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  • Summary: Guitar Hero Live mode inserts you onstage, looking out: you get a first-person perspective as a real crowd reacts to the notes you play. Or switch over to GHTV - a playable music video network, where you can play along in real time, discover new music, and challenge friends around the world.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Oct 20, 2015
    100
    Guitar Hero Live isn't just a remolding of how we think about plastic guitars, but how audiences listen to music.
  2. Oct 23, 2015
    90
    Guitar Hero Live feels more like a new song rather than a tribute. Its new guitar makes it feel original and fresh, and we would only ask for a bigger multiplayer component to enhance the experience.
  3. Oct 20, 2015
    87
    It’s not better or worse than the old method, but it’s new, and at times it’s incredibly taxing on the brain - in a good way.
  4. Oct 22, 2015
    80
    Guitar Hero Live combines innovation with the guitar as much as its content, with modern methods (but dangerously similar to the Free to Play schemes) to manage its powerful tracklist.
  5. Nov 2, 2015
    80
    Guitar Hero Live does not reinvent the guitar, but it does bring enough fresh elements to make even the classics feel brand new. The FMV-gigs are both cliche and entertaining, and Guitar Hero TV shows that that Guitar Hero is still relevant in 2015.
  6. Nov 30, 2015
    75
    A decent reincarnation of one of the biggest console hits of 2000s.
  7. Oct 20, 2015
    60
    Guitar Hero Live's reinvented mechanics makes music-driven gameplay fresh and fun again, and while that's a truly massive and meaningful change for the genre as a whole, the campaign's off-putting presentation and GHTV's unpleasant microtransactions all sour the experience built up around that gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 53
  2. Negative: 15 out of 53
  1. Oct 21, 2015
    10
    Ok you Luddites. It's time for a cool change. Stop complaining about the new button layout, the new way of song delivery, and whatever newOk you Luddites. It's time for a cool change. Stop complaining about the new button layout, the new way of song delivery, and whatever new thing that got you by surprise. It's a different, bold, new direction and the developers put a lot of work in reinventing the somewhat tired rhythm+music genre. This game is fun, and GH Live is such a wonderful bonus to have. Expand
  2. Dec 2, 2015
    9
    Guitar Hero Live is my first experience with the Guitar Hero series and boy, what a fantastic entry point. I was expecting an average toGuitar Hero Live is my first experience with the Guitar Hero series and boy, what a fantastic entry point. I was expecting an average to decent music rhythm game from the product but I was incredibly surprised by a fantastic new take on the aging genre.

    Right from the get go, you're greeted with a fairly intuitive tutorial showcasing the basic moves/controller prompts first and then progressing to the more advanced moves. The whole single player component 'Guitar Hero Live' is portrayed as a cheesy FMV game which puts you as the guitarist in a band using pre-recorded footage recording specifically for the game. Depending on how you play, the crowd will either cheer for you, stare at you blankly or if you're doing really badly, even start booing you and throwing stuff on stage at you. It's a genuinely terrifying experience to start a song awfully and have three minutes of a virtual crowd breaking your concentration due to how loud they can be whilst booing you.

    The setlist on the LIVE component comes with 42 songs with tracks from Fall Out Boy, Eminem, Bring Me The Horizon, OneRepublic and even Skrillex, which will sound bad for most people but I found the majority of the setlist to be perfectly fine and incredible fun to play.

    To complete all of the content in the LIVE/single player component of the game, you shouldn't need more than a few hours free to dive in and indulge it all but even if it is short, it's satisfying to go from fairly small pits of people to gigantic crowds at the finales.

    Now, onto the more controversial component of the game, Guitar Hero TV, an always online streaming music channel service which takes up the bulk of the game. Think back to when MTV actually played music all of the time and that's what you get here. An always running music channel which you can hop on whenever you wish to either play the songs which are currently streaming on either channel 1 or 2 or you can go and play a song of your choice from the TV component using a play token. Play tokens are built in microtransactions which are completely optional to the player and can be easily earned by playing through the streaming tracks on the two free channels. Most people condemn microtransations in retail games and I am one of them but in this case, I feel that the microtransations are incredibly fair to the player and they're one of the rare examples of microtransations done right.

    Does this make Guitar Hero TV 'fee-to-play'? Perhaps but does that stop the gameplay from being fantastic and the microtransaction model actually being fair for the consumer? No, it doesn't and people rating the game 1's, 2's and 3's because of some OPTIONAL in-game purchases that you can avoid if you wish. Hell, you can even ignore GH:TV entirely and just play the LIVE mode and have hours of enjoyment, replaying all of the tracks, trying to get the highest score.

    Overall, Guitar Hero Live is a fantastic experience and one of the best music rhythm games I've played in years, beating games like DJ Hero, Rock Band Blitz and Audiosurf.
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  3. Oct 27, 2015
    9
    I previously submitted a comment/review based on information I received directly from the Guitar Hero Live website. I was told that to useI previously submitted a comment/review based on information I received directly from the Guitar Hero Live website. I was told that to use GHTV, you needed a PS+ account. That information was wrong, and you, in fact, do NOT need a PS+ account to play GHTV. Having now played it, I have nothing bad to say about the game... except some of the live band and crowd videos and cut scenes are lame... and beware, there is a Hillary Duff song on GHTV lol Expand
  4. May 10, 2017
    7
    The songs are ok but not great. The guitar is surprisingly well made. The gamemodes are good depending on what you play in it. I enjoyed it aThe songs are ok but not great. The guitar is surprisingly well made. The gamemodes are good depending on what you play in it. I enjoyed it a lot but it is weak at some points. Expand
  5. Dec 17, 2015
    6
    You’ll need to spend one play counter for each on-demand song you play, but even though I’ve played for many hours now, I’ve still got 20 playYou’ll need to spend one play counter for each on-demand song you play, but even though I’ve played for many hours now, I’ve still got 20 play counters left. You get one at the start of your GHTV journey for free, and another 10 when you’ve completed the tutorial, but you’ll also pick up more as you level up. And this is simply done by playing more and more songs.
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  6. Sep 7, 2020
    4
    while the new controller had a lot of potential for fun and fresh gameplay, the potential is completely ruined by a lack of features, and awhile the new controller had a lot of potential for fun and fresh gameplay, the potential is completely ruined by a lack of features, and a pay to play business model. Expand
  7. Apr 7, 2016
    0
    I am a complete Guitar Hero fan. I play no other game. Truly disappointed when GH fell off the market. To hear it was making a comeback, theI am a complete Guitar Hero fan. I play no other game. Truly disappointed when GH fell off the market. To hear it was making a comeback, the new GH Live was all I wanted for xmas and I got a new PS4 to go with. My high expectations for this turned out to be a punch in the gut. Whomever designed the new guitar and game needs to sit and revisit the crayon box because after 5 minutes of play, not only does 3 top and bottom buttons become absolutely confusing but WTH happened to the color? The game becomes completely boring and mind numbing despite the challenges of music. Like riding a magic bus without the sparkle to it. The old GH was perfect! Why not improve upon that? They really should've kept the GH signature of the Colored buttons on both the guitar and in the game and I wouldnt've be so quick to get my money back. Total let down. Yay Ebay! Expand

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