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We are a very musical family. My Dad is basically a Rock Star here in the NE Ohio area, and plays keyboards, guitar, and even dabbles in vocals a bit. He's actually in a great Heart tribute band, and going to see him play is a definite treat!
I also have an Uncle in a band, a cousin that can sing her butt off, and my 5 year old, Sophie, wants to be a singer and performer when she grows up. Music runs in her blood, after all!
So when we learned that one of our favorite games, Guitar Hero, is BACK, we couldn't have been more excited. We were sad when these games stopped being produced, and we still play the older games often. So naturally, we were thrilled to be able to check out Guitar Hero Live! (This new game is available for the PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, XBOX ONE, Wii U, and Tablets)
“Unleash your inner rock star. Guitar Hero Live is here. FreeStyleGames have reinvented the legendary Guitar Hero franchise, with two innovative new gameplay modes and an all-new guitar controller. GH Live mode puts you onstage, looking out: you get a heart-stopping first-person perspective as a real crowd reacts to the notes you play. Or switch over to GHTV – an always-on music video network, where you can play along in real time, discover new music, and challenge friends around the world.”
We received Guitar Hero Live for the XBOX 360. Strangely enough, I ended up winning an XBOX ONE in an instant sweep, but that's not here yet....So XBOX 360 it is!
This game comes complete with the game disc, a shiny, sleek guitar, and a USB receiver for the guitar. Please note: This game is VERY different than previous versions, and you CANNOT use your older model Guitar Hero guitars. Be sure to pick up a bundle pack, which will include either 1 or 2 guitars. You will need the new guitar controller to play this game.
The graphics and experience are totally upgraded in Guitar Hero Live! You can see actual band members and real people in the crowds! How cool is that?! Check out this trailer to see the difference for yourself!
Doesn't that look amazing?! We thought so, too!
Now I do have to say, Guitar Hero has features and gameplay that are quite different than previous versions.
I absolutely LOVE the way you can choose your songs. It's set up like a satellite radio station, so offerings change up quite a bit. Looking for a certain genre? Go to that "channel" and see what you can find!
The only negative to this set up is that you cannot go back and play a favorite song over and over again, like my kids prefer to do. There are tons of additional songs you can download, and the list is being added to constantly. However, the fact that my kids can't play "The Lazy Song" over and over and over has proven to be a little bit of a buzz-kill.
Gameplay is also pretty different from previous versions of the game. It's MUCH more challenging! This is a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on who you ask. My husband and I like the added challenge, and the fact that it's more authentic to actual instrument playing. The kids? Well, even on the easier settings, it's taking them a while to get used to it. In time, I am sure they will master this, but for now, it's going to take quite a bit of practice. My husband said it best when he said that to play the more difficult settings, it's beneficial to be an actual musician. (Thank goodness he's a bassist!)
Overall, we are definitely loving Guitar Hero Live. The real crowds, improved graphics, and HUGE selection of music is a wonderful addition to this classic game. Please note that since the method of strumming and play is different, it will take some getting used to. More than likely, you won't be able to play perfectly right out of the box. It is, however, tons of fun, even if it is a bit more challenging. Okay, a LOT more challenging.
We would definitely recommend Guitar Hero Live to any gamers, musicians, or wannabe rock stars out there! It's loads of fun, and who knows? Maybe it will inspire some folks to pick up a real guitar once they get the skills down!
You can purchase Guitar Hero Live on Amazon and wherever video games are sold.
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