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If like me you have ever yearned to be a guitar hero then this game is the one for you. It is absolutley brilliant and I could play it all day long, given the chance and the opportunity. I was on sick leave from work recently as I had sprained my lower back and I spent a lot of many hours just strumming on tunes on my XBox 360 - pure bliss.
I have the guitar and disc version of this game and it cost me £55 but it is well worth it. The choice of soundtracks on this game is immense and I find I'm still singing them in my sleep as I drift off - it is a very addictive game. I liked the fact that this also came with some pretty funky looking stickers which I gave to the little lad and he proceeded to stick them all over his bike.
This game has five different modes ranging from beginner, easy, medium, hard and expert. I have got as far as hard on some of the songs but I am planning on working my way up to expert on all of them eventually. I have to say though, that some songs are harder to play along to than others and some songs are difficult to manage even on the Easy or beginner setting.
There are also five notes on the guitar inlcuding a whammy, which is great fun. Me and the little lad play along to songs and he has one or two favourites which he plays over and over again and he is beciming quite expert at it now. Once he's in bed though I take this downstairs to my basement and strum along to the harder songs and imagine I am a true rock star.
The premise is simple and straightforward. Along with the five differeing modes, of which one you choose, there are also five different colours on your control. Each time a colour comes up on the screen you play the corresponding colour on your control. Easy in theory but maybe not so easy in practice.
The sound quality and graphics are also impressive on this game and I find it highly addictive. Once I start I cannot put it down and as I say, the range of tracks are excellent.
Cannot be faulted and recommended by me personally.
As I have been asked by readers for list of 'impressive soundtrack' they are as follows:
Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Bob Seger - Hollywood Nights
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Coldplay - Shiver
The Eagles - Hotel California
Fleetwood Mac - Go On Your Own Way
Foo Fighters - Everlong
The Guess Who - American Woman
Interpol - Obstacle 1
Steely Dan - Do It Again
Steve Miller Band - The Joker
Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary, Purple Haze (Live)
Korn - Freak On A Leash
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
Linkin Park - What I've Done
Los Lobos - La Bamba
Sting - Demolition Man (LIve)
Sublime - Santeria
System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B
Ted Nugent - Stranglehold
Tool - Parabola, Schism, Vicarious
Van Halen - Hot For Teacher
Willie Nelson - On The Road Again
Wings - Band On The Run
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (Live)
Metallica - Trapped Under Ice
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Muse - Assass Blink
182 - Dammit in
Nirvana - About A Girl (Unplugged)
No Doubt - Spiderwebs
NOFX - Soul Doubt
Oasis - Some Might Say
Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley
Paramore - MiseThe Doors - Love Me Two Times
R.E.M - The One I Love
Smashing Pumpkins - Today
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Having long wanted to own a rhythm game such as Rock Band or Guitar Hero, I certainly wasn't disappointed at the end of 2009 when I finally decided to invest in Guitar Hero World Tour. Having bought the game mainly for vocal/drumming gameplay, I was really quite surprised to find just how addictive the guitar mode is also, and everything about the game really does impress.
Featuring 86 playable songs included on the disc, there is also the option to download further tracks online from the Guitar Hero Store, providing you with an absolutely fantastic selection of songs. Whatever your taste in music, Guitar Hero World Tour is sure to feature a number of songs that will appeal, and the game is bound to provide for absolute hours of gaming fun.
In order to take advantage of the whole host of this game's features you'll be needing:
- A USB Microphone
- A Guitar Hero/Rock Band Plastic Guitar
- A Guitar Hero/Rock Band Plastic Drum Kit
The game can be bought on it's own, with the Guitar Hero guitar, or as a full band bundle featuring the game, a Guitar Hero guitar, the Guitar Hero World Tour drum kit, and a USB microphone. Rock Band instruments are also compatible with the game, and if you own Rock Band instruments already then you don't need to go out and buy the Guitar Hero ones also in addition to this.
