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Guitar hero world tour is one of my favourite games for the Nintendo Wii. Many a night we have had music competitions in my lounge when we have friends round and have had such a blast of a night. I can't play a real guitar but when I get on this Wii guitar I feel like a rock star. I might be bragging but I am actually quite good at this game and hit all the notes and so I can almost make myself believe that I can play an actual guitar.
We bought the whole band bundle when we got this game which included microphones, drums and guitars. As we bought it a few years ago I cannot quite remember what came in the bundle but I do remember we bought another guitar so that if my husband and I just want a duelling guitar battle then we can do that too.
Obviously the guitar is plastic but I have to say I think Nintendo have done a good job with the basic design as they look quite real to me, a guitar novice and the hold and feel of them also feels quite authentic. I think the guitar is almost as big as a real guitar but not quite. It's definitely lighter as obviously it is plastic and not another material. I think the authentic feel really adds to the playability of the game and guitar and like a lot of Wii games makes it an enjoyable playing experience as it feels like a real life situation.
The guitar comes with a strap that you can detach and that allows you to put over your head and hold onto the guitar safely, much like a real one. When you first bought our guitars the funniest part for us was the stickers that came with it that allow you to customise your guitar or "pimp it out" as I like to say. The guitar was a dark brown colour, in my opinion made to look like a real wooden guitar which is nice as it makes it authentic. The stickers included flames, hearts, names of bands etc, skulls and really makes your guitar look like you are a real rock star with a customised instrument.
The guitar has 5 coloured buttons at the top of the guitar which are the fret buttons and what you play the notes with.They are green, red, yellow, blue and orange in that order from top to bottom and fit nicely underneath your fingertips. I find these quite easy to press down and they do not stick or anything like that. There is also a strum bar which you press and is like strumming the strings on a guitar and a whammy bar. You Wii remote fits into a slot in the guitar and allows you to play freely and remotely without having any wires hooked up to the games console. Again, this features also for me adds to the authentic playability of the guitar and makes you think you are playing a real guitar. The guitar is quite hard wearing and we have not had any breakages in the last few years. Of course if you want to be like a real rock star and smash up your guitar on stage then I cannot guarantee it will last but apart from that they have lasted really well.
Playing with the guitar is easy, (well, if you're as good as I am, he he). Basically when you put the game on the screen to play you will see a bar for the notes that keeps moving as the song progresses. Then, for example when you see a red note come on the screen you press the button on the guitar that is red, strum the strum bar and so on. If you play the note in time it bursts into flames and lights up, if you don't get it you heard a dud noise to tell you you've missed it and the note doesn't light up. The songs get increasingly harder as you go along with various note combinations, etc. It's really all about eye hand coordination and if you are good at this then I would say that you would be pretty good at playing this guitar. The play is almost instant as far as I'm concerned, as soon as I press the button no the guitar it transfers to the screen in a split second so I would say that the responsiveness is very good.
All in all a great instrument and fun to play.
I brought the Guitar Hero bundle because I used to play on my friends version on the Xbox, and the one for the Wii was slightly cheaper to purchase! So i expected pretty much the same thing, which is what I got!
The product --> This comes in a rather large box! It is very attractive, with yellow and orange being the primary colours on the box. In the right hand top corner is what the game is compatible with e.g wii/xbox, and then in the middle is 'Guitar Hero' in white large writing. There is also a person playing guitar on the box. Inside there is the game, which comes in a a5 sized case, and has the same design as the box. there is also a guitar strap, and stickers which can be used to decorate the guitar. The guitar is split into two parts, the slide bar (which is the buttons too - where the controller sits), and the main body which contains the batteries to allow it to play wire-lessly. The game itself comes with 86 master tracks which include the following:
311 - "Beautiful Disaster"
30 Seconds To Mars - "The Kill"
Airbourne - "Too Much Too Young"
The Allman Brothers Band - "Ramblin' Man"
Anouk - "Good God"
The Answer - "Never Too Late"
At The Drive-In - "One Armed Scissor"
Beastie Boys - "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
Beatsteaks - "Hail to the Freaks"
Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell"
Black Label Society - "Stillborn"
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Weapon of Choice"
blink-182 - "Dammit"
Blondie - "One Way or Another"
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - "Hollywood Nights"
Bon Jovi - "Livin' On A Prayer"
Bullet For My Valentine - "Scream Aim Fire"
Coldplay - "Shiver"
Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Up Around The Bend"
The Cult - "Love Removal Machine"
Dinosaur Jr. - "Feel The Pain"
The Doors - "Love Me Two Times"
Dream Theater - "Pull Me Under"
The Eagles - "Hotel California"
The Enemy - "Aggro"
Filter - "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"
Foo Fighters - "Everlong"
The Guess Who - "American Woman"
Hush Puppies - "You're Gonna Say Yeah!"
