scheme of things graphics shouldn't really matter. Despite this the producers have developed some awesome graphics.

      Whilst you're concentrating on the notes coming down the screen the band members will be in the background singing, strumming their guitars or beating their drums. Whilst the movements aren't in time to the music, nor are the mouth movements in time with the words but this is totally forgivable. The band members are 3D polygon rendered and look very good. Whilst I have never been a fan of customising computer characters I have to make an exception for this game and I admit it is kind of cool to see the band members with different instruments and accessories or dressed differently thanks to the cash you have managed to earn during the numerous hours of game play.

      Whilst the graphics are superb I do think they are a bit of a waste of time in all honesty. Playing this game I find I get so engrossed in the music and focus solely on the notes flying down the screen so pretty much everything else becomes a bit of a blur.

      ****Audio****

      As previously mentioned this game is in a genre where the audio needs to be top notch, and once again the producers have really pulled it off. I admit I am usually the first to slate the audio quality of most DS games but I can't with this. Even with the DS' pretty poor speakers and audio ability the tracks sound just great.

      In public places or in noisy rooms in your own home headphones are an absolute must have to really get the most out of this game. In addition, you don't really want to annoy general members of the public going about their daily business.

      One thing I should point out when using headphones is that you need a controller with a headphone input jack since the controller covers the DS' own headphone jack. If you buy the bundle, i.e. the game and controller together, then you won't have any problems since you will be buying a "genuine" product. Care must be taken when you buy the game and the controller separately, like I did. The genuine controller is quite expensive and there are much cheaper alternatives available on Ebay for a fraction of the cost. I bought one of these cheap "knock-offs" from Ebay and whilst it worked perfectly it had no headphone input jack and I couldn't use it with headphones, which was a bit of a pain. Therefore, I ended up buying a genuine controller and a third party controller and in a bid to save a few quid I ended up paying out more than I really needed to.

      ****Difficulty****

      Like all the Guitar Hero games across all platforms this version starts off very easy and becomes ridiculously hard, so it is something for gamers of all ages and abilities. In my opinion, this wide reaching audience is what makes the Guitar Hero series so good as the market is simply massive and very diverse.

      With the DS version missing a fret button it would be natural to think that this version is easier than the others. I am pleased, however, to say that it is still difficult and expert mode is exceptionally tricky. With the notes flying down the tiny DS screen at a fast pace, combined with small buttons and being strapped in to the cramped playing position this game is a real challenge.

      ****Longetivity****

      Despite having only 30 tracks there is many, many hours (if not days) of game play in this game. It is very addictive and I find it generates the "I want to beat my last score and get that 100% note streak" attitude that demands you carry on repeating the songs over and over again until you finally get there.

      In addition, this game contains the "star rating" performance measure, like the console versions, therefore it is only natural to want to get the 5 star performances for every song to show your mates your superiority.

      ****Multi player****

      The multi player features of this game are excellent, which I guess is to be expected. There are several things to keep you, and your friends entertained such as playing each song in a co-op mode with lead guitar and bass guitar working together over a wireless local connection or you can go head to head and have a "guitar duel" whereby you play and obtain these power ups to disrupt your opponents playing.

      There is plenty of hours entertainment in multi player mode and it is amazing how the "just one more song" or "just one more battle" turns in to numerous tracks and many hours later.

      With all that's going on, the developer even managed to get a decent visual engine going to accompany the notes running down the screen. The characters might not lip sync, strum or beat the drum in time to the music, but it's still cool to see them in full 3D and wearing your custom items earned, purchased, and selected.

      ***Price and availability****

      The price paid will depend upon whether the game and the controller are bought together (i.e. a bundle) or whether the game is purchased on its own.

      At the time of writing the bundle can be bought from TheHut.com for £11.73 (which is significantly less than the RRP of £39.99) with free postage, which I think is an absolute bargain price. From my experience with TheHut.com the delivery times are a bit longer than most other stores but then it is free and waiting a couple of extra days doesn't hurt. In fact, I actually find it makes me want the game more and builds up the excitement somewhat.