If you're familiar with Rock Band then you'll probably be aware that the Rock Band drum kit has four pads, but you'll find here that the Guitar Hero World Tour drum kit has five pads. If you have the Rock Band drum kit and are wondering if they'll work with Guitar Hero also though this isn't a problem as when you plug in a Rock Band drum kit for use with the game it will adjust the drum patterns accordingly, and four pads will be set out on screen rather than five. You may wish to invest in a Guitar Hero drum kit, the game is perfectly compatible with the Rock Band drum kit however and purchasing a Guitar Hero drum kit if you already have a Rock Band one is certainly not a requirement.
Guitar Hero as a full band experience was in the past quite an expensive game to get into, as rhythm games have been around for quite a while now though the price has definitely come down from what it was, and if you search around at a variety of different shops then its highly probable that you'll be able to bag yourself all the instruments for a reasonable price.
Once you've got all the Xbox 360 instruments then you'll be all set, and you can then focus on buying other games such as later Guitar Hero games to have been released and the Rock Band video games also. Guitar Hero World Tour is a very fun game to play, it certainly doesn't end there though, and with a variety of different rhythm games now on the market and the ability to download additional tracks through Xbox Live, this game is just the start and opens up a whole new world of rhythm game fun.
The great thing about Guitar Hero World Tour is the choice that it provides. With the ability to sing, play drums, or use the supplied plastic guitar for guitar and bass mode; there are plenty of options here, and depending on where your interests lie you can focus on the area/s that most appeal. Not everyone will see themselves as a superstar drummer/singer, and I'm sure there are some people out there that will ignore the guitar/bass elements entirely, if you're a fan of music there's bound to be something about the game that you'll enjoy though, and the game really does cater for a wonderfully broad range of people.
With difficulty levels of Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert, there is room for progression within the game, and whilst you may find to begin with that the Hard and Expert levels are a little too advanced for you to master, you can start off with the lower levels and ease your way into the game until you're eventually able to hit all the notes at the game's hardest settings.
If you fancy a quick game of Guitar Hero you can either play along to tracks singularly and select the specific song/s that you wish to play, or you can enter into the Career Mode and play groups of songs at various different venues within the game. Although some tracks are available at the beginning of the game, you'll not be able to play along to all of the tracks when you're just getting started, and will need to play the career mode once through with at least one of the peripherals in order to unluck all of the game's available playlist.
The drumming element of this game I feel is a good way for a person to get into drumming as it teaches you the basic coordination required for playing the drums. Obviously this game alone cannot teach you to become some kind of superstar drummer, it can certainly teach you the basics and give you the basic idea of how to play a few songs though, and could easily be utilised by a person to help with the learning of the instrument.
As well as excellent gameplay options, another quality feature of Guitar Hero World Tour is its 'Music Studio' which allows you to create your own songs and share them with others through Xbox Live. Once you've played around with the game for a while this is definitely a fun area to access, and some real top notch tracks can be created using the game instruments which you can show off to your friends when finished.
In terms of graphics, things are kept pretty simple here; there are computer generated musicians thrashing away on their instruments in the background as you play and they look fine, the game's not really about it's graphics though, it's a game in which your primary focus is on bashing the right buttons at the right time and therefore the graphics are always entirely secondary to the gameplay.
Guitar Hero World Tour is not a game that's ever going to be applauded for its revolutionary graphics, what matters here though is that the game plays well, and it does, so although pretty simple the graphics more than do their job and leave you with a smile on your face.
Playing your friends at Guitar Hero World Tour is pretty simple; you can either invite them around and you can all play along on the plastic instruments at the same time together, or you can play online and form online bands with others, not necessarily people that you know, just other people from around the world that happen to be playing the game online.
Having never played the game online as I don't have an Xbox Live account, I can't really vouch for the quality of the online multiplayer function, I can tell you that it's great to have mates over and play a few songs with them though, and nothing beats belting out a few verses of 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Pretty Vacant' with a couple of your best friends.
-Sound and Song Selection-
With the game featuring 86 master recordings to play along to, there's therefore a strong choice of songs, featuring artists from the 1960s right through to the 2000s. The primary focus is rock music here, and there are a good number of tracks that all the family should be able to play and sing along to.
