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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. 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
Score distribution:
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 29, 2010
    In 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
  2. Aug 2, 2011
    Although it's not quite as good as the previously installment, GUITAR HERO 5 is very fun. It has 85 songs in total, and for the first time the player does not need to enter and complete Career Mode to unlock all the songs--you can just go into Quickplay and play any song as a group. However, a handful of these songs are not as recognizable. Sure, there's a lot of classic rock--a surprising amount for a Guitar Hero game--but it seems the songs that aren't classic rock, hip-hop, or heavy metal are not recognizable. Expand
  3. Mar 21, 2011
    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 to all people because it can be likened to all tastes! Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2011
    More of the same anual decent games Activison publish, Guitar Hero 5 is nothing new, inovative, original or incredible to see in the moment. Lacking, vague and dumb, boring. My scoop at the tracks didn't seem to be in the right position to surprise me, few songs can atract the casual people. I'm not interested in this band, sorry GH I bought the wrong ticket of your concert. Expand

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