Excerpt: Let’s see, I reviewed Guitar Hero II for the PlayStation 2 in November of last year, then the Xbox 360 version this past April, and now Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s again for the PlayStation 2. You might think I’d get tired of this whole Guitar Hero phenomenon, but you’d be wrong. Seriously, how can you get enough of a good thing? This time around the music series takes us back to the 1980s, when New Wave and Big Hair Bands ruled the charts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.