IGN Preview of Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits
About a month from now Activision will release the third game in the Guitar Hero On Tour series for the Nintendo DS. In this version, aptly titled Guitar Hero On Tour Modern Hits, you'll be playing songs that are, pretty much, in current radio circulation. Compare that to the On Tour that ran the gamut of rock songs in its track list, and On Tour Decades, a game that segmented its roster into ten year increments.
Just like the previous two versions of Guitar Hero On Tour, Modern Hits features the traditional Guitar Hero gameplay where players play along with the song by strumming an on-screen guitar while pressing buttons corresponding to the notes that flow down the display. The only way to do this is to plug in the Guitar Grip, a peripheral that fits in the GBA slot of the Nintendo DS and DS Lite systems. Sorry DSi owners, Guitar Hero isn't for you. Yet.
We've already had the opportunity to get a hands-on with the game a few weeks ago, but due to the technical limitations of preview ROMs Activision could only put in a portion of the game on the version we played. This week the company sent us an updated version of Guitar Hero On Tour Modern Hits that features songs and venue locations that couldn't fit on the original preview cartridge we had a few weeks prior.
In this build we're able to strum along with songs such as "Do The Panic" by Phantom Planet, "Chelsea Dagger" from The Fratellis, "Dashboard" by Modest Mouse, "Call To Arms" by Angels & Airwaves, The Offspring's "Half-Truism," "The Fallen by Franz Ferdinand, AFI's "Miss Murder," and "Still Waiting" by Sum 41. So far, that's 17 songs we've played, with another eight or so still unannounced. If you missed our earlier preview, the songs in that version included Wolfmother's "Dimension," Lenny Kravitz's "Where Are We Runnin'", Fall Out Boy's "This Ain't a Scene," Weezer's "Everybody Get Dangerous," Kaiser Chiefs' "Ruby," Evanescence's "Sweet Sacrifice," The Strokes' "Reptilia," The Bravery's "Unconditional," and, my favorite, "The Metal" from Tenacious D.
As we mentioned in the last preview, the game's progression has been given a slight revamp, now requiring players to take "fan requests" to move onto the next venue and series of songs. You'll have to perform certain tasks like nailing a 50 string combo or nail at least 75% of the notes in some of the songs.
Guitar Hero On Tour Modern Hits lands on shelves on June 9th, and we'll have a full review of the game as soon as it ships.
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