Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s Reader Review
Guitar Hero, the first. Absolutely ground breaking. Followed the format of your usual Rhythm Action game but the guitar peripheral and great selection of songs made it an essential purchase and booted the last legs of the PS2. The second arrived and leapt into the next gen, giving us even more reason to button to our fingers bled.
The whole concept of the game is really amazing. It captivates you, and makes you feel almost accomplished, if you like. Makes you feel like, well, an amateur musician at times. Although things have been said about this game ... Such as "Why wouldn't you just play a guitar instead?" ... Well my answer to that would be 'It IS a game ..>' which is precisely why i dont like this new version of probably the best Rhythm action game ever made.
Your not actually achieving anything new with this. Your playing the same old way with retro tracks. The problem with these tracks are they're not even the 80's greats. What about Bon Jovi? Instead we have some American trash songs that the majority of us Europeans haven't heard of. Indeed, they are decent enough to play along. But with the 80's being so famous for delivering us classic rock tracks, you begin to wonder why Harmonix chose the tracks they did. The mysterious orange button is used more frequently this time round, which makes the really hard tracks that little more possible as you have experience of that satsuma coloured little button which has caused personally many guitar slamming on my floor ...
In general, it IS Guitar Hero. A very good game. But it's more like an expansion pack, a warm up for Rock Band and Guitar Hero 3. It seems like another way to grab in some more cash and good critical acclaim. I wasn't too impressed. It's definetly not worth the money for Guitar Hero veterans OR people who have yet to dip their toes in Harmonix' waters.
Not terrible, but, pointless i guess.
5 / 10