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Guitar Hero World Tour On the Cheap

Not enough plastic crap in your living room? Amazon has the solution!

Not buying this is the same as setting money on fire!
I'm feeling a little conflicted here. So Amazon 's having a one-day sale on Guitar Hero World Tour full-band bundles, knocking a full $100 off the Xbox 360 , Wii , and PS2 versions ( PS3 appears not to be in stock, unfortunately.)  Considering that the drums on their own usually go for $99.99, that's a crazy deal. While I generally feel like Harmonix puts together a better game with Rock Band , I think the Guitar Hero gear is just better, particularly the drums--the main pads are bigger and more satisfying to hit, and the cymbals help further the illusion that you're playing the drums for-realsies. Keep in mind that this endorsement comes in spite of the fact that both the guitar and the drum kit I got when I bought Guitar Hero World Tour at launch both had issues, though to be fair, I don't think there's been a single one of these games released that didn't suffer from some measure of hardware failure. So now the question is, do I take advantage of this awesome deal for bulky video-game nonsense that I don't really need, adding more undue tension to my cohabitation situation, or do I make do with what I've already got?

I'm sure many of you are in the same boat, though if, on the outside crazy chance that you're in the market for some plastic instruments, this is a terrific bargain. It would seem that this deal is at least partially inspired by the need to make room for the September release of Guitar Hero 5 , and while neither Activision nor Neversoft have said anything official about the GH5 hardware, it doesn't sound like it'll be too radically different from what World Tour shipped with.
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Posted by Ryan
Not buying this is the same as setting money on fire!
I'm feeling a little conflicted here. So Amazon 's having a one-day sale on Guitar Hero World Tour full-band bundles, knocking a full $100 off the Xbox 360 , Wii , and PS2 versions ( PS3 appears not to be in stock, unfortunately.)  Considering that the drums on their own usually go for $99.99, that's a crazy deal. While I generally feel like Harmonix puts together a better game with Rock Band , I think the Guitar Hero gear is just better, particularly the drums--the main pads are bigger and more satisfying to hit, and the cymbals help further the illusion that you're playing the drums for-realsies. Keep in mind that this endorsement comes in spite of the fact that both the guitar and the drum kit I got when I bought Guitar Hero World Tour at launch both had issues, though to be fair, I don't think there's been a single one of these games released that didn't suffer from some measure of hardware failure. So now the question is, do I take advantage of this awesome deal for bulky video-game nonsense that I don't really need, adding more undue tension to my cohabitation situation, or do I make do with what I've already got?

I'm sure many of you are in the same boat, though if, on the outside crazy chance that you're in the market for some plastic instruments, this is a terrific bargain. It would seem that this deal is at least partially inspired by the need to make room for the September release of Guitar Hero 5 , and while neither Activision nor Neversoft have said anything official about the GH5 hardware, it doesn't sound like it'll be too radically different from what World Tour shipped with.
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Edited by Snail

Hm.

Oh, the not the PS3 version?
Forget it then.

Posted by choffy21

Should be sold out soon since the deal has been up since midnight PST. Better hurry for a great deal

Posted by Jimbo_N

Just bought my THIRD plastic drumkit.. man... I´m really starting to feel like a douche. But Expert+ tends to take its toll on the drums on the other hand, and its an absolute blast.

Posted by FlamingHobo

Damn, I live in the UK.
Ah well, no room for this plastic set in my room anyway.

Posted by ImperiousRix

Although I would like a new (and cheaper) set of drums for The Beatles: Rock Band, I think I'm quite done buying plastic instruments.

Posted by Wolverine
@Ryan: Nice, I could use this because all I have is a plastic GH 2 guitar. Do the instruments work with Rock Band?
Posted by brocool

For my fellow Canadians..

Best Buy is having a sale on  GH:WT for $99 from july 7-9

Plus infamous for 29.99 TOMORROW!

Posted by McQuinn

Hmm.  Too bad I use the ps3.  But i have been wondering.  Do the WT drums work in Rock Band.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I think I'm going to pick up a music game of some sort in the future, but I'm leaning towards Rock Band.  Here's hoping Amazon has a similar deal for it sometime in the next few months.

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Edited by theMcNasty

I used to work at Guitar Center in Seattle and I couldn't believe how many people came in for $50 guitar straps and $75 drum thrones (read: chairs) for this game.  Working in the accessories section, these people were my sales-day bread and butter.

Posted by Kohe321

Plastic ftw!

Posted by phlegms

I'm saving my quota of plastic instruments for The Beatles Rock Band.

Posted by strangeling

This deal made me sad.

