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  • Summary: KISS frontman Gene Simmons provides the voice for the next installment in Activision's long-running rhythm-game series.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  1. With a killer track list, exciting new Quest mode, social networking, and more challenges and star rewards than most of us could ever earn in this lifetime, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is easily the biggest and the best installment of the franchise to date.
  2. Better than expected, the new Guitar Hero offers a great rock/metal tracklist (2112 from Rush will be long remembered). It's a great return to the roots of the saga, yet it lacks some true innovation, which we'll be seriously expecting for in the next future.
  3. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a new beginning for this franchise. After years of casual tracklists without any sign of the good, old, rock, Guitar Hero is once again funny and addictive. Play it and love it.
  4. A decent set list of guitar-driven tunes, as well as many of the solid holdover features from the last game, amount to negligible compensation for the lack of meaningful additions.
  5. A step back for Neversoft. [Issue#64, p.91]
  6. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock had a lot of promise with an attempt at a more story driven Guitar Hero experience than before. However, even with a voice over narrative by the legendary Gene Simmons himself, the game still feels as unexciting to me as any of the recent music-simulation games on the market.
  7. Warriors of Rock offers a minor facelift but ignores the sagging infrastructure, and it's not a direction that holds much of a future for Guitar Hero.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. Jul 17, 2011
    What is it with the reviewers now a days,This game is a combination of all the greatness from all the guitar hero games bundled on a disk.The only reviewer that got it down straight up is Game Chronicles.This is the best "guitar" game ever made and an awesome all together band game also.No, Rock band 3 is the best multi player music game ever made and a step up in gaming with the real instruments in pro mode but for a straight up guitar game single player there is nothing that comes close.I'm still going to say at the end of the day that Guitar hero is better then rockband because I have both and when I want to play music I put in GH before RB.This is the kind of game where you could literally play it on and off for 5 or 6 years and still never complete all the challenges and complete it 100%.The fun factor is off the roof incredible This game is nothing less then perfection"FOR WHAT IT'S TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH".Guitar hero 2 is the second best rated music game, ever ,and this blows that away so you figure it out.Too bad there not making any more music games that's really disappointing to me. Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2010
    If you're a fan of music/rhythm games then you can't too much better than this. Small fixes to the game engine improve playability and additions such open bass note sustains and ghost notes on drums add to the experience. The setlist is top notch and just about every song deserves to be in the game unlike previous entries that had a lot of lackluster songs. The story may be cheesy but the whole thing is tongue-in-cheek and the overall atmosphere really harks back to the days of GH3. This game does what it sets out to do, please hardcore music game fans. While some will attack the lack of innovation, this game was meant to do one thing: please fans of past games. If you enjoyed GH3/GH2 you can't find another game (nor will you) that resembles them so well. RB3 is promising new features that may turn out great but WoR looks to have the best shredding available. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2010
    Best one since 2 or Legends of Rock. I wouldn't go about believing many of the negative reviews put out there. Most of them are written by disgruntled Rock Band fans who hate Guitar Hero to begin with. The last Neversoft installment is actually quite good. It takes the Guitar Hero 5 engine, tweaks it and refines it a bit into a much more hardcore title.

    The story mode is cheesy. But so was the story mode in Legends of Rock. Remember those weird animated cutscenes? Those are here too, except they use 3D models with motion capture, and they look great. The graphics are nice to look at, especially when you play Bohemian Rhapsody. The game itself is, admittedly just the same as it was before, but because of the music you're playing, it's made all the better.

    I haven't played a rhythm game with such a good setlist on the disc before. And a lot of the songs are very challenging too. Holy Wars, Speed and Sudden Death are really fun to play. And of course 2112 by Rush is in here. Can't go wrong with that.

    The menus are kind of weird, but they're easy to get used to. Party Play is here, and regular quickplay if you're not interested in the challenges they set up for you in the story mode. It's a very convenient system.

