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7.2 out of 10

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s

Rock out with your jock out in this 1980s edition of the blockbu Read more

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Overall 8

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s

24 June 2012
  • Pros: Still incredibly fun, The songs you remember, Ripping it with Grim
  • Cons: Not knowing some tunes, Fewer features & less polish, Paying full price
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The award-winning series continues to rock on!

Common Sense Media
1 December 2007
  • Summary: Parents need to know there is no violence, sexual content, or swearing in this game, though some lyrics might offend including Accept's "Balls to the Wall" and the Vapors' "(I Think I'm) Turning Japanese." This a fun game for families to explore together because everyone who likes music will enjoy these music/rhythm games.
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Overall 8

Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80's

Playstation Illustrated
30 November 2007
  • Excerpt: Guitar Hero is back! This time though, Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80's is not really a major version, but more of a genre installment. You'll see all the same stages and six of the same characters, but they've been retro-fitted to look perfectly at home in the 80's. Personally, I like Izzy Sparks the most, as he really does make the perfect hair metal guitarist. Even the Grim Reaper has been given a new, highly amusing look, to me.
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Overall 8

PS2 Review - 'Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s'

22 October 2007
  • Summary: Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s will feature visually stunning retro rock venues and hipster characters, unlockable guitars, intense game play modes, and most importantly 30 awesome new songs to experience the ultimate rock star fantasy.
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Overall 5

Expert Review

5 October 2007
  • Excerpt: To some, the 80s aren’t really the greatest time in music history, but there are still plenty of good songs to be found.
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Expert Review

The Laser
5 October 2007
  • Summary: The game uses essentially the same engine and many of the same rock band environments as you've seen in GHII, though some of the decorations and posters have been changed to reflect the time period, which is a nice touch. For those players who already own GH I or II, the game allows you to use your Guitar controllers and is fully compatible with most third party controllers as well.
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Guitar Hero: Rock the 80s

28 September 2007
  • Excerpt: It's time to dig out your Gibson-shaped guitar peripheral, tape up your fingers and get ready to rock out in your living room once again. This time, however, you might want to grow your hair, put on a bandanna, buy some fingerless gloves and maybe dig out something with shoulder pads. Yup, Guitar Hero's doing it eighties style. Time to remember the bad old days.
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Overall 6

Guitar Hero: Rocks The 80s

28 August 2007
  • Excerpt: Music and games, two extremely popular and entertaining pastimes that if were to ever bond together, would bond like a 99 flake in an ice cream cone. And whilst we’ve only really started to see this bond over here for the last year or so, across the waters in Japan these ‘rhythm’ games are just as common as the average first person shooter you’d so commonly find in the Western world.
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Overall 3

Guitar Hero Encore: Flops the 80s

13 August 2007
  • Conclusion: Here's a dumb idea: rushing an expansion by regurgitating nearly all of the original game and delivering minimal compelling content. Here's a dumber one: charing $10 more than normal so unsuspecting consumers will pad your fiscal third quarter.
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Overall 7

Expert Review

Realm of Gaming
9 August 2007
  • Excerpt: It was inevitable, really; a successful series like Guitar Hero is almost always destined to have a handful of quickly-thought cash-ins that aim to capitalize on the sudden success of a particular franchise without bringing anything notably new or commendable to the table. While the original Guitar Hero and its sequel offered a distinct gameplay style and new offers that made them all-round packages, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is anything but.
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