Excerpt: Available for PS3, Xbox, Wii Released: October 26, 2008 Developed By: Neversoft Published By: Activision ESRB Rated: Teen Guitar Hero is no longer just for guitars. You can now play with Guitar Hero instruments or Rock Band ones, unless you have a Wii then the instruments are not compatible. There is support for Guitar, bass, Drum, and vocal musicians. This is Neversoft’s strike back against Harmonix’ Rock Band.
Conclusion: Concept: Take on Rock Band head-on, with new drum and guitar peripherals, and a brand-new music studio mode
Graphics: While the character creation mode is very complex, sometimes these rockers look a bit uggo, something more a result of art direction than graphical detail
Sound: The soundtrack is more diverse and robust than GH: 3, but lags behind what was presented in Rock Band 2
Playability: The new drum kit is great, and the new touch-screen, open note, and held note...
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is My arms are aching and I can barely feel my fingers. My comrades are trying to keep me going, but I’m completely exhausted. An intense deep throbbing fills my ears and I try hard to focus, to will myself to keep up with the others. In the distance I can hear shouts and screams, but everything is a blur to me. There’s just a little bit further to go, just a while longer to endure – the battle hinges on this critical moment.
Summary: After hours of play, I'm not convinced this is the title that wins the ''best music game ever'' crown, but the two big music game franchises are now in a dead heat for the moniker. An occasionally frustrating UI, some questionable note chart layouts, and the absence of a significant downloadable catalog at release are enough to tarnish what is otherwise a phenomenal release for Guitar Hero.
Summary: So? Which is the better game, Rock Band 2 or Guitar Hero World Tour? I guess it depends. I have praised Guitar Hero’s better single player mode and the fact that the band play is as good as in Rock Band might lean the balance towards Guitar Hero. But at the same time Rock Band feels like a more polished product. Rock Band’s create-a-band and create-a-rocker feature work better than Guitar Hero’s and Rock Band’s Band Career is also more interesting.
Excerpt: Guitar Hero is back, and this time you can bring more friends along. Guitar Hero: World Tour allows four players to play together as a band, a la Rock Band , but World Tour has that same gritty, cartoon-y, satirical rock-scene look that the previous games of the series have all had. One thing that is new for World Tour are extensively customizable characters.
Excerpt: There's a war going on out there, and it's being fought with wireless battery-operated guitars: it's a battle for the hearts of wannabe rock stars. Earlier this year Harmonix's Rock Band took the upper hand, surpassing the Guitar Hero series with some sleek and sexy presentation, a more forgiving learning curve and a killer set of peripherals.
Excerpt: A brief glance through our past reviews will reveal that we have an enormous amount of love for rhythm games, or any games that feature music prominently. The simple fact is that we adore music, we love videogames, and so when the two intertwine they usually produce something we find extremely enjoyable. Guitar Hero was for a long time the pinnacle of this, in our humble opinion, but was overtaken by the fantastic, magnificent, no-superlatives-are-enough Rock Band.