Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is an incredibly fun game and one that will definitely keep you entertained until Guitar Hero V arrives.
  2. Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is the perfect compilation disc to pick up if you have missed some of the other editions along the way.
  3. It offers nothing new but it's a Guitar Hero game with nearly 50 of the best songs in the series' history, so that's not a bad thing.
  4. If this is your first Guitar Hero experience, then indulge. If you've played these songs before, wait for new songs in the upcoming Guitar Hero 5.
  5. Smash Hits does absolutely nothing to advance the GH brand in any way, but if you’ve long since packed up your PS2 it’s a great way to get your hands on some old-school favorites.
  6. Smash Hits for the Wii pays great homage to Activision’s Guitar Hero franchise.
  7. It's a full-blown retail release with only about half of the amount of songs in World Tour and the forthcoming Guitar Hero V. If you are absolutely desperate for more Guitar Hero, then Smash Hits is worth it. Everyone else is better off sitting tight for the next full-featured release.
  8. 75
    It would be a tough buy decision for a series veteran, but is a more than recommended acquisition for those who want to jump into the music genre.
  9. I can only recommend this title to Guitar Hero enthusiasts that feel the band side of their collection is sorely missing the tracks included with this release. Everyone else out there could just as easily hold out for Guitar Hero 5, or wait for Smash Hits to hit the bargain bin or used section of their favorite game store.
  10. Despite the fact it really doesn’t live up to its name, Greatest Hits feels like a must for any Wii-owning hardcore Guitar hero fan.
  11. 70
    Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is the definition of "milking". Sure, the setlist is great, and if you've somehow never played these tracks before, they're a ton of fun.
  12. If these (songs) seem a little tired to you or you don’t want to pay for the whole collection, maybe just hold off and see if these make their way into the online shop eventually.
  13. Despite a few niggles with the note structure changes and the nagging feeling that this could have all been DLC, Greatest Hits is still a lot of fun.
  14. It may not be worth it to veterans of the series, but Smash Hits is a worthy investment for those who only started rocking after the series hit the Wii.
  15. It's a good selection of songs from the previous games, and it's a great way to reacquainted with a few old favorites.
  16. Guitar Hero: Smash Hits brings all the components of the last five Guitar Hero-games, but doesn’t bring enough big to be called Smash Hits. It is a step back on visuals compared to the other Guitar Hero-games. However, the songs are good, so that is the only reason the game don’t get a bad grade.
  17. Nintendo Gamer
    60
    Totally hollow. [Sept 2009, p.73]

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#87 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 2, 2017
    5
    Yeah... It could have been better. The gameplay is the same as World Tour and Metallica, but the song list is really week. Yes, it featuresYeah... It could have been better. The gameplay is the same as World Tour and Metallica, but the song list is really week. Yes, it features the best songs from Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero Encore Rocks the 80's, Guitar Hero III and Guitar Hero Aerosmith, but at least 10 or 20 aren't meant to be in this game. Full Review »
  2. MatthewMaltby
    Aug 17, 2009
    6
    What!?!? Yet ANOTHER Guitar Hero revamp? Don't get me wrong, when GH first came out I busted my butt to get up to the great songs, rockedWhat!?!? Yet ANOTHER Guitar Hero revamp? Don't get me wrong, when GH first came out I busted my butt to get up to the great songs, rocked the '80s and laughed my AO at the "Psychobilly" kid(which was in my opinion staged) but after awhile it got old. After all, how many times can you smash at 5 buttons while flicking the bar?!? That's it...the whole game...follow along, smash the buttons,flick the bar. At least Rockband gave us a few more options. Full Review »
  3. AmyLywood
    Jul 23, 2009
    9
    This game in my eyes, is the best way to experience the series, the song list is superb, and he charting is too, bar one song, which isThis game in my eyes, is the best way to experience the series, the song list is superb, and he charting is too, bar one song, which is "Stop!", which on GH2 was a fun song, on here due to the realistic charting, isnt very fun anymore. the production values that went into the venuse i think is the best weve seen since Guitar hero 2. overall, i love this game, even if you disagree with the prcie, buy this game, you will not regret it. Full Review »