GUITAR HERO FANS EVERYWHERE, LISTEN!!!
DO NOT buy this game.
It's a rental, period.
End of story.
Remember that really cool idea Activision had with the structure of the career mode in GH: Metallica? Well forget about that, and try to remember the way it was in the old Guitar Hero games. If you want to beat the career on expert, the entire setlist HAS to be complete. Yes, including Through the Fire and the Flames, by Dragonfarce, *ehem* force. Now I'm not sure if its the same way on lower difficulties but seriously, I wasn't planning on beating an entire setlist on expert which I have already beat on expert. And no, the really hard songs on the previous games are still really hard on this game. And the final tier of songs on expert guitar have the final career songs on Guitar Hero 1, 2, 3, and Rocks the 80's, yes Freebird, Raining Blood, Play With Me, and Bark at the Moon, plus Psychobilly Freakout, are all in that insanely frustrating final tier.
The multiplayer in this game blows big time. One, there's not many players, it's rare to find an 8 player band vs. band match, 85% of the people who has to select the song seem to pick The Beast and the Harlot, TTFAF, Cowboys From Hell, or Play With Me, which doesn't sound too bad but if your going for the win 50 matches achievement, the songs get really old, really fast. Also the point differential is really, really, REALLY stupid and frustrating for expert players playing against someone on easy or medium, since players have much easier charts on medium and easy, they can beat expert players who miss a handful of notes, easily.
Also, it seemed to me like the HOPO system (hammer-ons and pull-offs) was really screwed in this game(think about a dumbed down precision mode). The achievements are really tough and time-consuming, which is a major turn off because the game features songs us true Guitar Hero freaks have already played.
Of course it's not all bad though, the idea of taking old songs and expanding them to the full band was a good idea, still would have been even better with the introduction of new songs, but hey, drummers and singers aren't complaining. Charts are upgraded as well, some for the good, some for the bad, and all are now master tracks. WHOOPIE! (sarcasm)
All in all the game is decent at best:
-The good re-charted tracks
-Songs previously unavailable on full band, now are
-Super. Mario. Bros.
-Careers(at least on expert) require all songs to be beaten (again)
-Poorly re-charted tracks
-Difficult game for casual players
-HOPO's = poo
-The inclusion of lame, boring songs(Barracuda, Hit Me With Your Best Shot)
-The exclusion of good, fun songs(Hangar 18, Jordan, Sweet Child O'Mine)
-Even in full band, how much enjoyment can you squeeze out of songs you have seemingly played over and over and over again...??