Review: Guitar Hero – Warriors Of Rock
I’m reviewing the new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and after a good few solid hours of kicking ass at lead guitar, I have lost 90% of the movement functions in my hands and wrists. But I’ll give the review a bash, so here goes...
- Worth The Time?Yes
- Things LovedThe new tracks, the slight change in hitting notes being slightly more forgiving, and a little more like Guitar Hero 3. Oh and Casey Lynch's outfit
- Things HatedNo new features, and having to pay to import tracks from other games
- RecommendationDefinitely one of the better options in the series as Neversoft/Activision seemed to lose the plot with Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero. While there is nothing new and one could argue the Guitar Hero genre has been overdone, it's definitely worth the buy if you're looking for some new tracks to play and intend to play it multiplayer
- Name: Guitar Hero: Warriors if Rock
- Genre: Rhythm
- Players: 1-8
- Multiplayer: local, online
- Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
- Developer: Neversoft
- Publisher: Activision
- Price: R350 (PC), R700 (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Reviewed On: PS3
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last five years, I’m sure you’ve heard of Guitar Hero. It’s a rhythm based game where the object of the game is to press the correct keys (or notes if you will) in time with the music. And instead of using the usual Wii/PS2/PS3/Xbox controller you get to use a guitar shaped controller. Pretty simple concept but it’s loads of fun.
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is the 9th game in the series for PS3, although it’s more of a sequel to Legends of Rock as the franchise has gone back to its roots, focusing more on rock/metal music and songs with epic riffs as opposed to the Taylor Swift type crap we saw in Band Hero and GH 5. It’s 1-4 players in your lounge and 1-8 player if you hit the interwebz.
The graphics are pretty good and have definitely come a long way since Guitar Hero 3. However it’s really the audio/music we’re interested in here.
The set list is pretty awesome with some good old school tracks as well as some new tracks. And even better, there is no hipity hopity crap or Teen Pop. Loads of DLC songs should be available, so you’ll be spoiled for choice.
There are 4 Game Modes, Quickplay+, Quest mode, Competitive and Party Play.
Lots of emphasis has been put into quest mode. In the previous guitar hero games, there was a bit of a story line; you’d choose a character, you’d play a few songs at a few different venues and bam game over. With Warriors of Rock you get the chance to play 8 different characters, each with their own set list and each earning their own powers. I’m not really one for storylines, so in a nutshell here goes: The story involves the Demi-god of Rock who is about to get smashed by some sort of transformer robot called Beast, and with your 8 characters you need to power his ax-guitar in order for him to smash the transformer Beast instead. Or something like that.
This is what it’s all about. Creating a list of your favourite tracks and letting rip. One of the better features included since GH5 is the ability for multiple people to play the same instrument. So, if all four players want to rock lead guitar, assuming you have enough guitars, you can all play lead guitar. Or you can play as a full band with a Lead Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals.
One of the most fun modes if you have enough controllers and enough players. There are a number of modes mostly all carried over from GH 5. There is the usual face-off, Steakers, Momentum, Perfectionist, and a few others.
The simplest of all 3 modes, Party Play cycles through songs at random and allows you to jump in mid way through a song and leave again if you so desire. I’m guessing the idea is to throw a party and let randomz walk up and just jam or something.
As with most of the last few GH games, Warriors of Rock has GH Studio/Tunes where you can create and download custom made tracks. There is also the option to create your own character, if for some reason there is something wrong with you and you don’t want to be the super hot Casey Lynch.
And if you’re hooked into the PlayStation Network there are also a host of downloadable tracks you can get. As at time of writing there didn’t appear to be much to download but we’ll keep you posted with any new track packs that come out.
Really, if you like rock music then this is what you need. And if you’re looking to get started in the GH franchise, or if you’re a GH fan, then this one to get. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert you’ll find a skill level that works for you. The biggest problem I’ve found is that the controllers tend to be cheaply made and are poor quality. Or maybe I just rock too hard and keep breaking them. Nothing to do with the game though.