Excerpt: In the unending battle of the rhythm games, a frequent opinion against Neversoft and Activision’s venerable Guitar Hero franchise is an unpopular set list. The answer to this arrives with Band Hero, a Guitar Hero 5 port that looks more like American Idol or Dick Clark’s American Bandstand than anything vaguely hard rock or metal. Gone are the skulls and hard-rock horns, replaced by bright blues, purples, and emo versions of the Guitar Hero character lineup.
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.
Summary: Many people will probably come into a review of Band Hero expecting the reviewer to lambast the song list choices in the title, but, that’s just not the case. Activision and crew has actually assembled quite a suitable song list for a new demographic in family and party play while implementing pop songs to appeal to tweeners and these are appropriate grounds for a spin-off.
Conclusion: PS. Guitar Hero 6 is inevitible, DJ Hero 2 is coming... but please god don't let Band Hero 2 come to be. I'm probably one of the only people on the planet who still supports the Guitar Hero franchise over Rock Band. (Green Day Rock Band killed that series for me ) Just... don't do it. And how long until we can export the rest of the WT and SH songs huh?
Excerpt: Overshadowed by the recent releases of DJ Hero and Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero arrives on the scene with little hoopla. Some gamers might have been looking forward to this latest music game, but I have to be honest, Band Hero was nowhere near on my fall/winter release radar. Advertised as a standalone Guitar Hero game aimed at families, tweens, teens, and the casual gamer; Band Hero certainly accomplishes what it sets out to do.
Excerpt: If you feel like you just haven't gotten enough Guitar Hero this year, Activision has got you covered. After half a dozen games on multiple platforms, they've now branched the Hero franchise into three paths - the new ones are DJ Hero , which involves a pretty new style of gameplay with an entirely new controller, and Band Hero . What I find so odd about Band Hero is that it does almost nothing different over the Guitar Hero games.
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: The rise of the band-genre in the video gaming industry has been nothing short of meteoric. Though pre-dated by a few games, the ascent in popularity of these games really began with Konami's BeatMania series (1997). This series included several popular titles such as Dance Dance Revolution and GuitarFreaks . In 2005, RedOctane released the first Guitar Hero , a game heavily influenced by GuitarFreaks .