      The game can be bought in isolation from TheHut.com for £9.73 (once again with free postage), so getting a controller for £1 is fantastic value, especially when you consider a genuine guitar grip controller from Gametrain.com costs £6.95 and a third party produced one will cost around £5 from Ebay.

      This game has been out a while so getting a copy will not present too many problems, and it is widely available from many retailers, including large national supermarkets, multi product stores (e.g. Argos), large electrical shops (e.g. Currys ) and specialist computer game stores, as well as from many online shops.

      There is a huge price differential on many consumer goods and this game is no different, so it pays to shop around for the best deal. It ever ceases to amaze me how some retailers can sell things for less than half the price of others. How does that work?

      ****Conclusion****

      The producers of the DS version have done a fantastic job in getting Guitar Hero from the main consoles and transferring it to a portable handheld. Considering the game play, graphics and audio on such powerful systems and having to transfer that to something much less powerful must have been a daunting and challenging task but the producers have really pulled it out of the hat.

      The graphics are simply stunning, although they are a bit over the top and not really necessary, the audio is fantastic, the track listing consists of all well known songs (without any fillers), the game play is just like the console version and it provides hours and hours of entertainment, in both single and multi player modes.

      Whilst the experience on the DS is not as realistic or captivating as strumming a life size replica guitar, like on the console version, (and it would have been naïve to think it ever would be) the unique fret button controller, combined with the strumming on the touch screen, does add some authenticity and realism to the game. It also allows you to enjoy rocking out to your favourite tracks whenever and where ever you want. I must stress that headphones are a must have accessory so make sure you have a genuine controller, don't go and waste your cash on a cheaper third party produced one from Ebay like I did.

      The only real disadvantage of this game is the discomfort of an unnatural playing position or though you will find that this soon reduces as you get used to it and rack up game playing hours. That said, I have found that I still have to take regular breaks during extended game play to get the feeling back in my hand, as I now find I get numbness rather than pain.

      Overall this is a fantastic game and I can't recommend it highly enough, and whilst this particular version may not ever be a classic I think the Guitar Hero concept and controller will be and hopefully there will be many more Guitar Hero games in the future.

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        17.07.2009 20:51
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        A good addition, but it could have had more popular music.

        Guitar Hero Modern Hits

        Even though I wasn't a huge fan of the previous two instalments of Guitar Hero on the DS, I did with my earnings from Dooyoo, buy Guitar Hero's (DS) third instalment, this time the songs are all dedicated to modern hits.

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        Guitar Hero Franchise
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        Developed by Vicarious Visions and published by RedOctane and Activision the game I believe is now on every console imaginable, don't hold me to this but if they can allow you to play it on a console as small as the Ninetendo DS then I'm sure the rest of the consoles have the game.

        The game can be played on a wide number of consoles, however the basic gameplay stays the same, whether your playing on the PS2, Wii, Xbox360 or even the DS. You have to strum and hit notes with what is happening on the screen. I am trying not to sound like the meercats off the comparethemarket advert, but 'simple really'.

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        How is the DS game different from the others?
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        Well the most obvious is you don't have to fork out £70 to buy a plastic guitar, you do however have to fork out for what is called a Guitar Grip, possibly one of the most painful contraptions that you will get with a game, I'll go onto that a bit later. This contraption allows you to pretty much do the same as you would with a guitar on the PS2 version of the game, you have to strum the notes at the same time as it shows on screen.

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        Guitar Grip
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        For some of you that have never even heard of Guitar Hero on the DS, then this guitar hero grip may seem foreign to you, especially when I say that it is one of the most painful contraptions that you'll ever get with a video game.

        The Guitar Grip is a little device which slots into the DS with ease, you then put your hand through the strap and tighten it to fit your hand, it's aimed to stop the grip from slipping whilst your playing it, however it does not work and you will find yourself having to pause the game to put the grip back on your hand.

        I have complained in previous reviews on the previous two guitar hero's the pain you will probably experience with the Guitar Grip, your wrist is bent in the most unkindly way and after a bit you will have to stop because of the pain shooting through your wrist. You do however get used to it and work out what position to hold your hand in to make it just that little bit more comfortable.