You can play/sing along to classic tracks such as 'One Way Or Another' and 'Purple Haze', show off your stadium rock credentials with 'Livin On A Prayer', or kick it a little more contemporary with the likes of Paramore's 'Misery Business' and Blink 182's 'Dammit'.
Guitar Hero World Tour is most definitely a game that I'd recommend, and if you're into your rock music particularly then this game is absolutely perfect. If pop music is more your thing then take a look at Band Hero, for the younger generation there's always Lego Rock Band, and with a number of band specific games now out there and available such as Guitar Hero Metallica, Green Day Rock Band, and Beatles Rock Band, there really is a great musical variety available and people of all ages can enjoy rhythm games.
With the release of Rock Band 3 in October 2010, it appears that rhythm games are taking a turn towards real instrumental play with the implementation of 'Pro' mode which allows you to connect electronic drumkits, midi guitars, and midi keyboards up to the console with a focus on playing tracks note for note as they're played by the real artists in the master recordings. Although rhythm games appear to be heading in this direction however, even the latest games released allow you to play the game as it is here, and continue playing 'guitar' and 'bass' on the plastic guitar using the five coloured plastic buttons.
Guitar Hero World Tour is a superbly fun game to play, and if you own an Xbox 360 but don't yet own this title then you should definitely look to change that sooner rather than later.
I am a big fan of the Guitar Hero games, and I was quite excited when I heard of the release of Guitar Hero World Tour. I was mainly excited for the fact that you got a whole "band kit" with this game, including drums, guitar, base guitar and a microphone. Unfortunatley the actual band kit for the 360 is not on here as of yet, but I will get to reviewing the actual kit when it is added to the site.
Guitar Hero World Tour, like the other Guitar Hero games, is made by Activision. It is rated a 12, but then I am unsure how many kids under 12 are any good at this game (except for the 10 year old on youtube - check him out it is impressive!) but personally I am not too sure why this game is rated a 12, I think it is suitable for kids, as long as they can play the game. There is also some flashing imagery in this game, so if you have photo sensitive epilepsy, I recommend avoiding this game for your own safety and health.
World Tour is the fourth edition in the Guitar Hero series, and many, many more games have now followed and in my opinion, gone way too far and actually make the game more of a bore to play. World Tour is the last good game produced from this series.
One of the features that makes World Tour different from previous Guitar Hero games, is the music studio. This enables you to create your own tracks to play on the game, but personally I found it to be a very confusing thing to use, and I couldn't work out how to make a decent song, what each icon stood for, or just what to do with the music studio as a whole! I was quite disappointed, but at first thought maybe I was just being stupid, and asked my partner to try it out, being a big game geek I thought he would be ok with it, but he struggled so much too. A big flop on the part of the game makers here, I think they could have made something awesome with the music studio, but it either was not thought about enough, or it was so over thought it became a total mess.
World Tour was billed as having even more and better rock music than any previous games, but I was also disappointed with this too. I liked some of the music, and as a big rock music fan I was hoping for some actual decent rock music, but this also flopped into the disappointment pile. Most of the music was not what I could even consider "soft rock" and there was plenty of songs that neither me or my partner, or any of my friends had ever heard of.
Most of the songs were quite easy to play, even on the harder levels, which I found a little annoying. It is like they have made it easier to play, removing the majority of the challenge of actually playing the game. The drums are something I found hard to play, but then I have no sense of rythm what so ever, so this would never be easy for me. One of my friends is a professional drum player, and he found them easy, in fact a little too easy sometimes, so he wasn't too impressed with it either. The microphone, well I can not hold a tune to save my life, but my partner coped pretty well with it. As long as you can hold a note, the microphone is pretty easy. If like me you are tone deaf and just can not sing, keep away from the microphone lol, save your self from the embarrasment of failing a song because you can't sing!
