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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Review

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Graphics:

 

7.0

Gameplay:

 

7.5

Sound:

 

8.0

Control:

 

8.0

Replay Value:

 

8.5

Online Gameplay:

 

9.0

Overall Rating:       7.9

 

 

Publisher:

Activision

Developer:

Neversoft

Number Of Players:

1-4 (2-8 Online)

Genre:

Genre

Release Date:

Note: I'm trying a new format that simply dives into the game review, sparing you the introduction. The reason for this is mostly because we have a ton of games to cover, and not quite enough time. Additionally, I'll be sparing the unnecessary details, and focusing more on what's important (to me, at least). So with this all new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, I encounter my beefs with it from the start. First off, I never really cared much about the stories of these games, I'd be surprised if there were many that did. So when I get my first taste of the story here, I'm rather indifferent. Warriors of Rock's back story very lightly mimics/parodies Conan the Barbarian, and perhaps even Brutal Legend.

Getting past the story, you find out that you can build a band with numerous characters in the game, all of which with unique traits that can be enhanced through progression. The character recruitment I actually enjoyed a bit, since the story caters to each individual character's strong points. Now, this is fantastic and all, but the core of the game remains largely the same. Unlike Rock Band which has introduced an all new line of instruments, the toys offered with Guitar Hero remain the same and that's a shame. Where as one game is evolving to actually teach people how to play an actual guitar, Guitar Hero retains its simplicity.

If you have no urge to learn how to play an actual instrument and enjoy GH games as they are, then Warriors of Rock is just fine, assuming you like the setlist. Me, on the other hand, I don't like the set list very much. Out of 93 songs, there are maybe 20 I can really get into it. But few of those I'd consider "warriors". The Warriors of Rock title is there because of the story, but to the unsuspecting buyer, they'd assume the game is packed full of epic rock songs. It isn't. Again, if you're cool with this list of songs and are comfortable with the Guitar Hero setup, then Warriors of Rock is right for you. But if you're looking for something fresh and new, then Rock Band 3 is what you'll need.

Visually, Warriors of Rock seems slightly more polished than the games before it, but that isn't saying a whole lot. You'll still see the same familiar visual details you've come to know from this franchise, with some effects here and there. What I do like is the design of the venues, especially some of the ones later on into the game, they really lend something to the art direction of the entire game. Additionally, the cutscenes are acceptable, but nothing that'll wow you.

As far as audio goes, Warriors of Rock is just about like every other recent GH game. It's mixed very well from the get-go, but if you feel the need to tune the sound a bit more to your liking, you can do so by going to the options and playing around with instrument volumes individually. This makes for a great feature that allows you to tailor the experience to your liking. Now, a track list of 93 songs is dandy, but because of how diverse the list is (mores than past games), you'll find yourself only liking a handful of songs. I went through the list and counted 20 songs I can get behind, that's 21% of the entire catalogue, which is far less than what I've liked in the past GH games. Now everyone is different, so you'll really need to look over that list and see if this one's for you. Lastly, I should mention that the story mode consists of narrating by Gene Simmons. Now be forewarned, a small portion of the narration is decent, but a lot of it is just hard on the ears.

So the conclusion is a simple one: Guitar Hero is a franchise that's showing a lot of age. Plain and simple. The lack of evolution when compared to the newest Rock Band is biting Activision and, where as in the past I was very lenient in how I graded music games, I can no longer offer that leniency as the playing field is changing thanks to another franchise. With nothing drastically new added to the mix, and a soundtrack that is, arguably, polarizing, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is an entry only for the biggest fans to consider. Otherwise, my suggestion is to pick up Rock Band 3.

10/16/2010 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (23 posts)

ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 8:29:38 PM
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Now I should clarify just what kind of details I'll be omitting. If it's a long established franchise like GH, details like game modes and multiplayer offerings will be left out. We are all very familiar with what most of these games have to offer, even the new ones that aren't huge franchises. The point of this more focused format is to tell you how everything ties in together, and to give you a general idea of whether or not this is a good game.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 9:18:48 PM

We like to keep things fresh here at PSXE. Nobody likes the same ol', same ol'. :)

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laxpro2001
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 9:32:26 PM

nice to know... yea we really don't need reiteration on stuff we already know... worse comes to worse, if someone was living under a rock they could always just look up reviews of earlier games in the franchise!

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BikerSaint
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 9:37:42 PM
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"Same ol' same ol".....


That's Anti-vision's Kotex's main motto.

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PorkChopGamer
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 10:19:09 PM

I see your unbelievably silly comment and raise you DJ Hero. You may have a grudge against the mainstay franchises, but Acti does release good stuff other than GH and CoD(which are undeniably good franchises themselves) . You're just too ignorant to see it.

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spiderboi
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 12:10:04 AM

PorkChopGamer, wait'll they release DJHero 2, 3 up til 5...

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Underdog15
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 10:18:32 PM
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Good review on the game, Arnold. I appreciate the new format.

I've often thought the Guitar Hero franchise is slipping to Rock Band. I'm not all that surprised it continues to be the case, but I am glad that you've reinforced my fears in this review.

I'm sure this title will be available brand new for $20 or less before 12 months cycles. With all the anticipation in the next little bit, this is probably something worth waiting out until you run out of games to play...

...which of course assumes you're even into this style of game to begin with.

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BikerSaint
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 5:08:53 PM

Porkchop gamer, Ignorant, huh?

Guess what, that's my opinion. And just like your own reply, you know what they say about opinions.

So now I'll explain a true fact to you son.....I've played more games than you'll ever f*cking think is in existence.

And while we're at it, here...put this in your lil silly pipe & smoke it up....

The GH;WOR title sold only 86,000 copies in five days.


So F*ck you, and the skateboard you rode in on.

And if you've got any more attitude to give me, then just PM me at the top right corner of the forums & I'll send you my address so you can redeem a free lesson in attitude adjustment.

Otherwise, kiss off!



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Deleted User
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 10:20:39 PM
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Only 100,000 units COMBINED (all SKUs for all consoles) sold in September. People just don't care for these games. The fad is over.

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PorkChopGamer
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 11:06:17 PM

Yeah...that kinda happens when you launch on the 28th of a month. Nice try, though. Anyway, I'm not looking to play a real guitar or a keyboard. I care about songs and I've felt that GH has constantly outperformed RB in this respect. I agree that the setlist is a little weak, but, IMO, it's definitely better than GH5's

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Deleted User
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 9:20:33 AM

In a three-day period, you would expect them to sell millions, not 100,000.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 4:58:48 AM

@PCG

I don't see how anyone who has played both games can think GH plays better than RB. No chance.

As for track lists, 2000 › 800 (over 100 of which aren't playable in GH5 or GH6).



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Fane1024
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 5:33:33 AM

The symbol ( › ) should be "greater than", for those who can't read it properly. That's what I get for not using my words.

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booze925
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 10:47:26 PM
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you know something?
i still have rock band 1 and guitar hero 3, and they are still perfectly fine to this day! the fun factor has not been lost since i first gt them 3 years ago

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booze925
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 10:49:28 PM
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if u ask me, guitar hero could be supported for years without the need for a sequel... so stop it activision

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Godslim
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 5:12:38 AM

exactly man just all they need to do is release songs on the store

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mexgeo86
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 10:56:35 PM
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My only GH was 3; my first band game was Rock Band 2 which I decided over GH: World Tour since Rock Band 1 songs would be able to get imported into 2. That plus the growing DLC which shows no sign of ending. With the new Rock Band introducing a new peripheral (keyboard) and a new stringed guitar, I'm more confident in my choice.

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___________
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 2:41:26 AM
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top 5 things that disappointed me with this.
1 the songs sound CRAP!
that is something i noticed in every GH, RB, and music game.
play the game, than play the same song off my ps3 using the exact same speakers it sounds 10 times better playing the normal song.

