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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 byFamily 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: 17 out of 20
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  1. 83
    Band Hero is an impressive game, but it does take a hit for not feeling that unique because this is really just Guitar Hero 5 with a pink/purple motif.
  2. While hardcore Guitar Hero fans will probably complain about this one, Band Hero is another excellent addition to the series, one that makes party play a priority and delivers.
  3. 82
    The Top 40 music game is actually long overdue and I don't think it would be any more sensible to make this entire thing DLC as it would require people only wanting these songs to purchase both the original game and an entirely new pack.
  4. Fans of the Guitar Hero franchise should have a look at Band Hero.
  5. A very strong, well-rounded pop package. [Christmas 2009, p.56]
  6. Unless you fall squarely within the niche targeted by Band Hero's formula, you'll likely find that, primarily thanks to the musical selections, the experience is lacking the same sense of authenticity and grandeur typical of its pedigree.
  7. It's a game that comes across more as GH with a different musical focus, rather than as a new IP in its own right. Band Hero is far from being a bad game, but somewhere along the line it seems the new franchise's focus became a little confused.

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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. Sep 9, 2012
    9
    For a Wii game, the graphics were actually pretty good. But, the real point is the game itself. I found it very entertaining. Why? Because itFor a Wii game, the graphics were actually pretty good. But, the real point is the game itself. I found it very entertaining. Why? Because it has alot of those old school 80's 70's and 60's songs that I enjoy. Some newer 2000's songs as well that are pretty good too. So, the tracklist is a plus. Now, on to the gameplay... It's a very difficult game if you put it on Expert (Which I play) compared to some other music games like, The Beatles: Rockband. There is tons of DLC (Which I have, some) and very fun party mode. Band Hero is not the best music game, but it's one of the best. 9/10 from me. Expand
  2. Mar 7, 2011
    8
    Band Hero while a blast to play, suffers from boring musical tracks, don't get me wrong there are some who will enjoy the pop soundtrack, butBand Hero while a blast to play, suffers from boring musical tracks, don't get me wrong there are some who will enjoy the pop soundtrack, but I'm not one of them, but there was one or two tracks that held my interest, that and the solid gameplay keep this from failure. Expand
  3. AJW
    Nov 5, 2009
    7
    Excellent track listing of songs we have heard on the radio in the last 10 years. The graphics still hearken back to all Guitar Hero games, Excellent track listing of songs we have heard on the radio in the last 10 years. The graphics still hearken back to all Guitar Hero games, but they named it Band Hero for some reason (and then there was this one time, at band camp...). All in all, a fun game to play with challenging instrument tracks. Expand
  4. Sep 24, 2010
    7
    The setlist is BUILT for people who enjoy pop music. Obviously, the game will be unpleasurable to those that hate this genre of music. OneThe setlist is BUILT for people who enjoy pop music. Obviously, the game will be unpleasurable to those that hate this genre of music. One of the major issues I found with the game is the reduced amount of music for the same price as Guitar Hero 5. There is also the lack of the same gameplay elements that Guitar Hero 5 had. One redeeming factor of the game is that most of the setlist can be exported to Guitar Hero 5 (and now Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock) Expand
  5. Jul 25, 2011
    7
    Interesting in a bit, and maybe an excellent game for the Pop genre fans, Rock folks, please don't start thrashing Band Hero just because theInteresting in a bit, and maybe an excellent game for the Pop genre fans, Rock folks, please don't start thrashing Band Hero just because the soundtrack isn't your taste. That said, i think Activision slipped and got out of control , releasing so many GH games in one year or a little period of time is painful. Expand
  6. SeanH
    Nov 5, 2009
    1
    Wow. This is THE BIGGEST piece of crap i've ever had the unpleasure to play. With the worst tracklist ever, easy, EASY difficulty, Wow. This is THE BIGGEST piece of crap i've ever had the unpleasure to play. With the worst tracklist ever, easy, EASY difficulty, I'd rather kill myself than play this crap. There's maybe 5 songs that were good. Rock Star, Heard it through the grapvine, the three doors down song, lifeline, and Our lips our sealed. Expand