Guitar Hero 5 PlayStation 3

User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 87
  2. Negative: 31 out of 87
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  1. 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 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.
  2. AndyS.
    Sep 18, 2009
    7
    Great game with some great songs including Sultans of Swing and Sympathy For The Devil. My main complaint is that the game is getting too hard. Unlike Rock Band the game more for perfectionists and now the medium level is more like the expert level of earlier games, without the orange fret. If Activision continue to make it harder then they are liable to losing the fun side of the game.
  3. BobbyJ.
    Sep 2, 2009
    6
    The problem with Guitar Hero 5 is the same problem i feel that all of the Guitar Heros have had since Guitar Hero 3: It just doesn't seem like anyone making the games care about the music. Everything about the game is technically efficient but the game never seems to go the extra mile to deliver a fun game you can sit down and play by yourself for hours. While I agree that the new The problem with Guitar Hero 5 is the same problem i feel that all of the Guitar Heros have had since Guitar Hero 3: It just doesn't seem like anyone making the games care about the music. Everything about the game is technically efficient but the game never seems to go the extra mile to deliver a fun game you can sit down and play by yourself for hours. While I agree that the new multiplayer aspects in Guitar hero 5 are definitely a step up from last years and is fun, the career mode in this title is quite simply a joke. No setlits, no story, no point. On top of that they still haven't figured out a way to make the animations not seem stiff! And the actual venues all look that same. It just feels like for everything that Guitar Hero 5 does right there's still all the countless problems that are plaguing the game and hindering it to rise to rock band levels of fun. I think it may just be that Harmonix is a company that you can see just loving music so when they make a video game about music they go that extra mile while Guitar Hero seems to be trying to love music but in the end it's about selling a product. It really does make a difference at the end of the day. Expand
  4. RobertM.
    Sep 4, 2009
    5
    A few great song choices, a lot of bad ones. I can't believe they still haven't figured out how to animate the UI properly. The flame animation that shoots up when you hit a note still never resolves properly and long streaks produce a really tacky looking flicker as a flame animation restarts from scratch rather than accumulating new instances (they'd also need to be lower A few great song choices, a lot of bad ones. I can't believe they still haven't figured out how to animate the UI properly. The flame animation that shoots up when you hit a note still never resolves properly and long streaks produce a really tacky looking flicker as a flame animation restarts from scratch rather than accumulating new instances (they'd also need to be lower and less opaque for that to work though).. it makes what is otherwise a much more graphically competent game look lazy and last-gen. Whammy effects are still badly tuned, and manage to always mangle the sound. Charting is not overdone so much as lazy. Still too many three-fret chords. Expand
  5. JoseG.
    Sep 9, 2009
    5
    The problem with guitar hero is that, since 3, it feels like the music goes on without you. You never get that sense that YOU are playing the part, only playing along, which IMHO just kills the whole damn experience. I still find the first GH to be the most enjoyable in the rock out factor.
Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. 90
    With Guitar Hero 5 Neversoft has finally found its "confidence." An assured nature to the game's new visual direction contrasts with the see-what-sticks "extreme" visual stylings of its predecessors, and with several new game modes Guitar Hero finally bests its direct competitor in ease of use and friendliness, in many respects.
  2. The setlist simply did not pull me into this game. There were some good tunes (Frampton rocks!), a couple of nice discoveries, but Guitar Hero is about the songs and while the gameplay, mechanics, and options are nicely handled, the track list failed to impress.
  3. 100
    The multiplayer is easier to jump into than Rock Band, but the game's more intense difficulty settings still provide a challenge for the plastic-instrument elitist. The franchise still has a long way to go to catch up to Rock Band's mind-bogglingly large library of downloadable songs, but, on the software side, GH5 is the current feature leader.