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  • Summary: Guitar Hero Smash Hits takes the most exciting, recognizable and fun to play music from genre-defining titles Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, which were previously available for guitar-only in-game play, and delivers them as a compelling and dynamic full band experience. Featuring 48 master recordings, Guitar Hero Smash Hits delivers exciting online and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player "Battle of the Bands,: which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online. Players' rock n' roll fantasies turn to realities as they create their rocker, compose original music and share it with the world through the innovative Music Studio, GHTunesSM and robust Rock Star Creator gameplay modes first introduced in Guitar Hero World Tour. The tracklist includes: Killer Queen (Queen), I Love Rock N Roll (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts), Bark At The Moon (Ozzy), Them Bones (Alice in Chains), Killing in the Name (Rage Against The Machine), Message In A Bottle (The Police), Carry On My Wayward Son (Kansas) Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd), I Wanna Rock (Twisted Sister), Nothin But A Good Time (Poison), Barracuda (Heart), Through the Fire and Flames (DragonForce). [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is an incredibly fun game and one that will definitely keep you entertained until Guitar Hero V arrives.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Totally hollow. [Sept 2009, p.73]

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. CaseyL.
    Jun 29, 2009
    This game delivers exactly what it promises. Master recordings with full band charts from some of the best GH songs. Great for drummers/singers or anyone who never got a chance to rock out to some of these classics before. One thing to note, however, is just how bad the IGN review is. Complaining that the charts are differrent from before? WOW way to prove you have no knowledge of the genre and no business reviewing the game. Master recordings and cover versions will always be different.... that's kinda how it works. Expand
  2. AmyLywood
    Jul 23, 2009
    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 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. Expand
  3. MatthewMaltby
    Aug 17, 2009
    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, 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. Collapse