Guitar Hero is back, but does its comeback was just a big letdown?
Guitar simulation games were a big hit in the past decade, when Guitar Hero was introduced. Everyone wanted to become a rockstar so they all bough their copies of Guitar Hero including the plastic guitars to play it, after years of dominating the market, Guitar Hero had a competitor called Rock Band; from the original creators (Harmonix) of the Guitar Hero series after they were purchased by a different publisher. Then the franchise went into hiatus after sales were dropping. Now after half a decade the Guitar Hero franchise is back with Guitar Hero Live, with an all-new guitar and gameplay. Now find out what other gaming websites have to say about Guitar Hero Live as we compile their reviews
I give Guitar Hero: Live a ton of respect for trying so many radically different things, even if I’m not a fan of a many of them. GHTV in particular is an ingenious creation and it will be interesting to see how Activision and FreeStyle Games support it in the coming months. If they can keep on providing a regular stream of new songs and compelling set lists for the premium channels, GH: Live will certainly never be too far from my console.
In many ways my experience with Guitar Hero Live can be summed up by the chorus from Faith No More?s Epic: ?You want it all but you can?t have it.? No matter how much currency, real or virtual, you pump in, you?ll never actually own any of its growing library of songs beyond the 42 included on the disc. Yet, this restriction has in no way inhibited the fun I?ve had with it so far. The new guitar makes a tangible improvement to how you experience each and every riff and lick, and GHTV provides an almost irresistible service for enjoying tracks you love while discovering new ones, with absolutely nothing hidden behind a paywall. Guitar Hero Live might not return the series to the heights of its heyday, but it?s definitely the freshest and boldest Guitar Hero game in a very long time.
Guitar Hero Live’s reinvented mechanics makes music-driven gameplay fresh and fun again, and while that’s a truly massive and meaningful change for the genre as a whole, the campaign’s off-putting presentation and GHTV’s unpleasant microtransactions all sour the experience built up around that gameplay. Still, this successful innovation alone might be reason enough to grab a new axe and rock out regardless.
Some may have mixed reactions with the game, but hopefully this could be a start of a comeback for guitar music rhythm games. While you are at it, why not check out this video where?world-class jazz musician Chester “Checkmate” Clemens tries out Guitar Hero Live