You see, I'd just bought the kit the week before for $130, because I thought that was a good price.
Posted by Cheapoz

Can they guarantee it'll be a drum kit without the issues?


My GH:WT set; the guitar strum bar broke and the drum kit I'm returning now. Horrible experiences all around.
Posted by jmrwacko

Too bad I'd play Rock Band over Guitar Hero WT any day.

Posted by TheHBK

no ps3 left?  Ah man... I might still get it for the 360 though...

Posted by Spiral_Stars

Curse you, no international shipping. CURSE YOU!!!!!!

Posted by FCKSNAP

Protip: the PS2 and PS3 sets are exactly the same, except it contains a different disk. If you want the PS3 version, just buy the PS2 sets and get the Bluray disk used.

Posted by killdave

No PS3 versions because Activision didn't make many... they know they don't sell. (Or so they say :p)

Posted by diminian

Walmart had the same special, of which I took advantage of. By the way to anyone who is against GH, Rockband has also gone slightly down in price.... at Gamestop.

Edited by MeatSim

I am glad I have no plastic instruments because I have no room left in my game space already.

Posted by DavidSnakes

Too bad I'm completely tired of stupid-ass plastic instrument games.  I wouldn't buy it for $20 (assuming I couldn't turn it around and sell it)

Posted by FlipperDesert

The full set's still ridiculously expensive on Amazon UK people, just so you know. Shame really, for $99 in England moneys I'd buy that happily.

Posted by alsnuts2

That is a crazy deal, but I just have way too much plastic crap in my living room I dont play anymore

Posted by SJSchmidt93

Did people miss EB's amazing deal a few weeks ago? I guess so.

Posted by Wolverine

I decided to order it. I would end up kicking my self later if I didn't.

Posted by Wolverine
@SJSchmidt93: What deal did EB have?
Posted by SJSchmidt93
@Wolverine:

This.

The prices they were at have been removed, but the guitar kit was $50 I believe and full band was $100 for GH:WT. Other than that can't remember exactly what was marked down to where.
Posted by NickL

this will be my first time buying one of these music games, what can i say? the price was right

Posted by Crispy

Question: Wii or PS2 version?
Sounds kind of obvious, but I already have a PS2 guitar from Guitar Hero 2.
Are there any significant benefits of the Wii version over the PS2 version?

Posted by bonesquad

Sold!!! I already have GH:WT for the Wii, but I was using my GH3 guitar to play it. Plus I always wanted the drums, but just couldn't justify the price. But for $90? Add in a second guitar (and a mic I guess), I couldn't pass it up. Then if I can sell this new copy of GH:WT for a few bucks even better. Though I'll be quite upset if these guitars/drums don't work with RB Beatles and GH5... (What can I say, I still love these games at least:)


@Crispy: I think the biggest plus of the Wii version is downloadable content. Both paid tracks and fan made MIDI tracks. The PS2 doesn't have that.

Posted by RichLee

well for me this was a no brainer.  thanks giant bomb for the tip!


My current plastic instrument collection; guitar hero ii guitar (wired and not very responsive anymore), guitar hero III guitar (wireless and works pretty well, with a missed strum here and there), and rockband 1 full set (guitar is broken, drums kind of sucked).  

Never bought rockband 2 or gh:wt instruments so it was a good time for an upgrade.  i know i'll be buying rockband beatles, and i much, much prefer guitar hero guitar peripherals.  i haven't used the guitar hero drums yet but most people, including ryan "the truth" davis, seem to prefer them over the rockband ones.  

plus i never got guitar hero world tour the game.  so again...no brainer.
Posted by Insectecutor
@alsnuts2 said:
" That is a crazy deal, but I just have way too much plastic crap in my living room I dont play anymore "
I guess Amazon feel the same way, hence the mega price drop stock clearance.

I already own the GH4 instruments for use exclusively with Rock Band 2 - the drums are great but the guitar has that infuriating squeaky strum bar so it's never used. The Rock Band 2 guitar is much better.
Posted by Daryl

All this additional plastic hardware crap just turns me off from any of these games.

Posted by EndrzGame

Saving my scratch for The Beatles:Rock Band with the George Harrison Gibson. I'm still using my GH2 controller and that's all I've needed. I have friends that spend waaaaaay too much for all the drums and microphones and what have you between both GH and RB.

Posted by Media_Master

the only music game that looks and sounds interesting is DJ Hero

Posted by Wolverine

The sale is over and the game is $160 now.

Posted by risingsunset7890

This is the start of my plastic instruments collection =D Also, GH:WT instruments will work with RB2, but not 1