    Top it off, you can import Guitar Hero: Metallica starting today and you can buy a Soundgarden album for DLC. It's really a game for the fans, and if you're not a fan then it's not your cup of tea. Anyone who likes guitar games in general, you should definitely pick this up. It is loads of fun.
  4. Feb 4, 2011
    The game is great but the controls are really difficult and take a wile to get use to an cost a lot, if you what to buy a different game you have to remember that you have to buy different controls for It and whatâ Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2010
    Well, it's another fall season around here, so I guess it's time for another Guitar Hero. This year we have Warriors of Rock. It's not very good. It's the last installment of Neversoft's efforts and the final product shows, what with such little thought put into this game.

    Let's start with the core of this game, the story mode. Yes, I'm as suprised as you are that this even has a story, but let's just go with it. Gene Simmons gets his butt kicked by "The Beast" and has to get his magic guitar of ultimate destiny to defeat it. If this sounds familiar, then you've played Brütal Legend. All this really turns out to be is a flashy career mode. Sadly, though, the ability to continue the career (oh, excuse me, Story) is to keep playing in a single venue until you get the super-power. Before, you could move on without playing every song, but now they made it very restricted and uncontrollable. Honestly, there wouldn't be any real point to playing Story mode if there wasn't any songs to unlock because it's just dull and boring.

    You may recall that I mentioned superpowers in the last paragraph. Yes, the characters turn into X-Men rip-offs and give you some flashy powers. It's disappointing, though, that 6 of 8 powers are exactly the same (play exceptionally well and earn more stars). Once again, the point of it all is lacking.

    I shouldn't even have to talk about the gameplay. Guitar Hero has been out since 2005. I'm sure if you're looking at a review, you alreadly have at least a faint idea of what to do. I will at least say that nothing has really affected the major gameplay of it all.

    Finally, you can't have a music game without music. Warriors of Rock decides to go that metal route, which means that if you're not that great of a plastic guitar player, then you get to eat dirt because this game wanted to appeal to the weirdos who can 5-star Raining Blood on Expert. The game has also reflected the metal sound into it's universe (characters, venues) which makes it all the more stranger when non-metal songs get played. I love Bohemian Rhapsody, and I'm sure you do too, but good God is it a bad song for this game. I love it, but it and many other songs just don't mix well with this theme, especially when four demons from Hell start getting in your face asking if this is the real life.

    Still, it's Guitar Hero. It's still an okay game. GH5 was pretty good, and nothing really changed since that one. If you're just looking for another pack of songs, then go for it, but if you're looking for some steps to try to make this game seem fresh and new again, then I'd wait for Rock Band 3, a much better looking game. It actually saddens me that this'll be Neversoft's last Hoo-Rah, because their replacements are even worse.
  6. Apr 28, 2012
    The Latest game in the plastic instrument phenomenon and it's starting to prove that the folks at Neversoft are running out of Ideas, Story line was a nice change of place, Song list lacks charm despite heavy hitters like Bohemian Rhapsody and loosing my religion which appears in the first four quests (Where the majority of the good songs come from).As much as love Guitar Hero, it's starting to lose steam mainly due to 2009's music game overload (6 Guitar Hero games in the one year= overkill). It's best to pick this up for cheap and have fun with it. Expand
  7. Oct 14, 2010
    Sadly, the addition of a so-called "quest mode" does nothing to hide the same old flaws that have been present for the last several iterations of the Guitar Hero franchise. Activision continues to simply milk the brand name for all its worth, and does nothing to innovate, improve or expand the game into something worthwhile. If this has been their first release...perhaps the game would warrant a 5 or a 6, but they've been in the business of making rhythm games for too long now, and should know better. Their stunning lack of quality and polish, the narrowly-focused playlist, the overcharted tracks and general disregard for the music itself...not to mention the focus on nothing but getting a high score... This new Guitar Hero is just a sad copy of the last few that came before it. If you honestly enjoy music (and not just high scores), then save your money and pick up something like Rock Band 3. You'll be much happier for it in the long run Expand

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