While it's been strongly rumoured for a while now, Activision have finally put out a press release confirming details about the upcoming sixth Guitar Hero game, entitled Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
Of course no one doubted that there would be a new Guitar Hero game this year (releasing in the Fall/Autumn too, shocker!), and there's a chance that a lot of the information in the press release had already been leaked elsewhere, but for those of you who do care about the GH games, quoted below is some words from the press release:
This fall, living room legends and their friends will join together and embark on an epic rock journey to save rock n' roll with Guitar Hero(R): Warriors of Rock. The latest installment in the world's most popular music game series, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, will once again redefine music gaming with an all-new, story-driven Quest Mode, a completely redesigned rock-inspired guitar controller, the biggest on-disc selection of rock music ever in a Guitar Hero(R) game and Quickplay+, which invites challenge-starved fanatics to test their rock skills in any of the on-disc or over 500 songs in the Guitar Hero Music Library.
Running on the powerful Guitar Hero engine that has been expanded and refined, coupled with the return of the critically-acclaimed and fan favorite features like Party Play's jump in/jump out gameplay, a host of Competitive modes and the ability to play any combination of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock offers the complete interactive and connected experience bringing friends and foes to the stage in the ultimate rock music adventure.
In Quest Mode, using any combination of instruments, players will embark on a larger-than-life, epic rock journey from the stage of CBGBs, the infamous punk-rock club in New York City, to the molten lava fields of rock treachery as eight Guitar Hero characters transform into rock warriors that must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down "The Beast" and save rock n' roll.
"The world is a boring place. Come with me, and enter a world populated of Demi-Gods and Beasts. Transform from an everyday person and become the savior of rock and roll," said Gene Simmons of KISS. "It was an honor and privilege to narrate Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, even more so, to voice the Demi God. From the God of Thunder to the Demi-God, how cool is that..."
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock breathes new life into gamers' current Guitar Hero music libraries providing literally hundreds of hours of replayability with the introduction of Quickplay+, which features 13 totally unique gameplay challenges for every on-disc track as well as most downloadable and importable songs from Guitar Hero(R) World Tour forward. Gamers will complete challenges such as Band Streak, High Score and Power Challenge, which allows players to choose any two warrior powers they have unlocked to try and earn ridiculously high scores, to rank up and unlock more rewards and content than ever before. All-new Challenge Leaderboards have been created in order to capture the outrageous scores that are capable with Quickplay+.
Delivering the largest on-disc rock music set list to-date, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock features more than 90 tracks that include guitar shredding hits from bands such as Black Sabbath, Megadeth and Slipknot and larger than life anthems from Queen, Muse and KISS. Additionally, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth wrote and recorded "Sudden Death," an original track for the game, which was inspired by Quest Mode's storyline. Along with original songs, the set list also includes special re-records by famous artists and tracks from bands that are making their music video game debut.
The press release also confirmed a handful of songs that will appear on the game's setlist:
• AFI - "Dancing Through Sunday"
• Avenged Sevenfold - "Bat Country"
• Black Sabbath - "Children Of The Grave"
• Buzzcocks - "What Do I Get?"
• Children Of Bodom - "If You Want Peace... Prepare For War"
• The Cure - "Fascination Street"
• Def Leppard - "Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)"
• Dethklok - "Bloodlines"
• DragonForce - "Fury of the Storm"
• Drowning Pool - "Bodies"
• Foo Fighters - "No Way Back"
• Foreigner - "Feels Like The First Time"
• Jane's Addiction - "Been Caught Stealing"
• KISS - "Love Gun"
• Megadeth - "Sudden Death"
• Metallica & Ozzy Osbourne - "Paranoid (Live)"
• Muse - "Uprising"
• My Chemical Romance - "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
• Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"
• Rammstein - "Waidmanns Heil"
• The Rolling Stones - "Stray Cat Blues"
• Silversun Pickups - "There's No Secrets This Year"
• Slayer - "Chemical Warfare"
• ZZ Top - "Sharp Dressed Man (Live)"
Okay, so it's a lot of PR hype and not much actual information. And sure, most of those songs were confirmed in a recent issue of OXM (right?) recently. But it still has potential! Here's four reasons why I personally am looking forward to the game: firstly, Activision confirmed months ago that there will only be TWO Hero games this year, one of which is a second DJ Hero
title. While that might not seem like much to care about, it means that rather than an oversaturation of Hero titles this year, we'll just be seeing one
game. Far more development time and focus on the one game is only a good thing, right?
Secondly, after the legal trouble that Activision got into after Kurt Cobain's appearance in Guitar Hero 5
and No Doubt's in Band Hero
, they have confirmed that this game will no have playable celebrity characters. Which to me is a good sign, and a hope that there will be less gimmicks this time around. Maybe.
Thirdly, look at that setlist. Seems to be far less focused on flavour-of-the-month crap and much more on heavier Rock and Metal. \m/ right?
Finally, let me just requote this section from above, "...which features 13 totally unique gameplay challenges for every on-disc track as well as most downloadable and importable songs from Guitar Hero(R) World Tour forward." Thirteen unique challenges per song? That's enough to get me excited! The music game genre is becoming a little stale, so anything that'll spice it up and create interesting gameplay is a real winner in my books.
Anyway, that's my $0.02 on the game. Enough waffling, how about a trailer? Check the external link below for the frankly quite bizarre "Exclusive Reveal" trailer.