By Philip Dunkley
This is going to be such an easy review. It goes something like this. If you have never played Guitar Hero before, what is wrong with you?! If you were contemplating getting this game, but not quite sure if the price tag of the bundle is a bit too expensive and could eat away at the bank account, think no longer, buy it!!! This game is amazing, and the new controller, a Gibson copy, is fantastic. If you treasure your social life and don’t have all that much time to play games, DO NOT BUY THIS, your life will belong to Guitar Hero, and you’re going to end up playing this game over and over again.
Guitar Hero II did not sell as well in this country as expected, and I have no idea why. It was fantastic, and I told everyone I knew to get this game, no matter who they were. But this time around, I will push it harder and harder, and make sure that my screams are heard across the country.
I did a small experiment over the weekend. I put my copy in my friend’s XBOX360 with both guitars plugged in, and had about 10 people around watching while I started playing. Now all my friends are casual gamers, playing a few titles here and there, and my mate’s wife hates gaming totally. After 3 hours of play, the only reason the game was turned off, was because my friend’s toddler had to go sleep. Had this not been the case, we would have carried on until the early hours of the morning. Everyone loved it, including my friend’s wife, who played like a rock star. Soon the bets were flying and challenges were on the go, with the proverbial best out of 3, no wait, best out of 5 etc was in full swing. This game just grabs you the moment you play it for the first time, and keeps you entertained from start to finish, and then the downloadable content starts and the next thing you become really good and involved, trying to get to a higher level of difficulty every time, trying to finally reach that finger splitting expert mode(Small note here: Invest in Ice Bricks, Fingers get bruised)
There’s no story, no depth, just sheer fun with a line up of songs that I enjoy personally, and with a lot of other tracks to download , albeit rather pricey. This is not a dance mat kind of game, or one of those bad eye toy games that came out for PS2, it’s really good. The problem is that most â€œHardcoreâ€ (Still trying to figure out what that means) gamers would not buy this. It’s has no in depth character development, no twist that blows your mind, no new technologically advanced graphics engine, and by no means is this even considered gaming at its core. But, the fun than one can have with this title is unbelievable.
If you are into serious fun, get this, it’s not a fad or a phase that gaming is going through, it has serious replay value, and brings out the inner rock star in you. Don’t argue, don’t think, just buy it.
I’m not even going to give this game individual scores, just an overall score. And here it is.
OVERALL: 95% (If you don’t buy this, I’ll be very disappointed)
Last Updated: March 11, 2008