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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. Positive: 63 out of 67
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  1. Making things better is the fact that they are compatible with Rock Band, as well, which goes a long, long way in justifying the price tag if you want to make the most of your money.
  2. With its sense of fun, complex tools, and balance of enjoyment and depth, World Tour contains the ability to both teach and entertain. [Dec 2008, p.94]
  3. 85
    While World Tour beats "Rock Band" with an innovative music creation and sharing system and a more realistic drum kit, it lags behind in subpar animation and the racket those drums make.
  4. The anticipation for Guitar Hero World Tour was palpable, and to see the party turn South the way it did was a bit concerning.
  5. 80
    But I was pleased to discover at least one genre of music that fits in surprisingly well with all the limitations of the system: classic videogame music.
  6. It's not as polished compared to Rock Band 2 but it's not a bad game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 46
  2. Negative: 16 out of 46
  1. Jul 1, 2012
    Amazing in every sense.I know it's hard not to compare this to rockband 2 but come on quit complaining and trying to figure out which is better.There both very awesome and brilliant in there own ways.You have to get both games and enjoy.This game will suck hours upon hours out of your life.The replay value is off the charts and something you can pop in your 360 10 years from now just to try to beat your last score or get a higher rank on the leader boards.Think of this though,What does EA always do?They cut you off and remove online support to force you to buy there next game like they always do,so if your looking for longetivity then go with the Guitar hero franchise to guarantee that you can play 5-10 years online.This game is so freakin' awesome that It's 7-1-2012 and I still play this game here and there.So do you get my point.If there is just one comparison then I would say that the guitar hero games are 100% better if you play alone and The Rock band games are better when you play with friends,but that's it.I give this game a 9.9 because in my opinion GH 5 is perfection. Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2010
    Generally speaking the game is very fun to play. There is a reasonable amount of variaty in song choice and the boundle set is fun to use with friends and even if you feel like trying all the instruments. The career is very average as it gets quite boring if you have to do a gig that include songs you arnt really intrested in. If you want my advice I say play quickplay and online with your friends to get the best experiance. Expand
  3. Aug 8, 2012
    I played this game for a little while at a place called "Gamerbase" it was challenging to hit all the notes at the right time and to keep the streak going, it was definitely fun to play, but i'll never be an expert. The review score I give will also be my review to every other guitar hero game, as I believe they are all more or less the same. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2011
    When Guitar Hero World Tour was announced I was stoked to the max, when I heard drums were added to the game also I wanted to cry. I waited anxiously for this game to come out, weeks passed and eventually came to the day of the release. I bought the full game bundle at midnight, came home and loaded up the first song. I was like okay, typical Guitar Hero..let's try the drums. The drums were fun also, the setlist was great too, but not as great as the first 3 games. The engine just didn't feel comfortable, there's just something about this game I don't like, but I can't seem to get my finger on it. I hate the slider notes for one thing, the game is fairly easy on guitar, the drums bass pedal had like velcro on the bottom to keep it from sliding. The drums broke within a week by the way, and I never bought a new set. I went into band mode online, and it is atrocious. I never want to play online on that game ever. People lag out constantly, the game lags, sometimes the score meter screws's just terrible. The game is iffy, I suggest looking into this game more before you buy it. Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2011
    Being a huge fan of the series, it's a shame how broken the game is. The achievements, characters, unlockables, and even the charts themselves seem... wrong. The only reason why the game isn't rated lower is due to the fact that the setlist is, for the most part, good, and at the time it was nice to play drums. Now this seems even much more dated than the first Guitar Hero! Expand
  6. Aug 12, 2010
    Guitar Hero: World Tour was my first Guitar Hero game. At first i liked it, but in a few weeks the novelty went and i realised that all i was doing was a pressing a few buttons on a taccy plastic peripheral. And seeming as i already play the REAL guitar, it got very boring, very quickly. If you play ANY musical instrument than this probably isn't for you. A bit of a laugh with friends or at a party but in Single Player VERY DULL!!!!!! I'd give it a miss if i were you . Expand

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