Mixed or average reviews - based on 65 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
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  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. A quest mode that is fun and interesting, diverse set lists, and the inclusion of new power abilities will definitely find a special place with fans of the series.
  3. This is the best Guitar Hero title to date and it returns to the formula that worked so well for Guitar Hero III. The storyline differentiates it from the competition and its over-the-top heavy metal look and feel work for it quite well.
  4. 87
    Still the game re-ignited my love for the genre and I have already shredded far more hours into this one than I had planned to invest.
  5. Neversoft was able to renovate GH mechanics with a few good ideas which push Warriors of Rock lifespan into the stratosphere. Right after the first few hours you may realize that the core mechanics are almost the same, but still this is one of the most fun and accomplished episodes in the saga.
  6. Oct 22, 2010
    Although it is not forgiving with those not going to devote themselves to the cause of saving the god of rock, this Guitar Hero may save the franchise from decline.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    Whether you're playing with buddies online or in the same room, or just battling through the career, this extremely polished sequel is an excellent way to rock out. [Nov 2010, p.66]
  8. 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.
  9. In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock and the minor tweaks in the game definitely makes it a fun experience. The quest mode is a blast to play and with its mythological heavy metal inspired story, it's definitely a great incentive to get players to finish the title.
  10. If you're looking for the next great leap forward, then sit tight and wait for Rock Band 3 with its new keyboard peripheral and Pro mode. However, if you're looking for a fun new twist on familiar mechanics, then there's absolutely nothing wrong with Warriors of Rock - if you can get past the fact that you have to play Nickelback.
  11. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock confirms all its precursor qualities and features, introducing a very enjoyable story mode and offering a great tracklist.
  12. Warriors of Rock satisfies with a mostly rousing list of songs, still-addictive-as-ever gameplay and plenty of options for both solo players and groups. The only question now is what's left to do for the next time around.
  13. Warriors of Rock offers a great rock/metal tracklist to Guitar Hero fans. The inclusion of new power abilities and new gameplay styles are a great return to the roots of the saga.
  14. In any event, overall Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a good game; yet at the end of the day it is more of the 'same old.'
  15. Jan 12, 2011
    With any music, the tracks included are what can make or break a game and those featured in Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock really bring out the best, and whilst the new approach taken by Activision and Neversoft doesn't really change the core gameplay much. The music helps make this one of the most compelling Guitar Hero games to date.
  16. Oct 25, 2010
    While the game doesn't bring anything especially exciting or new to the franchise, it's still a really great Guitar Hero game to play.
  17. So if you've been pleased with the series so far and love the latest set list, you're going to have a blast with Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. But for everyone else who hasn't been completely sold on the Guitar Hero franchise, there's nothing going on here that's going to change your mind.
  18. Overall, I liked the new direction of the franchise. Don't fool yourself though, this is still Guitar Hero, through and through.
  19. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is often stupid and frequently silly, but I got caught up in shredding my way through the ridiculous experience. It doesn't matter if I was laughing with the game or laughing at it; I was entertained.
  20. Elsewhere, the full offering of Guitar Hero 5's multiplayer and party play modes return, as do the addictive mini-challenges for each track (there's even a challenge which uses the Quest powers).
  21. Better than perhaps expected, Warriors of Rock offers a great setlist, a nicely corny story mode and a smooth quickplay mode.
  22. Rock - It's all about it. The latest chapter on Activision's franchise if one of its best so far, with a huge tracklist and plenty of new gameplay styles. Plus, we have a better graphic interface, tutorials, tons of multiplayer options... It's quite everything a die-hard could expect, only it doesn't change anything musically speaking.
  23. 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.
  24. The gamiest music game to date by some distance, it'll probably put the 'casuals' off.
  25. Games Master UK
    Dec 25, 2010
    A much-needed change of tack which brings something new-ish to the floundering series. [Issue#231, p.92]
  26. 77
    The play modes don't introduce anything broadly new, and the quest mode hasn't been executed to its full potential. However, it's still a decent addition to the collection, and the singleplayer and band modes work seamlessly.
