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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 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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  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. This is one spin-off that actually tries to mix things up a bit. One for pop music fans.
  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. Guitar Hero focuses on a loyal public, but limited to certain ranges. Band Hero broadens the public offering a repertory rich and varied enough to attract anyone.
  5. Overall Band Hero is basically everything we've already seen from Guitar Hero 5, however the music featured in the game opens the franchise up to a whole new audience of wannabe pop stars.
  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. If you haven't played the latest Guitar Hero or are looking for something that all ages of players can get into, it's a respectable choice. However, its mostly flat song list and almost complete lack of anything significantly new may have you feeling a sense of deja vu that can't be shaken.

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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
    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 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
    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, 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
    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
    The 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) Collapse
  5. Jul 25, 2011
    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 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
    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