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  • Summary: Guitar Hero World Tour marries Guitar Hero's guitar gameplay, with a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless instruments with revolutionary new online and offline gameplay modes. The game features a slick newly redesigned guitar, a genuine electronic drum kit and a microphone, as well as an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock and roll anthems, along with online Band Career and 8-player "Battle of the Bands." Guitar Hero World Tour is comprised entirely of master recordings from some of the greatest classic and modern rock bands of all-time including Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Linkin Park, The Eagles, Sublime and many more. Additionally, the game offers significantly more localized downloadable music than ever before on all of the next-generation consoles. Budding rock stars are also given creative license to fully customize everything from their characters’ appearance and instruments to their band’s logo and album covers. Featuring three drum pads, two raised cymbals and a bass kick pedal, the drum controller combines larger and quieter, velocity-sensitive drum heads with soft rubber construction to deliver authentic bounce back and is easy to set up, move, break down and store. Virtual musicians can live out their rock and roll fantasies by playing either a single instrument, or any combination of instruments, in addition to the full band experience. Guitar Hero World Tour introduces Battle of the Bands mode which allows eight players to join online and challenge each other band-to-band to determine who is the best of the best. In the Band modes, up to four players can jam together, online or off, as they progress through the game, and in single-player Career Mode, players can jam on any of the instruments in branching venue progression enabling them to rock out in the order of their choice. The game's Music Studio lets players express their musical creativity by giving them access to a full compliment of tools to create digital music from scratch, utilizing all of the instruments, and then play their compositions in the game. Music creators can share their recordings with their friends online through GHTunes where other gamers can download their unique compositions and play them. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Providing you can afford the full kit, this is the ultimate rhythm action title. If you can't, it's merely 'brilliant.'
  2. The best in the Guitar Hero series so far. If you like rhythm-action games, you owe it to yourself to buy this right now!
  3. People who love music video games won't get tired of this one. Not only does it include standard modes of play, but there's also co-op, face-off, battles, several online modes, and a very compelling music studio that allows you to create and share songs with the world.
  4. If only the MIDI tech were better, and the song list tighter, this would be utterly essential. [Jan 2009, p.52]
  5. The gameplay is satisfying, the Music Studio and Mii Freestyle mode are wondrous addition, the song list is sweet and the presentation isn't bad.
  6. While the new instruments are wonderfully crafted, the actual gameplay can be too in-depth for its own good.

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Score distribution:
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  1. SimoneA
    Jan 5, 2009
    A fantastic game that mathces a lot of customization and a lot of improvements from GH3, like the slider on the guitar and the battery and the microphone. Also appreciated open notes for bass and a good tracklist. The idea of the studio is really good and can be definetly powered to a superior level of customization. So,better than Rock Band 2 ! XD Collapse
  2. Oct 29, 2010
    awesome video game ever!
  3. JackT.
    Oct 26, 2008
    This is based on the Guitar Kit package. It's an incredible leap beyond its Wii predecessors. The new guitar is more full-bodied than the Les Paul. The addition of a dedicated star power button, along with a sensor bar that can allow you to mimic 'tapping', makes for the one guitar controller we've been asking for. Now, onto the software. There's over 80 tracks on the disc, all consisting of the original master tracks, rather than bland covers. Now you can download to your heart's content with the Wii, with each premium song costing an average of 200 points, with some free ones scattered about. The addition of a new Mii Freestyle is very nice. Exclusive to the Wii, jam out with the guitar or drums, or use your Wii Remote and Nunchuck to imitate drumming in a seamless freestyle improvisation. At the time of writing this, I did not fully examine the music studio, but when I took a quick spin through, I noticed the creation tools were extremely elaborate and precise. Different fret button combinations make for different chords and keys, so upon figuring out what keys are which you can make just about any composition of your liking. Then, upload up to 5 of your original tunes to GHTunes for others to try out. In summary, Guitar Hero World Tour is a feast of a video game. Newcomers and veterans alike will enjoy the many options and choices offered to them. You'll get all your rock on for your buck. Expand
  4. KenS
    Dec 28, 2008
    Greater than GT3 by far! The song selection is fantastic and the game is fun no matter how many players or instruments you have. The only downside to this game is the Wii with it's lack of internal storage and maximum readable SD card at 2GB. Expand
  5. Jumper
    Feb 24, 2009
    We enjoyed playing Guitar Hero World Tour for the most part. We liked the drums better than Rock Band, and liked that there was a better selection of songs without the need to buy expansion packs, though that is also its weakness as well. But, the main problem we had with Guitar Hero World Tour is, when singing, we all had a hard time reading the words. Has anyone else had a hard time with this? We've played a few times now, on several different fairly large tv screens, and we can never read the words as well as we'd like. About 6 or 7 of us have played both games many times, and we all agree that the singing part on Rock Band is easier to use and more fun than on Guitar Hero WT. Expand
  6. billn.
    Dec 26, 2008
    If each controller didn't need another controller it would be nice system. The instruments shouldn't need additional Wiimotes to operate other controllers. This is the dumbest thing I ever saw. Think about it Lets buy a controller that needs another controller !!!!!!! Great jog on scewing us for more dough. Expand
  7. Ewan
    Aug 18, 2009
    No. Just, no. This absolutely sucks. Let me start with the controllers. The Guitar is OK, but the whammy bar is too big and gets in the way at times. The drums are abysmal. you have to abolutely whack them to get any response, and the symbols are simply broken. The mic isnt much better. It only picks up the pitch, so you can sing whatever the hell you want but only hum the tune. The song selection is terrible. Ramblin Man? On the Road Again? BON JOVI?!?!? Ughhh, these songs alone put me at a despair, and make me think what they were thinking when they put them in. The guitar also feels a lot looaser than GH3's when comes to the notes. The Rock Star Creator is OK, but it simply wasnt varied enough. In three words: Don't, buy, this. Buy Guitar Hero 3 instead. Expand

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