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.
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 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.
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.
Summary: If you are an Aerosmith fan, pick up this title. You’ll enjoy it and get some life out of it. If you’re not too big on Aerosmith, it might be worth renting or borrowing from a friend, but I can’t recommend it to non-Aerosmith fans. The artist-specific titles are entirely dependent on each person’s tastes. I enjoyed it (I like Aerosmith), but several of my friends didn’t since they really don’t listen to Aerosmith at all.
Pros: Good track list, Must-own for Aerosmith fans, Only one boss battle
Cons: Can’t import tracks to another, Guitar Hero, title, making multiplayer parties stall with constant disc swapping, Not enough for people who aren't Aerosmith fans, Still has a boss battle