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Guitar Hero 5.. It could be worse.. it could be Band Hero
on 29 November 2009
I am not saying that I dislike this game.. just they haven't done anything amazing to deem the price tag.
The track list is poor, and no I am not going to moan about being able to play as Kurt Kobain and playing an Elton John song.. its a game.. thats what games are all about. Having fun!
GH 5 is good, its "party play" is great fun. just jump in and out of the action.. however there is one slight proble, with the "powersaving" of the instruments, when someone has had enough and sits out.. and the guitar / controller turns itself off.. and others are still playing you get the "Please Reconnect Controller" message displayed on screen which is frustrating.
The ability to all play as the same instruments, yes this is great.. unless you want to do the challenges in career. Although I have all the instruments (x2 Guitars, Drums and Mic) of course everyone who has the guitar wants to play Guitar.. no one wants to play Bass (kinda like a real band really) and because I already had one drum kit break on me.. people are too gentle to play the drums, as they don't want to risk breaking them, as after all it is technically a toy.
Great fun though for people new to the games, however for GH veterans.. you might want to steer clear, this is just another Money grabbing venture, there is only a small handfull of decent songs.. but then thats my opinion.
Apart from the "no fail - party drop in-drop out play" this game doesn't really have a lot to offer compared to the other games.
Note to Red Octane / Activision.. just concentrate on releasing expandable track lists, (like the Rock Band song packs) or even better.. have a proper store (again like Rock Band) so we can download tracks we want! Not just tracks you think we want.
Which reminds me.. the DLC for Guitar Hero in general is pretty poor. If you want to buy this game.. look at the track list first, if you don't like them.. check out World Tour...
oh and you can import World Tour tracks over to GH5, however some of the greatest tracks from GH world tour can't be transfered.. and this has to be downloaded, it isn't ripped from the GH:WT Disc, its like 1.6GBytes in size.
In Brief, GH5 is a good game, if your new to the series.. however GH / RockBand Veterans might feel a bit cheated after a while.