Activision, being the money grabbing fiends that they are, have successfully turned the music game genre into a lucrative cash-cow of endless rehashes and expensive peripherals. The premise is simple: purchase a pricey, fake, plastic guitar and mash a series of coloured buttons in time to a soundtrack made up of one part rock classics and four parts obscurity. Guitar Hero World Tour was the moment when Activision and Red Octane finally caught up with prodigal sons Harmonix, and actually introduced full band support.
The pricey nature of this hardware-dependent genre makes this particular deal all the more mouthwatering, offering you the PS3 version of the game along with probably the best wireless guitar peripheral avilable on the market at the moment, and all for just £29.99 from HMV. This bundle isn't in stock in a huge number of places, with most vendors that are still selling listing the product up around the £50 mark. You can pick up a solus version for about £10-15 these days, but that still means with this deal your getting the guitar for just a tenner!
World Tour is essentially Guitar Hero 3 with knobs on, only with a soundtrack that's about half as good. To be honest, though, these games will always encounter a certain level of subjectivity. It's encouraging that Activision and Red Octane have now followed Harmonix's example of enabling cross-game assimilation with Guitar Hero 5, but there's no importing with this title.
The band support is strong, though unlike Rock Band you still kind of feel like an ensemble of individuals rather than a musical team, and the engine itself is a wonderful combination of plentiful notes and a fairly forgiving timing system. The new slide notes are a good idea, even if the touchpad on the new guitar pales in comparison to simply using the buttons themselves.
All in all, this is a fun little game, with an incredibly study and well-made peripheral that frankly kicks Rock Band's guitar square in the nuts. But check out the soundtrack before you purchase.
Thanks to williamj1 at HUKD