My experience with Guitar Hero has been rather minimal. I did try to encourage myself to give it a go once but found Iâ€™d rather spend that money on a real video game. You know, one with characters and story, and all that? Even so, at one of our wild NZGamer Christmas parties I gave it a shot. I got owned. Majorly. Epically, even. But with my bruised ego and lowered self-esteem I also came away realising what the fuss is all about. Guitar Hero is 110% fun; it is a real video game.
Then I saw the Guitar Hero attachment for the Nintendo DS version and thought, â€śGood on you for creating a third-party peripheralâ€ť and then â€śwhat the hell?â€ť. Truth is that it works, so park your reservations at the door. Just like the console versions you press the correct buttons in sequence and in time while you strum, only here thereâ€™s no guitar and strumming is done with the pick-stylus. You may need to fiddle around with adjusting the strap to get the right feel but thereâ€™s no denying that the setup works. A warning, though: you will get RSI if you keep at it for too long. If you find that justification for breaks too hard to swallow then just pretend youâ€™re a pretentious rocker storming off the stage because you hate your jerk drummer (remember, youâ€™re mad at his stupid faceâ€¦ or something). Then come back after fifteen minutes because you love your fans too damn much.
On Tour plays just as the console versions do but adds a few new features exclusive to the DS, thanks to the machine's unique functionality. Youâ€™ll be able to break strings and re-tie them, set your opponent's guitars on fire and sign autographs while rocking. On Tour really plays upon the rock star stereotype and is a winner because of it. Perhaps in the sequel weâ€™ll be able to do what Ziggy did to Mick Ronsonâ€™s guitar? OK, maybe not.
The track list is fairly weak mind you; even though I obviously didnâ€™t pay for On Tour, I still feel kind of bad knowing that I own something with Blink 182, No Doubt and Smash Mouth on it. Catering for the core DS audience is understandable, but it wouldâ€™ve been nice to see a stronger consideration for the Guitar Hero fans. That said, you do get 25 tracks, and there are some gems in there so the complaint is merely a quibble. I hate Smash Mouth, you see, especially the drummer (what a dumb face he has!).
On Tour isnâ€™t a game youâ€™ll be playing on the train, oh no - people will think youâ€™re mad! But playing at home, or against a friend? Youâ€™re in for good times. Guitar Hero on the DS is an ambitious idea which couldâ€™ve easily failed but here we are with those ambitions fulfilled. Rock on, Vicarious Visions; letâ€™s hear an encore soon.