Summary: Parents need to know that this rhythm game contains lyrics from modern pop and alt-rock songs, a few of which reference violence, sex, and alcohol. Some also contain mild profanity. The language is never graphic or gratuitous. Kids unschooled in music may learn something about the composition of pop music while they play, including song structure and musical patterns.
Excerpt: When Guitar Hero first arrived on the DS many praised the game for its originality, innovativeness and for making a seamless transition from console to handheld. The set list rocked and made it the must-have DS game for Guitar Hero fans and DS owners alike. The sequel, Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades, was strong but I did have some issues and the novelty of a Guitar Hero game on the DS was starting to wear off.
Excerpt: Modern Hits is the third Guitar Hero On Tour game for the Nintendo DS. The game includes, like the previous ones, the Guitar Grip and pick stylus, but they are only compatible with the DS and DS lite not the DSi. The Guitar Grip plugs into the GBA slot and has buttons like the neck of a guitar game controller. The buttons are smaller and thinner which works well with small hands.
Summary: It’s hard to believe that the game first passed off as being a DDR -on-guitar clone turned out to be not only fantastic, but to start a phenomenon. Yet here we are 4 years later, and Guitar Hero is on nearly every major console and is played by every generation of gamers, including some who "hate video games." The last console to get Guitar Hero was the DS . Some thought it would never be done, but Activision figured out an impressive plug-in controller.
Excerpt: When Guitar Hero was originally announced for the Nintendo DS, everyone was confused. The main question was how they would tackle the interface. Was there going to be a quirky peripheral to tack onto the DS, or a more conventional interface, as was the case with Elite Beat Agents? Pretty soon pictures were released of the add-on, and many were skeptical. That was until everyone played it. Not only was it responsive, it was fun as well.
Excerpt: Mario is often cited as the king of milked franchises, but you must understand something. His milking took place over several console generations, throughout several years. Mario is an established icon that has been around since the late 80’s, so it isn’t surprising to see several games baring his likeness on store shelves.
Summary: Our official stance on Guitar Hero On Tour is widely known. So really, unless Activision and Vicarious Visions can come up with something new, there's not much to say here. Does Modern Hits have what it takes to take the Guitar Hero portable experience beyond what we've already seen?
Pros: Interesting Career Mode, Generous multiplayer options