  27. It features a great songlist, many options in terms of multiplayer and battles to the death. Unfortunately, only the guitar is worth playing – the other instruments haven't been implemented so in such a sophisticated way.
  28. Jan 12, 2011
    If you're still a fan of music games, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is another good, solid entry into the series. However, while Neversoft is in a position of releasing serviceable titles every year, but don't seem capable of making real fundamental changes to how the game is played.
  29. Jan 12, 2011
    Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a very strong attempt to do something different. With the many, many Guitar Hero games that have come out recently, this is a pretty good thing. And yet, even with all the differences, it still feels like the same old hat. Perhaps a huge fan of the series would get more enjoyment from yet another game where they can strum along to some of their favourite songs, but for others, it may just be more of the same.
  30. It doesn't break any new ground, it just offers up a solid, fun, and still addicting package. If you're a long time fan, Warriors of Rock is a no brainer. If you're a newcomer, just be aware of what you're getting into.
  31. Of course with all the features already being touted about for Rock Band 3 this year it's hard to think of Warriors of Rock as a really progressive entry into the genre, but I think there's enough fun to be had with the on disc content to make it worth a look for everyone that already generally enjoys these types of games.
  32. New features aren't much more than reverb on this familiar riff, but Guitar Hero still rocks.
  33. 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.
  34. 75
    Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a great game that introduces some new features. People that love rock music will love this game but most people will find that there isn't enough innovation.
  35. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock laughs in the face of innovation and new ideas, and delivers what it does best, the very formula it invented, perfected, and sold to the masses. The only problem is, we've seen it all before, and some gamers may indeed be looking for fresh ideas and a lot more progression, especially with Rock Band 3 and others on the horizon, and you wonder just how much longer Guitar Hero can last in its present unchanged form.
  36. games(TM)
    Jan 20, 2011
    One for the rhythm-action hardcore crowd and those players who don't mind playing keyboard parts on guitar, then. [Issue#102, p.122]
  37. 70
    Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a much better game than we had expected, and the devs have actually managed to use the overall theme for something more than a new coat of paint. The quest mode is one of the most fun additions to the series in ages, even if it's just a re-ordering of elements we've seen before. There's enough standout tracks and new ideas for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock to be worthwhile, even if you skipped the previous game because the series was growing stale.
  38. Oct 24, 2010
    Warriors of Rock is pretty much the same as the previous Guitar Hero, with the exception of the new campaign. Curiously enough this only weakens the game. The tracklist is varied enough to warrant a purchase, but developer Neversoft will have to come up with something more original for the next game in the series.
  39. X-ONE Magazine UK
    A step back for Neversoft. [Issue#64, p.91]
  40. It's revealing that Warriors' most famous track, Bohemian Rhapsody, is the one that most clearly highlights its limitations.
  41. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is a sold title. With that said, there are going to be some people that are disappointed that Neversoft didn't try to push the envelope with anything.
  42. It's also the most resolutely hard-core Guitar Hero title to come off Activision's assembly line in a while; anyone can breeze through the easy setting on this game, but expert level on Warriors Of Rock turns some of the tracks into visceral finger-bleeders.
  43. It's a title that packs a ton of content and gameplay onto a single disc, and its import options for songs from previous titles will pad your song selections nicely. But it's also an experience that feels remarkably similar to last year's offering, and that's unfortunate.
  44. The old Guitar Hero magic is still there but the almost complete lack of new ideas isn't going to do anything to halt the decline in music game sales.
  45. For now, if you just can't get enough of Star Power lightning effects, checking your hit/miss percentage on the second guitar solo of a given song, heavy metal album cover-style art and design, and the Guitar Hero way of doing everything, then you won't have a problem jumping into Warriors of Rock. But if you want a wider range of tracks to pick from, new control schemes that more closely resemble playing real music, and a different range of features to go alongside it all, you're better off keeping your money and waiting for Rock Band 3 to be released in a couple of weeks.
  46. The Guitar Hero franchise has been one of great success over the years and it is a bit disappointing to see Warriors of Rock only manage to be a slight improvement over last years title.
  47. Still, if you're still a plastic guitar aficionado then Warriors of Rock is undeniably fun; it just severely lacks in ambition, and its ostentatious new coat of paint is little more than a sleight of hand designed to trick you into thinking you're in for a different ride this year. You're not.
