Guitar Hero Live Review

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Guitar Hero Live PS4 Review.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct 20, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Guitar Hero is back! Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), today announced the pop culture phenomenon that captured the hearts of 40 million players across the globe is officially available at retail stores nationwide with the completely reinvented Guitar Hero Live. Out of the corner of my eye, I catch someone wearing a panda costume and our singer with a flower crown resting on her head. “What sort of show is this?” I think to myself.

The world went from having nightly Guitar Hero/Rock Band bar nights to the plastic instruments popping up in landfills and thrift shops worldwide (during a trip down to the small old west town of Willcox, Arizona just last week, I encountered multiple Rock Band and Guitar Hero peripherals spread across three “antique shops,” far and away the most recently produced items there right after VHS tapes). A stagehand slings a guitar around my neck and I step onto the stage to view hundreds standing in an open-air venue strung up with warm-colored lights up above on a beautiful summer evening.

While the failure of these franchises could be attributed to them simply being a fad (á la Dance Dance Revolution), Activision and EA played the biggest roll. There were more than twenty Guitar Hero releases in only five years; that’s in addition to eighteen Rock Band games, two DJ Heroes and Band Hero, all of which made matters even worse. Suffice it to say, if Malcolm Gladwell were to write a book on the subject of market saturation, there’s little doubt that an entire chapter would be devoted to these games.

The mobile version of the game is available as a bundle with a guitar controller that works across Apple devices, letting fans live out the rockstar experience anytime, anywhere. Hubris struck and the series, along with competitors like Rock Band from Guitar Hero creator Harmonix, saturated the market with new games year after year. The core of the experience (but not where most time will be spent) is “GH Live,” featuring a full offline single player experience to strum through. It’s not just “adding a button and calling it a day” different, the new control will have even veteran Guitar Hero players changing the way they handle their guitar.

In past Guitar Hero games, there was an animated band playing in the background that would attempt to blow the virtual roof off a virtual venue filled with virtual fans. But becoming a guitar hero this time around is not necessarily easier for veterans of previous games, and may in fact be harder thanks to the all-new guitar controller. An unparalleled leap in rockstar realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage, with players performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who react in real time to how well or poorly you play. The 24-hour playable music video network lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official videos, from the newest releases to favorite hits. The guitarist of each band was in reality a cameraman, filming the entire concert in first-person as if they were actually playing along with the band.

Notes are now represented either by black guitar picks pointing up or white-colored ones pointing down to indicate the upper and lower rows, respectively. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that will launch with hundreds of songs and will continue to grow, with new songs added weekly, serving as an ever-expanding source for music discovery while bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room. Two different sets of performances were filmed for each song; one where the band is killing it and the crowd is going wild and one where the band is failing thanks to you and the crowd is becoming belligerent, making disgusted faces and even throwing stuff at you.

Fans can win fame playing solo or with their friends in local head-to-head multiplayer, and online against other players trying to master the same song. While hopefully each performance will result in seeing the good FMV, they can fairly seamlessly switch between each other if things start to go south.

This transition is possible due to your vision going hazy on screen and seeing the new reaction of your fellow bandmates and crowd when it returns to normal. Starting today, fans can experience the GHTV premiere of the Avenged Sevenfold Premium Show, including playable concert footage recorded at the band’s recent headlining performance at England’s venerable Download Festival. All of the “bands” that were assembled are actually playing and singing the song, but all of the audio heard is actually from the original recording.

Previous games had conditioned me to shift my hand to reach the original guitar controller’s fifth orange button whenever I saw a note on the far right of the screen, so sometimes I would unnecessarily slide my fret hand horizontally. You’ll get some slow moments in songs where you can sneak a peek at the crowd and your band and some songs just simply take the “highway” away while another instrument has their solo so you can take the atmosphere in.

Activision is also giving fans a chance to get in the game by submitting clips of themselves performing Ed Sheeran’s hit song “Sing” through the app, with winners being featured in a world premiere music video that will be playable in the game. The only real issue are the terrible signs some members of the crowd hold up, with sayings like “you guys are so cool,” “excited,” “fresh” and my personal favorite “!!!!!!!!.” Considering that the crowd generally sings along to the songs, you think they could have passed out some more relevant signs (a few do show up, but there’s never enough), as it’s a noticeable distraction when trying to be totally enveloped. Rock the Bock takes place in the US and features faux bands like “Broken Tide” and “The Jephson Hangout” performing songs from real bands like Arctic Monkeys and Elbow, while SoundDial takes place in the UK and features faux bands like “Portland Cloud Orchestra” and “Our Pasts Collide” performing songs from real bands like Lumineers and 30 Seconds to Mars. With forty-two songs in total and given that the festivals can be completed at any difficulty and it’s impossible to fail a song in , GH Live can be easily completed in around three to four hours no matter the skill of the player. To further the element of fantasy fulfillment, the new Guitar Hero contains a main mode titled Live featuring live-action videos shot in first-person perspective of a guitarist playing at a concert.

Of course, the festivals are really just a way to get players introduced to the concept and songs and once they’re completed, every song can be played at will in a quick play mode. However, there are a variety of different venues to fit the vibe of each song on the game’s genre-spanning set list, from the outdoor folk festival I described in the intro to huge rock concert stadiums. You can also choose which songs/music videos you play by using Play Tokens to play songs “on demand.” You’ll earn these Play Tokens by leveling up and performing certain tasks and if the GHTV programming isn’t to your liking, you may want to use these tokens to play your favorite songs. Visually, the live-action sequences are solid productions, filled with attention to detail and special effects such as the distant backgrounds and composited crowds of people in the back.

Toys“R”Us [®] has already placed the game on the company’s 2015 Fabulous 15 list, which highlights products expected to be the most sought-after and anticipated items of the holiday season. For more information, please visit,,, or follow @guitarhero on Twitter and Instagram. While some may be content simply hanging out in the channels and playing whatever song is selected for them, every song (over 200 at launch) is playable on-demand.

Start missing strings of notes and the audience may start booing and hold up signs saying “Go Home,” while your fellow drummer shoots you the stink eye and lead singer mouths, “What the heck?” These switches between reactions are made seamless thanks to Live’s filming method. For the sequences, a camera was attached to a robotic arm programmed to follow the same path and angle, resulting in identical viewpoints and locations of corresponding positive and negative footage. Playing a song costs a “Play.” Ten Plays are rewarded for simply starting GHTV the first time and players are granted additional Plays from leveling-up from playing the game. Veteran/harcore players will feel the challenge of the new controller and varying songs while casual players will really enjoy the live crowds/bands and the chance to play alongside music videos in Guitar Hero TV. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

For those that don’t want to spend the time earning coins or Plays organically, Hero Cash can be purchased which can then redeemed for Plays. 300 Hero Cash can be purchased for a dollar and 3 Plays can be purchased for 135 Hero Cash, meaning that a a dollar USD nets about seven or so plays (there’s discounts for everything when buying in bulk as well). Qualifying postpaid Simple Choice plan required. “PlayStation” and “PS3” are registered trademarks and “PS4” is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. While it’ll be fine to add classic tracks for awhile, the focus should quickly turn to actively seeking out breaking music videos (with day and date with YouTube being the ultimate goal) for new songs. There is a substantial learning curve, even for experts of previous installments, but once holding down a button from each row simultaneously is mastered, it feels great.

While it ranges from classic music to pop (with even a few EDM tracks inexplicably sneaking in), the emphasis is clearly on new rock music with a appreciative lean towards indie.

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