Product Type: Activision Xbox 360 games
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A Hero in the Bedroom
Guitar Hero World Tour (Xbox 360)
Member Name: rleigh
Guitar Hero World Tour (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Fun to play, can teach you the basics of drumming.
Disadvantages: Can't teach you to play guitar and bass like Rock Band 3 can.
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.
Summary: A fun rhythm game that's well worth owning.