Conclusion: I feel it is impossible to convince anyone that this game is worthwhile, but those uninterested in franchise pissing matches will find that Guitar Hero Aerosmith is a fine rental. It seems perfect for getting some friends over on the weekend and blasting through, and if Activision somehow finds it prudent to give Neversoft a long leash with this franchise, there is hope yet.
Excerpt: on the eight-year-old PlayStation 2, I had two very compelling reasons for doing so. Firstly, the number of PS2s shipped dwarfs that of all the next-gen consoles combined — this newest is bound to be most purchased for Sony's aging platform. Perhaps more importantly, one might argue that the PS2 and Wii are the only platforms on which this retail release should even be published — in this age of downloadable track packs and exclusive online content, a retail release...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Of the few thousand songs in my iTunes library not one is by Aerosmith. I listened to Pump when it came out in 1989, but apart from that, my knowledge of the band is limited to what I've heard while browsing music TV or radio. Despite this, I enjoyed the band's Guitar Hero one-off. The note tracking is interesting and there is a good flow to the hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Summary: Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is exactly what you think it is, a Guitar Hero game with way too much Aerosmith. If that's your cup of tea then you're probably going to get a kick out of this game, but everybody else should avoid this like the plague. With a high price tag and lack of diversity, this Guitar Hero game just isn't as easy to recommend as other releases. But then again, at least it's better than Revolution X! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Excerpt: When Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was announced, a lot of the Guitar Hero faithful shook their heads. An entire game based around one band? And that band was Aerosmith? You can probably understand why. It was an odd (but financially understandable) choice for the next holdover installment of the popular franchise to target one of the world’s most popular bands.
Excerpt: Once upon a time there was a little-known band. They played in small venues. They practised in garages. A few people liked them. In the band were chaps going by the names of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer. You might have heard of them. They're Aerosmith. They didn't stick with the small venues for too long.