Guitar Hero

Cameron Nutter - Staff Reviewer

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GAME TECH INFO

Computer Platform: PlayStation 2 (Sony)
Produced by: Harmonix
Price Range: $31-40
Learning curve time: 1-2 hrs.
Age level: All Ages
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Patches / Upgrades: None
System Requirements: Guitar Controller

Reviewed By: Cameron (evileye)
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre: Other Rhythm / Music
Christian Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 4 of 5 (good)
Violence: 5 of 5 (none)
Adult Content: 3 of 5 (mild)

 

Guitar Hero

Note: This review is based on a older game that already has two sequels. During this review, I will be comparing the negatives and positives of this game based on Guitar Hero II and III.

Story: You are a local band that no-one even knows about. You and your three closest friends are trying to make it big time. You practice, and you make tons of calls to try and book concerts. Finally, you get a call from another friend who says that he is having a huge party in his basement, and he wants you to play. From there, your rock career never stops rising.

Violence: None really, but the main character often smashes really awesome guitars.

Language: There is hardly any characters that talk in this game. But some of the lyrics in the songs can and will have a very little bit of cursing. Some songs that have worse off words in them (s***) have been edited, so for the most part you won’t get worse off that d*** or h***.

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Sexual Content: Some of the songs might have a bit of reference to a bit of sexual things (one song in particular) but really nothing too bad. The girl characters are clothed just fine.

Spiritual Content: Unless you could find something wrong with one of the songs, which I didn’t too much, then nothing really. One thing though: There is not a single Christian song in this game. Its all secular. Some of the songs do talk about the devil, but none of them really scream anything terrible. One of the characters fret board has a pentagram.

Graphics: The concerts do look very nice, from basements to huge stadiums. The character models are a bit lame and don’t have very good facial expressions. That said, they really can play guitar. The developers really made sure that they got the timing down with how the characters actually play the guitar. The chords (this has been checked) are mostly correct, and they strum perfectly with the song. They even stop strumming when you mess up. The crowd is a little blah, but you sure can tell when they are there when you activate your star power.

Guitar Controller

Controls: The Gibson SG guitar controller is the only reason that this game rocks as hard as it does. Its basically a plastic guitar controller with 5 frets and a strum bar. The notes come down on the screen, and you have to hold the fret, and strum, making a sound. It works perfectly with no problem at all. It really does make you feel like your really playing a very light guitar. Oh, and there is a whammy bar. Heck. Yes. The only problem with this is the fact that the hammer-ons and pull-offs do not work at all. This has been fixed in GHII and III.

Sound: First off, none of the cover songs are sung by the original artists. They were all redone for Guitar Hero. They did manage to get a very good selection of music. The lesson here is: Even if its a good song, and even if you managed to get it, does it really belong in a rock game? Some songs like “I Love Rock and Roll” and “Smoke on the Water”, while great songs, are NOT fun to play because they are so repetitive. But, between the boring songs, they managed to get some amazing songs into the set list. 30 rock songs, including Symphony of Destruction, Thunderkiss 65, Infected, Cowboys From Hell, Ace of Spades, Godzilla and many more, managed to make their way onto Guitar Hero. And they are all very fun to play. They really sound great too. Sure, the voice does not sound exactly the same as the original artist, but you can hardly tell most of the time.

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Year of Release — 2005

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