Excerpt: Anyone who knows Activision knows that they truly are immersed in releasing a vast number of music/band based games onto the gaming masses. Band Hero is a new franchise aimed squarely at casual gamers as well as family oriented gamers. Fellow reviewer Trevor H had a chance to review the Xbox 360 version of the game. This was the game only. I on the other hand had the opportunity to review the full band kit version of the same game but on the Nintendo Wii.
Excerpt: The Guitar Hero franchise has now well and truly saturated the market, with no less then five Guitar Hero instalments, plus various offshoots like Guitar Hero: Metallica. Taking the franchise in a new direction reads as a logical move, with Activision deciding to develop the Band Hero franchise as a more widely appealing take of Guitar Hero.
Summary: Parents need to know that Band Hero is a music game with more family-friendly content compared to the songs found in the harder-edged Guitar Hero and DJ Hero games. Aside from a few sparse words that might raise an eyebrow, this game is great for kids of all ages. Some female characters move their body in a sexy way or show some "skin" but it's quite tame.
Summary: With Band Hero, you can come together with family and friends to ascend the virtual stage and rise to fame, bringing you a new genre of music focused on today’s hottest top-40 hits and classic anthems that everyone will know.
Excerpt: Band Hero might as well be called Guitar Hero 5: Pop Edition. That's not a slight on the game Activision has put together, seeing as what you get in Band Hero is a polished rhythm action game; just don't expect anything more than Guitar Hero 5 with different music. Although seemingly intended to appeal to the younger end of the genre's fan base, the game only goes so far, resulting in a strange mishmash of a tracklist that almost seems like a half-hearted effort.
Excerpt: The music snob in me wants to Fry Band Hero . He wants to roll Activision's new teenybopper twist on Guitar Hero in panko and dip the damn thing in a vat of boiling partially hydrogenated oil. But the music snob in me is kind of a dick. And honestly, he can be a real pain in the ass if you get him started.
Excerpt: Band Hero is Guitar Hero 5 in sparkly, tween-friendly dressings. You'll get every basic mode and option from the Wii version of Guitar Hero 5 , including the pretty fun Roadie Battle mode, but for all intents and purposes, this is a re-skinned game with new song.
Pros: ...You enjoy rocking out to Top 40s...Rocking is something better when the whole family can do it...You want to play Guitar Hero, but need your Hilary Duff.
Cons: ...You don't like your game to be an ad in disguise...You think Casey Casem (just dated myself) is a pox...You're just done with the music game genre.
Conclusion: Band Hero is, in many ways, the first of its type: it’s a music game that offers the same ambitious selection of features as the industry blockbusters preceding it, except with a unique focus on top-40/pop musical content and the accommodation of shameless family jam sessions (via more age-appropriate lyrical subject matter and a milder musical tone).
Excerpt: Love music games but want something a little less, well ROCK than Rock Band and Guitar Hero? Welcome to Band Hero (cause Pop Hero sounds funny), where most of the songs were pulled straight from the pop charts.