As with other Guitar Hero games, World Tour has the usual 4 difficulty levels of play, easy, medium, hard and expert. World Tour has the added level of beginner, which to be honest is sooooo easy and simple that it is almost an insult it has been added. I tried the beginners level and found it to be so boring and simple that I am sure no one would struggle with it, for real!
The game has a quick play mode, where you can select a song or a set of songs to play on any of the instruments, or a mixture of them if you are playing with friends. You can also play in career mode, where you have to play your way through the songs in each set in order to progress through the career mood. You usually get 5 songs per set, including an encore. You can play the career mode as a single player on each instrument, or you can play a band career with a full band of four. The songs do get harder to play as you go through the career mode, but not too hard that I found them unplayable.
There is the option to create a player on World Tour, and you can customise the hair and make up and clothes as well as the instruments, which I thought was kind of cool, as you can make your player character look just how you wish, and some of the outfit choices are pretty awesome looking. If you do not wish to create a player, there is many choices of player character already on the game, so you could just as easily use one of those.
The World Tour game is compatabile with the older Guitar Hero Controllers on the Xbox 360, so if you buy the game on it's own, you can play it without having to get a new controller. Of course you would have to get the band kit if you needed it, but if you have the Rock Band band kit, it will work with the Xbox 360.
Guitar Hero World Tour has a large amount of Downloadable content, that seems to be forever expanding, and there is a huge list of songs you can download through the Live Marketplace. There is a few occasional free tracks, but the majority of them you have to pay for through Microsoft Points. I have downloaded a few songs, but did not find them worth paying for.
The online play is the same as the other Guitar Hero games, but obviuosly with the added play of the extra instruments. It is good fun and there is a good amount of challenging play when you play against others online. I find this the best part of World Tour, and if you have online connection and gold membership for Xbox Live, I truly recommend that you give this a go, but be prepared for those angry people with headsets who will shout at you if you beat them lol.
The full track listing for the game is: 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"
* Motörhead - "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"
* Zakk Wylde's Original Guitar Duel Recording
All in all this is a good game, but I still prefer Guitar Hero 3: Legends Of Rock. You can currently buy this game on Amazon for around £7 - £15 depending on the day, it seems to change quite a lot. I give this game a 5 out of 5, but nothing will ever beat Guitar Hero 3.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
So, thought i'd try my hand at another game review. I only really bought this game because we'd all played it one night when we were very drunk, and it seemed a lark. That's one of my first downfalls however. When we played in our anti-sober state, we had all the equipment, drums, bass guitar, electric guitar and microphone with stand. We even had a backing dancer. However, this was only good because everybody had bought their own piece, reducing costs. I bought this game believeing that I could get all of the equipment for a relatively good price as i'd bought the game for cheap and one of the guitars. I was dead wrong. Prices are obviously going to vary, but all i'm saying is, for everything, it's bloody expensive. For a game that is.
Anyway, onto gameplay. If you've never played a guitar hero game before, the basic objective is to play your chosen instrument in time with the screen, to produce music, done using a variety or coloured buttons or pads in the case of the drums. Everytime you hit the correctly coloured button with the coloured circle on the screen, you earn points. The more you hit, the better the song will sound, the more star power (extra points) you earn and an overall better score and rating you will receive. The more points the better. That's it! However, I have to say I unbelievably dissapointed with the tracks on this game. I admit, there are some odd epic ones such as eye of the tiger and beat it, but other than that, i've either never heard of them and they're bland as hell, or I have indeed heard them and I hate them with my very soul. So slugging through campaign mode can be a bit of a struggel, even, dare I say it, sometimes boring.
There's lots of little features such as the mixing studio where you can create tunes for yourself (Don't do it, just don't, you will NEVER be able to get your head around it), there is customization and a shop available for your character (Who incidentally will probably never look how you want them to, but the equipment purchases are decent), the obvious options menus for tuning audio and visual and finally and online mode where you can play against various people from around the world, share with others your (somehow mastered) tunes and to download the songs that other people have created. I think this is the best part about it to be honest with you, it's great fun trying to conquer the impossible songs that some people create. You often fail after ten seconds but it's perseverence!
