Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 50
  2. Negative: 4 out of 50
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  1. Who would’ve thought there would ever be day when a new Guitar Hero release would be met with such a tepid response? Maybe it’s the price, maybe it’s the looming threat of Rock Band, but at the end of the day, Rocks the 80’s fails to excite.
  2. You'll play through the songs once and then go back to playing Guitar Hero II while waiting for Guitar Hero III to come out.
  3. 72
    Certainly a disappointing release in one of the most fun and refreshing franchises we've seen anytime lately. It's fun, but it doesn't hold a candle to the previous two releases.
  4. What we’ve got here is a stripped down version of a great game. It’s nothing short of a complete re-hash, but in the case of Guitar Hero that’s not necessarily a huge problem.
  5. If you’re looking to spend some money on new Guitar Hero and you’re expecting something more substantial, Guitar Hero III is only a few months away and may very be worth saving the money for a full-fledged sequel.
  6. Not only does "Guitar Hero II" feature ten more songs, but Encore copies off its predecessor, retaining its venues, characters (they feature 80s style) and the loading screen. For $49.99, we expected more than just a simple expansion pack.
  7. There are certainly some bona fide '80s showstoppers on this expansion, but all told, this is Guitar Hero II with a coat of neon paint and half as much content.
  8. 70
    Rocks the 80s feels like it was slapped together with as minimal an effort as possible. A $50 price tag only adds insult to injury, as it's arguable whether it's even worth half that price.
  9. If you’re a hardcore Guitar Hero fanatic and money and value are of no issue to you, then by all means pick up this expansion pack. Anyone else though should be advised to wait until the price drops down to a reasonable level.
  10. It's not a bad game by any means, but it is a disappointing game that simply doesn't live up to its potential.
  11. This disappointment will be amplified for many gamers by the fact that the game retails for the same price as Guitar Hero II. You get less than half the tracks, fewer characters, no costume changes, and fewer arenas for the same price.
  12. The 80’s edition is more of the same, more songs yet same Guitar Hero II. If you’re a fan of the game this will delight you, if you are a fan of 80’s rock music you might be left with a bad taste in your mouth. Either way there is enough material here to keep your amps warm until the inevitable Guitar Hero III.
  13. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    70
    The unavoidable truth is that this tracklist simply isn't as strong as those in the previous games. [Oct 2007, p.106]
  14. The fact that Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s has nothing more, and in some cases, less content than the previous titles, while still charging the same price, is the problem here.
  15. PSM3 Magazine UK
    69
    Despite the dodgy tunes and questionable hair styles it's worth the cash for fans, if only to keep your strum skills strong until "Legends of Rock." [Oct 2007, p.85]
  16. Play UK
    66
    Making a big thing out of it would have been a good idea. [Issue#157, p.80]
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    65
    Even scalpers don't get full ticket price for the encore. [Sept 2007, p.96]
  18. 65
    To use a musical analogy, rather than a true third album from a great band Guitar Hero Rocks the 80s feels far more like an unnecessary b-side compilation pushed out to fulfil a record company contract.
  19. With Harmonix moving on to the extremely ambitious Rock Band and Neversoft taking over the Guitar Hero reigns, it’s sad to see the series’ creators bow out of their own creation with such a purposefully half-arsed effort.
  20. One for 80's obsessives (you know who you are...) and die-hard GH fanatics only.
  21. A great concept and it really should have been a great title. But with a poor track list and a front end that implies even Activision views this as a cheap cash in, how can we view it as anything else?
  22. While Guitar Hero is still one of the best games of recent years, this cash grab of a psuedo-sequel does no favours to the franchise or to '80s music.
  23. AceGamez
    60
    I don't care how much it hurts to say it, but I'm dropping out of this 'bonus' tour. There is no way I can stand up on stage and pretend to have fun playing Shakin', Radar Love and all the other bogus songs you put in front of a sold-out crowd who had no idea just what they were buying into.
  24. 60
    With the ridiculous amount of eccentric music that was considered “mainstream” back in the decade of decadence, it’s a shame Rocks the 80s sticks so closely to one main genre. Even more disappointing, though, is that the whole thing feels like a total cash-in; like the yearly iteration of a sports game that no one put any major effort into.
  25. More of a stopgap for GH junkies. Don't expect it to hold you over for long.
  26. 50
    My final advice to you is twofold. One, save your money and play the entire game at your local retailers (it's that easy by the way) or two, pick up some stuff by the bands I've mentioned, learn from them and start your own band, for real.
  27. With no additional songs and a steep price tag, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s is a disappointment of The Spaghetti Incident? proportions.

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#31 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21
  1. Sep 23, 2013
    7
    The songs are great. WaveGroup made the their covers sound just a good. The only thing I dislike is that the game cost $50. So, go to GamestopThe songs are great. WaveGroup made the their covers sound just a good. The only thing I dislike is that the game cost $50. So, go to Gamestop and find one that is cheap as $20. Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2013
    10
    What the is this?? This game is REALLY contagious WHEN I PLAYED!! AND HAS SEVERAL NEGATIVE? Really I am speechless. It's amazing how peopleWhat the is this?? This game is REALLY contagious WHEN I PLAYED!! AND HAS SEVERAL NEGATIVE? Really I am speechless. It's amazing how people do not like this game, I'm wordless now. Full Review »
  3. CaroleMitchell
    Jul 12, 2008
    2
    After playing Rock Band, Guitar Hero rock the 80's was a huge disappointment! With the number of interactive options and songs for RockAfter playing Rock Band, Guitar Hero rock the 80's was a huge disappointment! With the number of interactive options and songs for Rock Band, not to mention that Rock Band now costs about the same as guitar hero to buy the entire band set and game as it does to purchase the two guitar hero guitars and the game you would be nuts to spend any money on any of the guitar hero games. Just buy Rock Band, at least you can keep changing and adding songs to your playlist for the same game rather than having to buy another fifty dollar game which may or may not have songs that you want. Face it Guitar Hero is washed up, make way for the entire band! Full Review »