I first started playing the GH games with GH 2, and thought it was great. GH 3 was just as fun. The games since then have been far less fun. Guitar Hero Smash Hits, features some of the better songs from the earlier versions. I expected it to be good, but it's not. It does have some good songs, and then some that are terrible that shouldn't have been on the first games in the first place. Just another way for them to make money, unfortunately. There's just too many of these titles now, and they keep getting worse. I played through the game, then put it back into the envelope immediately, knowing that I would not want to play another second of this bad game.
posted by ironman86 (HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) Feb 7, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
The IGN guy put it best here so I'll just quote his review:
"While the setlist is indeed great as a whole (featuring nearly 50 songs, all of which are master tracks, though two of them are live versions)... ... the note structure has changed on seemingly every track. If you've memorized these songs in other games, you'll find that you have to play them differently here, and many times it's not for the better. Note progressions sometimes don't make sense when compared to how you'd play it on guitar, and things just generally feel "off" if you've played them before."
That alone was a dealbreaker for me. I immediately went to quickplay when I first got this game, and added all my old favorites to a setlist. As I played through them, I got more and more frustrated; all the licks I cherished so dearly from GH I and II were gone, replaced by awful secondary versions that didn't quite fit.
Also, not having many of the great songs like Knights of Cydonia from GH 3 was weak.
All in all, a bad showing from the GH franchise. Looks like I'll have to break out my PS2 next time I wanna play these songs, which in this day and age, shouldn't have to happen.