Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Awaiting 1 more rating

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Band Hero delivers an explosive social gameplay experience for Nintendo DS Lite with the addition of vocals and drums via an innovative new Drum Grip to the guitar and bass gameplay popularized by the Guitar Hero On Tour trilogy. Band Hero allows handheld gamers to choose the way they want to play in multiplayer mode with any instrument combination of guitar, bass, drums and vocals as they strum, drum and belt out some of today's most popular tracks across multiple genres of music, including rock, pop, alternative and punk. With the largest and most diverse set list in a Nintendo DS Lite offering to-date, Band Hero offers fans 30 master recordings from today’s top artists including: Blink-182, Avril Lavigne, The Killers, KT Tunstall, and Fall Out Boy. With new features players can enjoy anytime, anywhere, a brand new Rockstar Editor to fully customize your band members, No Fail mode and Stage Stunts, Band Hero changes the way games can be played on the road. [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. The music selection is great and the four person multiplayer is the real highlight.
  2. Band Hero takes the musical genre one step further, and demonstrates its viability on handheld platforms. It might be some time before it replaces the console versions, however. A better guitar, and a more serious dedication to rewarding gameplay would really draw the crowds.
  3. Band Hero for DS is a fun portable music game, but contains enough head-scratching design elements to be frustrating.
  4. While Band Hero isn't perfect, it does offer more than just painful, hand-cramping guitar mechanics. This time around you can drum and sing, two modes that prove to be a lot of fun on the go.
  5. Overall, Band Hero on the DS is a step in the wrong direction for portable music games. They've tried to go big on the peripheral front, but in doing so they've excluded a huge chunk of gamers in a wide range of ages.
  6. Yet another effort to make music games portable fails to make the charts.
  7. 40
    As for the game itself, I like to call it "Band Hero: Abridged." The set list is varied, fun and up to date, with tunes from Avril Lavigne to The Rolling Stones. However, without a career mode, you have access to all 30 songs from the start.

See all 18 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1