All in all, an okay game, better played drunk and with friends but still good with yourself or online, would still recommend for a rainy day.
This game had such potential to be the highlight of the guitar hero franchise, they just introduced new instruments and improved on the guitar by adding the touch sensitive tapping bar for solos.
Ill start of with the mic, its wired so there is the first draw back as it gets in the way and all of the other instruments are wireless, also there is a distinct lack of people who LIKE to use the microphone
The Guitars are OK at best i find, the buttons get caught if you press them at an angle and the touch bar is so difficult to use because there are no separations in between so you end up losing your position fairly quickly making it a waste of time when there are buttons just up the neck.
The Drums where the biggest let down i found, they where either too sensitive or not sensitive enough, i often found it wouldn't respond when i was playing them and other times it randomly hitting the symbols without be doing anything, breaking any chain you where on. The pedal is no where near responsive enough, you have to hammer your foot all the way down to get any feedback from it and by then you are too focused on the peddle and loose you're rhythm.
Just to top all of the bad things about this game off, the song list is terrible, i bought guitar hero world tour over rock band because i thought it would have more heavy metal songs but instead im stuck with boring rubbish or punk new wave stuff which i really don't like playing, you will end up playing the same couple of songs over and over which in my experience are beat it, living on a prayer and eye of the tiger.
I wouldn't really recommend this game, instead play Rock band or rock band 2, i hear they have better instruments and there song list is always growing in size and awesomeness, im defiantly picking up a copy
Guitar hero world tour is a music game which you use a guitar control to play with. People who is not famillar with the franchise then this is how it works, The guitar controller consists of five buttons ( from top-bottom) Green, red, yellow, blue and orange. on the game on the bottom of the screen there is a coloured icon for the buttons on the controller (from left-right) Green, red, yellow, blue and then orange these represent the button to press when a coloured note comes down the fretboard to the desired bottom coloured icon when the note hits the icon you press the button on the guitar controllers fretboard and strum on the strum bar its thats simple. By hitting the correct notes you play the guitar for the song by missing a note or hitting the wrong note you lose points and risk failing the song. This game has 86 songs also giving you the option to download songs using microsoft market points making your song libary larger, their is also an option to create your own tunes and upload them online for other people to download and play. Guitar hero world tour plays very well it is a simple but very enjoyable idea giving you the opportunity to make your own dream band either at home with all the perphials or on LIVE with people who own the perphials. The career mode on the game gives you the option of either playing it on easy, normal, hard or expert mode playing through the career unlocks characters, guitar parts to build your own guitar, money to spend in the ingame store and more importantly unlocks new songs to play. In career mode you play through setlists these are a set of songs ranging from difficulty and amount of songs within the setlist, completing the setlists unlocks new setlists getting you further through the career. This Guitar hero game is a first with a leveling system, by getting money you level up this helps to show how good you are at the game on LIVE. Guitar hero world tour is a great alternative to karaoke and is fun for all the family and freinds.
I got this game when it as first release back towards the end of 2008. I have always been a guitar hero fan ever since I got guitar hero 3 on the Wii. I think the addition of drums and vocal is great as rock band was there already. I like that you can use instruments from Rock Band to play in guitar hero and visa versa so you arn't forking out for unneccessary items.
The track list is brilliant with some of my favourite band in the line-up (Bon Jovi and Lost Prophets) I particualy like that you can create your own setlist up to 6 tracks and even alter the difficulty while playing. I have however noticed that the game has become easier now, back on Guitar hero 3 I'm still stick on the final 3 songs on hard but on world tour it's not a problem, even some songs on the hardest setting arn't actually all that difficult.
The apperarnces by some leading artists is brilliant, I won't give away whose in the line-up incase it ruins the surprise but you can use them to do your own setlists.
The introduction of the touch bar is new, now and again while playing you'll see a string of notes that are slightly transparant, you don't need to strum for these, either hit the right colour fret or slide your finger along the touch bar to play. It can be trickey so some practice will be required.
