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  • Summary: Family and friends come together to ascend the virtual stage and rock their way to superstardom with Band Hero, which features the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone's favorite acts including No Doubt, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects, Snow Patrol and The Jackson 5. Headlined by some of the biggest names in music as in-game artists and playable characters, Band Hero is the ultimate party game where players of all ages can create the band they have always dreamed of by using any combination of guitar or drum controllers and vocals, providing rockers and performers of all ages the chance to experience and interact with their favorite music. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Neversoft and Activision have built on the successful design of Guitar Hero 5 and given it a fresh new look and replaced all that aggressive rock and pounding metal with fun and energetic pop music and the smooth sounds of classic rock from the past three decades that will certainly appeal to younger gamers and their parents.
  2. Overall Band Hero is a good game, as it's essentially Guitar Hero 5 with a different skin and track list.
  3. This game is aimed for those that enjoy music and video games but maybe not as into the metal scene.
  4. It’s hard to take Band Hero out of the context of its recent music game brethren. Band Hero is the least innovative of the bunch, but that certainly doesn’t make it bad. For players who found previous releases too hard-edged for their tastes, Band Hero is exactly what they’ve been waiting for.
  5. Although the game is quite easy and The Spice Girls are present in the game, Band Hero is still a fine game within the Guitar Hero series. The game looks stunning, the set list has some really nice highlights and practically all the little annoyances are gone. Kudos!
  6. If you haven't played the latest Guitar Hero or are looking for something that all ages of players can get into, it's a respectable choice. However, its mostly flat song list and almost complete lack of anything significantly new may have you feeling a sense of deja vu that can't be shaken.
  7. The game is sound on the technical side, and if you were still a big fan of the stuff, then I'd say Band Hero would be right up your alley once again. However, if you're feeling more than a little burned out at this point, and hoping for something particularly awesome from this release, prepare to be disappointed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mikes
    Nov 15, 2009
    A Huge suprise... almost all of the songs are REALLY fun to play, and the esthetic is welcoming. Just as good as the superior GUITAR HERO 5.
  2. Jan 5, 2012
    The game is actually very fun to play. The setlist consists mainly of pop and pop rock and is pretty easy to play. If you're a hardcore player, you won't find any big challenge from this game. The game is still enjoyable to play and a different experience when you don't have to play very hard songs and can relax with some easy ones. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2013
    I understand that people say that this game had a terrible Top 40 soundtrack, and they are right to an extent. But there are also some great songs on here, such as "Rio" by Duran Duran, "Mr. Roboto" by Styx, "American Pie" by Don McLean, "Kung-Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas, "Let's Dance" by David Bowie, "Whip It" by Devo, "Happy Together" by The Turtles, etc. I personally enjoyed the older songs in this game, and some of the newer songs are pretty terrible, but I got through them. As for the presentation, I never thought Guitar Hero should be in the whole band business. They should have stuck to guitars and left that stuff for Rock Band. Therefore, the menus are pretty lacking in information and are generally robust. I definitely think the menus are a lot better in Rock Band. However, I think the good far outweighs the bad and I could spend long amounts of time enjoying these songs because some of them are pretty awesome. Expand
  4. BrianN
    Nov 5, 2009
    As a Guitar Hero veteran, I was thoroughly unimpressed by Band Hero's setlist or difficulty. Once you've endured the strains of playing through the Halen or Metallica tracks of the predecessors on Expert the difficulty of the poppy tracks on BH feel insulting. I'm not saying it's a bad game, it's actually quite a fun break from the harder games in this series. Some of the set list feels like a 12 year old girls' slumber party playlist at times. I mean, Spice Girls? Jesse McCartney? Really Activision? That said, this is definitely a fun party game and a good gateway for new players, but if you're playing solo and have alot of GH experience then give this a rent just for the camp value. Collapse
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    ive played alot of theese music games such as guitar hero 2 ,3 and world tour as well as rock band 1 and 2 and the AC/DC track pack. i was not very intrested in this game when it first came out and waited and got it off ebay with a guitar and mic for $23 with shipping . which feels like a real bargan . the track list pretty much makes or breaks it for me how much i will enjoy playing this and about half the music in this game is crap but this game was targeted for younger gamers and i am 32 so half theese songs i never heard of and wish i never did. its a better choice for some thing to play with your kids. the best music game is still rock band 2 in my book. Expand
  6. OrenM
    Nov 17, 2009
    I bought this and lego rockband, I preferred the rockband presentation over the hero laziness. For example you don't know how difficult is a song, you have intensity instead. It's something that only lazy marketing person can invent. Expand