Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

By: Shaun Hunter    On: Xbox 360
Published: Monday 11 Aug 2008 10:00 AM
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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is the latest in the popular Guitar Hero franchise, this time placing legends Aerosmith centre stage, giving you the opportunity to shred all of the Aerosmith hits.

While Guitar Hero: Aerosmith features a whole new song set, the game remains essentially unchanged. From the presentation of the menus to all the same characters from Guitar Hero III, it’s very clear that it has been developed as an expansion for fans of the band.

The career mode, while still working off the same method as previous Guitar Hero titles – play a set, perform the encore, and move on – does make a few minor tweaks. Between every set, a short video consisting of snippets from interviews with the Aerosmith band members is shown, chronicling the journey that Aerosmith has taken as a band. It goes from their early beginnings at Mendon High School to their break up, reunion, and eventual induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The career spans 31 songs, with all but four of these being master recordings.

One other change to the career mode is that you’ll play two songs at the start of each set from bands that have relevance to Aerosmith’s past before the crowd goes into a frenzy chanting for Aerosmith to take the stage. You can then bring Aerosmith on, and you’ll perform two songs as them before the encore at the end of the set. It’s all a bit pretentious - that is, of course, unless you’re very much chanting along with the crowd to bring them out. There is also one boss battle to be had, against guitarist Joe Perry.

In the store you’ll be able to purchase a couple more Aerosmith songs such as "Walk This Way" and "Rats in the Cellar". There are far fewer additional songs you can purchase when compared to the past games, bringing the total track count to 41. Unfortunately there won’t be any downloadable content for the game either.

Motion capture has been done by the band, and while you’re mainly concentrating on the upcoming notes, it’s a nice touch to see Steven Tyler and Joe Perry performing on stage in a similar fashion to what you would expect.

If you are a fan of the band, then you should most definitely Walk This Way. If you’re simply looking for a new Guitar Hero fix, you may wish to rent the game first, or look towards the next downloadable content for Guitar Hero III. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is a solid game, but it does walk the very narrow line of being too expensive for a game that is shorter and more limited than what you normally expect from a Guitar Hero game.

The Score

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
"This one is for fans of the band."
Rating: M   Difficulty: Medium   Learning Curve: 15 Min


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stupidlikeafox VIP VIP Gold
On Monday 11 Aug 2008 10:00 PM Posted by stupidlikeafox
hire o'clock. might pick it up when its in the bargain bin for $40...
Genocide VIP VIP Gold
On Tuesday 12 Aug 2008 5:59 PM Posted by Genocide
Hire, achievements look like a days work.
stupidlikeafox VIP VIP Gold
On Wednesday 13 Aug 2008 11:24 AM Posted by stupidlikeafox
im just glad i got gh80's for free...
Bunnny VIP VIP Silver
On Wednesday 13 Aug 2008 8:20 PM Posted by Bunnny
I always thought the "singer" from GH3 looked like Steven Tyler any way XD
On Thursday 14 Aug 2008 12:03 PM Posted by Ruptunex
Already seen some guy get the 1000. And Foxy. stop posting so much.... You'll beat me....
On Friday 15 Aug 2008 2:38 PM Posted by BlackRetina
Aerosmith suck
On Monday 18 Aug 2008 10:21 PM Posted by Daniel1987
The achievements look pretty easy. I think I'm already up to 200-ish and I've played for about 45 minutes. Some time consuming ones in there but should be easy to polish off, might have to do a reader review......
On Wednesday 20 Aug 2008 10:45 PM Posted by Ruptunex
This game blows.
stupidlikeafox VIP VIP Gold
On Tuesday 7 Oct 2008 11:56 AM Posted by stupidlikeafox
well, the game is meh. played through in one evening with uber. the aerosmith songs they have are mostly from the 70s and ghey. no amazing, cryin or crazy. only one song off nine lives which is one of my favourite albums. good thing i took advantage of EB's 7 day return policy...
stupidlikeafox VIP VIP Gold
On Tuesday 7 Oct 2008 11:57 AM Posted by stupidlikeafox
oh, and best feature of the game: the ability to skip those aerosmith clips. saw a total of 3 seconds worth and that was more than enough...
On Friday 14 Nov 2008 8:28 PM Posted by mattfluffit
guitar hero has gone way too far...