Hi 90 / Lo 64
|Volume 72, Issue 34,
Friday, October 6, 2006
Life & Arts
'Guitar Hero' still rocking gamers
by JOHN-MICHAEL HAINES
You stand in front of thousands of people, Gibson in hand, and deliver a sizzling guitar solo. A thunderous roar from the crowd rises; you are a slave to the music. You are a slave to the unique rhythm game Guitar Hero.
The game comes paired with a guitar-shaped controller modeled after the Gibson Flying SG. It allows the player to imitate the guitar parts for more than 30 popular songs by such artists as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Ozzy Osbourne, Sum 41, Motorhead, Franz Ferdinand and the Donnas.
The games uses an engine similar to Dance Dance Revolution, but instead involves elaborate finger and hand movements going up and down the five colored buttons on the neck, all while hitting the strum key simultaneously. The easy level only utilizes the first three, medium used four and hard and expert use all five. The harder the game gets, the more you will gain an appreciation for the elaborate techniques your favorite artistsa use. These
Guitar Hero features six venues ranging from your character's basement to a Toxic Summer Tour and features six different characters. As your performances improve, you earn more money, allowing access to the venues and the game's many unlockables.
There are even some obscure unlockable songs like "Cheat on the Church" and "The Breaking Wheel."
The only low point is the two-player mode that breaks up a single song so only one person plays at a time, which is rumored to be changed in the coming sequel.
Guitar Hero is innovative, challenging and fun, and most importantly, makes you feel cool. Though it has a $70 price tag, it is well worth the money. It offers hours of unique gameplay, and with Guitar Hero 2 slated for release in a month, the controller is a wise investment.
Rated: T for teen
Harmonix Music Systems
Verdict: Go from zero to Guitar Hero..
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