Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. With a killer track list, exciting new Quest mode, social networking, and more challenges and star rewards than most of us could ever earn in this lifetime, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is easily the biggest and the best installment of the franchise to date.
  2. A labor of love in every sense, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock dares to try something new and succeeds in spades.
  3. A quest mode that is fun and interesting, diverse set lists, and the inclusion of new power abilities will definitely find a special place with fans of the series.
  4. As with every music game, it's all about the replay value, and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has plenty of that. I can't say enough good things about the quest mode, Party Play is shaping up to be more user-friendly than ever, and the amount of competitive and co-op gameplay options are all great fun.
  5. 87
    Still the game re-ignited my love for the genre and I have already shredded far more hours into this one than I had planned to invest.
  6. 86
    Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a great game with a brilliant soundtrack. You can play the Quest mode where you have to unlock special powers to destroy a monster that has locked away the demigod of the Rock. Completely nonsense story wise, but nice to play. If you like the franchise, you can't miss this one.
  7. Oct 22, 2010
    85
    Although it is not forgiving with those not going to devote themselves to the cause of saving the god of rock, this Guitar Hero may save the franchise from decline.
  8. Better than expected, the new Guitar Hero offers a great rock/metal tracklist (2112 from Rush will be long remembered). It's a great return to the roots of the saga, yet it lacks some true innovation, which we'll be seriously expecting for in the next future.
  9. Oct 22, 2010
    83
    By and large, in Warriors of Rock you've got Guitar Hero 5 with a goofy story mode and a metal-heavy soundtrack. For some that will make for a very appealing iteration in the series, but for others it doesn't offer a compelling enough reason to shelve Guitar Hero 5 in favor of Warriors of Rock. I'm sure you know which camp you belong to and can make your decision on the game at this point.
  10. Warriors of Rock offers a great rock/metal tracklist to Guitar Hero fans. The inclusion of new power abilities and new gameplay styles are a great return to the roots of the saga.
  11. Jan 12, 2011
    80
    With any music, the tracks included are what can make or break a game and those featured in Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock really bring out the best, and whilst the new approach taken by Activision and Neversoft doesn't really change the core gameplay much. The music helps make this one of the most compelling Guitar Hero games to date.
  12. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    While the game doesn't bring anything especially exciting or new to the franchise, it's still a really great Guitar Hero game to play.
  13. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is probably one of the best games of the series, alongside Guitar Hero II and Legends of Rock.
  14. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a new beginning for this franchise. After years of casual tracklists without any sign of the good, old, rock, Guitar Hero is once again funny and addictive. Play it and love it.
  15. Better than perhaps expected, Warriors of Rock offers a great setlist, a nicely corny story mode and a smooth quickplay mode.
  16. Fans of the Guitar Hero series can safely continue on with Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The game that started the revolution might not be as revolutionary as it once was. However, it's nice to see the formula changed up to embrace the characters it has established over the years.
  17. Overall, I liked the new direction of the franchise. Don't fool yourself though, this is still Guitar Hero, through and through.
  18. Elsewhere, the full offering of Guitar Hero 5's multiplayer and party play modes return, as do the addictive mini-challenges for each track (there's even a challenge which uses the Quest powers).
  19. Guitar Hero is a franchise that's showing a lot of age. Plain and simple.
  20. Jan 12, 2011
    75
    If you're still a fan of music games, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is another good, solid entry into the series. However, while Neversoft is in a position of releasing serviceable titles every year, but don't seem capable of making real fundamental changes to how the game is played.
  21. Jan 12, 2011
    75
    Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a very strong attempt to do something different. With the many, many Guitar Hero games that have come out recently, this is a pretty good thing. And yet, even with all the differences, it still feels like the same old hat. Perhaps a huge fan of the series would get more enjoyment from yet another game where they can strum along to some of their favourite songs, but for others, it may just be more of the same.
  22. It doesn't break any new ground, it just offers up a solid, fun, and still addicting package. If you're a long time fan, Warriors of Rock is a no brainer. If you're a newcomer, just be aware of what you're getting into.
  23. For Guitar Hero fanatics, Warriors of Rock will be well received, although it may struggle to restore interest for those who stashed their guitars away after World Tour.
  24. 75
    Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a great game that introduces some new features. People that love rock music will love this game but most people will find that there isn't enough innovation.
  25. Of course with all the features already being touted about for Rock Band 3 this year it's hard to think of Warriors of Rock as a really progressive entry into the genre, but I think there's enough fun to be had with the on disc content to make it worth a look for everyone that already generally enjoys these types of games.
  26. Jan 12, 2011
    74
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  27. 71
    This is the least fun we've had with Guitar Hero for a long time. [Issue#197, p.93]
  28. "Quotation Forthcoming"
  29. Jan 12, 2011
    70
    GHWOR does little to change the minds of those who thought the series was past its prime. Frankly, GHWOR could have existed as a track pack, but for what it's worth, Neversoft still manages to squeeze out some fun gameplay even if it is to the same old tune.
