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.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: For the ratio of what’s inside to the admission, Guitar Hero 80s is disappointing. That’s not to say that it’s no fun though. There are some excellent songs and the gameplay is still amazingly fun—it’s an awesome party game for fans of the first two titles.
Excerpt: Okay, you already know how Guitar Hero works don’t you? First, you consume enough alcohol so you don’t feel stupid holding a plastic guitar, but not too much that you might believe the five different colour dots racing towards the screen are attacking you.
Summary: Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80's is a disappointment in a series which has had two great compilations, and almost certainly a third soon. It will add some game time to the series, but is one for die-hard fans of 80's rock only.