The new instruments are quite sturdy, the drum kit fold away and unclips easily enough but the cymbols arn't as responsive as I thought, you have to hit them fairly hard or in the centre for them to respond and the pedal isn't the best.
Overall I'd rate this 8/10
New featurers in game 9/10
Instruments - 7/10
Track list 8/10
Guitar hero is a rockstar orientated game, It is basiclly a hand eye co-ordination game that never really gets boring, all you have to do is simply pick up the guitar/mic or sit at the drums, then there are colour coded dots on the screen and pads/buttons on the instruments, apart from the mic which uses voice recognition, simply hit the notes in the right order to win, easy. However as you progress in the difficultys it gets harder, faster and many more notes to hit, with a maximum of 5 different couloured notes on the screen at any one time. I personally having played the entire Guitar Hero series apart from GH 1 believe that this is the best game they have produced, guitar hero 5 is like the guitar hero 3, almost exactly the same as guitar hero 4. Guitar Hero 4 is however not like the others becuse they introduced the drum kit and Mic into the game play, which from playing all even singing although im no good, im overall impressed with the Mic and drums, the mic can pick up almost any alteration within your voice which is great because it takes the game to an almost fun and cheap singing lesson that you can play over and over again, this also goes for the drum kit I myself have played the real drums for a while now, although playing the GH drums gives nothing compared to the rush you get when playing the real ones it still is very entertaining to watch yourself tap out the beats that a great drummer did before you, the voice recognition and pad sensitivity is almost perfect to the real thing, this surpasses the rock band genre, although I have not played both, a friend who has bought rock band came over last week and from just 3 hours of playing Gh compared ro rock band he said "I prefer the Gh drums, it's so much more fun and like the real thing". Although the Gh series is becoming slightly repetitive as the bands are generally the same as last time just a different song. However with Gh 4 comes the best add on packs ive seen for Gh in a long time, they have incorporated a new expert+ on some songs, the new music downloadables are even now put into track packs that you can pick up instore rather than having to download it. therefore I believe that this game has brought up a whole new meaning to the virtual super stardom that is recognised with Guitar Hero.
Guitar Hero World Tour is the first iteration of the fracnchise that includes full band functionality, it may seem like it is catching up with Rock Band but the overall package is quite impressive.
Having played both Rock Band and Guitar Hero instruments, I can say that the Guitar Hero instruments are definitely better than the Rock Band ones overall, but not in every way. The Guitar Hero drum pad is very sturdy and the rubber drum pads feel very good to play as they give a good bounce. However the same cannot be said for the cymbals and the pedal, the cymbals are very flimsy and you have to hit them near the middle to get a good hit detection, the pedal is easily the worst part, it doesn't feel like you're pressing down on anything and it moves around quite a lot since there is nothing holding it in place like the Rock Band one. They are also very prone to breaking, I have had mine replaced twice so try to hold the urge to smack the crap out of the drums! The guitar has also been improved a lot. It is firstly a lot bigger and the strum bar is noticably longer. There is a dedicated star power button right next to the strum bar which can be useful if you don't like lifting the guitar. The buttons have a nice feel to to them but are roughly the same as the les paul. The new addition is the slider pad. Some parts of songs do not require you to strum instead you slide your finger along the slider pad. This can make some insanely hard songs a lot easier to play. Although it is a fun feature, I found that it was difficult to know where your finger is on the slider and so opted to just press the buttons instead. The mic is standard and is made by the same people as the Rock Band mic.
The game itself follows the same format as previous versions with some changes. The game has a very simple premise, you strum, hit or sing in time with moving icons on the screen. The guitar part is same as usual with the addition of the slider sections and also open notes for bass. I also noticed that hammer ons and pull offs were harder to hit than in Guitar Hero 3. The drum part is easily the most fun you'll have in GH:WT, although the cymbals aren't great it does add authenticity to playing and it feels a lot better to me than Rock Band. The singing is also very fun and can be very challenging at times. The setlist is probably one of GH:WTs weakest parts. Out of the 100 or so songs, I probably only liked about 15 which is a problem seeing as they'll get boring after a while. DLC has been released but there aren't many standout tracks to download and it is nothing compared to the Rock Band library.