  30. Dec 16, 2010
    70
    One of the stand-out moments is Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody, where you play the piano with your guitar and the 4 characters on stage stand like the video to the song. Sadly moments like this are too far and few between for it to be a great game.
  31. What it doesn't do, however, is evolve the series in any truly beneficial way. Rather than make meaningful improvements to the game itself, Neversoft has focused on the more immediate gimmicks. [November 2010 p77]
  32. Oct 24, 2010
    70
    Warriors of Rock is pretty much the same as the previous Guitar Hero, with the exception of the new campaign. Curiously enough this only weakens the game. The tracklist is varied enough to warrant a purchase, but developer Neversoft will have to come up with something more original for the next game in the series.
  33. Still, if you're still a plastic guitar aficionado then Warriors of Rock is undeniably fun; it just severely lacks in ambition, and its ostentatious new coat of paint is little more than a sleight of hand designed to trick you into thinking you're in for a different ride this year. You're not.
  34. It's a title that packs a ton of content and gameplay onto a single disc, and its import options for songs from previous titles will pad your song selections nicely. But it's also an experience that feels remarkably similar to last year's offering, and that's unfortunate.
  35. Oct 25, 2010
    67
    If Guitar Hero is your game, this is really a love song to you. Let's just hope it isn't the swan song.
  36. Overall, Warriors Of Rock feels less geared toward casual players than its peers. Even on easy mode, it's nearly impossible to get through a tough drum song. Upping the difficulty is always a huge jump, and there's even an expert+ mode for true masters.
  37. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock hides beneath the guise of an epic story, which makes it all the more disappointing that it's really the same game all over again.
  38. The majority of those tracks, of which I've kept a list somewhere in this mess of a music hall (thanks to the hordes of music-specific game controllers), still remains undigitised.
  39. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock tries to engage players in a quest to reclaim rock, but sadly it reminds us that the genre is only as good as its set list.
  40. To the game's credit, the core gameplay still fundamentally works--quite well at times; even Warrior's lame attempt at cosplay couldn't change that. [Dec 2010, p.82]
  41. Including the famous CBGB venue feels like a desperate grab for legitimacy. Problem is, it doesn't fit with the Simmons-narrated rock 'n' roll fantasy theme at all and therefore comes off as little more than a cynical ploy for street cred.
  42. With its Quest Mode a bit tedious but full of good will, its tracklist full of metal songs and without much compromise, its nice mise-en-scene for gigs and its relatively high difficulty, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock will please gamers the most eager for the license.
  43. Warriors of Rock is in no way a broken game – there is just nothing very compelling or ground-breaking brought to the stage.
  44. 60
    A lack of any compelling reason to exist. Neversoft placed the lion's share of their eggs in the Quest mode's metal themed basket, and it buckles under the pressure.
  45. What could have been a radical new step in the genre is nothing but the same old thing with a new, awkward coat of paint. The gameplay is still good, but it's the same damn thing over and over again. It's disappointing.
  46. 50
    It could have been made somewhat better by more accessible, easily relatable songs, but with an otherwise lacking career mode, everything about Warriors of Rock reeks of regurgitated design decisions and a desire to simply make as much money as possible without really trying to add anything new.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Oct 2, 2010
    8
    Yes it is similar to guitar hero 5 and yes it's not as innovative as it once was but the massive setlist featuring a number of great rock/metal artists- drowning pool, slipknot, megadeth, black sabbath makes it the most ideal to play. Whilst guitar hero world tour and guitar hero 5 had a broad range of music, if you are a rock/metal fan (which i am) you will absolutely love the setlist. The quest mode is funny and at times absurd but with an open mind, it is incredibly fun. The inclusion of the power abilities is also a step up for the series. I hope the next game in the series has something truly revolutionary behind it, but for now this is a great game. Full Review »
  2. May 15, 2011
    10
    although it has nothing new its quest mode is very fun but sometimes kind of stupid
    A LOT of songs to play and quick play+ just adds more fun
    to the already very fun game
    love it
    Full Review »
  3. Jan 5, 2012
    9
    Warriors of Rock is a very good game if you're a hardcore player of music games. The game has a great setlist consisting mostly of metal songs which are very hard but rewarding to master. The Quest mode gives you powers that make playing the songs easier and giving you a better score. In the end of the quest you get to master all the powers and dominate each song. Quickplay+ is completely redesigned to let you track and beat your friend's scores. You can also import songs from almost any of the previous games to Warriors of Rock giving you all the Guitar Heroes in one game. It might be hard for a casual player to get into the game but it is certainly a great game if you're a hardcore player. Full Review »