Excerpt: If you've ever wanted to play Guitar Hero, but were put off by all those heavy guitar licks and unrecognizable metal, alternative, and classic rock tracks you're in luck. Band Hero brings the Guitar Hero experience to the Taylor Swift loving masses, packed with a pop rock sound track and visuals that replace all those skulls and demons with plenty of pink and purple neon.
Excerpt: Band Hero is the latest release in the Guitar Hero family, continuing the tradition of band-centric rhythm games which include not only singers, but guitarists, drummers and bass players - just like what Rock Band started. However, Band Hero reaches out to a slightly different demographic - the tween/teen set.
Excerpt: Band Hero might as well be called Guitar Hero 5: Pop Edition. That's not a slight on the game Activision has put together, seeing as what you get in Band Hero is a polished rhythm action game; just don't expect anything more than Guitar Hero 5 with different music. Although seemingly intended to appeal to the younger end of the genre's fan base, the game only goes so far, resulting in a strange mishmash of a tracklist that almost seems like a half-hearted effort.
Excerpt: Band Hero is, essentially, Guitar Hero 5 with a different track list and a very slightly different aesthetic. It’s clear that the track list is aimed at a different market to Guitar Hero – it’s a game for people that enjoy top 40 pop-rock music, but other than this the game hasn’t been changed much at all, and can’t be said to be even a minor evolution in the genre.
Excerpt: When you sell an initial combined one million plus units between your last three titles including Beatles: Rock Band, Guitar Hero 5, and DJ Hero, it absolutely makes sense that Activision would continue its onslaught of the music videogame industry and kick out yet another rendition for the Guitar Hero library entitled "Band Hero.
Excerpt: Following the hot trail of Guitar Hero 5 comes Band Hero , Activision's latest music extravaganza that turns the humble gamer into a fully fledged rock star with personalized band to boot. Although in essence, the game is virtually a slightly different incarnation of Guitar Hero 5 , the biggest different with Band Hero is probably the track listing which features singers and bands such as Taylor Swift and Culture Club which are more poppy than some of the more hardcore...
Conclusion: Make no mistake, Band Hero isn't a bad game, but it's such a rote copy/paste of GH5's songs with a slightly different bent that it makes no sense to have burned a disc for all these songs. It should be a DLC pack, plain and simple.
Excerpt: Since launching in 2005, there have been over a dozen installments in the Guitar Hero series, which some have used as a prime example of Activision’s dedication to exploiting their most popular franchises. As one might expect, the numerous sequels and spinoffs affected the quality of the games, and the competition from Rock Band meant that Guitar Hero was no longer the only music game in town.
Conclusion: Band Hero is, in many ways, the first of its type: it’s a music game that offers the same ambitious selection of features as the industry blockbusters preceding it, except with a unique focus on top-40/pop musical content and the accommodation of shameless family jam sessions (via more age-appropriate lyrical subject matter and a milder musical tone).
Excerpt: Now, naturally, we know what 90% of people do when they click on these reviews, they look at the score first and some choose to read the review. So if you're the 10% that reads, well, allow me to make something clear, despite a fairly nice score, I actually don't like Band Hero very much. As is always the case with me and these games, I love them because of their very rock heavy soundtracks. Band Hero is the very opposite of that.