Modes includes career, which can be done with a full band or solo. There is also quick play and multiplayer. Quickplay allows you to pick a set of up to 6 six songs and play them, solo or band. Multiplayer is fun offline, but not as much online. Offline is simple, you can play a song and see who gets the most points. However online, providing that you find a game, when you are in a game you can play versus where the two players have different difficulties which seems stupid to me because I play expert on Hot for Teacher whilst my opponent played on hard and he beat because some parts are just so hard on expert. Also it does not ask you for your difficulty when you've chosen a song, you have to go to settings and change it before hand and for some reason if you quit and come back in, it does not save your prefered diffculty which means i've played a lot of times on medium when I really wanted to play expert. The new 'mode' is called Music Studio. It is basically a mode which lets you write your own songs and mix them. You can then upload them and allow others to download it. Seems great, right? I was very optimistic about it, but when I used it, it was just simply terrible. It is very, very complicated and completely turned me off. Furthermore, they use MIDI sounds for the instruments so the overall quality is very tacky. There a handful of decent songs that have been uploaded amongst a sea of appauling songs.
Overall, I had fun with GH:WT but some parts of it stopped it from being a great game. It is at it's best when you have 3 mates round and jam out to some tunes!
I dotn think i will need to explain the concept of this game , i think everyone has heard about it, but in short you can get two versions of this game, either with a guitar or with drums , and a microphoen as well, the later being about double the price but well worth it.
In thos game you play song son the game by hitting buttons on your gutiar to match the dots on the screen in the correct time to play the music, its alot of fun and terribly addictive. The drums you hit pad and the mic you sing along to words, trying to get perfect timming and pitch.
It makes a brilliant party game but you can have alot of fun on your own as well, i find that once you get good with the guitar you feel like a right little rockstar playign some songs.
The rival to this game is rock band which i feel is no where near as good, for one good reason, the notes you hit dont apear to be linked to the music at all, just come up in some kind of radonm pattern almost, which makes it boring and you dont feel like you actually playign an instrument.
Guitar hero is an awesome game that if you music or have friends over alot you definatly consider buying.
I prefer this bundle to the others on other consoles but the only downfall with the sony one it that you need to have lots of spare USB ports because everything has to has a plug to go into you know. So that the bluetooth recievers are in the console.
Other than that the game I found to be brilliant. The career is good, as you can keep earing loads and loads of money to buy everything, unlike in the old ones where you had to be insanely good on expert to get the achievements and unlock all the characters, which was a bummer.
The track listing is realy quite good once you get into it and they have some good download available. This means you can always find new stuff for this game and will hardly ever have any problems with it.
I would recomend playing this with friends as thats when it is most fun. Totally worth the money and would say get it any day.
Great for when friends come around. batteries last forever in the guitar and in the drums. No body likes to sing.the drum kit is very insensitive so you need to hit it really hard to pick up the hit, this gets nosey and annoying. Also the bass on the drums needs to be pushed all the way down and it is at a funny angle so can strain your ancle after a while and is difficult to press it in a row quickly.
tried the game online which is fun but not fantastic as getting a game involves lots of waiting.
Loading the songs can be really slow.
Difficulties easy and medium are really easy, but get onto hard and there is a huge difference and is very difficult, you need a lot of training before you can handle expert.
It makes you feel dizzy if you play for long hours as the notes run down the screen constantly.
To be honest I havent played it since the 25th June when we kept failing the Micheal Jacksons Beat It song (we were doing so well on all the other songs) and later we turned on the TV to find out he was dead. I feel slightly responsible.
Guitar Hero World Tour XBOX 360
I brought the bundle of this game when it was 1st released. The bundle contains one wireless guitar controller, drum kit, microphone and the World Tour Game.
I had never played any of these games before, so for the 1st 5 minutes of playing just sat there looking at the screen in panic!
