When Guitar Hero first came out five years ago, everyone was clamoring to get a copy and have the coolest guitar. It was easy to play for even those who did not have much musical talent. Just learn the patterns on the guitar and stars were born. Fast forward to last year and there were so many new Guitar Hero games that came out that it was hard to keep track of all of them. The game became more difficult to play and fans were seriously disappointed as sales declined and the guitars were put away on shelves. This year, the only release from the company is Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and this game was supposed to take gamers back to the roots of the game.
It is sad to say that the game fails on so many levels and it does not get back to the roots which made the game so popular five years ago. Some of the main issues with the game are as follows:
• Difficulty of Play – This is probably one of the hardest of all of the Guitar Hero games to play. While the makers promised an easier gaming mode, it is difficult for those who have never played any of the previous versions to be able to jump and start from scratch. It takes a great deal of playing and mistakes to move up levels or to unlock advanced levels.
• Story Line – Do gamers really need a story line embedded in a game that is simply about playing instruments to a music track? No, they do not and this game offers a narrative, done by Kiss’ Gene Simmons, which takes the gamer on an adventure to save rock and roll. This is a bit corny and is not necessary for this type of game.
• Unlocking Upper Levels – This is probably one of the worst features of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Instead of playing your way through the levels, each character has to attain a certain status before new music is unlocked. While this may be great for other game types, it falls short and is unnecessary in this genre.
The game runs for about sixty dollars and is intended for teens and older because of some of the language and themes in the storyline. It is only available for PlayStation 3 and the Wii as of now. The game can be played with one to eight players and was released on September 28th, 2010.
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