If you're thinking about hosting a Guitar Hero party, but you don't have any of the games or peripherals, then you might want to think about picking up a PS3 band bundle from Amazon for £69, which'll save you just over £13 on the next best offers out there. Once you've ripped the box open and pulled out the guitar, drums, and microphone, you can move onto the fun of hitting the coloured notes that float down the screen as the music plays in the background.
Any Guitar Hero game's worth adding to your collection because they're great to break out when you've got a few friends round and you want a cheap, but fun, night in front of the TV. In addition to the game you'll also get a guitar controller to tap away on. You can get hold of a PS3 bundle for £39 from Amazon, which is over £10 cheaper than the next best offers out there.
We don’t normally see many deals for the giraffe-run toy retailer, but here we have the complete band bundle for Band Hero going for an excellent price. Thanks to the voucher code above, as well as the fact that many retailers are currently out of stock, the deal from Toys R Us will save you a massive £30 on the Xbox version, and £40 for the PS3 version in comparison to the next cheapest offer. The pack includes the game, a guitar peripheral, a drum kit, and a microphone to ensure you get the most of the experience. Sure, the music genre has lost the spark it once had, but if you’re looking for a cheap way to entertain yourself and some friends it’s a great deal made better with the voucher code. Thanks to Nailez @ HUKD!
This is of course a Guitar Hero game, so you should be prepared to get addicted to the gameplay as you hit the coloured notes that descend down your screen. There are loads of tracks for you to play along to including "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "No Way Back" by Foo Fighters, and "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. You can grab an Xbox 360 copy of the game from HMV for £10.49, which is almost £2.50 cheaper than the next best offers out there.
Anyone who's even absently been keeping an eye on the state of things will probably have found the news that Activision have shelved their Guitar Hero franchise for the time being as nothing particularly surprising. Of course, it's not just Guitar Hero, DJ Hero - the latest instalment of which we scored pretty highly - is canned for the moment too, in fact Activision are shutting down their whole music division, with around 500 job cuts expected across divisions as a bit of reshuffling gets done.
Developer Manveer Heir tweeted on Wednesday night, 'Ugh sorry to hear about the Vicarious Visions layoffs today after Guitar Hero canceled [...] Sounds like Freestyle (DJ Hero) got hit too.'
It would seem that one of the most popular, and lucrative (though not so much these days), video game franchises just burnt out.
It's important, before everybody gets all misty-eyed, to note that that this was always on the cards. Guitar Hero had been in something of an unhappy state for some time now, struggling to push boundaries where had previously been a leading light, overtaken perhaps by its own flesh and blood in Harmonix and Rock Band. It was on the rocks, it had already sold out and released a 'Best Of' album. Whereas before it had led the way, World Tour seemed reactionary, the playlist functions and library imports concession to a crowd that had found a new virtual music simulator to love. With the last release, as Rock Band sought to scour new heights with new technology, Guitar Hero stubbornly attempted to go back in time and rediscover its roots.
But it had gone too far, and an overdose was never far away.Click here to read the rest of Matt's eulogy...
Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | X360
For those about to rock, we suggest you find a comfy chair.
The first thing to hit about this latest sequel / revamp of the classic living room rocker is the multi-MB download that greets you. Followed by, if memory serves, another three odds and sods that come through – it’s not that I lost count, more that I was using the time to make several cups of tea and have a biscuit. Mind you, I could have made my own biscuits in the 75 minutes or so this all took.
I know it all adds to the game experience in the end, but when you’re confronted with a new rock “axe” and the latest Guitar Hero game, call me a big kid but, well, I want to play. Not terribly well, not terribly quickly, not very often above “medium” level but play nonetheless.
So, after the necessary downloads were sorted and the new axe was linked up – and, yes, alright, after I’d pulled a few Rock God poses in the mirror while wearing it – it’s into the game. And, despite the addition of a “Quest” story mode – with narration from Gene Simmons – it’s pretty much business as usual, which is either a very good thing if you’re in the “if it ain’t broke...” camp or a very bad thing if you expect a little more innovation for your hard earned cash.
The quest mode is pretty much based around the normal Guitar Hero / Rock Band activities. After laying through certain songs and gathering enough stars, your chosen player is transformed into a “Warrior of Rock” and given their mission to save, er, rock. This is given a little back story in an earlier cut scene but, frankly, it doesn’t really matter. It’s a case of pick up guitar, thrash the hell out of it, wonder how your fingers moved that quickly – if they don’t use this game for hand surgery rehabilitation I’d be very surprised – and proceed through more challenges. And then, when you’ve completed it and unlocked the rest of the game – almost as long again and with even tougher bits of thrash metal etc to master – you can go back and proceed through those challenges.