Guitar Hero World Tour

The gaming world has changed a lot in the past few years. Notably, it's become intertwined with the music industry thanks to the huge success of the likes of Guitar Hero and SingStar. We now have a multitude of companies competing for the rights to license artists' beloved tunes for each of their respective music touting. EA recently launched Rock Band on New Zealand shores - albeit a year after its North American release - so it comes as no surprise that Activision were eager to get Guitar Hero World Tour to our little land as quickly as possible. And whether we like it or not, the two games are both vying for our living room space, and will always be compared.

The next logical step in the Guitar Hero franchise was always going to be adding more instruments, and to its credit, you still instantly recognize this as a Guitar Hero game, but the added musical accompaniments fit in fairly well. The vocalist’s note sheets aren’t the best looking, and the star power and performance indicators are fairly simple, but these are the sorts of things that don’t particularly matter all that much in this type of game. It does feel like a re-arranged Guitar Hero 3 interface, but that’s fine with us.

 
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For real you guys, I’m totally not convinced on this whole plastic instrument phenomenon. I mean, there’s plenty more stuff I could be doing with my time, right? Like snorting coke off a toilet paper dispenser or shopping for a new crotch hugging pair of pleather leggings. Screaming into a plastic microphone isn’t going to get me a record deal with Phil Spector (I don't care wot people say about him PS, he totally did not kill that hooker.)

But yeah whateva, I had a go and I gotta say even though it was totally like Fischer Price, but it was totally fun to pretend to be Dave Grohl for five minutes (wouldn't kick him outta bed). But singing's not what Guitar Hero is all about, it’s all about the guitar riffs, those sweet screaming strings, so if you wanna be Robert Plant to Led Zep’s Jimmy Page then this game is probably way more your thing than Singstar or Rock Band.

- Iced Dangergirl, Vocalist, The NZGamer Nitros.

Guitar Hero World Tour really pushes for you to get some friends together and rock out. Unfortunately, the game makes it unappealing to do so at times, with a somewhat clumsy interface when it comes to creating profiles and managing your rockers. Going through the effort of creating a band name and logo upon signing in for the first time, only then to be playing for the “band” belonging to the leader of the group – the person who pressed the button to go into the career mode – seems a little clumsy. It doesn’t particularly instill a sense of ownership in your characters, or band, as Rock Band does. The auto-save of each profile after every song can become quite tiresome as well.

The core gameplay is what really matters though, and World Tour does indeed rock. The tracklist consists of a good variety of new and old, and as a nice touch, all the tracks are master recordings. The songs offer a mix of those that are incredibly fun to sing, such as Livin’ on a Prayer and Eye of the Tiger, alongside tracks that are more suited to the guitar or drums. It can lead to some performances feeling a little lacklustre for some, but does mean that those songs that are tailored for your instrument really shine.

Rocking the bass is what I do, whether it be rocking the masses with ‘Everlong’ by the Foo’s, or holding those long notes in a power ballad like ‘Livin on a Prayer’, you can guarantee this - I’ll kick its butt. Me and my main man on the skins, T- Bird Worthington, lay down a real tight groove together.

Guitar Hero: World Tour is heck of a lot of fun, well as much fun as can have legally anyhow...

- Duff Stardon, Bass, The NZGamer Nitros.

The Career Mode is similar to the past Guitar Hero offerings, but does feature a shiny new interface to access the gigs you have available. Offered in single player and band mode varieties, the career mode allows you to play through pre-defined sets, usually ending with an encore, and some feature in-game characters of well-known musicians including Billy Corgan, Sting, and Jimi Hendrix. Boss battles with Zakk Wylde and Ted Nugent feature in the single player version of the career mode.

When I’m not shredding on my axe, I’m thinking of the next best solo to show the band who’s really in control. That’s how it goes down in the Nitros – if they don’t like the licks, I’ve got five frets to show ‘em.

This touch slide neck, you see, I’ve mastered it. Whether it’s sliding those solos or picking the insane combos, you can bet your wannabe ass that I’m not going to miss a beat. Listen to me here, Kung Fu P., the man – the legend. There’s only one way for me, and that’s up.

- Kung Fu P., Guitar, The NZGamer Nitros.

This is a game for the statisticians. True to the previous Guitar Hero games, World Tour again breaks the song into many parts and provides stats for each of the players. Money earned after playing each song is also distributed to the players separately, with those that perform better and on higher difficulties receiving a larger share of the stash.

Another of the new additions that will be sure to please those that love tinkering around and content creation is the ability to create custom songs through the ‘Studio’. The huge amount of options allows you to lay down tracks with up to four people with the exact sound you want. The mode allows you to choose from various effects and keys for the notes, as you record your song directly by playing it, or by placing the notes. Once you’re happy with the result, you can upload the song to GHTunes, a central repository for accessing others’ content. It’s a really nice idea that should keep the game fresh once you’ve played through the set list a few times and tackled the downloadable content.

As a drummer, I like to hit things. Sometimes with sticks, sometimes with my bare hands. Either way, the kit that came with World Tour rocks. It doesn't completely blow the Rock Band set out of the water, but it's definitely more fun to jam on. The cymbals are a big plus, although one of them was faulty and didn't always work. The kick pedal is easier to use, and man, I am so glad the actual noise made by the drum kit sounds like one. The World Tour set has a more subtle, deeper sound as you hit it - you may very well feel less embarassed about going to town on those things.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get a headset mic and go all Phil Collins on your arse...

- T-Bird Worthington, Drummer, The NZGamer Nitros.

As mentioned earlier, this is visibly a Guitar Hero game. This is due, in part, to the art direction remaining largely unchanged from the previous titles. The characters we’ve come to know over the years are back, alongside a decently in-depth create-a-rocker mode. Starting with choosing a genre for the base template, the create-a-rocker mode allows you to customise the size and shape of the head, your hairstyles, outfits, and instruments. You can even customise specific parts of the guitar such as the neck and frets.

