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  • Summary: For the first time ever, players can customize the make-up of their band by rocking with any combination of instruments in-game: whether it be two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, any combination is possible, allowing players to experience music their own way. BrandFor the first time ever, players can customize the make-up of their band by rocking with any combination of instruments in-game: whether it be two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, any combination is possible, allowing players to experience music their own way. Brand new, innovative, easy-to-use gameplay modes like Party Play and RockFest put fun, competition and control at center stage as fans tailor the Guitar Hero experience to match their personal style and interests. For extended hours of entertainment, downloadable content from Guitar Hero World Tour is compatible with the game and can automatically be updated to include all of the upgrades and enhancements of Guitar Hero 5. Guitar Hero 5 features the strongest, most varied set list to-date comprised of master tracks from 85 of the hottest bands of today and the biggest classic acts including; Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, plus more than 25 artists from a variety of music genres that are making their music video game debut. Among the first-time-ever features of Guitar Hero 5 are: Party Play, where players can jump in or drop out of gameplay seamlessly; RockFest, a comprehensive competitive experience available featuring five new head-to-head modes playable online or in your living room; and the ability to play the entire set-list from the first time the game is turned on. Guitar Hero 5 refines the player experience, enhances the art style and redesigns core features such as GHMusic StudioSM, making it the most accessible, fun-to-play and authentic experience for seasoned music gamers as well as first-time players. New innovations such as Band Moments, where bands are rewarded for hitting special note streams together and song challenges where gamers are tasked to play through a song a specific way, add a new competitive layer of excitement and accomplishment to the music rhythm genre. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  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. Though only a small step up, Guitar Hero 5 is now the best music experience on the Wii.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. It doesn't reinvent the genre. But it's more fun than ever to play the game in band mode.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 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! Collapse
  2. JermyC.
    Sep 28, 2009
    10
    Really Overall good game guitar hero finally got it right and made a game the evryone likes oh and one thing Tony m. in a dumb ass all of the Really Overall good game guitar hero finally got it right and made a game the evryone likes oh and one thing Tony m. in a dumb ass all of the guitar jero guitars do that its not that big of a deal the wammy dosent even affect points in gh5 if you don't like the damn wammy bar just dont fricken use it Expand
  3. Sep 29, 2010
    9
    In my opinion, Guitar Hero games on the Wii nowadays are mostly superior to there Hi-Def counterparts and 5 is no exception. With featuresIn my opinion, Guitar Hero games on the Wii nowadays are mostly superior to there Hi-Def counterparts and 5 is no exception. With features that even the 360 and PS3 beg and don't have, superior online play and a completely accessible interface, it is recommended that you get 5 for the Wii only. It is a completely different experience. Expand
  4. JoshH
    Oct 15, 2009
    7
    Plenty of songs, plus the music store really gives the series the boost they need. However, the experienced players will find the game all Plenty of songs, plus the music store really gives the series the boost they need. However, the experienced players will find the game all too easy. It's a real shame. There are two or three songs that will challenge the pros, but otherwise they'll just be adding more and more songs to their high scores. Expand
  5. Mar 21, 2011
    7
    This is a great game and I love to play it! It has a wide variety of selections to satisfy gamegoers of all ages! I would recommend this toThis is a great game and I love to play it! It has a wide variety of selections to satisfy gamegoers of all ages! I would recommend this to all people because it can be likened to all tastes! Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. TonyM.
    Sep 2, 2009
    5
    The game is good the guitar is not. Unbelievably! I

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