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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
Summary: With Band Hero, you can come together with family and friends to ascend the virtual stage and rise to fame, bringing you a new genre of music focused on today's hottest top-40 hits and classic anthems that everyone will know.
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.
Conclusion: If you like to earn more substantial accolades for your performances, Career mode once again provides a place where you progress through different venues, playing songs and unlocking new gigs.
Pros: Party Play mode is welcoming and fun, All songs available from the start, Slick visuals, Jamming in the music studio is fun.
Cons: Fewer songs than Guitar Hero 5, Limited song downloading and importing functionality, Vocalists need controller to activate star power, Trimmed-out lyrics aren't particularly inappropriate.
Summary: Love music games but think Rock Band has too much rock and Guitar Hero that nasty guitar? Then Band Hero, so named because "Pop Hero" sounds a bit funny, might be for you. The art is shiny and friendly, the songs are (mostly) culled from the pop charts, and there's even a karaoke mode for those...
Pros: Good, accessible presentation, Sprinkled with fun music biz satire, Slightly more forgiving vocals
Cons: May not be compatible with all previous DLC, Can't easily switch difficulty before each song, Hilary Duff. Got a problem with that?