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.
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: 2009 has brought us a number of different "Hero" games, from the standard Guitar Hero 5 to DJ Hero to the portable Guitar Hero On Tour to the band-specific titles that keep popping up on the Nintendo DS. Clearly Guitar Hero has created a monster. But Activision's newest installment is a curious little music game. The name "Band Hero" doesn't make a lot of sense, both from a franchise point of view and grammatical perspective.
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: Every publisher wants to create a hit franchise that will enable them to come out with the "same game" each year, but constantly add new features that makes it better than previous versions. The Madden franchise is a prime example of this. The latest games to receive this treatment is the Guitar Hero franchise. Hoping to create a spinoff of these games, Activision created Band Hero and it features more of the pop-genre than rock.