        It is quite a good design, despite the pain, it looks stylish and it does fit onto the DS quite well, it's just a shame that they haven't really thought about the consumers when creating it, however I can't really see any other way of designing it so it looks like we're stuck with it.

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        Game Play- Is It Different From the Previous 2?
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        Yes, I was shocked to find out that I didn't just have to play three/four songs and then go onto the next stage, it is quite different. One of the things I did notice was that on the medium round they have made it a little harder, this might not be good for some people, but for me, I used to find medium to easy but hard way too hard, so it's nice that they have made it a little more challenging.

        The main difference of the game play is the fact that you don't have Encore's anymore, they give you three songs to play to begin with, you play those songs, however you are not allowed to go onto the next round just yet, no you have to earn more fans and to earn more fans you have to complete fan requests, this means doing things like guitar duels, playing bass guitar, or playing standard guitar, however you will have to do things like not playing bomb notes or hyperspeed.

        They can be quite challenging and I have failed quite a few, but it makes the gameplay a lot more challenging and a lot more interesting. It does all depend on how well you play as well, if you play crap then you won't get many fans, however if you play brilliant you'll get X amount of fans.

        The rest of the gameplay is pretty much the same, nothing has really changed, especially the previous problems. I know I have an old guitar grip from the first game, however I have heard that they have just released the same grip out again, and again it's causing the same problems with people's wrists.

        If you have played the previous games on the DS, don't worry you'll be able to pick up this one and carry on playing it like you would on the previous two games.

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        Difficulty Settings
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        Like in the previous games you have four difficulty settings, I have just started to try hard on the previous 2 games however I would not be able to do that on this game, some of the songs are quite tricky on just medium setting so I can't imagine what they are like on hard.

        If you are a newby to the game, then I would recommend trying out Easy, however once you get used to the game you do find easy a little bit to... easy. I would recommend just playing around to begin with on the training section of the game, get used to the feel of the game and then go for the medium section, it's complicated but challenging. It's a lot more fun.

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        Cash/Fans
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        On the previous games you could earn cash to buy new things in the Guitar Hero Shop and this time is no different. I don't see any point to buying anything, so don't bother with this, but you can earn quite a bit of cash if you play a song well. The main difference and probably the reason why the game play on this one is a lot better than the previous 2 is the fact that you can earn fans, by playing the game well you earn more fans, and the more fans you have, you get to open new venues.

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        Single Player
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        This is probably the main game that you will play, the career section of the game is probably the most enjoyable and probably the only one a lot of people are going to be able to play. Like with the previous games you have to make your 'band', to do this you have to name your band and then choose the lead guitarist, there is a good choice of guitarist but really, you're playing a name, it's not like you get more talent if you choose Memphis Rose over Gunner Jackson. You also at this point chose the guitar you want to play on, again whichever one you choose will not make you more talented, it's just preference.

        The Live Show is the 'fun' bit of the game. With the previous game you'd have a list of different venues and then when you completed one, the one below would become available to you. The principle of this game is the same, however you actually get pictures of the venues and you may from time to time have to go back to the same venue to play a different set list.

        Fan Requests is the 'new' section of this game, when you have completed a song then it will open up three fan requests, you will get a chance to play a normal version of the song, but with a little difference, like bomb notes or hyperspeed, then you'll get to play the bass version of the song with little things included and then the guitar duel version of the song. If you complete these you'll earn fans and the more fans you earn the better you do in the game.

        Guitar Duels are brilliant, as you go through the game they do get even more difficult as the fans can request you to use up to 11 battle sequences, on the most difficult of songs this is quiet a challenge.

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        Set List
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        I'm not going to go into each song like I did in my other reviews, if you are interested then look on amazon.co.uk as you can get a full setlist, I think it's a waste of time. I will however talk about the quality of the set list and give you some of the good songs and bad songs.

