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Following the immense success of Guitar Hero 3 on the Wii, World Tour introduces a new dynamic to the ever popular format in the form of the complete band set up. This is obviously heavily influenced by Rock Band upping the game, however having played both, Guitar Hero World Tour has the edge.
Expensive as it is the full set up has proven ideal for many hours of friends shredding together at my house and more than pays for itself in the pleasure derived. Even if you do not have friends around constantly, the differing instruments provide hours of replay time without the game becoming samey, which at a push, the previous incarnation of Guitar Hero could have been accused of.
Looking at the game as an upgrade for anyone owning Guitar Hero 3 and wanting a comparison, the new Guitar is slightly different; adding wah buttons, however it is perfectly acceptable to use the old hardware and still enjoy the game. A fantastic new addition are the downloadable tracks; while not as extensive as I would have liked, there are certainly a few gems in there that do unfortunately cost Wii credits and hence money.
The songs included in the game are excellent; from Paramore to Ozzy, my favourite being Ozzy!
An issue I did find when I upgraded my TV to a new Sony Bravia was lag in terms of inputs and them registering on screen, however Activision have this covered and provide a manual calibration menu to solve this.
The Guitar Hero series seems no less fantastic after countless incarnations and variations, now with the addition of new instruments its relevance should continue into the future for some time.
I pre-ordered this way back when it first came up on Amazon, having bought the first Guitar Hero (for the Wii, that's GH3) and really enjoyed it. This game however, didn't really give me the same level of enjoyment.
Firstly, the game play is very different. Instead of your set-list consisting of around 5 tracks which you can pick and choose which order to play (but have to do a certain amount to continue), in this game you only have about 4 tracks and you have to complete them in a linear fashion. In Guitar Hero 3, there were boss battles of specific personas that we know in the real world, which required you to really push yourself. In this game, there are no bosses, just a new set list.
Having said this, in the free play area, you can build a set list of your own to continuously play, which is a good addition, as it saves having to go back to the menu each time. You can also customise your character which is good, and makes the money aspect of the game more important as you can buy things for your character which spans broader genres than in GH3. The inclusion of a recording studio is good for those who are musically inclined, but like to game, however the fun aspect of this for a casual gamer whom isn't so musical, wears off pretty quickly. It has a wide range of sounds you can make in it, but the notation for the corresponding buttons on the guitar controller aren't so good.
The graphics have upped slightly on the previous game, although they're never going to be the greatest, and that doesn't matter particularly as it isn't about watching the things going on in the background (unless you're waiting for your turn to play!), you're more focused on the notes whizzing by in front of you. Having said this, some of those moving backgrounds really bring out the motion sickness in me, especially those used for Tool's numbers.
The guitar controller has been improved massively, with a new shape which both looks nicer and fits better against your body as its slightly scooped out at the back. The strum bar is also better as it doesn't click as loudly as the previous generation. The slide bar though, for me, did nothing. It adds little to gameplay and, on my controller at least, tends not to recognise that you're only pressing one of the colours at a time, causing much annoyance as your percentage correct decreases!
The drum controller was actually a pleasant surprise. It works remarkably well, considering its apparent fragility. While it tends to wobble around a bit if you get too vigorous, the pads are fairly sensitive and will pick up hand-pats instead of the sticks, if you prefer playing bongo-style. The major difficulties lie in the hats (they can move around a lot, and aren't as sensitive), and the foot pedal - bulky and difficult for those of the smaller foot. Its far too large for my size 8 female feet, and my ankle feels like it burning after certain tracks.
The microphone is good, but not the best I have played with, as I found the SingStar mics to be much better at pick up. Its also a little cumbersome size-wise, and you have to stretch round the back of the Wii every time you plug it in/unplug. Reading the lyrics of songs you don't know can also be very difficult, as they either scroll past or play 'karaoke' style, both of which I certainly need glasses to read because they're so tiny.
Well, this is an area which is quite subjective, but personally, I preferred the choices in GH3, as they were more melodious (although older). Its nice to see the brand getting a modern re-fresh, but quite a few of the tracks aren't as enjoyable game-play wise when you're working through the levels (and replaying), as those in the previous game.
Overall, I would say that while this is a good update of the game, with some important new features, it feels like it was a halfway house to Band Hero, which has much slicker graphics and gameplay.
Guitar Hero World Tour was the first guitar hero game to feature non-guitar play, it features drums, singing and there is even a bass mode for all you bassists out there. However, despite all these new feature, is it really worth the hefty £149.99 price tag that it commands at the moment. Read on to find out...
