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Play that Funky Music
Guitar Hero 5
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Developer: Neversoft
ESRB Rating: Teen
Reviewed by: Travis Murray
As some of you already know, at my house we play a lot of music games. I think I own all or almost all Rock Band and Guitar Hero titles released up to now. It has come to point where these games didn't seem to be doing anything to excite me into buying the next title as the genre felt old and done. They could just put out downloadable content removing the need for whole new game. Well that changed with Guitar Hero 5 as the developers did some very interesting things with the game. In terms of how it's played nothing has changed as you still have normal notes coming down the screen which you need to hit on time to increase your score and gain star power, but they added Accent notes to the drums mix. If you (the drummer) hit harder or softer on the drum pads, the note will become accented. The features is not game changing but the next feature is.

I loved the fact that you can now play any combination of instruments. For example, if you want two drums and two lead guitars, not a problem as the you can now do this. Another thing you can do which my family enjoyed was that you could go back to your character right off the song selection in career mode and make changes to the game difficulty selection or to your in-game instrument. Another nice addition is the someone can now join or leave the game without having to return all the way out to main menu and starting over again.

The developers also added support to rock out as your Xbox 360 avatar. I have to say seeing your avatar rock out is very cool. I wish if you picked to play as an avatar that the rest of the on screen characters should have also been avatars as your lonely avatars sticks out too much. Either way it was very nice feature for them to add.

They did some interesting with the intro to the game as well. I hear you saying what could be done to the intro to make it more cool. Well let me tell you. When you see the band on stage, playing a song and you think it would be cool to play that song, well now you can. Just start playing and the game will let you play it at whatever part it's at, very nice touch
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Now as for the set list that is included with the game. It's very diverse. There are some really good songs by a lot of really good bands. I feel that there is something in there that everyone will enjoy. For some people it's the reason they buy new music games while for others it's the new feature such as the ones I listed above. All I have to say is this new version of Guitar Hero stands out more then older ones. I am not sure what they are going to do for future titles, but I know I will be keeping an eye out on both Guitar Hero and Rock Band series to see how they can keep the fresh ideas coming.

If you are looking for new songs and some new features, this is a good game to own. I give it two thumbs up. The following text was taken from the Wikipedia entry on Guitar Hero 5 with info about importing songs from there other titles that you may own.

In addition to on-disc songs, Guitar Hero 5 is the first game in the series to reuse content from previous games. All but 6 (the Jimi Hendrix songs) of the 158 World Tour downloadable content songs can be imported into Guitar Hero 5 at no cost. Additionally, 35 songs from World Tour and 21 songs from Guitar Hero Smash Hits can be imported into the game after paying a small transferring fee.
--Travis Murray

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I could be wrong.....but im pretty sure this is not the release year of this

Guitar Hero 5
Release Date: September 1, 2006
Developer: Neversoft
ESRB Rating: Teen
Reviewed by: Travis Murray

By POSEIDON D on   9/25/2009 10:09 AM
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