Saturday, October 09, 2010

Video game number two hundred and ninety three: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

Video game review number two hundred and ninety three in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock".

I've seen a lot of video game reviews that start with "If this game and some other game had a baby....this third game would be the offspring". I think Warriors of Rock is more like the baby that Brutal Legend had, and then Activision simply swooped in and added the baby to their newest Guitar Hero game.

The last several Guitar Hero games I've played haven't really added anything new to the series, except for music tracks of course. This one adds a "quest mode", which is the same thing as the single player campaign, except there's sort of a story, and at the unlock characters to play with in the main game. There's only so much games can do with the career mode, so I think this is kind of cool, even if you're still just playing 5 or 6 songs at a time to pass the level you're on and move on to the next.

There is a new instrument being released with this one (a guitar shaped like a battle axe), but I wasn't interested in it. I played with my trusty Guitar Hero 3 guitar, which is still my favorite fake guitar to date. The Rock Band guitars don't feel right to me, and even though they've only made minor changes, somehow I have a problem with the newer Guitar Hero guitars too. I prefer the classic interface I guess.

So...the most important question about any music game is this: How's the setlist?
The answer?

Same as always. There's some good stuff, some lame stuff...and it feels like I've seen a LOT of these songs before in other games. I suppose that that's bound to happen eventually, but there's nothing in this particular game that makes me feel like I need to own it. It was fun to play for an afternoon, but I felt no need to power through the rest of the setlist trying to unlock the rest of the characters. Frankly....I just don't care about Guitar Hero enough to do that anymore.

Overall Score? 6.5/10. This is your average Guitar Hero game. It's a fun video game, but's nothing that will blow you away. If you already own another one, you probably don't need to upgrade. On the other hand, if you love the songs....chill for a few months, and this one will probably be selling for 20 dollars when the next version comes out.

Achievements? I got a couple.

No comments: