Joined: 16 Jan 2008
Publisher: Neversoft, Activision
Release Date: March 29th, 2009
Official Website: www.guitarhero.com
Number of Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: (T) Teen
Okay, its been a while since I've been able to write a review, and this is one of two reviews that I will be writing this week. The other being for Resident Evil 5, so yeah, watch for it if you do end up reading this.
So I really need to get this out of the way. I have been dreading playing this game, because at first when it was announced, I really not happy about the decision to use Metallica, as I was not a very big Metallica fan. With the exception of about three songs, I couldn't stand them, then of course, me being who I am, its Guitar Hero, so I couldn't resist. Then of course the commercial came out and I couldn't wait to play it, and I have to say, coming out of it, I'm a new found Metallica fan.
There are so many things that are done right in this game, but yet with that, comes the downfalls, which I am going to get out of the way first. For some reason Neversoft can't seem to get the band members to stay the same through out the career mode. This time around they went back to the Guitar Hero 3 career path, instead of the "Gig Selection" that they had in World Tour. I much preferred the World Tour career mode in that aspect.
As well, hammer Ons aren't what they were in GH3, mostly because of slide sequences, which I still find really useless. If you can use the slide bar and be successful with it, then that's great and all, but it is the most difficult aspect of the game. With that, they still don't have enough stuff in the store for you to buy, as apposed to Rock Band. The Character Creation is still a nice feature, but they don't allow you to import your characters and instruments from World Tour.
Now that that's out of the way, lets move on to what this game does right. With Guitar Hero, you are always hoping for that increase in difficulty, maybe I'm just getting better, or the difficulty curve has been significantly reduced. So far I have been able to 5-Star every song that I have played with little difficulty. The only song I've had a lot of trouble with so far is the Queen song. Yet, even with the difficulty seemingly easier, its still more fun than ever.
I have to thank Neversoft for also throwing in my favorite Metallica song, and favorite song to play ing Guitar Hero, One in this game. The song took so long to master in GH3, yet in this one, it does seem easier, but as well, more fun. Everything in this game just flows together. The track list is beautifully built as apposed to World Tour's randomness.
Every song that you play just sounds great, and the note chart perfectly matches the song. Extra little features are also great. Before every song, you can hit the blue button, and you can see the lyrics to the song, or interesting little tidbits. In some of the Metallica songs, they have the music videos, or behind the scenes of the song.
All in all, this game is really well built, and like I said, I have a new found respect for Metallica. Yet I still dislike Lars Ulrich, but that is a conversation for another day.