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4.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutly amazing game, 16 Nov. 2008
Absolutely amazing game. Those of you whom have played GH3 will be absolutely amazed at how much more content has been fit into this game. With about 80 tracks, a record function in which to record your own music for upload to the internet for others to play or to keep on your own console, Mii Freestyle function on which you can play chord cards which are an extremely easy way to get used to using all 5 fret buttons, a create a character functions allowing you to create your own rock star (players of the tony hawks series will very easily pick this up) and now you don't have to pick a guitar from a library of basic models, you can design your own. Of course, there's also the band features. You can play on your own or as a band with your mates.
The guitar now has a "slider" (basically a long touch pad like the one on your laptop) on which you can strum, whammy and hammer on. The new whammy bar is not only longer and thus easier to reach but also much smoother to use. There is also a star power button right under where your palm sits when you play the strum bar. The new wood finish is also a great look.
Then there's the microphone. It's comfortable to use, has a cable length that's good enough for anyone who wants to be a distance away from the TV at which you can still read the lyrics (which are a little small. not sure if you can change the size tbh though). You will need a remote for this too in case your wondering.
Now for the drum kit. Absolutely amazing in two words. It feels perfect, looks brilliant and everything is laid out perfectly. Everything that you'd like to be adjustable is so you can have the cymbals at the height you like and you can change the height of the kit to suit your sofa, not the guys who designed it.
Unfortunately, this is where most of my few gripes are. The stand needs a little work done on it. The quick release clips on it are a little weedy, the kick peddle doesn't feel quite right, the stand can't be disassembled so, unless you want to show it off in all it's glory, you'll need a space behind your sofa about half the size of it for storage. Also, it does need a little more space in the remote holder to shove your wrist strap. (i know I've been really picky there for a brand new peripheral but if we don't ask, we wont get on the next version of it). Then with the guitar. Perfect in almost every way. Just a few requests for the next version though. Why put an amazing idea like the star power button on and not put one in easy reach of the thing you want people to start strumming with. Please please please shove one near the slider. Please shove some colour on the neck where the slider is so you can see where each fret section for it is without lifting the guitar. Put a small ridge or dot on the yellow section so you can find the frets without looking. Finally, shove a + button in an easier to reach place. I hate missing a tonne of notes when i need to get the front door.
I would like to stress that though these problems are there, they aren't in your face. This is an absolutely amazing game. You will not be disappointed at your purchase. Granted, it is glorified karaoke. But who doesn't like karaoke when your having a few pints with your mates? If your a gamer, you'll be playing 24hours a day until you've unlocked everything. If your a nerd, you'll be playing with the synthesizer functions until your hearts contempt. If your anyone else, there is a cheat to unlock all the tracks on quick play (go to cheats in options, enter new cheat, BBRGGBBY, find it in the list of cheats and turn it on) Simply put, this is a game everyone will love and play for hours.