Product Type: Activision PS3 games
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Guitar Hero 5 (PS3)
Member Name: CheesySpam
Guitar Hero 5 (PS3)
Advantages: Extremely fun, lots to do, mostly trusty periphals, good for parties!
Disadvantages: No improvements from GH4, I can't find anyone online.
Since the release of Guitar Hero, many people have been rocking out with their plastic guitars. The first game was earth-shattering, although the novelty has worn off with releases like Rock Band.
Here is a background - Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero 2 was made by music video-game veterans Harmonix. They handed the Guitar Hero title to Neversoft, who had absolutely no experience in music games. The games by Neversoft, arguably, aren't as good as the first two games. Harmonix went on to make Rock Band, which has now become a rival to Guitar Hero. Neversoft had success with Guitar Hero 3 and Guitar Hero World Tour, although the many expansions to World Tour had lower sales than the main games, with many people complaining about the oversatuation of the music game market. Although Guitar Hero 5 has the '5' in it, there had been 12 Guitar Hero games altogether.
The gameplay is the same as previous GH games. There are five buttons on the guitar and you have to press the button and strum at the same time, corresponding to what comes up the 'highway' on the screen. You do not need to strum when the translucent notes come across the screen. On the easy difficulty, only three of the buttons - green, red and yellow - need to be pressed. On medium, the game includes the blue button. On hard and expert, all five buttons are included - green, red, yellow, blue and orange. There is also a beginner mode, introduced in World Tour, where strumming is only necessary. Many people find difficulty, even on easy. You soon get used to it. Next, there is the rock meter. This tells you how well you are doing. Red means you are not doing very good and if it gets to the bottom, you fail the song. Yellow means you are doing quite good and you start the song in the middle of the yellow. Green means you are doing very well. The scoring system rewards you depending on how well you are doing. You are rewarded 50 - 100 points at first (the difficulty changes your point count). When you get to ten hits in a row, you get 2X your score, when you get twenty hits you get to 3X and when you get to thirty hits you get 4X. Star power multiplies your current X number by 2. For example, if you are on 4X, you will be on 8X. This happens for a limited time. You will get this to happen by hitting all the notes in a sequence with glowing notes. It is activated by shaking the guitar controller or pressing the star power button.
The instruments are mostly reliable. The guitar periphal lasts a long time, although a button might not work after a while, or strumming may only work a certain way. The microphone is also good. It looks great, and probably the instrument you can count on to last. The drums are probably the ones that will last least. The cymbols might stop working after a while of use. The wires connected to them can also be annoying, as they could come out after you hit the cymbal. Overall, they are pretty good.
The graphics have the same style as World Tour. They are pretty cartoony, but are fairly good. I think the graphical style could be changed a bit to make it a bit more realistic. The audience are still sillhouetes, which could be improved on. The Beatles Rock Band managed it, so I think this game should.
The multiplayer has potential to be good, but I cannot find anyone online. I haven't found anyone at all, through the many times I have tried. I can still get people on Guitar Hero 3, and that game is two years older! The problem seems to have occured since GH Metallica was released, with the matchmaking system. It would be great if you could find anyone.
The creation is very good. You can create your character, with very good detail and lots to choose from. You can choose the rocker's clothes, from a sleeved shirt to a cap of a brain. There is a lot of choice and is very creative. You can also create your instruments. The microphone creation isn't very good as you'd expect, but guitar, bass and drums are very comprehensive. You can choose the shape, paint and even put stickers on the instrument. You will not likely be disappointed by the creation on offer here.
It is a great game, and you should get it if you are a fan of music games.
Summary: If you don't mind there being no improvements since GH4, you'll really enjoy this.