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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 themGuitar 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 56
  2. Negative: 1 out of 56
  1. Smash Hits was just the breath of fresh recycled air that we needed.
  2. It plays well, but it feels like Activision is going overboard by not marketing it as DLC instead of a new retail-box release. Also, developer Beenox did a good job, but didn’t add anything of note to the gameplay components to spark interest.
  3. Guitar Hero Smash Hits isn’t much of a progression for the series, so seasoned vets looking for something new will be disappointed. However, newcomers who didn’t pick up the series until last year will get the most out of it.
  4. While Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is a solid option for fans of music games, the short and inconsistent tracklist alone makes it not worth the price.
  5. Of course, Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits isn't as innovative as previous games, but it's a great place for newcomers to get acquainted with the franchise. The tracklist is top notch and the game is still addictive as hell.
  6. Rather than put forth any real creative effort, it is a mere repackaging of existing content in an effort to earn some quick cash.
  7. Unless you’ve never played the first game or just have to have the vocal and drum parts included, there’s almost nothing here you can’t get by looking for a cheap deal buying Guitar Hero II or III separately.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. BryanM.
    Jul 13, 2009
    7
    This isn't a bad idea for a game. Stick all our beloved characters from the first three games onto multiple instruments, and allow us toThis isn't a bad idea for a game. Stick all our beloved characters from the first three games onto multiple instruments, and allow us to play some old hits.
    At this point, it is all about whether or not you like Rock Band or Guitar Hero's game mechanics. However at this point, it is all starting to blend together.
    It is worth buying if you didn't like the World Tour setlist, but honestly at a full, sixty dollar pricetag you may be better off waiting for them to appear as DLC.
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  2. NathanJ.
    Jun 22, 2009
    1
    Terrible game. You are better off with the Harmonix versions from GH1, 2 and 80s. Yes it's true that those are only guitar, BUT the Terrible game. You are better off with the Harmonix versions from GH1, 2 and 80s. Yes it's true that those are only guitar, BUT the drums and vocals aren't worth playing, so yeah you are better off with the old games. Expand