The lights are on
We all now know about the Gene Simmons narration, Johnny Napalm’s transformation into Nightcrawler, and dozens of stars per song. This preview is all about the new stuff Neversoft is showing for their latest Guitar Hero entry.
The developer started things off by introducing new character Echo Tesla, a lady who hangs out on an electrified stage. Her default power is a 5 percent star power boost for every 10-note streak. For demo purposes, she transformed into Warrior Echo after playing the Hives’ “Tick, Tick Boom.” She lays down on some kind of Frankenstein table and the demi-god of rock zaps her with lightning. After powering up, she now earns twice the star power and transforms into a leather- and chain-clad crazy person. Each of the eight total warriors of rock has their own custom band that will also transform every time the main character does. Each character has a custom genre setlist so Echo is the place to go for pop, Johnny does punk, and Lars rolls with metal. Once you’ve leveled up all the characters to the max, you free the demi-god and his legendary axe to battle the beast in a five-song setlist. Of course, the demi-god is all powerful so he can use everyone’s bonuses all at once. This is the only way you’re going to earn the new loadout of 30 to 40 stars per song. Scores are now out of the picture in quest mod;, now these stars are the one and only key to progression.
The coolest UI change we saw was subtle, but I’ve wanted this ever since the first Guitar Hero. A song progression meter has finally been implemented so you can always check how much music is left. No more thinking the song is over at a soft part only to play another five minutes!
Quick Play + is mostly similar to the advancements made in GH 5, but now there are over 30 challenges to accomplish for every song (stuff like nailing a certain amount of chords or notes in a solo). If you want to track a specific challenge, you simply highlight it and a new meter will show up in the bottom left corner to show you how close you are to accomplishing your goal.
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Neeeeewp! Well, maybe a rental... MAYBE.
Gamefly on day one. Rock Band has won.
Yaaaawn. Another music game with gimmicky peripherals. They keep rehashing the same thing over and over. Instead of doing that, do something new. If nothing new can actually be done, then it's time to move on.
i stopped playing these games after Metallica
I'll be sticking with Rock Band.
rock band 3 has alienated me with its realism. it might be time for me to pick up this oddessy of rock
I have enjoyed the Guitar Hero series since I picked it up for the first time with the Aerosmith release. I enjoy the set lists and trying to conquer that bass line to Hey You from The Exies was one of my only true accomplishments (yes on expert). I enjoy the visual set up much better than Rock Band, but I'm hoping that this Guitar Hero can hold my attention much better than Guitar Hero 5. Smash Hits continues to be my favorite, along with World Tour (Gotta love the Dream Theatre ending). But where exactly are Guitar Hero and Rock Band going to go with their respective titles in the next 2-3 years? Seems like a dead end coming up real soon....
Guitar Hero meets Brutal Legend. I'll pass and just play Brutal Legend.
Geez...folks are always hating on the Guitar Hero franchise. I don't even own a single rock cd, but I have every Guitar Hero and Rock Band game that came out for the 360. I play the games because of my love for music. It's an interactive way for me to listen to great music and that's all it is to me. I think gamers have every right to want something more from the developers, but c'mon...there isn't much they can do, except give us real instruments to play. But then, will it be a fun video game, or a simulator that has the potential to turn away most of its fanbase?
I hate music games.
The only cool part to me is the song progression bar which would be very very handy in situations in which you can play a new song but you don't know how long it will take.
the only decent guitar hero was the one harmonix made. Everything since (including this) has been made SOLEY for money. No value at all. Just non stop dribble that has saturated the gaming shelves with so much garbage that they almost made ME hate music games. Guitar hero needs to be laid to rest.
Ehhhh seems kind of lame, but we'll see.
Brutal Legend Rip-off! No one should buy this game for 3 reasons: 1, it is made by Activision, the current series sequel serial-killer (they make the gaming public quickly hate a great series by releasing new games every year); 2, it is just another "something Hero" game, using a dried up code and offering almost nothing "new" for the failing series; and 3, the only "new" thing is basically a toned-down version of Brutal Legend, which Activision fought to keep off the shelves, probably so that this could be the only game on the market that let players fight monsters with music.
DOUBLE FINE EPIC PWNS ACTIVISION!
stop MAKING THEM
Guitar Hero to the grave. I love it.
Why's everyone hating on this? Okay so yes, GH5 and WT both sucked song list-wise. YES they were only trying to mimmick Rock Band. But remember that in the world MONEY makes the world go round. Also, I think its good they're finally trying something different.
Personally, I didn't like Rockband before, and I think using real instruments could put off alot of the music game fanbase, so GH has the right idea by not doing so. Furthermore, they're trying to go for a more Guitar Hero III feel, which is great because that was the best main game in the entirety of Guitar Hero. (1 was a start, 2 got better, 3 was the best..World Tour had a mostly bad song list, 5 was worse) They're finally going back to how to do it right.I do think the story mode does sound strange, but personally I'm hoping this one sells well so they can see the error of their ways on deciding in the future to pull Neversoft, and HOPEFULLY they try an approach for new content more like Rockband does with DLC instead of over-saturating the market.
Your views are bais based on you getting tired of their being too many guitar Hero games..but considering how bad WT and 5 were, give this one a shot because they're going back to what makes Guitar Hero good in many reguards, but keeping full band play. (A reason I like Smash Hits)