Guitar Hero: Smash Hits Review
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Guitar Hero: Smash Hits box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Beenox Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision / RedOctane 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 16, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

This edition also features online play as well. The ability to play in a Battle of the Bands competition, which pits two virtual bands against each other, will allow a total of eight players to play against each other. Being able to do so, party on party, is a pretty cool feature of which too few players actually take advantage. But again, this is nothing new for the franchise.


Guitar Hero: Smash Hits screenshot


Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is a very well executed expansion to Guitar Hero: World Tour that brings many of your favorite tunes from the original games up to snuff with the latest peripherals. Unfortunately, the game really seems like an expansion, yet it is retailing for full price across all platforms. This is the game's biggest weakness. It seems like players should be able to download these titles as add-ons to World Tour for a bargain price rather than having to shell out cash as if it were a hot new release. Paying a $1.00 to $1.50 per song (depending upon which platform you purchase the game for) is certainly not ideal. In fact, I would have liked to have seen another twenty to thirty songs included in this disc; then I would pay the full price for Smash Hits without any qualms. However, this is not the case.

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Consequently, I can only recommend this title to Guitar Hero enthusiasts that feel the band side of their collection is sorely missing the tracks included with this release. Everyone else out there could just as easily hold out for Guitar Hero 5, or wait for Smash Hits to hit the bargain bin or used section of their favorite game store.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
The eight new venues are fine, but the graphics are still nothing special.
4.8
Control
The band peripherals work just as well as you remember.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
While the set list selection is suspect, most of your favorite tunes are included and are all master tracks.
3.0

Play Value
Chances are you already own all these songs. I would have liked to have seen another 20-30 songs from the original games included rather than have to pay full price for what's on offer here.

3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Guitar Hero's Greatest Hits: Play alone or as a full band and rock out to 48 of some of the hottest fan-favorite tracks from Guitar Hero's original guitar-centric games: Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
  • I'm With the Band: Video game fanatics can expand to full band and for the first time ever strum, drum and belt out some of their favorite Guitar Hero songs as master tracks on all gaming systems as they jam along to updated note tracks and all-new gameplay for the drum controller and microphone.
  • A Setlist that Guarantees "Nothin But A Good Time": Guitar Hero Greatest Hits features the most memorable songs from Guitar Hero games together in one epic setlist, comprised of all master recordings including, "Them Bones" by Alice in Chains, Queen's "Killer Queen," "Nothin' But A Good Time" by Poison, Rage Against The Machine's "Killing in the Name," "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock N Roll," Heart's "Barracuda" and Guitar Hero III favorite Dragonforce's "Through the Fire and Flames."
  • Discover the Spirit of Rock, All Around the World: Rock through fantastic locations with Guitar Hero favorites and play at eight new venues based on wonders of the world, including the Amazon, Polar Ice Caps, and the Grand Canyon.
  • Create, Customize, and Share: Guitar Hero Greatest Hits features the Music Studio, GHTunes, and the Rock Star Creator first made famous in Guitar Hero World Tour. Create your own hits in Music Studio, share them online with GHTunes, and watch your created superstar shred and drum to your soon-to-be breakout hit. With difficulty levels ranging from "Beginner" mode, introduced in Guitar Hero World Tour to the difficult-to-master "Expert+" mode first seen in Guitar Hero Metallica, Guitar Hero Greatest Hits is accessible for all players.


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