Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Review
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System: PS3, X360, PC, Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Neversoft 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 28, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 (Up to 8 Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

These modes are also where you will be allowed to play your downloadable content. You will also be able to import a select few Guitar Hero titles of the past as long as you have the specific ownership code. I really like this since I don’t like changing discs and this way I have a gigantic Guitar Hero library of music from which to pick and choose.

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Graphically, you can’t really knock Guitar Hero for trying to keep the same level of over-the-top caricatures while trying to “real” them up to match their competitors. I think this is one of the more enduring aspects for the characters designs this time around. Their transformations link them back to the extreme models Guitar Hero became known for, the same with the stage designs and other venues throughout the game. All well polished, all rambunctious, and all well within the ideals of the splintered genres of rock n’ roll.

The music and other sounds in the game are just as raucous as the visuals. The sound effects still fully represent the Guitar Hero experience, but the real star is the set list of this latest entry. You have everything from Creedence all the way to Avenged Sevenfold, giving fans of rock an engrossing, diverse experience in the music that has been controversial and revolutionary since its beginnings. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock also features one of the greatest songs created, in my personal opinion. I am referring to 2112 by Rush. All seven parts are playable during Quest Mode, but if you want a challenge, play the entire seven-part song on expert in one sitting. Maybe then it will finally make sense why Rush is one of the most respected groups. You’ll also have a lot of fun doing so.

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In a nutshell, I think the word that best describes Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is fun. In the past, Guitar Hero has felt more like a chore at first and then became fun as you progressed, but Warriors of Rock is not like this. I was reminded why the first entry was so successful – people love the idea of playing these phenomenal songs. Sure, some of the people playing the game may be able to play the songs for real and some may want to learn to play them, but none of them can deny the urge to play these songs in such a relaxed and simplistic way. Soon the music genre will be challenged with realism, but it is great to see Guitar Hero remember why the genre has been so successful.

By Matthew Walker
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
The graphics are a definite continuation of what has become expected of the Guitar Hero franchise.
4.5
Control
Much like the previous titles, the controls are solid, just don’t forget to calibrate.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
This is probably the best set list Guitar Hero has had since the first entry.
4.7
Play Value
A quest mode that is fun and interesting, diverse set lists, and the inclusion of new power abilities will definitely find a special place with fans of the series.
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Save Rock n’ Roll – With Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock’s all-new, story-driven Quest Mode, narrated by notorious KISS front man Gene Simmons and featuring an original song by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, players will journey from the infamous stage of CBGBs to the molten lava fields of rock treachery where players will be transformed into rock warriors that must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down “The Beast” and save rock n’ roll.
  • Shred with Your Friends, Rock Your Enemies, Challenge Everyone – Quickplay+ pushes fans to the limit with thirteen totally unique gameplay challenges for each on-disc track and most songs in their Guitar Hero music library, providing literally hundreds of hours of replayability. From High Score on a single instrument, Band Streak and Star Power Relay with a full band and Power Challenges, which allow players to choose any two warrior powers they have unlocked to try to earn ridiculously high scores, completing any of these challenges will earn gamers extra stars, which unlock tons of bonus content such as accessories, instruments, and videos. The current leaderboards and all-new Challenge Leaderboards will never be the same.
  • Rock Music At Its Best – Featuring over ninety master tracks, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock delivers a one-of-a-kind music experience through a quintessential set list focused on challenging, hard-hitting rock songs that are fun for furious finger fretters, hard-hitting drummers, and fearless frontmen alike. Along with some of the biggest names in rock, such as KISS, Slipknot, Megadeth, Queen and Black Sabbath, the game is comprised of original tracks written and composed by AAA talent, special re-records by famous artists, and bands that are making their music video game debut.
  • Join The Party or Compete to Rock It – Guitar Hero 5’s critically-acclaimed gameplay features make an encore in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, allowing players to jump in and rock out with friends right from the start with Party Play mode or prove who can rock the hardest with Competitive mode, the four-player local and up to eight-player online competitive battle mode that includes unique gameplay challenges like Streakers, Momentum+ and Do or Die.
  • The Definitive Rock Library – In addition to the over ninety on-disc tracks, players can bolster their set list with music from the Guitar Hero Music Library, which will offer more than 300 downloadable songs at launch. For those looking for even more great music, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock also allows players to import select songs from Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero Smash Hits, Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero. Gamers will be able to experience all of their music with Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock’s innovative new features, such as all thirteen Quickplay+ challenges, which will add hours of challenging replayability and breathe new life into older Guitar Hero songs.
  • Forget the Rest, Shred on the Best – Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock delivers the next evolution in finger-fretting, show-stopping axes with the all-new, rock-inspired guitar controller born from the unique art style of the game and made for shredding. Hosting all electronic parts within the neck of the controller allows gamers the chance to express themselves and tailor the guitar to their own unique style.


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