Guitar Hero Live

Star Power Has Evolved
by Christian Belland on Jul 07, 2015 at 08:47 AM
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Freestyle Games
Rating: Teen
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android

FreeStyleGames have revealed new information about the successor to Guitar Hero’s Star Power mechanic. Like Star Power, Hero Powers are activated by tilting the controller or pressing the dedicated button on the bridge. Guitar Hero Live has seven of these unique abilities, all purchased with in-game currency and usable in Guitar Hero TV.

The Clear Highway power removes all notes in the immediate vicinity on the screen. All notes removed this way are counted as hits, so your score and multiplier still climb. Another is Dial Up, which temporarily increases the frequency of notes. Brave players can use this ability to make certain passages harder – and score more points. 

Dial Down works in the opposite direction. Encounter a part of the song that is too difficult? Note frequency decreases when activated, which is perfect for coasting through a tough solo with your multiplier intact. Double Multiplier and Score Chaser are more basic powers similar to traditional Star Power. Double Multiplier doubles the player’s score multiplier for the duration of the ability. Score Chaser doubles the maximum possible multiplier.

Players who like having a wider margin of error on those tough songs will enjoy Safety Net and Invincibility. Safety Net keeps your multiplier and score streak at their current values, while Invincibility hits all notes while active and doesn’t register missed notes.

Guitar Hero Live hits the stage on October 20 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. Read about our hands-on time with the game here, and our ranking of the Guitar Hero franchise here.