Guitar Hero is series of games that is supported by a multitude of platforms, including Playstation 2 and 3, PC, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS and Wii. In this review, we will be explaining the general concept of the game, since from one platform and one version to the other, game is basically the same, most changes constitute of graphical improvements and new additions / changes to the collection of soundtracks that are available in the game – there are also other variations that depend on the console’s capabilities.
Guitar Hero is a one of a kind music game which was first released in 2005. The main aim of the game is to simulate playing of a lead and bass guitar across numerous rock music songs. All this is done using a guitar shaped peripheral that has to be attached to your console (wired or wirelessly). Although the game is pretty much based on just music, you don’t need to be a musician to play. The player has to match notes that are represented by coloured markers, and the player has to press the corresponding button on the controller when the markers reach the bottom of the screen. Pressing the right button at the right time, will cause the on-screen Rock Meter to change, showing how well the player is playing. Should the Rock Meter drop below the red section, the song will automatically end, with the player booed off the stage by the virtual audience.
In theory, this all sounds very simple; however I can assure you that once anyone gets a sample of this game, one will find that it’s quite challenging. The games attempt to mimic many features of playing a real guitar, including the use of fast-fingering hammer-ons and pull-offs and the use of the whammy bar to alter the pitch of notes.
Since the game’s original release in 2005, there have been several new releases like; Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero III : Legends of Rock, World Tour and more. Most of the games in the Guitar Hero series feature a selection of rock songs ranging from the 1960s to present day, from both highly successful artists and bands like Aerosmith and Metallica. Most games support both single player and multi player (cooperative or competitive) modes, However one can also find a Career mode, where the plater has to play through all the songs in the game.
With the introduction of Guitar Hero World Tour in 2008, the game includes support for a four-player band including vocals and drums. The series initially used mostly cover version of songs created by WaveGroup Sound, but most recent titles feature soundtracks that are fully master recordings, and in some cases, special re-recordings, of the songs. Later titles in the series feature support for downloadable content in the form of new songs.
I would personally rate this game 5 Star, because of the original concept, and is definitely a game for everyone, even casual gamers. It will be appreciated even more from a Rock music fans. The only negative thing in regards to this game, is that one would need a separate controller, but then again, who would want to “rock on” using the normal boring controller?