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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: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 20, 2015
    95
    I love the new controller design, the FMV portions work far better than they should, and Guitar Hero TV hooked me with its channel concept.
  2. Oct 20, 2015
    90
    Guitar Hero Live gives us an offline first-person rock-and-roll fantasy, but it’s Guitar Hero TV that gives this series new life. The new guitar gives veterans new challenges while breaking down the barrier to entry for new players. While the on-disc tracks are, in my opinon, throwaway, Guitar Hero TV should keep players busy for a long time to come.
  3. Oct 26, 2015
    90
    However, there’s still plenty to the game that make it worth recommending to anyone who’s ever enjoyed holding a plastic instrument in their hands. Make no mistake, Guitar Hero is back — and, thanks to the smart changes made to gameplay and presentation, it’s more satisfying than ever before.
  4. Oct 20, 2015
    80
    FreeStyleGames has taken only the most fundamental pieces of what Harmonix and Neversoft introduced and instead put their own unique stamp on Guitar Hero Live. In many ways, it's for the better, especially in GHTV. In fact, GHTV might even have some players wondering why that wasn't the whole game. It certainly makes the live action concert element feel superfluous.
  5. Nov 2, 2015
    80
    If skill challenge is your motivation, Guitar Hero Live will demand much more of you by default. If you’re looking for a party game consider the regulars on your guest list and their level of frustration tolerance.
  6. Oct 23, 2015
    78
    The live concept is fresh and surprisingly well implemented, the new controller brings a new spin to rhythm games and with GHTV you have two channels of 24/7-songchoice. But the attached microtransactions are too omnipresent.
  7. Oct 26, 2015
    65
    Guitar Hero Live has just taken itself too seriously, and that concept is at pure odds with what the franchise used to be about. Don’t get me wrong, there is fun here, there’s multiplayer, hero powers and a decent list of songs, but the idea that these might eventually have you forking over more cash should make you trepidatious at least.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 12 out of 23
  1. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    I'm big into music games, owning DJ Hero 1/2, all RB titles, almost all GH titles, almost all Lips titles, Karaoke Revolution, all DanceI'm big into music games, owning DJ Hero 1/2, all RB titles, almost all GH titles, almost all Lips titles, Karaoke Revolution, all Dance Central titles, almost all Just Dance titles, etc. And now I'm happy to own GH Live. It's a lot of fun. The new controller feels great and offers a lot of new challenges. It genuinely feels new. I'm so happy Freestyle is in charge of the franchise because DJ Hero 1/2 (especially 2) was sick and they deserved a franchise like Guitar Hero.

    marklodi has a point on the dongle. It works far better if you have it on the side USB port. When I had it on the rear ports, it would drop signal every once in awhile. Enough to frustrate you. If you turn the Xbox so that the dongle is in view, it'll work fine. I don't know if he realizes but the exact same guitar is used on all platforms so that's why you need the dongle. It's not like before where you had a 360 guitar and a PS3 guitar. now it's just a guitar for all.

    Otherwise, I completely disagree with all other parts of his review.
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  2. Oct 23, 2015
    9
    I've been a fan of the Guitar Hero series since the very first release. I've also played guitar for many years.

    The controller is a little
    I've been a fan of the Guitar Hero series since the very first release. I've also played guitar for many years.

    The controller is a little tough to get used to, but once you get used to the layout the gameplay is much better. It feels much more like you're playing an actual guitar.

    The song selection is spot on. There is a song for almost every genre and it spans over many decades.

    GHTV is really fun. As a fan of old school MTV, this is f*cking awesome to play. I love watching music videos anyways, now I get to play along with them? Great idea.

    The story mode is kind of bleh... I feel very little connection with the bands and the story, but the songs are great. The festivals hit on the correct genre's of music and location - UK bands at UK festivals, etc.

    I would suggest picking this game up if you are a previous Guitar Hero fan. The controller brings a new challenge, but it's a good challenge and it's how it should have been made the first time around. You'll find GHTV really fun.
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  3. Oct 27, 2015
    8
    This game has me hooked, I did not really get into previous guitar heroes...not because they weren't good just because on rockband I usuallyThis game has me hooked, I did not really get into previous guitar heroes...not because they weren't good just because on rockband I usually play drums or sing (guitar being last preference).

    I like the new guitar because with my limited (real) guitar playing experience this feels more like playing than previous attempts of guitar hero or rockband because you have to arch or flatten your fingers to according to whats on screen which simulates the feeling of reaching for and avoiding certain strings when playing notes.

    The story mode is kind of cool but also weird...why is every person staring at me...fans I understand but every single person (backstage and onstage) keeps glancing at you and it feels awkward (like a body snatchers or horror film) as opposed to authentic. I do like the TV mode because you get to play the songs with their respective video as the background.

