GUITAR HERO: WARRIORS OF ROCK
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, Wii)
This is not the latest review in the world, no. This is just a
Flashback to 2009 and the numerous Hero releases saw the
imaginary needle we’re imagining plink past ‘11’ to ‘overkill’.
Change had to come... remember the Jack Black-infused rock adventure Brütal Legend, which
Activision abandoned and EA yoinked? Imagine if somebody spilled
some of that in GH. Hello brand spankin’ new ‘Quest’ mode!
You still play songs on geetaw, bass, drums or voice. However, as
explained by the dulcet, erm, tongue of Gene Simmons, you’re playing
to unleash your character’s inner rock warrior (and gain rockin’ new
abilities). It gets ugly, with
punk lizards, headless we-don’t-knows with pumpkins stuck to their
butts and Lars Ümlaüt literally turning into a rock pig. It’s all to free
the Demigod of Rock and defeat the Beast, or summat. A warning
though, you will have to play an entire suite of Rush’s futuristic prog rock opera twaddle (which feels like their entire back
catalogue). Surely those guys were taking the piss, eh?!
Otherwise, it’s business as usual – including social networking
the wonderfully highly evolved ‘Party’ mode - with the addition of
numerous challenges for each and every song, including DLC. Stuff like nailing
downward strums, longest streaks and maintaining star power. Adding
such life really does rock.
On the downside – and it’s bigger than the bottom Spinal Tap sang of
- the song list’s myopically squinted towards fucktonnes of metal.
Things start OK with the likes of Muse, Buzzcocks and The Cure, but
it soon degenerates into an abject thrashfest. If that’s your bag,
baby, then hello heaven. Otherwise you may wish to find a different
drum to travel to the beat of...