Guitar Hero 5 PlayStation 3

Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
Buy On
  1. But right now the Guitar Hero franchise is doing real damage to the genre by diluting the quality of its games in the attempt to cash in quickly on a formula that sells. It’s sad, and moreover it’s incredibly shortsighted.
  2. If I were Bob Dylan, I might ask, “How many versions of this game must we suffer, before we get something really new? “.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    70
    Guitar Hero 5 is proof Neversoft is getting the hang of this caper, but it could've benefited a lot from a more proven tracklist. [Nov 2009, p.70]
  4. The Guitar Hero series is in dire need of new ideas, and the ones that are introduces in this version are far from enough. The uninspired track listing and meager importing possibilities from previous games makes this purchase less than essential.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. NathanH.
    Sep 9, 2009
    4
    Though technically successful, Guitar Hero 5 fails to deliver on the most crucial aspect of the game: the music. While I do understand that Though technically successful, Guitar Hero 5 fails to deliver on the most crucial aspect of the game: the music. While I do understand that there are vastly different tastes in music, the songs chosen for this game is by far the worst of the franchise thus far. For every decent band or song there are at least two songs that are obscure and unknown, inappropriate for a guitar and band themed game (Coldplay in a rock game...really?), or could be replaced by a much better song out of the band's catalog (is there really nothing better than "Plug in Baby" that can be included for Muse?). Bottom Line: Though the graphical and technical updates are nice, the ability to play any instrument you desire, while convenient, betrays the band feel that I hope was originally desired, and the song list is awful. Skip this and stick to either World Tour or one of the expansion games like Aerosmith or Metallica. Full Review »
  2. trevh
    Sep 22, 2009
    6
    Very dissapointed with this game, the tracklist is poor and while the unlockable star characters are a nice addition there is nothing else to Very dissapointed with this game, the tracklist is poor and while the unlockable star characters are a nice addition there is nothing else to keep me interested. On a lot of the songs the notes you play don't seem to fit in with the music at all. Graphics are average at best. The last GH song I ever buy. Full Review »
  3. May 30, 2015
    3
    I will begin with the setlist. It's so Awful, too much focus on american music, bad genres and to few metal songs. The setlist didn't give theI will begin with the setlist. It's so Awful, too much focus on american music, bad genres and to few metal songs. The setlist didn't give the "Guitar Hero feeling", and i think that is the biggest reason why this game is ruined. The calibrate system was too complicated and didn't help out the lag problem either. The graphics were poor, because it was too blurry and depressing. The character-maker was not good either, it was complicated and too much loading times.

    There were a couple of songs that was fun to play, but it was not enough to enjoy the game. I will not recommend this game.
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