  48. Oct 25, 2010
    If Guitar Hero is your game, this is really a love song to you. Let's just hope it isn't the swan song.
  49. 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.
  50. The majority of those tracks, of which I've kept a list somewhere in this mess of a music hall (thanks to the hordes of music-specific game controllers), still remains undigitised.
  51. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock hides beneath the guise of an epic story, which makes it all the more disappointing that it's really the same game all over again.
  52. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 13, 2011
    Great story driven music game at first glance reveals the fact that the new Guitar Hero is actually boring and a so-many-times-seen piece with an odd music list and unbalanced playability. [Issue#197]
  53. Including the famous CBGB venue feels like a desperate grab for legitimacy. Problem is, it doesn't fit with the Simmons-narrated rock 'n' roll fantasy theme at all and therefore comes off as little more than a cynical ploy for street cred.
  54. With its Quest Mode a bit tedious but full of good will, its tracklist full of metal songs and without much compromise, its nice mise-en-scene for gigs and its relatively high difficulty, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock will please gamers the most eager for the license.
  55. What could have been a radical new step in the genre is nothing but the same old thing with a new, awkward coat of paint. The gameplay is still good, but it's the same damn thing over and over again. It's disappointing.
  56. The interesting power mechanic and the return to fun, exaggerated rock and metal aesthetics are there to be enjoyed, but this is a series in dire need of a reboot.
  57. They didn't risk too much for this last iteration. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is mostly designed for the gamer fan seeking the Full Combo thrill. Its production values are more than fair, its playlist well furnished, and you can always import tracks from other versions for a small price. If you're fond of the tracklist, you can get it; if you're more like me, expecting more innovations, and expecting to play the plastic guitar somewhat more like you'd play the real one, maybe you'd better wait for its main competitor.
  58. 60
    Neversoft placed the lion's share of their eggs in the Quest mode's metal themed basket, and it buckles under the pressure. From a technical standpoint, Warriors of Rock works, but existentially, more than ever, Guitar Hero feels aimless.
  59. There's a great live version of Paranoid featuring both Ozzy and Metallica, but the basic track has been used before – suggesting that without innovation in other departments, the series is simply running out of guitar styles to ape.
  60. Completely overshadowed by the competition's new hardware, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock doesn't quite bring the house down. It's marred by a controversial selection of songs and no real innovations. The 93 songs will keep players busy for away, but it's hard not to think of this as yet another extension of Guitar Hero 5.
  61. 50
    Warriors of Rock adamantly refuses to evolve the series in any discernible way, and, as a result, the Guitar Hero formula's gone stale.
  62. 50
    It could have been made somewhat better by more accessible, easily relatable songs, but with an otherwise lacking career mode, everything about Warriors of Rock reeks of regurgitated design decisions and a desire to simply make as much money as possible without really trying to add anything new.
  63. This Guitar Hero game is no different than its predecessor, which is both a positive and negative. On one hand you'll still enjoy the game if you like the set list. Then again, with the tantalizing introduction of keyboard play in Rock Band 3, I get the feeling that the Guitar Hero franchise will experience the final curtain call with Warriors of Rock.
  64. Jan 12, 2011
    The only people I would recommend this game to are the hardest of hardcore music gamers. Otherwise, save the $60 for something better and wait for the disappointed gamers to trade in and buy it used if you really have to have it.
  65. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 56
  2. Negative: 10 out of 56
  1. 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 byBest 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.
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  2. Sep 28, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A last whimper from the once great studio known as Neversoft. It is obvious they knew they were fired when they started this project, but some contract obligation required them to put out this half hearted addition. The power ups that affect gameplay in a music game is a bad idea. It reeks of desperation and lack of ideas. These games should be about the music and not about some bad take off of Brutal Legend. They also did a terrible job of charting for everything except the guitar. I see no reason to play anything besides guitar even when playing with 4 people. Vocals are still horrendously bad and the song studio has not improved. I give it a 1 because the game should not have come out. Full Review »
  3. 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 veryWell, 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.
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