        Here is a brief overview of the set list:

        Evanescence- Sweet Sacrifice
        Fall Out Boy- This Ain't A Scene...
        Foo Fighters- All My Life
        Kaiser Cheifs- Ruby
        Tenacious D- The Metal
        The Offspring- Half Truism
        Yellowcard- Lights and Sound

        I think the best song on the set list has to be Fall Out Boy's, This Ain't a Scene and that's saying something. They have chosen to use bands like Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, Yellocard and Evanescence, by they have not used the 'good' songs. Why wasn't The Pretender used for the Foo Fighters or Beezleboss for Tenacious D? Both of these are hard guitar songs and I'm sure they would have been a challenge, it's such a shame, because the set list on this game is the weakest out of all of the Guitar Hero's I have ever played, the songs are week, and there are barely any that I look forward to playing at all. It really was a great shame as the gameplay has got a lot better however the music they have chosen is pretty poor to say the least.

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        Graphics
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        The graphics really haven't changed much from the previous two instalments, I still think the picture quality that you get is just fantastic especially considering that it's on such a small screen, everything looks cartoonish but at the same time quite realistic. The attention to detail is just amazing, when you strum and push the fret down at the same time the string actually vibrates.

        The graphics in my opinion are just fantastic, the people are very cartoonish but that's the way they are supposed to be, all you really care about is the fret board at the end of the day, and everything else around it disappears.

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        The sound as always is very good, there's not much to say about this, you control the sound on the side of the DS, it is a lot easier to play just using the speakers that are coming from the DS however you are able to use headphones but I do find they get in the way quite a bit which is quite an annoyance.

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        Price
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        It is an expensive game, there is no doubt about that. There are great deals for the previous instalments on EBay at the moment, but the cheapest that I have found the modern hits so far is on Amazon at £24.99, this is only the solus game and it doesn't include the grip. You will be paying an extra tener if you want the grip, but like I said earlier, check out EBay just to buy the grip, it'll save you a lot of money.

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        Overall
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        I have to say even thought there is a pretty crap set list, you really do get what you pay for with this game. Unlike the previous two which I can complete easily in two hours, this game takes a bit longer, it really is a lot more challenging than the previous two which is always good.

        Like the other games, the set list doesn't really ruin the game, you don't really care about the music you're playing, however it is nice when you have a song you know and you find yourself singing along to it, but I was surprised that me, someone who adores music, has not heard of half of the songs on this set list.

        I think the graphics on this game are truly brilliant, you do find yourself only looking at the fret board when the game is playing, but just before the game begins the set is just fantastic and I love the way that they have set things out. The music is the weakest point of the game, other than the dreaded guitar grip and it was such a shame that they have put together quite a crap setlist.

        I think the worst part of the game is that blummin guitar grip, it is one of the most painful peripherals that I've ever used in my life, it is the most uncomfortable thing, however you do get used to it. After a few games you ignore the pain and actually find yourself getting used to it. I still can't for the life of me press the Red & Blue button down at the same time, it requires you using your middle and pinky finger and it just makes the pain in your wrist even more.

        The guitar grip wasn't really thought out in my opinion, I can't see any way for them to do it but I'm not a designer, but I'm sure they could have designed something that doesn't hurt as much as the grip does.

        With the previous games you could easily finish the game within one/two hours, however this one will take you a bit longer. It is a lot more enjoyable as there is a lot more to do on it than on the previous games.

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        Do you need the previous 2 to play this one?
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        No, however you will need to purchase the guitar grip if you have not already got one, unlike the PS2, you can't just use another controller, you have to use the guitar grip to play. You are looking at paying over £10 for the 'bundle' of the game, however you can get pretty good prices on the net for just the grip so I would recommend looking for one on there. If you are just looking to buy the single game, then you are looking at the moment to pay £24.99 on Amazon.

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        Guitar Hero Grip- 4/10
        Packaging/Look- 9/10
        Instructions- 6/10
        Songs- 6/10
        Graphics- 9/10
        Sound- 8/10
        Price- 7/10

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        Should You Buy The Game?
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        If you've never played Guitar Hero on the DS before then I would recommend buying this one first, it's is a lot more challenging and you are getting a lot more for your money, even though the music is pretty terrible. Then I would try and get the previous 2, you can get them pretty cheap on EBay at the moment so that is quite good.

        The game is very good, and I did find it a lot more enjoyable and challenging compared to the previous 2 games. It was worth my money this time, which I couldn't say with the other two games. I think if the setlist was improved then it would be worth 4 stars, I couldn't give it 5 due to that annoyance of a guitar grip.

