Guitar Hero: Smash Hits Review by Mushy2008

Mushy2008Mushy200898,678 98,678 GamerScore
16 Jun 2009 16 Jun 2009
27 7 6
ao33 from scorehero:

I think the only reason i'm writing this review is because i've been reading alot of really negative comments regarding this game. Some are understandable ("it's missing a song I really like!") some retarded ("I refuse to buy this game because it has a five note chord!"). If you don't wanna read the following non-sense i'll summarize by saying, in my opinion, this is the best game in the series since GH:III.

What's Good:

Almost everything. I've noticed alot of people commenting on youtube videos about poor charts but I promise you this is not the case. I'll start off by saying i'm a multi-instrumentalist. My focus is mostly Guitar but I play everything on Expert. I'm good, sometimes great (I had 83rd on GH:III Cherub Rock for awhile and was very proud, lol) but not even close to the best. I'll probably focus this review mostly on Guitar because i've spent the most time with it.

Alot of changes were made to the charts. Some small, some significant. Some songs easier (Rock N Roll All Nite) some harder (Raining Blood). If I made note of any of the changes in my head while playing, it was either because I liked the change or because it threw me off, expecting something else (one stupid chord change in Lay Down was a real pain in the ass. You'll notice, and miss it at least once. I guarantee.) There wasn't a single time I remember feeling like something didn't belong. The Bark at the Moon solo, in particular, I felt was charted much better. It's actually a bit of a challenge now. And Through the Fire and Flames, while more difficult in some ways, felt more fun to play. I can still only 3* it but I feel like i'd actually enjoy spending time trying to improve. And it's a great way to learn tapping for someone (like myself) who never took the time.
Raining Blood, after finally getting my 5 star finish on GH:3 it kicks my ass again.

The second thing for me was the timing window. It feels alot tighter but a little more loose than its been lately. With GH:WT, alot of time when missing a note, it didn't feel deserved. This time any notes I missed my fingers knew I was going to miss them before I actually did. With hammer-ons and strumming especially. Theres nothing more frustrating than missing strummed notes that you KNOW you should have hit.

Finally, the soundtrack. I don't think it could be better. Maybe theres some notable omissions on paper but when you get through the game it feels complete. All the songs are originals. I was worried about Cowboys From Hell being live but man, you gotta turn that shit up loud. It will rock your face off. The tracks are properly arranged and the system is a bit of a throwback to guitar hero three in the way it's laid out. More the old setlist style. Pressing X in the career song list will give you your best scores and percentages on all songs you've beaten which is one of my favorite features.

The biggest factor for me is playability. I've gone through the career once by myself, once with my girlfriend on medium drums and I HAD FUN!. At least two of the last three games it's been "Ok, let's get these achievements and get the fuck out of here". If I wanted to play competitively i'd throw on Guitar Hero III. But now I actually want to play. The drums are fun and challenging. Raining Blood is retarded on Expert+. Seriously retarded. The vocals seem to have been improved. At least for more casual players. The few songs I sang, it seemed a bit less impossible to do well.

For anyone questioning whether or not this game is worth the purchase, I assure you it is. It may have half the songs World Tour has but every song is a gem. Unlike world tour, where three quarters of the setlist suck or just aren't fun to play. The system learned from all of world tour's mistakes and fixed alot of the flaws. And it looks great. HD is the way to be with this game. All the details in the background venues are beautiful. It feels like alot of effort went into the design.

There are flaws. One of them being the achievements. Either too easy or seemingly impossible. I miss the "5* every song on expert* achievement.Maybe more but I can't really think of them now.

But really, you can't go wrong. If you think about it... DLC costs $1.99 per track. So it's like the best DLC pack ever, with it's own achievements, a better game engine, a better look, and less than actual DLC would be.

Go buy it. Seriously.
Furious GunmanYeah agreed, only disappointing thing is you have to play all songs to complete the career.
Posted by Furious Gunman on 16 Jun 09 at 20:36
Bringin SXC bakGood review mate. I especially like the X button feature in the setlist. The only reason i dont care about bettering my scores in GH:Metallica is because i cant see my scores in the career modes : ( all in all, well done Mushy : )
Posted by Bringin SXC bak on 16 Jun 09 at 23:30
Good review I think this is not the best GH ever but is fun and you can remember songs from all GH. Difficulty has been improved for guitar so they rewrite gameplay in almost all songs.
Posted on 17 Jun 09 at 13:47
II TITCH IIgreat review and there are more 5* achievements on the way for GH:VAN HALEN check them out on x360a.org
Posted by II TITCH II on 19 Jun 09 at 07:57
nickb2819Dude Raining Blood got much easier. It took me like around 30 tries to beat it in GH3 and I beat it first try here. I don't know maybe I got much better since then. lol
Posted by nickb2819 on 23 Jun 09 at 08:01
CliffyTheBeastWell done, Mushy. I pretty much agree with everything you said. This might be my favorite guitar hero.
Posted by CliffyTheBeast on 19 Sep 09 at 07:01