Overall, I think that Guitar Hero World Tour is a good package, but it does have flaws. For instance the drums, whilst certainly a novelty, was in my opinion not sensitive enough and therefore did not have a lasting appeal. I haven't used the singing much as i am not much of a singer, but it seems to work pretty well. However, the guitar is as good as it ever was, and provides hours of replay value. Where the game really shines is multiplayer, it is a real blast playing 4 player with your mates, although the game sadly does not come with 2 guitars. With all these things considered, I think the game is certainly fun, although you have to be sure you really want it before committing that amount of money.
I managed to pick up the Guitar Hero World Tour bundle after finding it on offer for £39.99 at Morrisons in July this year.
I had already been playing Guitar Hero 3 for the past year I was ready to move onto the next game.
The kit contains the Game, a Drum Kit that consists of a foot peddle, three drums and two cymbols that have the corresponding colours just like the guitar, a microphone and a guitar controller. The guitar also comes with two sheets of stickers that can be used to make your guitar unique to you. The guitar controller is different to the previous models due to the touch sensitive slide bar that enables you to hit some of the notes without strumming.
The game can be played by all ages featuring levels from super easy to expert - the latter requires you to be able to read Matrix style to keep up with the screen!
You are able to go online if you have your Wii hooked up and play battle or play as a band with people around the world. This feature is great if you don't like playing alone. There are new features too: an Innovative Music Studio where you can compose, record, edit and release your own music,
Battle of the Bands Mode where you can rock out in Solo Career Mode or battle against other four-person bands online and the facility where you can customise your own character.
The format of the game is not a good as the previous Guitar Hero - the songs are provided in blocks as apposed to you being able to choose the order of the song list. The graphics are also not as good as Guitar Hero 3.
There are 86 tracks ranging from the well-known to not so. The quality of the songs are not that great but this may be due to me not knowing many of them.
Overall - a great addition to the GH Series but not one of my favourites.
Guitar Hero finally releases a game that includes drums, bass and singing! Not just guitar! I've had guitar hero a few months now and it's immensely fun! I love the song choices! My favourite is the band on the run!
The Guitar and the bass are quite easy to play with after a few practices with it. The drums are quite difficult to get especially that I couldn't hear the beats coz of the loud tapping noises. It's recommended that you get a silencer to lessen that tapping noise!
When I bought the guitar hero world tour band in the box set, it came with a drum, a mic and 2 guitar (or 1 guitar and 1 bass) The look of the drum is very simple and doesn't take so much space. It's "shrinkable" as well so it's easy to put away. The guitar has that really cool look and the other guitar i got was like a blank canvas but had stickers to put on and add a bit of a personal touch.
Comparing it to Rockband, I would say that rockband has better and more music selection than guitar hero (well according to my personal taste). The great thing with Guitar hero is that I can play rockband games but not all of rockband games are compatible with the drum of guitar hero. I suggest you look into the official website to see which games are compatible with which instruments.
When i first got my rockband, one of the cymbals stopped working and the company i bought it from gave me RedOctane's website where you can fill in information on what was wrong with the instrument and they send you the parts through post right away! Great service as well!
So yes, I will recommend the Guitar Hero world tour band in the box! Enjoy!
An absolute immense game! So much fun for music lovers and any one who enjoys spherical interface games that allow you to play the game using extra additional controllers that are included in the package price. The simple idea of hitting the right colored button to match that of the screen make all the Guitar Hero games one of the best music games to play on the wii. The drum spherical is very simple to set up and so is the guitar console. The microphone is obviously the simplest because all you have to do is plug it into the wii console and you are up and running. The only thing you have to remember though, is although the mic doesnt require a wii to run, it does require a wii to select the options for that band member . The drums and guitar require a wii remote within their system to function so if you plan to use the whole band you must purchase one wii remote for each band member, one for mic, one for drums one for guitar. Apart from that it is one of the best guitar hero games yet!
I have always been a fan of Guitar Hero but once World Tour came out with a drum kit I knew I was born to be a drummer!! This is a fantastic game to have for familys and especially good fun at party nights. My 4 year old niece can even play along with the beginner mode. The game offers a great range of songs including 'Eye of the Tiger', 'Living on a Prayer' and 'Go Your Own Way' and provides hours of entertainment. I would say the only downside is the fact that you need four wii remotes if you want to use all four instruments at once. Despite this, with Christmas quickly approaching this is a worthy present for any family member or friend, young or old, and I guarantee it will be the highlight of many a party. With more Guitar Hero games in the pipeline that is due to use the whole band format it is definitely worth every penny.
