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The Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Guitar Is Metal

Not literally, silly.

Activision talked big about its new guitar peripheral for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, it's shredder of the future. Gizmodo scored the first shots I've seen of the fresh device, which oozes that over-the-top metal vibe of its game while allowing for a personal touch without stickers or paint. This is because the device has detachable wings, made possible by the movement of all the tech crap--the wires, diodes, and other electronics--to the center of the peripheral.
 
The guitar technically does less; the mostly useless digital strip created for use in Guitar Hero: World Tour has seemingly been kicked to the curb. The same old buttons and bars continue to line the inner guitar, though. 

What you're seeing above is stock. This is what you'll get if you don't pre-order the game from a GameStop. If you do decide to go the pre-order route you'll get a less-dramatic flat black axe-style guitar with chrome sprinkled around its curves. But don't feel too pressured to pre-order for the less visually-assaulting wings: Activision teased interest in making more by dropping to Gizmodo that not every set will be this...Brutal Legend-like in design. 
 
A version of this guitar is set to be released for all three platforms: the WiiPS3, and Xbox 360. The price hasn't been revealed, but bear in mind that older guitars purchased with other Guitar Hero games can be used in Warriors of Rock. So, no pressure or anything.
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Posted by BradNicholson
Activision talked big about its new guitar peripheral for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, it's shredder of the future. Gizmodo scored the first shots I've seen of the fresh device, which oozes that over-the-top metal vibe of its game while allowing for a personal touch without stickers or paint. This is because the device has detachable wings, made possible by the movement of all the tech crap--the wires, diodes, and other electronics--to the center of the peripheral.
 
The guitar technically does less; the mostly useless digital strip created for use in Guitar Hero: World Tour has seemingly been kicked to the curb. The same old buttons and bars continue to line the inner guitar, though. 

What you're seeing above is stock. This is what you'll get if you don't pre-order the game from a GameStop. If you do decide to go the pre-order route you'll get a less-dramatic flat black axe-style guitar with chrome sprinkled around its curves. But don't feel too pressured to pre-order for the less visually-assaulting wings: Activision teased interest in making more by dropping to Gizmodo that not every set will be this...Brutal Legend-like in design. 
 
A version of this guitar is set to be released for all three platforms: the WiiPS3, and Xbox 360. The price hasn't been revealed, but bear in mind that older guitars purchased with other Guitar Hero games can be used in Warriors of Rock. So, no pressure or anything.
Edited by Ninjakid7396

ok cool.... not really

Posted by MetalGearSunny

What happened to the no watermark rule?

Posted by PLWolf

No Slide function this go round? I'll stick with my GH5 and GH:WT Guitars.

Posted by Ratcabbage

Is there anyone interested in this game who doesn't have a guitar already?

Posted by MisterMouse

If you look at the pre-order one from gamespot it looks pretty cool.

Posted by AbbaCuus

@Metal_Gear_Sunny Brad is part of the staff, so he can upload any sort of image without following the rules that are for us, the users.

Posted by MooseyMcMan
@Ratcabbage said:
" Is there anyone interested in this game who doesn't have a guitar already? "
True that.
Posted by zityz

No matter how "awesome" these guitar hero controllers are, they still look like something that poped out of toys r us in the young children section, next to those shitty pianos they sell. I always found the Rock Band guitars to look and work better for me at least. 
 
Although I do say the GH drum sets look better. Ironic.
Posted by Elazul

Eeeeeeeeeeeewwww.  I'll stick with my Rock Band Strat controller, thanks.

Posted by PeasantAbuse

Looks pretty ugly, and un-metal.
Posted by skrutop

AAWWWWWWWW YEAH!!!!!!!!!
 
sorry, I was just checking out the trailer for Toy Story 3.  What's this about a new guitar?  Oh.  Um.  Lame.

Posted by Insectecutor

Proof that you can't make metal out of plastic. Desperately out of touch. A disaster.

Posted by nick_verissimo

So much for advancing the whole fake guitar thing.  I was kind of hoping there would be something more significant in the game as a feature with the guitar that would make it more interesting to play.  I just got a PS3 and it seems as though I'll be sticking with getting Rock Band 3 regardless of whether or not their stuff has changed at all.

Posted by Seroth

I actually like the way it looks without the wings. Dunno how comfortable it'd be to hold, though.

Posted by Milkman
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" What happened to the no watermark rule? "
He's not adding it to the wiki. He's using it for the story. There's no rule against that.
Posted by Tebbit

It doesn't look terrible. Unfortunately, the RB1 Stratocaster is the best music-game peripheral ever designed, so no dice, pal.

