Summary: Parents need to know that this rhythm game plays the rock 'n' roll scene for fun, but the lyrical content still includes some mild references to drugs and sex (though these cover versions omit the rare cursing present in the originals). The imagery of the game is likewise invested in a silly version of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, and presents some drawings of smoking and bottles of alcohol.
Excerpt: C'mon, I know you do it, I've seen you -- each and every one of you. You don't think anyone is watching and think that your secret is safely hidden, but it's not. Every single one of you has done it at least once, whether you admit it or not. Just come out and say it, you like to air guitar to songs on the radio. At any given time on any day, you can look into a nearby car and see someone strumming the air in front of them as their favorite song plays on the radio.
Excerpt: Last night I stayed up half the night rocking out, crawled into bed with aching fingers, slept through my alarm, and shuffled off to work as guitar riffs played endlessly through my head. Thanks to Guitar Hero I had become a rock and roll star. Well, minus the groupies and hangover that is.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: This reviewer has been waiting years for Guitar Hero, and the fact that is hasn't disappointed even the slightest bit is perhaps a greater indication of its brilliance than any other.
Excerpt: Music and rhythm games have long found their prime in Dance Dance Revolution, the hit PlayStation 2 and Xbox dancing video game. Harmonix and RedOctane saw potential in something more than moving the feet of gamers - they decided to stand us up, put a guitar in our hands and let us rock out.
Excerpt: The concept behind Guitar Hero is simple, but that doesn't mean it's not fun, and it certainly doesn't mean it's not challenging. You start off by selecting one of a handful of generic looking rockers, and of course, picking a name for your band. You'll start off playing in a basement, but as you get more and more popular, you'll play in larger venues, much like in Karaoke Revolution.
Conclusion: So long as you dig classic rock, there's so much good stuff here and the songs become so challenging and rewarding to play, the $70 price of entry is well worth it. Everyone needs to play this game.