Guitar Hero 5 Wii

Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. Guitar Hero 5 is the ultimate party game. The solid, addicting Guitar Hero gameplay has been made even more accessible and compelling with all of the new additions Neversoft has added for this version.
  2. While I still enjoy my PS3 trophies and 360 achievements and I’m still a slave to 720p or greater graphics, there is something to be said for totally entertainment and addictive gameplay and Guitar Hero 5 on the Wii obliterates the other formats on pure originality and game design.
  3. 93
    Guitar Hero 5 on Wii isn’t a must-own game because of one standout feature or option; it’s the total package through and through.
  4. Though only a small step up, Guitar Hero 5 is now the best music experience on the Wii.
  5. So, to recap: There's a crisper and more friendly GUI. There's a new wide selection of mostly great songs. You have loads of freedom to come and go from the stage as you please AND its backwards-compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour.
  6. You will want all the time to rock out with Guitar Hero 5. Vicarious Visions not only pushes technical aspects of the Wii, but also utilizes DS-to-Wii connectivity and online functionality to further enhance an amazing game.
  7. The presentation hasn't changed much and the gameplay still revolves around the same note hitting formula, but if you love music (and who doesn't), you can't afford to miss this latest jam.
  8. 90
    While Guitar Hero 5 doesn't re-invent the wheel (or the guitar, for that matter) it does offer up a bounty of new rockin' features that puts it above a "yearly update." With an eclectic set list, 85 playable tracks, and some DLC content sure on it's way, GH5 will keep your fingers strumming for a good while until the next inevitable installment arrives. That is, if you can get over the creep factor of seeing Kurt Cobain in GH form.
  9. 90
    Definitely the best of the series, and easily the most streamlined of the genre. The option for importing songs is disappointing, but everything else is finally up to par with that other music game.
  10. Although it may seem that Guitar Hero 5 is just an update of the last year edition, the truth is that the new features, the improvements in the interface and the track list make it the best installment of the series in the last years.
  11. 90
    With Guitar Hero 5 Neversoft almost succeeded in creating the perfect music game. Only some small mistakes prevent this game from scoring the complete 100 points. Still this game is the best music game at this moment.
  12. Despite being a bit burned out on the whole music-game craze, Guitar Hero 5's new features and ear-pleasing track list had me strumming and drumming on the plastic instrument peripherals all over again...and having a great time doing it.
  13. It doesn't reinvent the genre. But it's more fun than ever to play the game in band mode.
  14. Guitar Hero 5 for the Wii stands as the best instalment on Nintendo’s console to date.
  15. The core gameplay mechanics are as good as ever, the presentation has been toned down for the better, there are some brilliant new multiplayer options, and everything feels more streamlined than before. Well worth adding to your playlist.
  16. With more tweaks, features and content than most Wii titles ever see, GH5 provides a unique and essential music title that all Wii owners should experience.
  17. Despite these few annoyances, Guitar Hero 5 is still an excellent example of a band-based rhythm action game done right. This is a true evolution of the Guitar Hero phenomenon, simple but devastatingly effective changes that really bring the best out of the genre.
  18. Simply put, Guitar Hero 5 is a fantastic and full-featured Wii rhythm game.
  19. 90
    Guitar Hero 5 sets a new precedent for how music games should be treated on Wii. Nintendo have clearly come out with the best version of the game thanks to Vicarious Visions' work in ensuring a healthy spread of modes, including ones only to be found on Wii that make fantastic use of the system.
  20. Nintendo Gamer
    88
    The party features raise the bar for multiplayer gaming. [Dec 2009, p.65]
  21. A strong title that pushes the genre forward while retaining much of its original appeal.
  22. After a rough start as a full band game Guitar Hero has found its sweet spot.
  23. Despite the aging conventions of the genre, Guitar Hero 5 gets nearly everything right. There is a ton of gameplay packed into a decidedly user-friendly/hardcore-friendly package.
  24. Nintendo Power
    80
    True, these are not revolutionary additions, but they are appreciated refinements. [Nov 2009, p.88]
  25. Guitar Hero has become even more user friendly. The experienced player will have a problem with the minor flaws and the lack of improvements. As a party game Guitar Hero 5 has succeeded.

Awards & Rankings

#24 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#65 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. ScottW
    Oct 3, 2009
    10
    I just love this game. it's a very addicting step-up for guitar hero World Tour and Number Three. I especially love it on the Wii I just love this game. it's a very addicting step-up for guitar hero World Tour and Number Three. I especially love it on the Wii because of the fact that i won't be kicked off for hours! Full Review »
  2. Apr 17, 2015
    7
    My first impression of this installment of the game is that it's a lot like Band Hero. It's gameplay, menus, graphics, all of that make itMy first impression of this installment of the game is that it's a lot like Band Hero. It's gameplay, menus, graphics, all of that make it seem like a clone of the preceding game. Full Review »
  3. Dec 30, 2014
    6
    The advanced music editor is great and the game is fun with friends, but Guitar Hero 5 is made worse by its poor song selection, its lack ofThe advanced music editor is great and the game is fun with friends, but Guitar Hero 5 is made worse by its poor song selection, its lack of variety in the career mode, and its glitches. Full Review »