Today sees the long awaited launch of the new addition to the Guitar Hero Franchise. I am a huge Guitar Hero fan and have the majority of the games, so I was interested to see just how this one would stack up against the and of course was filled with equal eagerness and dread, to find out what they have changed.
Freestyle Games have reinvented this style of game with their innovative new ways in which to play the game. We are all used to our coloured buttons on the neck of the guitar and a rolling screen in front of us that tells us what notes to play. Well, technically that hasn’t changed, but with two new modes and a brand new guitar controller, it sure feels different.
The first of our two new modes is GH Live, this puts you firmly in the drivers seat, you have a first person view of events. This means that as your character readies themselves to go on stage, an arm stretches out in front of you to grab your guitar, band members turn to you and as you step on stage you see the crowd erupt through your own eyes, it immerses you in the action, you are on stage! Imagine being alone, lights turned down, music turned up and inhibitions blowing in the wind, you would be completely taken in by this, you become the game, you experience it.
The live-action experience allows you to feel the energy of the crowd, not computer generated, these are real people, real faces, reacting to your every strum and note. When you are in time, hitting every beat with precision, your band mates and the audience will revel in your ability, but miss a few and you will feel that too, hear the boos and see the disappointment. Can you handle it?
GH Live starts you off on a small local stage but, in true GH fashion you play your way to the top, accessing bigger venues and larger audiences until you reach the 100,000 person strong crowd waiting for you at the main stage of an outdoor festival.
It is exhilarating and nerve wrecking at the same time. Think you could make it in a real band? Find out with GH Live. Pick from two festivals: Rock the Block and Sundial, each with their own bands, crowds, venues and atmosphere in which to play the 42 songs!
Rock the Block – US Festival
Alternative Rock Set – Performed by Broken Tide
Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine
Rival Sons – Keep On Swinging
Wolfmother – Sun Dial
Female Lead Set – Performed by Vivid Screams
Deap Vally – Lies
Paramore – Now
Halestorm – Love Bites (So Do I)
Alternative Rock Set – Performed by Fight Hound
Green Day – Nuclear Family
Pearl Jam – Mind Your Manners
Soundgarden – Been Away Too Long
Dance/Rock Set – Performed by Quantum Freqs
Skrillex – Bangarang
Eminem – Berzerk
Linkin Park – Wastelands
Kasabian – Club Foot
Pop Stage– Performed by The Out Outs
Avril Lavigne – Here’s to Never Growing Up
Katy Perry – Waking Up in Vegas
Rihanna – California King Bed
Indie Rock Set – Performed by The Jephson Hangout
The 1975 – Girls
Elbow – Grounds for Divorce
Kings of Leon – Supersoaker
Pop Punk Set – Performed by Yearbook Ghosts
Good Charlotte – The Anthem
Neon Trees – Everybody Talks
Blink 182 – The Rock Show
Classic Rock Set – Performed by Super Group VIP Party
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
The Rolling Stones – Paint it Black
Queen – Tie Your Mother Down
SoundDial – UK Festival
Indie Folk Set – performed by Portland Cloud Orchestra
Lumineers – Ho Hey
Of Monsters and Men – Mountain Sound
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
Indie Pop/Rock Set – Performed by The Jephson Hangout
The Killers – When You Were Young
Imagine Dragons – Demons
One Republic – Counting Stars
Alternative Rock Set – Performed by Our Pasts Collide
Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)
You Me At Six – Lived a Lie
30 Seconds to Mars – The Kill (Bury Me)
Alt Metal Set – Performed by Blackout Conspiracy
Bring Me The Horizon – Shadow Moses
Pierce the Veil – King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)
Of Mice & Men – Bones Exposed
Rock Set – Performed by Broken Tide
The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling
The Gaslight Anthem – 45
Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
Rise Against – Tragedy + Time
Royal Blood – Little Monster
The second mode is again completely new and innovative, GHTV is Guitar Hero’s very own music video network, with two channels that you can access and play along with – rock and more mainstream music, (a third will be added just after the launch). The continual stream of music means it is the perfect way to host a party and for players to jump in and out of songs. You can compete with each other locally or even access global leader boards, but perhaps you prefer to play alone and that is just as fun!
Music is constantly added to the network, making it and ever growing resource of playing enjoyment. Today there are more than 200 songs waiting for you in GHTV!
Whilst you play each song you earn coins, the coins are then added to your GHTV wallet and are used as the in game currency to purchase things like play tokens, gems, player cards, on-demand songs, Hero Powers and much more besides. Of course the higher the difficulty and ability the more coins you earn, but for every song you play you will earn coins! You get rewarded with coins for signing in daily as well, first you will be given 600 coins, then 800, 1200, 1500 and 1800 for the following consecutive days.
Play Tokens allow you to pick any song to play from the Song Catalogue and you earn these as you level up, although you will get one during the tutorial and then another 10 once you have competed it. You can purchase a Party Pass, which is great for when you have friends over, it allows you to access all of the songs for 24 hours!
The final thing I want to share with you today is the Premium Shows, because in all honesty I want to get back on the game and earn some more goodies. Premium Shows are new songs, concert footage or other great content that can only be accessed by completing the in game challenges, (unless you want to bypass by using Hero Cash, which is currency for in game purchases that is bought with real money).
I love it, we all love it, rocking out to some of the best songs, old and new. The new game modes serve to draw you further into the experience of playing the guitar and is a leap forward in immersion game play.
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