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Overview

The classic Guitar Hero gameplay in action.

Guitar Hero 5 is the sequel to Guitar Hero World Tour with an improved engine, new songs, characters and features. Like its predecessor, Guitar Hero 5 also features full-band game play and is compatible with all instrument controllers from previous Guitar Hero and Rock Band games with the inclusion of the secondary foot-pedal for the drum-set introduced in Guitar Hero: Metallica, which are only available in the "Expert Plus" drum-exclusive difficulty. The game follows the classic Guitar Hero gameplay with the new addition of "band moments" which are small passages in a song that provides bonus points if no band member misses a note.

New Features

  • The most recognizable new feature, is the ability to play which ever instrument you want. Own two drum-sets and want to use both? That is now possible, and nobody is forced to sing.
  • The game has a new "party mode" where the game plays the entire setlist of songs, and players are able to drop in and out as they please.
  • It is now also possible to change difficulty level on the fly without having to restart the song.

All these new features combined, arguably makes Guitar hero 5 into the most party-friendly Guitar Hero game.

The Controller

The Guitar Hero Guitar

Guitar Hero 5 is sold separately, with a guitar and in a full-band package containing one guitar, a drum set and a microphone. The microphone and drum set are the same as those who launched with Guitar Hero World Tour, nothing was improved with this guitar but there was a improved guitar controller has been slightly improved which was a Guitar Hero 5 Pro-Order exclusive and was only sold in bundles for the game the improvements made are:

  • The strum button has been made quieter.
  • Digital slider touch-pad has been completely revamped.
  • New faceplate and textured strumbar.

Pre-Order Offer

To boost sales of Guitar Hero 5 before its release, Activision offered a free copy of the then-yet-to-be-released Guitar Hero: Van Halen as a pre-order bonus to US customers. UK gamers also got a pre-order bonus, but could only receive a copy of the older Guitar Hero World Tour, not the newer Van Halen game.

Celebrity Characters

Following the footsteps of Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero 5 features celebrity musicians joining the default cast of characters for players to choose from. The new characters are:

Guitar Hero 5 Setlist

Guitar Hero 5 contains 85 songs from 83 artists, as Nirvana and Tom Petty each have two songs in the game. The setlist is as follows:

  • 3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"
  • AFI - "Medicate"
  • Arctic Monkeys - "Brianstorm"
  • Attack! Attack! - "You and Me"
  • Band of Horses - "Cigarettes, Wedding Bands"
  • Beastie Boys - "Gratitude"
  • Beck - "Gamma Ray"
  • Jeff Beck - "Scatterbrain (Live)"
  • Blink 182 - "The Rock Show"
  • Blur - "Song 2"
  • Bon Jovi - "You Give Love A Bad Name"
  • David Bowie - "Fame"
  • Brand New - "Sowing Season (Yeah)"
  • Bush - "Comedown"
  • The Bronx - "Six Days a Week"
  • Johnny Cash – "Ring of Fire"
  • Children of Bodom - "Done With Everything, Die for Nothing"
  • Coldplay - "In My Place"
  • Darker My Love - "Blue Day"
  • Darkest Hour - "Demon(s)"
  • Deep Purple - "Woman From Tokyo ('99 Remix)"
  • The Derek Trucks Band - "Young Funk"
  • Dire Straits - "Sultans of Swing"
  • The Duke Spirit - Send a Little Love Token
  • Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"
  • Bob Dylan – "All Along the Watchtower"
  • Eagles of Death Metal - "Wannabe in L.A."
  • Face to Face - " Disconnected"
  • Peter Frampton - "Do You Feel Like We Do? (Live)"
  • Garbage - "Only Happy When It Rains"
  • Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc."
  • Gov't Mule - "Streamline Woman"
  • Grand Funk Railroad - "We're An American Band"
  • Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself"
  • Iron Maiden - "2 Minutes to Midnight"
  • Jimmy Eat World - "Bleed American"
  • Elton John - "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  • Kaiser Chiefs - "Never Miss A Beat"
  • The Killers - "All the Pretty Faces"
  • King Crimson - "21st Century Schizoid Man"
  • Kings of Leon – "Sex on Fire"
  • Kiss - "Shout It Out Loud"
  • Love and Rockets - "Mirror People"
  • Megadeth - "Sweating Bullets"
  • John Mellencamp - "Hurts So Good"
  • Motley Crue - "Looks That Kill"
  • Muse - "Plug In Baby"
  • My Morning Jacket - "One Big Holiday"
  • Nirvana - "Lithium (Live)", "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
  • No Doubt - "Ex-Girlfriend"
  • A Perfect Circle - Judith
  • Tom Petty - "Runnin' Down a Dream"
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "American Girl"
  • The Police - "So Lonely"
  • Iggy Pop - "Lust For Life (Live)"
  • Public Enemy feat. Zakk Wylde - "Bring The Noise 20XX"
  • Queen and David Bowie - "Under Pressure"
  • Queens of the Stone Age - "Make It Wit Chu"
  • Rammstein - "Du Hast"
  • The Ranconteurs - "Steady As She Goes"
  • The Rolling Stones – "Sympathy for the Devil"
  • Rose Hill Drive - "Sneak Out"
  • Rush - "Spirit of Radio (Live)"
  • Santana – "No One to Depend On (Live)"
  • Scars on Broadway - "They Say"
  • Screaming Trees - "Nearly Lost You"
  • Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
  • Elliott Smith - "L.A."
  • Sonic Youth - "Incinerate"
  • Spacehog - "In The Meantime"
  • Sublime - "What I Got"
  • Billy Squier - "Lonely Is The Night"
  • Sunny Day Real Estate - "Seven"
  • The Sword - "Maiden, Mother & Crone"
  • T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
  • Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"
  • Thrice - "Deadbolt"
  • TV on the Radio - "Wolf Like Me"
  • Vampire Weekend – "A-Punk"
  • Weezer - "Why Bother?"
  • The White Stripes – "Blue Orchid"
  • Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music"
  • Wolfmother - "Back Round"
  • Stevie Wonder - "Superstition"

