posted by thejimmeh (BOULDER CREEK, CA) Sep 30, 2010
Member since May 2004
gamers (43%) found this review helpful
A mediocre song list coupled with annoying Gene Simmons voiceover doesn't make for much fun. The entire experience feels like whoever made this game was more concerned about meeting the deadline imposed by their corporate overlords than creating an enjoyable game. Worth a rental if you're into the songs (definitely check the list first), but otherwise a total throwaway.
gamers (42%) found this review helpful
As a huge fan of rhythm games, I obviously had this on my GameQ for ages. I retrieved the mail and inserted the game as fast as I could, prepared for one of the best Guitar Hero games ever. I had already seen the set list, and knew exactly which songs I wanted to play first, namely, the hardest ones (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom, etc., etc.). Imagine my surprise when finding that you actually have to unlock the songs in the new Quest Mode. "Okay," I thought, "I'll give it a try. It can't be that bad, right?" Wrong. This game is the first time that I have actually felt embarrassed to be playing a rhythm game. The narrator says the most overblown, "epic" things as you play; it's enough to make even the most comfortable of nerdy gamers blush. Couple that with a set list order that is erratic at best, and game-breaking "powers" that each character possesses, and you get a sub-par game mode. Gone is the ability to simply play the songs you like--you must finish each "warrior"'s set before you can move on in the game. The super-powered transformations that occur upon completion are, for the most part, so dumb looking as to inspire gales of embarrassed laughter. There is also a completely random-feeling moment of the Quest in which the player is forced to sequentially play all of Rush's 2112, so be sure to have LOADS of time on your hands.
But all of that is secondary to the main draw of the game: the actual playing. So, how does it play? Think the ridiculous over-charting of Guitar Hero 3. Almost every note in expert mode is a chord on the guitar. The charting in the game is absolutely absurd, and, for anyone who experienced the charting of GH2 and Rock Band, laughable. The developers have outdone themselves in making the most ridiculously hard GH yet. You don't have to take my word for it--you can check videos of Megadeth's Holy Wars running on both Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and you'll see how often the GH devs place more notes on the track then there are.