        I hope this review helps. It's a bit more condensed than my other guitar hero reviews, but I didn't want to ramble as much as I did in those. Hope it's good enough. Please rate and comment if you have the time. Thank you.

        Kirsty (C)

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          30.06.2009 13:19
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          A great addition to the Guitar Hero series

          Guitar Hero Modern Hits is the third instalment in the "On Tour" series of Guitar Hero for the Nintendo DS. It was released on 26th June 2009, and before you say I can't have played it enough to review it...I've spent the weekend playing it so feel adequately qualified!!

          On the whole, Guitar Hero Modern Hits is very similar to the first two outings in the series. You choose your character and guitar, meet your manager and start playing gigs to earn cash. However, then it gets more interesting. Whereas in previous instalments you played through a gig, passed all the songs and then moved onto the next one, in Modern Hits you have to earn fans. So depending how well you play, you will earn X number of fans. In each gig you have a set number of fans to earn, and you see a meter on the main gig screen showing how you are doing.

          Even more interesting, you don't just earn fans by playing the songs well. Once you play a song, you then receive "Fan Requests". There are 3 of these per song, one each for Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar and Guitar Duel, and you have to play the song again, but meet the request the fan has made - for example, play in guitar duel and complete two battle sequences. Completing these requests also earns you fans, and once you have the requisite number of fans, you move onto the next gig.

          The gameplay itself is more or less identical to previous Guitar Hero DS games. I found this extremely easy to pick up having played the previous games, but it makes no difference whether you come to this one first or have played the earlier ones before - it's not like there's an ongoing story between the three. For those who are new, the gameplay is easy to pick up. You use the "guitar grip" which slots into to side of the DS to press coloured buttons in time with the coloured notes you see on screen, and at the same time you strum on the touch screen with the plectrum shaped stylus. I haven't played the tutorials in this game as I didn't feel the need, but I would imagine them to be the same as tutorials in the previous games, which are very useful and really help you get to grips with the game.

          There are levels of play from Easy to Expert, as previously, and you also have the option of going into the game in Practice mode rather than Career mode, which allows you to practice songs and work on those tricky bits which you are struggling with. This isn't actually a feature I have used much on any of the games, as I think I may as well "practice" in career mode if I'm stuck - then if I nail it, I'm through!!!

          In addition to earning fans, you do also earn cash as before, and you can use this to buy new outfits and guitars from the store to customize your character. There are new characters in this game, and new outfits and guitars to choose from, which adds a little something more to the game.

          My favourite play mode is in standard Lead Guitar, I love nailing those tricky bits and improving my own scores. However, Guitar Duel is a lot of fun - playing a song against an opponent, you have to complete battle sequences to earn power ups, items you can use to throw at your opponent to slow them down, or to help you out. You do still have to win by getting the highest score though, so don't get distracted like I did by just focussing on the power ups, remember to keep playing the song!

          The music in this game is probably my least favourite out of the three games so far, but that doesn't mean I don't like it - I just like the variety of the previous two games which have songs from the sixties right through to the present. As you can tell from the name of this game, it's all modern music, specifically from the last five years, including music from Foo Fighters, The Kooks, The Fratellis and Avril Lavigne - there's a full track list on Amazon so I won't repeat it here.

          All in all, I think this is a fine addition to the Guitar Hero series on DS. It's as easy to play and as good fun as the first two instalments, and although my least favourite in terms of music, the music is still great and by no means bad. I like the new system of earning fans and playing fan requests, I think this makes it more interesting and a little bit more of a challenge - it livens it up instead of just playing straight through all the songs.

          I bought mine from Game on the high street for £29.99, but you can get it online for £24.99 - these prices are game-only, if you need the guitar grip (i.e. if this is your first Guitar Hero DS game) the game with grip is available from Amazon for £34.99.

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          Handheld guitar gods can now choose how they raise-up their band from the underground music scene, to worldwide rock stardom in Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits. Featuring a set list made up of 28 master tracks from influential artists including Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Franz Ferdinand, Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits expands on the innovative and engaging Guitar Hero gameplay on the Nintendo DS by introducing an all-new Fan Request system that challenges players to jam like never before.