2 the story mode.
why?
why do we need a story mode?
really destroyed it for me, because you use to have a mix of songs in a group so there was more or less always a song per group i liked.
but now in each group its one genre, so say you hate pop well than your going to get stuck playing 5+ songs depending how good you are on a genre you hate.
another thing, metal is FREAKING INSANE!
so instead of having 1 metal track per group, you have one group of ALL METAL.
so oh boy are your arms going to be sore after that!

3 the track list.
it absolutely sucks donkey balls!
out of the whole game theres maybe 10 songs i like, the Queen song being the best.

4 the boss battle parts.
they were so freaking long, so many times i would say to myself just one more song, end up in one of those and be sitting there for half a hour trying to get back to the main menu so i can go to bed.

5 the difficulty and scoring system.
the difficulty bumbles along, i was doing it on hard and getting 10 stars per track.
than half way trough, it was like i hit a brick wall and was failing every song!
i thought you were suppose to go from 1 to 2 to 3 and so on.
not from 1 to 1000000000!
one minute your sitting back relaxed i can do this in my sleep, than you hit the next group and its like you have gone from easy to expert+!

than theres the scoring system.
the old game had you finish X amounts of songs, did not matter how well you done.
so it challenged you to push yourself and make you want to do it on a too hard difficulty.
now this actually punishes you for pushing yourself!
WTF?
i thought you were suppose to reward people for trying to push themselves, not punish them!
you can play on easy, and get progress 1000 times faster than you could on hard, but wheres the fun in that?
i constantly found myself dropping down the difficulty just so i could earn more stars per song so i did not have to play those songs i hated.

please activision, please go back to the old style scoring system of GH.
it was soooooooooo much better than this!
that one allowed and rewarded you for playing above your skills, this one punishes you.
please go back to the old set lists too, the original GH had by far the best set list!
from iron man to sharp dressed man to cowboys from hell to bark at the moon, there was literally not one song in that game i did not like!
GH3 had the 2nd best track list, had some good rock titles in there but too much pop too.
GH2 was ok, rocks the 80s was ok.
in fact i think warriors of rock is the WORST track list they have had to date!

for the next game they need to go back to the original set list, classic rock and mix in some classic metal.
metalica, and WTF is wrong with ozzy?
one of the most influential man in the history of the music industry!
crazy train would be a perfect fit for a GH game!
bark at the moons also a fantastic song, shame GH does not work well on the 60GB ps3s kept freezing on me otherwise id still be playing it everyday.

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Radical Gordon
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 5:00:43 AM

Crazy Train was in Guitar hero world tour.

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Vivi_Gamer
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 5:28:00 AM

I don't think the songs sound crap at all, my flatmate bought this yesterday and when not playing i found myself singing along and moving to the beats. As for a small amount of tracks being good music is very subjective, theres a broad auidience activision have to appeal to, hence the broad range of song which can either be hit or miss. This is why i got The Beatles Rockband, even though it only has 45 tracks i love every song so i actually find it more of a whole experience.

As for the game itself though, while it is simular it's still enjoyable.

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___________
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 6:40:00 AM

it does sound crap.
play a song in the game, than quit and play the song through the same speaker system of your ps3s HDD and see the difference.
the songs in open world games like GTAIV sound so much better.
as for the music i thought it was called warriors of rock, not warriors of pop.
the whole point of GH it shredding, hard fast note sequences none of that slow boring country crap.
that stuff makes for a boring game, its like having a sing star game that does not have many lyrics.
i bet you 99.99% of people who play GH games are into either traditional rock, or metal which is exactly what these games should be based off.
certain games have a certain class of music suited to them, these types of games really only work with that type of music.

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McClane
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 3:01:17 PM

Of all your tedious and long rambling, I have to agree with you on something:

I don't think throwing pop and metal in the same game is wise...

REM, my chemical romance and Rammstein and Metallica together in a single game, yet divided by genres?? Far from great...

One genre, Anti-vision, just one...

And where is my Guitar Hero:Rammstein??? You produced the Aerosmith one....

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