Guitar Hero World Tour is the complete package. When you open the box (which i have to say is quite large and will probably take two people to carry) you will find, a guitar, microphone, and drum kit complete with symbols sticks and foot pedal and of course the game. There are some instructions included but to be honest they are not very in depth and i ended up working out the set up myself. You also get some stickers to personalise your equipment. The first time i played the drum kit it felt sturdy however one thing i would say is that over time the symbols seem to have lost some of there sensability and i find myself needing to hit them harder which does make me wonder how long they will last. Other than this the whole set up feels very strudy and is easily adjustable to suit different sizes.
There are alot of different gameplay modes including career, online and quick mode! Quick Mode is great for when you have your friends around and allows you to battle against each other or work as team. There is a good selection of songs available as well as being able to download new ones if you are connected to the internet.
The biggest downside to this set is having the space to keep it, if you have limited room you may find it soon gets in your way.
After many hours of playing GH3 I was really looking forward to this one. I even decided to body swerve Rock Band and wait for Guitar Hero World Tour as a sign of my loyalty! At £120 (on sale) it was pretty expensive for a game, so a few of us split for it. After lugging the box home and trying to set it up we found that one of the drum symbals was faulty (not sure if this is a common fault or not) which was a bit of a let down but once it had been replaced we were ready to rock!
It was a bit more complicated to set up and get going than GH3, obviously because of the extra instruments, but once we'd got used to the controls we were away, and it was great fun! Personally I found the drums pretty tricky, even my friend who can play a "real" drum kit took a while to get the hang of it, prob because he expected it to mirror playing a real set of drums, where it is actually quite different. But once he got going he was loving it.
Personally I decided to stick to what I know and chose the guitar! It was a real buzz playing along with a drummer and the selection of songs was pretty good. After a while we even invested in the Metallica game, which was amazing! The microphone wasn't great and I certainly wouldn't choose it over the other instruments, but I guess it would be a laugh if there was enough of you playing.
To summarise, I think if you enjoyed GH3 and have friends that also did then you'll enjoy this and it'll be worth splashing the cash. The main problem with the wii version, is that you need a wiimote for each instrument, which could prove expensive if you have to buy them for the game alone. ie if you only have one wiimote and buy GHWT, and want to get all the instruments on the go, you'll need for the mic, bass, guitar and drumkit, which could mean another 3 x £33 on top of the game price. But you could always beg borrow or steal remotes off mates who want to play, and 2 will still be enough for 1 guitar and the drums.
This game is a great party game! No doubt about it, and playing this game with friend's creates an endless night of fun. Also the game is good for single player use, as there is TONS of options to take, single player tour, online play, jamming, etc. The selection of songs can feel a bit annoying at times as bands that are older and not really playing anymore are easy to put on guitar hero, but more up to date songs and bands are scarce. But a wide library of downloadable song's help's things, but doesn't sort of this problem completely. Game is easy to pick up and play! And singing can be done with no experience at all. Drum's are most difficult to play, if you've had no real experience in playing drums, as co-ordination is needed between the bass drum and snare, cymbals etc. Also the game is quite pricey, as the peripherals cant be used on any other games other than rock music based games.
The newest installment of Guitar Hero is here! But this time, you get to play with the whole band! Guitar Hero has become a household name since the first edition back in 2005 and the series doesn't seem to be leaving our houses any time soon. All previous incarnations of the famed Guitar Hero series have been solely focussed around the Guitar/Bass, but not any more. The entire band is used this time, including; Drums, and Vocals. The band can consist of up to 4 members using one of each of the plastic instruments we've come to love. The game has new songs which are more catered towards the band experience rather than just the guitar like previous installments. Some of the 'better' songs include; "Crazy Train", "Everlong", "Eye of the Tiger". World Tour also includes the addition of DLC (downloadable content) which means you can add even more songs to the 86 song library which the game already boasts. The game overall is great. The inclusion of the new instruments adds a new dimension to a perhaps, 'dwindling' Guitar Hero franchise. The DLC is however poor, in comparison to certain other full-band games. The game is definately worth buying, so you can jam out as your favourite rockstar in the comfort of your own living room.
Guitar Hero World Tour Band Bundle on the Wii Console!
