Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Review
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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Budcat Creations 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 29, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

There's only one boss and that's Joe. He's a seasoned vet to be sure, but he's not really out to kick your butt. Joe's a team player, he's not a virtuoso trapped in an ensemble. Only in the later stages of the game will you experience some challenges. You have to unlock the songs in order, so there's no picking and choosing. The tunes follow the storyline in a specific order. There are just a shade more than 40 songs, which makes for a relatively short game. There is a multiplayer component, but no co-op or online mode. It's possible to jam your way through the single-player mode in a day. But like playing any instrument, practice makes perfect, and if you want to win first place in a local Guitar Hero competition, Aerosmith is a great training ground.

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith screenshot

As you would expect, the graphics on the PS2 are inferior to those on the current-gen consoles, but you can still make out that it's the Glimmer Twins, Steve, and Joe on stage. The band performs to all the tunes, and even though they sometimes look like sickly puppets, there are some moments when the Aerosmith vibe is unmistakable. At times, Tyler's lips and jaw wrap themselves around the lyrics perfectly. Perry struts and strums like he's still a teenager. Even drummer Joey Kramer appears to be keeping the beat under control; it helps that the graphics were developed using motion-capture technology of the band's performance. Although it has nothing to do with the gameplay, you've just got to check it out on the PS3. It looks better and sounds better, but it plays the same.

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Various guitars, costumes, skins, and other stage paraphernalia is unlockable. The more popular you become, the better the selection. You'll start off in a high-school gym working your way up to opening up the show for Aerosmith. Eventually you will play with Aerosmith, and that's when things really take off.

The game isn't very challenging or long, so you can just rent it. But whatever you do, get your hands on it and start strumming!

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.8
Graphics
Not nearly as good as the current-gen graphics, but the motion-captured animation is good.
4.8
Control
Plays just as good as any Guitar Hero, but easier.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The tunes rock, but the audio quality won't win any awards.
3.5
Play Value
Relatively short game. Lots of fun with two players.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, the first game built around the legendary music of America's Greatest Rock 'N Roll Band: Aerosmith.
  • This latest installment from the franchise with the #1 best-selling video game in 2007, puts players in the shoes of Perry (guitar), Whitford (guitar) and Hamilton (bass), as they rock out alongside frontman Tyler and drummer Kramer.
  • Gamers will experience Aerosmith's GRAMMY winning career, from their first gig to becoming rock royalty, in a way that no other entertainment vehicle offers.
  • As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way.
  • Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame.


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