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Guitar Hero World Tour w/ Guitar

1 rating: 5.0
Music video game by Activision for the PlayStation 2

Guitar Hero Bundle features explosively addictive gameplay, as you work your way upthe showbiz ladder and become a world-famous rock star! Start your rock career playing small clubs and bars -- if you play well you'll fill stadiums and arenas.

Release Date: October, 2008
1 review about Guitar Hero World Tour w/ Guitar

Guitar Hero World Tour

  • Jan 2, 2009
Pros: completely interactive, wide selection of music included, great teaching tool

Cons: none for me

The Bottom Line:
“Who draws the crowd and plays so loud,
Baby its the guitar man.
Whos gonna steal the show, you know
Baby its the guitar man”

One of the joys of being a grandparent is the ability to seek revenge for all the years of ‘things’ your own child did to work your last nerve. Even the often used threat ‘I hope that someday you have a child just like you’ doesn’t quite make up for some of those times you wondered why you didn’t join a convent. Well, perhaps I’m being a bit vindictive, but thanks to Activision, I can now drop off my gift and walk away, giggling to myself. Yep, we did it folks, we dropped the Guitar Hero World Tour off for Diane’s grandchildren and, gotta admit, feel slightly proud about it. Granted, we had to listen to a few sets before we could escape, but, hey, we could escape so that is the main thing.

The kids were happy as clams, and why not? They had the original version of Guitar Hero and had basically outgrown it so this was the perfect addition. Plus, they could add their existing guitar to this setup and all three could join in for the fun, with dad stepping up for the vocals. Mom, who claims no musical abilities at all, elects to be the groupie fetching sodas and snacks as the band performs.

I must admit, coming from the original ice age of Atari 2600, video games just ain’t in Kansas anymore Dorothy. This product is so incredibly interactive that it will make a believer in magic out of you in just minutes. It also has an impressive stats system that takes you from the first note to the last and lets you know where you shine and where you have a weakness.

What does it offer? So glad you asked:
Wireless guitar controller with neck slider
Drum kit & controller
Wired microphone
Music creator
A bazillion soundtrack listings, all masters with no covers.

With this unit you can adapt your prior guitar from your earlier kit, allowing for both bass and acoustic guitar play, bring along a drummer, add a singer, and before you know it you will be booked at all the local clubs for endless gigs. Well, you can dream about it anyway. And if that isn’t enough, you have the capability to create, record, edit and share your very own compositions. It also have the ability with GHTunes so that you can have other players download your music [and you can download theirs too] and you never have to run out of sounds for this system. You can create your own rocker or choose from the Guitar Hero icons available with the system.

The drum kit is wireless with 5 pressure sensitive drum pads, high hat, and cymbal. There is also a non-slip moveable kick pedal and a one piece adjustable stand that collapses for storage. As if you are ever going to put this away! It even comes with life like wood drum sticks and an expandable MIDI hookup. The new touch system neck on the guitar offers increased accuracy and quicker response time. It also has a built in sleep mode which will help those batteries last longer. The microphone is high performance with great clarity, using the included 15 foot USB cable. In the gameplay mode you can have 1-4 players which would include 1-2 guitars, drum kit, and microphone.

There is one feature, Battle of the Bands, which we have not investigated yet but it says you can get up to eight players in this mode. Sounds rockin!

If you aren’t familiar with the game itself, basically you make your mode selection, I suggest beginner for most people, and once the game starts you try to match the lights on the screen to the color coding on your instrument. Each drum component has a color, each guitar chord has a color. If you are electing to sing along, you don’t have to be a pro, it rates you on timing, tone, and pitch. By the end of the game [song end], you will have your score. Each individual player in the band is scored separately and the stats are quite detailed. As with most games, as you progress it gets more difficult. The tempo picks up and become more and more frenzied until you begin to wonder why you thought you could be a rock star.

GHWT is PS2 compatible with vibrant and active graphics which are probably lost on players since they are concentrating on the game board colors so completely. However, for those of us in the audience, it is a lively presentation on the screen. The on screen band dances around, supposedly in time to the music but I found, like most real bands, they may have audio rhythm but they lack it visually. However that is not a flaw of the game but of the on screen character, just like in real life.

Don’t let this confuse you into thinking you are actually learning musical ability. What it teaches, instead, is hand-eye coordination and the feel of the instruments. It teaches you how to feel for individual strings on the guitar and individual chords. It also teaches you how to maneuver around a drum set, especially with the arm crossovers and switching from drum to high hat to cymbal. Another great teaching tool is the ability to perform in front of others, even if it is only your family. That is something that becomes all too important as you progress through life. It is also a fun and entertaining way for an entire family to get together and crank out some music. Who knows, maybe one of those original compositions will become famous someday.

This is a game that you can go solo, if you want to hone your skills before the next competition, or you can play with others. Each piece is individualistic, not dependent on group play. With all that said, it seems like a gift given with a small smirk on our faces could easily turn out to be something that helps them all grow as a family and as individuals. Nevertheless, we still have to snicker.



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