*Another request review by that sexy beast known as Frank9080*
Have you played Guitar Hero 5 by chance? Well, this is the SAME DAMN GAME, just oriented at the 15-18 female demographic. If not, I shall give a rundown:
Guitar Hero 5 is considered to be the best GH in the series since GH2, (though I would put Metallica above it) due to its ability to have multiples of the same instrument, jump in-jump out party play, and a solid (but WAY too varied) setlist.
Band Hero is basically this game again.
But GH5 was critically praised, so it makes sense that band hero is a good game...right? Well, kind of. Everything is literally unchanged from GH5, save for different venues, songs, and the characters... which all now look horrible. Axel Steel in particular is supposed to be a metalhead, now he looks like a gay. You still have all the 3 star bonus challenges, (for instrument specific challenges, such as a certain score, streak, etc...) and 8 player online modes, but just read a review for GH5 and it'll say everything.
How many times have I said the two games are the same?
But it's the setlist that'll make or break the game, and to me (an 18 year old who's favorite music genres are punk rock and thrash metal) it's HORRIBLE. Fall Out Boy is in this game... we haven't seen them since the original Rock Band and boy did we not miss them. It's all based on taste of course, but for me this is awful.
Lego Rock Band (which could be considered BH's main competitor) had a better setlist, but Band Hero lets you play ALL the DLC from Guitar Hero World Tour/Guitar Hero 5, as well as your imported songs from WT and Smash Hits. Suck that down Lego Rock Band!
Also, the importing is FAR better than in the other Guitar Heros. You got a nice 33% of the songs in World Tour and 40% from Smash Hits, but in Band Hero, you get ALL but 4 songs (that's 60!) for half the price for exporting LRB's 40 something. Good thing 3 out of those 4 songs are trash... the other one, which happens to be Mr Roboto, is actually good and we don't get it? POOP.
People tend to complain how there are few songs in music games that girls want to sing, well... here you go. Now don't speak about it again.
But what about the achievements? Easiest. Guitar Hero. Ever. Most are similar to GH5, such as winning pro faceoffs and completing challenges and earning stars, but there is one in particular that stands out, the "Treasure Hunt" achievement. This 490 point juggernaut is unlocked when you collect "secret notes" which nobody really knows what they are, other than you have to play a certain part of a song perfect. Do all 18 (@5G each) and that's that. 18*5+490=580 for nothing. This game is an achievement whore's dream, and unlike the other GH games, doesn't require you to be godly to get em all. I got 955G in 2 days effortlessly.
So here's a brief recap:
- It's Guitar Hero 5 reskinned with a full price tag
- Setlist blows unless you are a teenage girl
- Better than Lego Rock Band BY:
2. Export value
3. Setlist (depends on your taste though..)
4. Ability to play ALL DLC (no damn "family restrictions")
- Expert players will blow through this one
- WHORE THAT GAMERSCORE!
- Good export value (400 points for 60 songs)
I really liked Guitar Hero 5, and this being the same game I really can't say it sucks, but for a guy who thinks modern music is a joke, it's hard to get into it. Rent it, export it, (if you really want to) and 1k it with ease.
PS. Guitar Hero 6 is inevitible, DJ Hero 2 is coming... but please god don't let Band Hero 2 come to be. I'm probably one of the only people on the planet who still supports the Guitar Hero franchise over Rock Band. (Green Day Rock Band killed that series for me
) Just... don't do it. And how long until we can export the rest of the WT and SH songs huh?