    Overall I would recommend this to someone who likes guitar games. There is a learning curve but its the fun kind because each time I miss because of switching between hi and lo buttons I correct quickly. I am certainly not great but can still get 90% on medium setting on all songs i've tried. I just want to keep jamming...seriously I was late for work this morning because of it:)
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  4. Oct 21, 2015
    4
    Very disappointed in this game. For me, it's the learning curve from the previous 5-button style to this hybrid. I've heard from others thatVery disappointed in this game. For me, it's the learning curve from the previous 5-button style to this hybrid. I've heard from others that it IS doable, but the frustration set in immediately. First, there is no auto-calibration. Just a metronome sound hitting a bell you move with your strum bar. Then the game, after a very bare-bones tutorial, immediately throws you into a 3 song performance that quickly makes you feel worthless and a failure if you can't adapt. No positive feedback, no help, no easing you into something different after dozens of years of previous GH/RB controls locked in your brain. Even for brand new plastic guitar players, this is a brutal welcome. Also dislike the USB-nature of the controller, taking away one of only three spots on the XB1. Plus, if it's not practically line of sight, you'll get drops, so if you placed the dongle in one of the two rear USB ports, try the side port instead. And then be ready to swap out it for your charging cable or hard wired controller whenever you switch to the game. Why they couldn't go XB1 wireless like Rock Band did, I have no idea. Finally, though I never got to it, I conceptually have issues with the fact - other than the tracks that came on the disc - you NEVER own the content and have to pay to RENT time with your favorite tracks. But again, I did not actually get to that point, so I won't count it against the game. In closing, seriously consider your level of handling frustration, as - in my opinion - this is a seriously difficult game to get into with horrible tutorial. If you have preset conditioning with previous GH/RB games and their controller scheme - especially if you are playing the newly release Rock Band 4 - be prepared for a heck of a shock to the system. For me, the frustration did not justify the $100 price tag. Expand
  5. Oct 24, 2015
    3
    This would have got a top score from me if it wasn't for the reasons I'll mention below. Firstly I'll go over the good points of the game. TheThis would have got a top score from me if it wasn't for the reasons I'll mention below. Firstly I'll go over the good points of the game. The campaign is simply fantastic - Far better than any guitar hero to date. It makes the old guitar heroes look like a cartoon joke. I mean they have honestly impressed me with it! The tracklist from the campaign has some good tracks, mostly mediocre at best tracks and a great amount of terrible songs... But this is purely down to personal preference.

    Now onto the negative... You will complete the story in a few hours and unlock the tracklist... The issue is the great tracks and the fan favourites are all contained within Guitar hero TV mode. Basically this is a predominantly pay-to-play mode where you unlock tokens to play a song you want... You earn 3 tokens by leveling up... I've played the game for about 24 hours in total and I'm level 10... so 30 free-plays. You can of course buy with real money track plays which in my opinion is FAR too expensive, The whole point of guitar hero for me is practice practice practice trying to get high scores on the songs you love.... This is a very costly business and the paywall completely removes that element of the game. If you don't want to buy free-plays then you can buy a 24 hour access pass for £5 which allows you chose what songs you would like to play.... £5 per day to play what ever tracks you want is stupid considering you pay £250 for the complete package and then have to pay £5 per day to freely play the tracks you want - Seems horrendous doesn't it?!

    You will never be able to buy specific songs or tracklists, you will never own them and you will never be able to keep them and play them when you want... You have to have tokens to play them which you pay for unless you unlock them (at a quite slow rate)

    HOWEVER - the game does have a mode that's like MTV which plays random songs from the tracklist in specific genres, the execution of this is fantastic however keeping on top of which genre your favourite song is likely to be in is a big hassle. You have to check the schedule and come back and play the genre in hope your track comes up... Which at 30 minutes per genre it is probably not going to.

    It's great for a few hours but then you realise that you just want to play the songs you like which you can't without using tokens :(

    all in all this game would have got a 9/10 or 10/10 if it wasn't pay-to-play. The new controls take a bit of getting used to but it's worth it. The campaign is awesome and the MTV-style mode is great.. The tracklist is fantastic but expensive if you would like to play.

    I am so honestly so disappointed, I wouldn't have bought this if i'd have known about the pay-to-play aspect. I've bought a 24hour access pass to play songs for £5, as soon as that runs out I'm taking this game back and buying rockband. I cannot stand pay-to-play when you have to buy the game in the first place... And £250 for the full package and you have to pay again is absolutely disgusting. I've been a fan of guitar hero for a decade but I will never buy another GH again unless this paywall is completely removed. You have lost a fan GH, never again.

    I honestly mean this when I say it... This game is fantastic, it's the best GH to date.... But paying to play the songs you want is disgusting. Like I said, you've lost me and i'm sure hundreds of thousands of other customers.

    Be warned guys - I wish I'd have known before buying this. I hope ASDA will take it back.
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  6. Oct 27, 2015
    2
    Game is decent but I had 3 guitars get screwed up. First 2 guitars would skip beats while pressing down on the fret bar after using for a fewGame is decent but I had 3 guitars get screwed up. First 2 guitars would skip beats while pressing down on the fret bar after using for a few hours, Third guitar fret bar would stick. After exchanging the game a few times,I got a refund and purchased Rock Band. The GHTV was a nice feature, but the quality of the guitar with Rock Band is MUCH better than the controller with Guitar Hero. Expand
  7. Nov 3, 2015
    0
    No training mode. Forced to farm tokens playing crappy songs to unlock a cool song...and only for one play.
    If you like to make scores in
    No training mode. Forced to farm tokens playing crappy songs to unlock a cool song...and only for one play.
    If you like to make scores in guitar hero forget this game. You will waste your time to farm tokens and then you will waste your token trying to master a song with no possibility to slown down, pause etc.
    It cost 6 EUROS PER 24H to have unlimited access to all the songs!!! that's a shame.
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