Conclusion: It is hard to look at Warriors of Rock and feel that it is an evolution of the genre because it is essentially the same game that people have been playing for six years now, just with new songs. It is a good game but the franchise is stuck in neutral and sadly no one seems to know the direction the series should move in. It is a sad state of affairs but unless a plan of action can be formulated Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock may be the last big battle for fans.
Pros: Warriors of Rock takes a back to the roots approach and has a strong focus on guitar songs.
Excerpt: MMOs are a notoriously difficult genre to assess critically. An MMO’s life is typically longer than your average video game and any MMO can be a completely different game a year after its initial launch. These games evolve and grow according to the developer’s vision or the audience’s criticisms. Issues or criticisms a critic may have can be changed or patched to make the game better.
Summary: To put it plainly, if you’re a huge Aerosmith fan or if you don’t already own Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, then Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is a fine addition to your library that will get your house jumping. On the other hand if you already own GH III or Aerosmith isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you may want to hold off until October for World Tour. Still, the music rocks so a rental is highly recommended.
Conclusion: The beating career achievements are stackable, so if you beat GH3 on expert, head right into the expert mode on this one since the difficulty of beating this on expert is a cake walk compared to GH3. This game could have been great. Sadly, the lack of song diversity, zero new features, and the game's easiness make this game a missed opportunity for Activision.
Excerpt: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer – five names that are likely to conjure up visions of either a) fist-pumping stadium rock or b) Bruce Willis dying in a hail of meteorites while Liv Tyler sobs into the camera. Regardless of your perception of Aerosmith, Guitar Hero III developers Neversoft and publisher Activision think that attaching these five hirsute gents from Boston to the Guitar Hero brand is a great idea, but does Guitar Hero:...
Conclusion: The ugly is the big what if: what if you don’t like Aerosmith. From my experience with Guitar Hero Aerosmith, it is the best Guitar Hero title to be made. Phenomenal 2-player online play, exceptionally enjoyable songs that are both challenging and exciting, and it even looks like Aerosmith's in your living room (in a manner of speaking). If you’re impartial to or like Aerosmith, this is a no brainer.
Excerpt: When developer Neversoft first announced it was working on this, gamers, hacks and pundits everywhere scoffed at the idea that a Guitar Hero game based around the career of one band could possibly work. Call it a social experiment, as it will be interesting to see if the band’s popularity rises as a result of the game. For the most part, this game is already a success.