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: 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.
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.
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.
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 times when plastic instruments just aren't appropriate. But does Band Hero hit the mark for its target pop audience or fall flat?
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?
Excerpt: The Hero franchise has suffered quite a bashing of late. In many ways a victim of its own success, the market has been deluged with sequels and spin-offs designed to milk the last drops out of this cash cow, and is now seeing sales leveling off. Widely touted as nothing more than a track pack for Guitar Hero, Band Hero is the latest addition to the franchise, so what does it bring to the table?
Pros: Lots of new play modes some of which add quite a bit to the game, Easier accessibility, more options for playing the game the way you want, all songs unlocked at the start, The same solid gameplay you’ve come to know from the genre
Cons: Track list is fine for the US market but may be partially unsuitable for Europeans, Lacklustre career mode, No prospect of related genre downloadable content
Excerpt: Fini le rock ! Cette fois place à la pop avec des artistes comme The Jackson 5, Nelly Furtado, Robbie Williams, Lily Allen, Marvin Gaye… Jouez seul ou en groupe complet les plus grands tubes de ce style musical fun et populaire. Le nouveau mode Party Play vous permet des combinaisons...
Excerpt: Da Activision veio um Guitar Hero dedicado aos fãs do pop. Como não poderia deixar de ser, a Activision decidiu expandir o franchise Guitar Hero para lá dos apaixonados pelo rock puro. E assim nasceu Band Hero, jogo de maior abrangência, dedicado a um público consumidor de música mais leve. Mais coisa menos coisa, trata-se de um Pop Guitar Hero 5, pois a estrutura é praticamente igual à do jogo lançado em Setembro passado.