Though I'm a little old for console games (at least that's how I feel after clearing up after the kids all day), I got introduced to the Guitar Hero World Tour Band Bundle by my nephew - and found it great fun for an afternoon's entertainment... though I do have some reservations.
Firstly off - though the game is a lot of fun (again it may be my age) but the price seems a little high to me -as the items included - 'guitar', 'drum kit' and microphone don't appear to be of a particularly great construction quality (though they are undeniably adequate for the purpose). So if I had to buy the bundle myself I'd certainly be using the shopping comparison websites, or waiting for a sale (but that's just how I am -lol!!).
Being a guitarist myself, I went straight for the guitar -and here's another of my little gripes -there a quite a few folks out there who labour under the illusion that the included guitar is in some way similar to a real one, and authentic...
I have to shatter that illusion here and now -it most definitely isn't like a guitar to hold, play or use -it's a game controller in a fun shape is all - so don't think for a second that playing the game using the 'guitar' will set you up ready to play anything on the real thing; it won't. So forget the hype and urban folk law and just enjoy, what's essentially a very enjoyable game...
(Conversely - the drum kit and microphone (unlike the guitar) do give you a little 'real' practice at being a proper musician - but again it's only slight-lol!!).
But those little gripes aside - I do recommend Guitar Hero World Tour Band Bundle on the Wii; the game play is awesome;
I tried everything from singing into the mic, while the game prints the lyrics on screen, playing the 'guitar's' colored buttons, trying frantically to keep up with the often furious combination of presses required (and usually failing -though my young nephew was annoyingly good at it!), and finally gave the plastic 'drum kit' a tender thumping (hadn't got the heart to hit it too hard, just in case!), only to lapse into 'shed building' rather than accomplished game play drumming; seriously the drum part of the game is hard -lol!!
Not being a seasoned Guitar Hero user -I opted for the quick play section most of the time; which seemed more fun and less hassle to me (though I'm sure many devotees of the game will disagree) - I couldn't quite summon up the interest to create my own characters and map my 'career' through the game - but I'm sure I'd give it a go if I had more time....
I enjoyed this Wii game immensely, though I think it's a bit overpriced and the 'instruments' may not last as long as you'd hope, if used over enthusiastic.
Great fun for all the family!!
Purchased this for christmas last year and its brilliant, kids of all ages enjoy it - aswell as the adults! Never tires due to the countless gallery of song choices and there is something to suit everyones taste and ability. Artists vary tremendously so there really is something for everyone! The fact that there are drums a guitar and a microphone make it great for multiplayer games and competitions and it is also enjoyable to play the drums, which you dont get with the usual guitar hero package. Instruments are compatible with other guitar hero games too so therefore meaning that you can add to your song gallery again and again. Not one of those games which you play for a week and dont take out of the box again. Very highly recommended, the price is high but it is well worth it! Brill!
This game is brilliant and fun and innovative and different. It's what makes this the ultimate fun party game, expecially if you like to rock on out. The system comes with the guitar drums and mic which is brililant meaning you can all play along to different parts of the song.
I found that the career was good as it had all levels of difficulty within it and this meant that nayone could play iwth us. So if you played some old guitar hero you can go expert or if your new to the game there's even a beginner mode for you.
This game works so well all you have to do is match the colours on the scren with the colours on your guitar/drums etc and you can play.
Really fun and a total laugh is what makes this so good. Then for the mic (singer) all they have to do is match pitch while singing. easier than it sounds. And then we have a whole bands.
Can be played on your own, but nowhere as fun. You should totally try this game out at least once.
In my opinion, Guitar hero world tour really is one of the most entertaining games that is on the market at the moment. With plenty of songs, varying in genre, there is always one that you will enjoy and have a real jam to. The fact that the game comes with guitar, drums and microphone means that you can get a full blown band on the go, bringing family and friends together. An added feature to the game is being able to customised your rock character to look just like you. The layout is very simple and for those who have trouble picking up the tactics for playing, the game provides instructions, along with a practice mode. Players can choose to play to an easy, medium, hard or expert standard, enhancing the element of competition and providing the momentum to work your way up to expert. Once you've truly mastered the game, it becomes all the more enjoyable and you can focus on earning more money for your rock rank. If you're lost for players, you can also use wireless to connect and battle it out with other rockers online! Whether you fancy yourself as a guitarist, bassist, drummer or vocalist, guitar hero really is good fun for everyone!
Innovative Music Studio - Compose, record, edit and release your own music.Battle of the Bands Mode - Rock out in solo career mode or battle against other four person bands online.