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Guitar Hero Strikes a Chord

Guitar Hero

Forgive the pun. It sucked, I know.

After hearing about the new game Guitar Hero for the PS2 on an almost daily basis over the last few weeks, (Kevin Pereira of G4’s “Attack of the Show” is absolutely obsessed with it) I decided that it was time to investigate the reasons behind it’s popularity. writes: “Extremely well-conceived learning curve makes it accessible to all; terrific song selection that spans several generations and styles of rock; prominently features the grim reaper and a giant viking; terrific visual style; well-made guitar controller makes rocking easy and fun.” writes: “Truth be told, 1UP recently held a group “review” session that lasted late into the night. After a few beers, some leaps off the couch, about 8 renditions of Boston, countless moments of faux-rockstar posturing, and actually stomping so hard that we broke the disc during the thundering finale of “Take Me Out,” everyone seemed to agree on a score for Guitar Hero. But our scale only goes up to 10.”

Here’s how it works:
For around $70 you get the game and a guitar style controller. The guitar’s five multicolored fret buttons correspond to the five icons on the game screen. Colored circles that represent notes/chords slide down the onscreen frets – all you have to do is hold down the appropriate buttons and strum the guitar along with the beat.

There is also some interesting sustained note mechanics complete with whammy bar action. Basically, the game does a great job of mimicing how it feels to really play the guitar – without having to deal with all of the bothersome lessons and lack of talent.

By all accounts, Guitar Hero has a very accessable range of skill levels and it features more than 30 classic rock anthems. It also has a career mode where you can unlock tons of indie songs, avatars, and guitars as you progress.

The bottom line is that Guitar Hero just might be the best rhythm game ever made. So, if you have a passion for music and you’re looking for a great party game – this one is for you.

Posted by Sean


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