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  • Summary: Family and friends come together to ascend the virtual stage and rock their way to superstardom with Band Hero, which features the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone's favorite acts including No Doubt, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects, Snow Patrol and The Jackson 5. Headlined by some of the biggest names in music as in-game artists and playable characters, Band Hero is the ultimate party game where players of all ages can create the band they have always dreamed of by using any combination of guitar or drum controllers and vocals, providing rockers and performers of all ages the chance to experience and interact with their favorite music. [Activision] Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Neversoft and Activision have built on the successful design of Guitar Hero 5 and given it a fresh new look and replaced all that aggressive rock and pounding metal with fun and energetic pop music and the smooth sounds of classic rock from the past three decades that will certainly appeal to younger gamers and their parents.
  2. For a game that Activision have said they want to stand on its own, it just doesn’t seem to change the formula enough to make it appeal to people who’ve played other games in the series. At least not yet, anyway. Really, this is just a gussied-up track pack for the casual market. That’s not to say that it isn’t a fun experience, it’s just certainly not a new one.
  3. Guitar Hero with a pop twist. Easy to play, suitable for party play.
  4. The bottom line is Band Hero is going to be an awesome game to those who happen to fall neatly within its target demographic. However, the developers missed the opportunity to make Band Hero stand out as a unique offshoot of the main franchise with special features and additional content.
  5. Frankly, Band Hero could have easily been called Guitar Hero 5 Part 2 and no one would have cared.
  6. Band Hero isn't much different from Guitar Hero 5, but it does have a track list that will appeal to a slightly younger age group.
  7. A Guitar Hero-game for kids, girls and people who love American Idol. Based on the Guitar Hero-core, it’s technicalyl a good game, but the horrible setlist and “girly” design are too much.

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  1. Jun 3, 2012
    I actually enjoyed Band Hero, the music isn't for everyone but there is a few great tracks on there. I like the fact that neversoft mixed New music with the old ( which they always do) so that kids can discover new music. If it wasn't for Band Hero, I wouldn't be into The Kooks, The Airbourne Toxic Event, Everclear or OK Go. The layout is exactly like Guitar Hero 5 except the background is Pink and Purple and not Brick and Blue but don't be turned off about that. It also keeps the same game modes and features 5 had like Party Play and the different combinations of instruments. Best part about the game is that you can export most of the tracklist to GH 5 and import songs from other GH Games into Band Hero as well. The game is really cheap now so search the bargin bins for it and start rocking out providing you have the instruments for it :P Expand
  2. Oct 15, 2010
    It's not a bad game to play. Just a bad game to listen to, at least for me. It's definitely an alternative if you've got a younger crowd to attend to that doesn't need to hear inappropriate lyrics. It may be a little tedious to be surrounded by mainly one genre, but it still plays pretty well. Expand
  3. May 11, 2012
    I just picked this game up at EB Games for $9.99 and it was the biggest waste of money I have ever spent. I quite literally made this account a few moments ago just to display my disgust for this absolutely atrocious game. Expand

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