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.
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.
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.
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. However, it just doesn’t seem worth the price of admission for most, except for the less patient fans. There aren’t too many songs, barely any unlockables, and really, it’s just a painted-over presentation of II .
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. You then lift said guitar and try and match up as many of said dots with your aching fingers as you can, and then, for whatever reason, feel proud that you managed to do it.
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.