Guitar Hero World Tour is simply a lot of fun. It has the benefit of being familiar to those who have played previous Guitar Hero titles, and builds in the drum and microphone instruments pretty well. Time will be a deciding factor on the success of both the GHTunes and downloadable content, but the future is looking very good for the Guitar Hero world. Be sure to pick this one up for the holidays if you’re into the music rhythm genre, or are just having a few mates around.


Guitar Hero World Tour
"Time to get the band together."
- Guitar Hero World Tour
8.8
Great
 
Follow Own it? Rating: PG   Difficulty: Medium   Learning Curve: 15 Min


 

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Comments Comments (19)

 
kaz
Posted by kaz
On Thursday 20 Nov 2008 11:03 PM
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SWEEET!!!!!!
 
 
 
virtorio
Posted by virtorio
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 12:01 AM
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So is it better to get this or Rock Band?
 
 
 
stupidlikeafox NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by stupidlikeafox
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 12:21 AM
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GHWT with instruments, and rb2 disc only. then hire rb1, and download all the 1 songs to 2. (all this may only work for 360)
 
 
 
The Oreo NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by The Oreo
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 1:45 AM
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Foxy said it. Thats exactly how I wish I'd done it.
 
 
 
Ruptunex
Posted by Ruptunex
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 8:55 AM
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Rock band is better than GH:WT. I prefer the drum on RB because the WT ones feel really cheap and nasty.
 
 
 
itachi
Posted by itachi
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 8:55 AM
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21 November 2008, 12:21 AM Reply to stupidlikeafox
GHWT with instruments, and rb2 disc only. then hire rb1, and download all the 1 songs to 2. (all this may only work for 360)
Nice work Fox.
 
 
 
stungaf NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
Posted by stungaf
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 10:12 AM
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21 November 2008, 08:55 AM Reply to Ruptunex
Rock band is better than GH:WT. I prefer the drum on RB because the WT ones feel really cheap and nasty.
i thought the opposite.

i've never played RB, but had a tutu with the unplugged drums in a store. the gh ones seem much more solid.
 
 
 
BathTub
Posted by BathTub
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 11:15 AM
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So, Rock Band 2 review next week then? ;)
 
 
 
littleboyl33t
Posted by littleboyl33t
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 2:09 PM
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Ive got this game, ill write a review.

<.< Im always writing comments to reviews like this.
 
 
 
cute_maori
Posted by cute_maori
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 4:07 PM
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Heh. Not that good at this game.
 
 
 
marbig
Posted by marbig
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 4:25 PM
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Nope. Off these games.
 
 
 
stupidlikeafox NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by stupidlikeafox
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 5:06 PM
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21 November 2008, 10:12 AM Reply to stungaf
i thought the opposite.

i've never played RB, but had a tutu with the unplugged drums in a store. the gh ones seem much more solid.
+1 lol. rb drums look like something you buy a three year old.
 
 
 
Genocide NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by Genocide
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 10:02 PM
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Keen to destroy this games solo guitar. Won't be buying the other instruments any time soon.
 
 
 
thejuror84
Posted by thejuror84
On Saturday 22 Nov 2008 8:38 AM
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21 November 2008, 05:06 PM Reply to stupidlikeafox
+1 lol. rb drums look like something you buy a three year old.
Yea GH's plastic drums are far more "realistic" lol.
These games are about fun not realism, and rockband wins hands down. The RB drums are pure functionality and easy to prop up while the WT kit is more of an asthetic choice, which to be honest at best only feels as good as the RB kit overall. Using the GHWT drums on RB doesn't feel that great (cymbals lopside the kit and are at times irresponsive) so there only really useful for playing that overblown nonsense that activision churns out
 
 
 
stupidlikeafox NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by stupidlikeafox
On Sunday 23 Nov 2008 8:07 AM
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22 November 2008, 08:38 AM Reply to thejuror84
Yea GH's plastic drums are far more "realistic" lol.
These games are about fun not realism, and rockband wins hands down. The RB drums are pure functionality and easy to prop up while the WT kit is more of an asthetic choice, which to be honest at best only feels as good as the RB kit overall. Using the GHWT drums on RB doesn't feel that great (cymbals lopside the kit and are at times irresponsive) so there only really useful for playing that overblown nonsense that activision churns out
"overblown nonsense"

hell yes, when i started playing gh3 i went from enjoying number 2's difficulty to producing WTF juice over some of the songs. when its easier to play the song in real life than it is in a game - you know theres something wrong with the difficulty.
 
 
 
BathTub
Posted by BathTub
On Sunday 23 Nov 2008 11:49 AM
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I think many reviews have mentioned that Neversoft did a better charting job this time around.
 
 
 
Daniel1987
Posted by Daniel1987
On Sunday 23 Nov 2008 4:03 PM
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Any idea if Neversoft have randomly thrown in notes again ala GH3?
 
 
 
Bunnny NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
Posted by Bunnny
On Wednesday 26 Nov 2008 8:47 PM
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"Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get a headset mic and go all Phil Collins on your arse..."


GOLD 1+
 
 
 
GenBattle
Posted by GenBattle
On Thursday 27 Nov 2008 8:53 PM
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i'm still torn between this and rock band, especially considering RB2 is supposed to be out very soon.

For one i'm not really sold on wireless instruments. All it means is i have to buy more batteries, which are reasonably expensive.

Second, i have heard plenty about the sensitivity issues with GH drums, as cool as they are.

Third, i still have to decide if the guitar hero kit is really worth an extra $60 when, no matter what kit i buy, chances are most of my play will be solo, or with my girlfriend and her family.