By Philip Dunkley
Now it’s no secret that I, Philip Dunkley, have a serious addiction to Guitar Hero. Let’s rephrase that. Guitar Hero II and III, as I never got the privilege of playing number 1, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is this. I would estimate that Guitar Hero has probably taken away a good 1000 hours of my life, and to this I believe that somebody owes me something somewhere in the world. So what do they do, send me another version of the game!!!! Please stop sending me these games, I have a problem, and the more you send them to me, the more I slip closer to divorce due to my addiction.
At least this time it’s not so bad, as this game is basically centred around one band, namely Aerosmith. Most of the songs you will play in this game revolve around the band, with a couple of additions from other bands.
Now into the Story, and as most people know, there normally is not one in the Guitar Hero franchise, but this one has a slight underlying story, and as the player progresses through the game, the story of Aerosmith unfolds, in an interview kind of format with the band members talking around their memories, and the venues that stand out within their careers. These venues are all playable, so it’s quite a cool little trip down memory lane. Also, each venue opens up with you playing 2 other bands, and then opening the Aerosmith section of each venue, so it’s kind of like opening gigs before the main event.
The gameplay is identical to Guitar Hero III, so you will get the same gameplay experience that you would from GH:III, but just scaled down in a rather large way. All the locked songs are based around Aerosmith, so this kind of lacks in the longevity of the title, but it’s fun nonetheless.
The only problem I have with this title is the following; you have to be an Aerosmith fan to get any kind of enjoyment out of it. Steve Tyler’s voice is not for everyone, and his outrageous costumes can seriously put some strain on your eyes. I actually quite enjoy the band, and there career is one that any band would be proud to have endured, so you have to give them their dues. They are also huge in America, more so than anywhere else in the world, so this game is directly geared towards this market.
One thing I did notice about this game is the fact that it is a lot easier that the full release version, so don’t expect any Through the Fire and Flames challenges.
I can’t really go into much more detail, because there isn’t any, but it’s still hell of a fun game, but just not quite as good as the Full release, and only fans of the Band will get any real value of the title, but then again, since we have no DLC on the PS3 version, it’s nice to have some new songs to play at least.
Overall I enjoyed the game, and will continue playing it, but I have to be somewhat objective here, as it’s not going to appeal to everyone here, just the fans of the Band and addicts of the series, but I just don’t know if it’s worth the full price for mainly one band and a couple of extra’s.
Gameplay: 9/10 [It’s Guitar Hero!!!]
Presentation: 7/10 [Not Everyone’s cup of tea]
Sound: 8/10 [A Bit Flatter than the Original]
Value: 6/10 [For one Band really!!!]
Overall: 7.5/10 [Still a good title]
Better Than: [Guitar Hero: Rock the 80’s ]
Worse Than: [GH:III]
Last Updated: July 9, 2008