Song Importing and Pricing

  • One of the new feature of Guitar Hero 5 is the ability to import songs from other Guitar Hero games for play with Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero (with licensing issues restricting those song not being able to import) 61 tracks from Band Hero can be imported into Guitar Hero 5 for 420 Microsoft Points / $4.99 on the PS3.
  • All of the previously announced forward-compatible tracks from Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero: Smash Hits.

All but 4 tracks from Band Hero are exportable to Guitar Hero 5; those tracks that are not exportable are "Beautiful Soul," "Like Whoa," "Mr. Roboto" and "So Yesterday".

Importable Tracks from Guitar Hero World Tour

  • "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" bt The Beastie Boys
  • "Dammit" by blink-182
  • "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
  • "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • "L'Via L'Viaquez" by The Mars Volta
  • "About a Girl (Unplugged)" by Nirvana
  • "Spiderwebs" by No Doubt
  • "Re-Education (Through Labor)" by Rise Against
  • "Do It Again" by Steely Dan
  • "Demolition Man" by Sting
  • "Love Spreads" by The Stone Roses
  • "Santeria" by Sublime
  • "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz
  • "Band On The Run" by Wings
  • "Heartbreaker" by Pat Benatar
  • "Hollywood Nights" by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
  • "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups
  • "Never Too Late" by The Answer
  • "Obstacle 1" by Interpol
  • "One Armed Scissor" by At the Drive-In
  • "One Way or Another" by Blondie
  • "Our Truth" by Lacuna Coil
  • "Overkill" by Motörhead
  • "Shiver" by Coldplay
  • "Soul Doubt" by NOFX
  • "Stranglehold" by Ted Nugent
  • "The Joker" by The Steve Miller Band
  • "The Kill" – 30 Seconds To Mars
  • "Up Around The Bend" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Everlong" by The Foo Fighters
  • "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World
  • "Today" by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Toy Boy" by Stuck in the Sound
  • "You're Gonna Say Yeah!" by Hushpuppies
  • "Stillborn" by Black Label Society

Importable Tracks from Guitar Hero: Smash Hits/Greatest Hits

  • "Caught In A Mosh" by Anthrax
  • "Cult Of Personality" by Living Colour
  • "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • "Freya" by The Sword
  • "Heart-Shaped Box" by Nirvana
  • "Hey You" by The Exies
  • "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar
  • "I Love Rock 'N Roll" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister
  • "Message In A Bottle" by The Police
  • "Miss Murder" by AFI
  • "Monkey Wrench" by The Foo Fighters
  • "No One Knows" by Queens Of The Stone Age
  • "Nothin' But A Good Time" by Poison
  • "Play With Me" by Extreme
  • "Psychobilly Freakout" by The Reverend Horton Heat
  • "Rock And Roll All Nite" by Kiss
  • "Shout At The Devil" by The Mötley Crüe
  • "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden
  • "Woman" by Wolfmother
  • "YYZ" by Rush

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