Posted by Mourne

Yeah, no. That actually looks like a Fischer Price guitar.

Posted by TwinkleTowez

This looks like some lame 3rd party controller...

Posted by MeatSim

Does it play Gizmondo games? that's the real question.

Posted by jakob187

Don't like it. 
 
Also, they got rid of the touch strip?  BUNK!  There's nothing greater than tap-strumming an entire song and making people feel inadequate because of it.  

Posted by George_Hukas
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" What happened to the no watermark rule? "
At least you know this way where the article was originally poached from
Posted by Crescendo1897

eh....maybe

Posted by Majkiboy

100 buckaneers for that one?

Posted by 234r2we232

(Was expecting a V)
 
*sobs*

Posted by c1337us
@Mourne said:
" Yeah, no. That actually looks like a Fischer Price guitar. "
Guitar Hero: Party Babiez
Posted by bjorno

that isnt very metal

Posted by kariyanine
@Tebbit: I think most people will argue with you on the RB1 Strat being the best.  For me it was a piece of crap that ended up somewhere in my shed.
Posted by jelekeloy

Yeah, it's an attempt at "metal", but I just want all these guitar makers to realize that they're making toys, and nobody really fells like they're on tour when they turn on their gaming console and hook up their plastic instruments...

Posted by carlthenimrod

Same 'ol crap. Boo!

Posted by Tebbit
@kariyanine said:
" @Tebbit: I think most people will argue with you on the RB1 Strat being the best.  For me it was a piece of crap that ended up somewhere in my shed. "
Yeah, I never understood that. What's not to like about that guitar? It's easier to slide up and down, thus making it less difficult to play a succession of fast notes, plus, the buttons make a definitive click, versus Guitar Hero style guitars which are softer and less immediate. 
It puts less emphasis on mastering the nuances of the guitar, and more on mastering the nuances of the track which, surely, is what it's all about? Duuuuuuuuuude.
Posted by Jensonb

Um...They're hideous.

Posted by kariyanine
@Tebbit: To me the strum bar felt like silly putty and I could never find my place on the neck because the buttons were flush with the body of it.  I'll take my GH3 Les Paul over any of the other guitars (GH or RB) any day of the week.  Although I really liked the SE Gretsch for The Beatles.
Posted by damnboyadvance

Still doesn't look realistic. They won't ever match up to the Rock Band guitars.

Posted by JoeyIA

The Xplorer is still the most metal guitar... 
 
... at least as far as plastic-baby-guitars with jellybean buttons go

Posted by coonce

omgz -- aren't we all done buying plastic instruments for our fake bands? 

Posted by Zaapp1

The redesign is nice, but with no new features, I'm not buying any more instruments for a while.

Posted by Zephyr

Looks like something Godmack or Orgy would've used about 10 years ago. *thumbs-down*

Edited by Organicalistic_
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:

" What happened to the no watermark rule? "

yup, expect changes 
*sigh*
Posted by Organicalistic_
@SJSchmidt93 said:
" People still buy these games? Ugh, just die. "
<3
Posted by Bouke

Ahhh, i've been waiting to add yet another plastic instument to my collection!
Posted by KillerFly
@organicalistic_ said:
" @SJSchmidt93 said:
" People still buy these games? Ugh, just die. "
<3 "
I think you're overreacting.  The watermark rule hasn't changed. You'll notice this image doesn't appear on the Warriors of Rock page.And it's silly to expect them to post news and not put an image in the news story because it's watermarked.
Posted by Ramone
@KillerFly:  You quoted the wrong dudes.
Posted by LtColJaxson
@jelekeloy: 
 
I agree completely with you... they are just toys. I don't understand how they can't make them look half decent without imitating some style terribly - metal would just make fun of this bunk plastic. They have had much better looking ones and that's for sure... they only look good when they attempt to imitate the design of a real guitar (which they still stray pretty far from).
Posted by RipTheVeins

That's possibly the least metal design they've ever had for those instruments.

Posted by mattysen
Posted by Daveyo520

I don't like it...

Posted by SJSchmidt93
@KillerFly said:
" @organicalistic_ said:
" @SJSchmidt93 said:
" People still buy these games? Ugh, just die. "
<3 "
I think you're overreacting.  The watermark rule hasn't changed. You'll notice this image doesn't appear on the Warriors of Rock page.And it's silly to expect them to post news and not put an image in the news story because it's watermarked. "
I think some one quoted the wrong person.
Posted by Lydian_Sel

Even for a plastic guitar that thing looks like shit.