You can play the game alone or with friends, in my opinion its much better with others. You can choose your own set list from the songs which are already unlocked, play a career (this is how you unlock more songs) or play head to head against a friend.
The controllers are all well made and from my experience do not use batteries particularly quickly considering they are wireless (apart from the microphone, which plugs into the front of the XBOX.) The drum kit comes with real wooden drum sticks and a foot pedal.
For anyone who hasn't played the games before, basically all you do is play the corresponding colour on the screen to the note on the guitar or drums. There are varying difficulty levels and it can be very hard!
There are plenty of songs to keep you going, to suit all different tastes, although they are all rock/metal type songs really. The artists vary from Ozzy Osbourne to Wings. One thing I do find slightly strange about the songs is that the ones picked seem a very random choice e.g for Nirvana you have About a Girl, when a song like Smells like teen spirit or Come as you are, seems a more obvious and well known of track.
You can also download extra songs from XBOX live and create your own masterpieces.
The box set is expensive, but the price is coming down rapidly now. But in my opinion it is worth it. I have spent many hours playing this and its very satisfying when you get through a song on a harder level for the 1st time or score a 100%. Equally it seems very disappointing to be boo'd off stage!
You can also design your own rock star, a bit like in the Sims. You can customise their looks, hair, clothes, tattoos and even their instruments.
My favourite instrument to play is the guitar, although the drums are also great fun and really give you a physical workout!
The singing is my least favourite part, as you are in effect singing over the original artist (although you can fiddle about and make this quieter.) Also unless you happen to have a voice very like theirs its very tricky to score well on the higher difficulties.
Overall I love this game! And I think it was well worth the money I spent on it.
Having bought the Guitar Bundle pack I was relatively disappointed . Despite having a relatively good song choice with band such as: Paramore, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, System of A Down and artists such as Michael Jackson and with options to download more to really benefit you have to fork out over £100 for the drums as well, as most achievements will only unlock with using all four instruments and then doing each on expert.
The guitar hero series despite being supremely popular also seem after the first few weeks seem to get pretty boring and my guitar has been in my wardrobe for the past six months. I believe the concept is now getting relatively old with new dowloads mainly from bands I have never heard of. The only reason i really bought this game was to it having a few decent songs. This game is only reaaly good for partys and trying to beat your mates.
guitar hero is a genious invention and world tour takes it to a completely new level. previously you could play the guitar or bass to the songs on the game but now its got a lot better by adding in drums and singing. the guitar hero drum set has been made to resemble a normal drum kit and has a high hat, crash symbol, snare drum, mid tom, floor tom and a bass pedal. this makes for some really good drumming to songs and creates a very realistic feel.
worried because you cant read music?? no need to worry the different parts are colour coded so as the colour pops down the screen just hit the corresponding colour on your drum kit. the same with guitar and bass. this gives you a real feel for playing an instrument without waiting 2 years to learn all the scales and the basic chord structures and the rest of it. the graphics on guitar hero are good and the customization of your instruments make them all unique to their user. the game itself has some very classic songs such as sweet home alabama and go your own way. the best thing is no matter what your music taste their is a song for you to play.
i would give guitar hero 10/10 as it is just truly genious. when it costs so much to buy a guitar and for lessons you can pick up a copy of guitar hero and practise and play songs. ok you might not be able to do any song you choose and its not exactly the same as the real thing but if it was would their be any point in it??
10/10 and a must buy for everyone who loves music
youÆll be in rock-and-roll paradise with Guitar Hero World Tour. The game has advanced modes, options and tools for your rocking pleasure. Enjoy a vast amount of master recordings from some of the biggest acts of all time, including Van Halen, Linkin Park, the Eagles, Sublime and more. The game will also offer significantly more localized downloadable music than ever before. Guitar Hero World Tour gives you creative license to fully customize everything from characters' appearances and instruments to the band's logo and album covers. The innovative Music Studio lets you compose record, edit and share music. The hard-hitting Battle of the Bands mode lets up to eight players get in on the mayhem. Jam like a pro and show off your talents like a true superstar.