Guitar Hero: Smash Hits PlayStation 3

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
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  1. 70
    Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is the definition of "milking". Sure, the setlist is great, and if you've somehow never played these tracks before, they're a ton of fun.
  2. I can only recommend this title to Guitar Hero enthusiasts that feel the band side of their collection is sorely missing the tracks included with this release. Everyone else out there could just as easily hold out for Guitar Hero 5, or wait for Smash Hits to hit the bargain bin or used section of their favorite game store.
  3. It's a good selection of songs from the previous games, and it's a great way to reacquainted with a few old favorites.
  4. It's perhaps a fun weekend rental, but there's no need to invest any real money in owning this game because you're just going to forget about it in a month anyway.
  5. 70
    I didn't expect Guitar Hero Smash Hits to dramatically change what has become a tried-and-true formula, but I definitely anticipated a better value proposition than this.
  6. If these (songs) seem a little tired to you or you don’t want to pay for the whole collection, maybe just hold off and see if these make their way into the online shop eventually.
  7. Guitar Hero Greatest Hits doesn’t add too much to the GH franchise. If you have never played at Guitar Hero before, this is your a good opportunity.
  8. Despite a few niggles with the note structure changes and the nagging feeling that this could have all been DLC, Greatest Hits is still a lot of fun.
  9. It's good to see the return of some old favorites from previous Guitar Hero games, but this whole thing should really have been released online as downloadable tracks.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    60
    A Greatest Hits album that's more like a collection of vintage B-sides. [Sept 2009, p.110]
  11. Guitar Hero: Smash Hits brings all the components of the last five Guitar Hero-games, but doesn’t bring enough big to be called Smash Hits. It is a step back on visuals compared to the other Guitar Hero-games. However, the songs are good, so that is the only reason the game don’t get a bad grade.
  12. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    70
    A shade under 50 tracks feature on the disc itself and they’re pretty passable. It boasts a better hit/miss ratio than Guitar Hero World Tour to be honest, even though career mode is a bit nobbled (and not entirely crucial considering every track is unlocked the moment you boot up the game). [Sept 2009, p.68]
  13. PSM3 Magazine UK
    70
    The big problem is the price tag. [Sept 2009, p.76]
  14. As it is this isn’t a worthwhile value for your money. Accept that this is just Activision trying to milk the Guitar Hero fans for their money and wait for the price to drop so you can get it on the cheap.
  15. A satisfying, if expensive, trip down memory lane that relives a time when Guitar Hero was in its’ infancy at its’ absolute pinnacle.
  16. For the hardcore fans, the recycled taste can be a bitter pill to swallow, especially paying out twice for the same songs, but for newcomers this is a good compilation of the previous Guitar Hero games.
  17. Guitar Hero Smash Hits isn't a bad idea, but the execution is less than perfect, with strange sound mixes and no possible DLC. Given that this is the third of five Guitar Hero products to be released in 2009, making it feel like nothing but a cash grab.
  18. Seeing as neither Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero 2 or Guitar Hero: Rocks the '80s were released on the PlayStation 3 this compilation isn't too shoddy, especially since all the songs now work with the new peripherals. There are loads of classics to rock out to, but there is no excuse whatsoever why the game won't work with downloadable content from the store.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 5, 2012
    8
    The game has songs from the classic old Guitar Hero titles when the game had only guitar as the instrument remastered into full band play.The game has songs from the classic old Guitar Hero titles when the game had only guitar as the instrument remastered into full band play. Game has a great setlist that has everything from alternative rock to metal. Mastering all the instruments takes time but is very rewarding. Full Review »
  2. May 30, 2015
    8
    It is a really great setlist for a full band, and drums or vocals can't be played on these old Guitar Heroes. The graphics are great on thisIt is a really great setlist for a full band, and drums or vocals can't be played on these old Guitar Heroes. The graphics are great on this game, but the good old classic appearance on Guitar Hero 1, 2, 80's and 3 are much better.

    Remember that Guitar Hero 1, 2 and 80's don't exist on Playstation 3, so i think it was very positive that they made the Greatest Hits setlist on this console.

    You can have much fun with this game, especially with your friends!
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  3. Nov 6, 2014
    8
    It is a really great setlist for a full band, and drums or vocals can't be played on these old Guitar Heroes. The graphics are great on thisIt is a really great setlist for a full band, and drums or vocals can't be played on these old Guitar Heroes. The graphics are great on this game, but the good old classic appearance on Guitar Hero 1, 2, 80's and 3 are much better.

    Remember that Guitar Hero 1, 2 and 80's don't exist on Playstation 3, so i think it was very positive that they made the Greatest Hits setlist on this console.
    Full Review »