All you guitar-loving college students and video-game aficionados out there, your day has come. Guitar Hero is both a video game and a guitar-playing experience. To any of you who play “Dance Dance Revolution”, a guitar or just like classic rock-and-roll hits, you will love this game.
Playing “Guitar Hero” puts you in the shoes of a soon-to-be-famous rock star. When you start the game, you have your choice of six different people to represent you (basically, they stand on the stage and look like they’re playing the guitar for the band) and a choice of which guitar you want your character to hold.
Then, you set out to rock your audience’s socks off in career mode, which, like a real rock star’s career, starts out in your own home. More specifically, it starts in your basement. As you complete songs, though, you move up in rank, and your character can perform at progressively better-known venues, which brings both bigger audiences and harsher reviews.
The upside to this is that for each song you finish, you get paid depending on how well you do. Then you can go spend your money on your choice of new guitars, guitar skins (colors), unlockable songs, secret characters (Izzy Sparks or the Grim Reaper) or even movies on the creation of the game. These features really enhance the fun of the gameplay. It makes the game more than just playing songs.
Despite popular belief, not just insane guitar geniuses can play well enough to enjoy “Guitar Hero” — anyone can have fun playing it, even if it’s their first time. As in “Dance Dance Revolution”, there are different modes of play. “Guitar Hero” has light, medium, hard and expert levels. There’s even a tutorial on how to play the game for absolute beginner. You can start from any level of natural talent, even none.
As the names suggest, just about anyone who can push the buttons on the guitar-style controller and flick the “pick” at the same time can play the songs on light mode, while only hardcore “Guitar Hero” players — or extremely quick learners — can play the songs on expert mode.
Although most people agree that “Guitar Hero” isn’t much like playing a real guitar, there are questions as to how much playing a guitar can help with this game, or visa versa. The answer varies. Although playing a guitar can help you a bit with playing the game, it’s not the same, and playing “Guitar Hero” won’t help much with playing a real guitar. It can teach you some things in a limited way, such as finger movements.
But of course the most attractive part of this game isn’t guitar tutoring, it’s the songs themselves.
From “I Love Rock and Roll” (as made famous by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts) to “Bark at the Moon” (by Ozzy Osbourne), this game has classic songs by many great artists.
And I haven’t even mentioned the guitars you can get.
“It’s pretty accurate on the history of the guitars,” said Brad Irwin, a freshman accounting major.
He’s speaking about the Gibson guitars you can choose to play or purchase in unlock mode, all of which are greatly specific in detail and background information.
When asked what the hardest song on “Guitar Hero” was, Irwin answered that it is probably “Texas Flood” (by Stevie Ray Vaughn), due mostly to the length of the song (about five minutes). On the other hand, Payton Garrett, a freshman physics major, said the hardest song is “Cowboys from Hell” (by Pantera), which he said is much harder than the game’s final song, “Bark at the Moon.”
You’ll have to make your own decision as to where you do it. But whether at an arcade or in your dorm room, plug in your toy-guitar controller and get ready to rock.
Guitar fanatics rock out to video game
Published: Wed Nov 15, 2006 | Modified: Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:19 a.m.