|System: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360|
|Dev: FreeStyle Games|
|Release: October 20, 2015|
|Players: Variable depending on instruments and mode|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i||Lyrics|
Want to choose your own songs from the full catalog? GHTV hands out “plays” like candy as you play along with the channels, allowing you to pick anything from the catalog for one play. You can, of course, pay for additional plays or get a party pass allowing for infinite custom plays over a certain period of time. Though I'm not usually a big fan of microtransaction-style monetization, I understand it in this case. Music licensing is expensive, and the plays system is a nice alternative to having to buy and maintain your own catalog of DLC songs. In the long run, it gives you access to more songs for less (or no) money.
There's a nice progression and reward system in GHTV, with players getting access to more features and customization options as they progress in rank. My only concern is a mismatch between your rank, which is largely an expression of how much time you've put into the game, and your actual skill. I'd be happier to be matched against other players who use the same difficulty level as I do instead of those at the same rank. The pre-release crowd of fellow game journos made me feel good about my terrible fake guitar skills, but I know I'll be curbstomped by Guitar Hero veterans playing on Uber-Hard as soon as the game goes live.
Though I was a bit disappointed by the Guitar Hero Live portion of the game, Guitar Hero TV is onto something special with a lot of potential longevity. I've scored the full game just under a “must buy” because players who mostly enjoy a beefy single-player campaign will find it lacking. However, I encourage fans of Guitar Hero to check out this package for Guitar Hero TV. It's both a blast from the past days of music videos on television, and a step into the future of interactive entertainment. I'm looking forward to seeing where Activision and FreeStyle take GHTV in the future – things like a more formal vocal competition or user-curated channels are all possibilities for this new format. I'll be watching and waiting to strum along.
Date: October 20, 2015