Interpol - "Obstacle 1"
Jane's Addiction - "Mountain Song"
Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze (Live)"
Jimi Hendrix - "The Wind Cries Mary"
Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle"
Joe Satriani - "Satch Boogie"
Kent - "Vinternoll2"
Korn - "Freak On A Leash"
Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"
Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
Linkin Park - "What I've Done"
The Living End - "Prisoner of Society"
Los Lobos - "La Bamba"
Lost Prophets - "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)"
Mars Volta - "L'Via L'Viaquez"
MC5's Wayne Kramer - "Kick Out The Jams"
Metallica - "Trapped Under Ice"
Michael Jackson - "Beat It"
Modest Mouse - "Float On"
Motorhead - "Overkill"
Muse - "Assassin"
Negramaro - "Nuvole e Lenzuola"
Nirvana - "About a Girl (Unplugged)"
No Doubt - "Spiderwebs"
NOFX - "Soul Doubt"
Oasis - "Some Might Say"
Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train"
Ozzy Osbourne - "Mr. Crowley"
Paramore - "Misery Business"
Pat Benatar - "Heartbreaker"
R.E.M. - "The One I Love"
Radio Futura - "Escuela De Calor"
Rise Against - "Re-Education Through Labor"
Sex Pistols - "Pretty Vacant"
Silversun Pickups - "Lazy Eye"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"
Steely Dan - "Do It Again"
Steve Miller Band - "The Joker"
Sting - "Demolition Man (Live)"
The Stone Roses - "Love Spreads"
Stuck In The Sound - "Toy Boy"
Sublime - "Santeria"
Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
System of a Down - "B.Y.O.B."
Ted Nugent - "Stranglehold"
Ted Nugent's Original Guitar Duel Recording
Tokio Hotel - "Monsoon"
Tool - "Parabola"
Tool - "Schism"
Tool - "Vicarious"
Trust - "Antisocial"
Van Halen - "Hot For Teacher"
Willie Nelson - "On The Road Again"
Wings - "Band on the Run"
THIS INFORMATION IS FROM
www.joystiq.com /2008 /09 /12/ heres-the-full-guitar-hero-world-tour-set-list
It is controlled by using 5 buttons on the neck of the guitar, that are shown on screen in time to the music - and have be pressed once they come up. There are different levels - and I'm only just progressing onto the middle level - which begins to bring in all 5 colours! It is a challenge I find, which is great value for money. By having different levels too it means some people can progress that play it more, and then it can be reverted back to other levels for other users. It also saves the data, so that if you get through 30 songs and get great scores - this will be recorded still even if you don't go on it for weeks.
There is also a touch sensitive bar, which can be used instead of the buttons - which really is fantastic technology. I am not a huge fan as I haven't progressed that much - but have seen my friends on it and it really is good. With the dual technology it has it means that within mili seconds the colour you have pressed down is captured with the one on screen - so there is no blaming the game for slow reactions.
In the game itself there are different challenges: Innovative music studio - which means your own music can be composed and edited - and then played yourself. Battle of the bands - which allows through internet access to play against others online. Create-a-rocker - allowing the user to select and customise a personal rocker, which is something I think is great especially to make yourself unique in the game. The one which I play on the most is 'The rock and roll experience', which allows me to just play and play with any tracks that I choose.
Cost --> As it has been around for a while now, the prices aren't as bad as they used to be. On play.com it is currently retailing at £100. You can also buy the products separately, so depending on where from this could work out cheaper. Make sure you have the room to store it though, as it is a big box!
I find this game absolutely fantastic, and really entertaining too! If you are a fan of the above tracks and making a bit of a fool out of yourself (!) then I would recommend this completely! If these tracks arent for you then check out some of the other bundles, such as warriers of rock, the Beatles..