Rush, A Free Soundgarden CD, And More In This Year's Guitar Hero

  • 126 results
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Avatar image for jeff
Jeff

6327

Forum Posts

106958

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 20

Edited By Jeff  Staff

 The new guitar's flipper feels great and it's all very lightweight. It seems ready for thrashing.
 The new guitar's flipper feels great and it's all very lightweight. It seems ready for thrashing.
Activision held an event last week to show off its upcoming music game lineup--which you'll note has shrunk significantly compared to last year's mess of music releases--and I took that opportunity to play through Rush's "2112" in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. For those who don't follow Rush closely enough to actually know what that is, it's over 20 minutes of music, an epic story about a guy who finds a guitar that sets off some sort of huge galactic conflict. It spreads across seven different songs, and in-game, you'll encounter it all at once. You'll also encounter it like you've never encountered it before.

The developers brought in members of Rush and had them record a reading of the album's liner notes--which further delve into the story of "2112." These new audio sequences pop up between the seven pieces of music, giving you a brief time to pause before heading into the next section. All the while, the background venue is a huge cavern with a guitar stuck, partially buried in rock. Headless dudes and other decidedly rocking avatars show up when it's time to perform. It feels like the piece, which shows up around halfway through the game's all-new story mode, has been treated with far more care than just about anything that's shown up in Guitar Hero in years. Put another way, don't expect to see four Gwen Stefanis or four Kurt Cobains singing and playing Rush's material.

All this feels like a departure from what Guitar Hero has been over the last couple of years, but to hear Neversoft describe it, it starts to sound more like a return to form. The developer claims that it's the spiritual successor to Guitar Hero III, Neversoft's first game in the franchise, which had a harder edge than the two games that followed it. Sure enough, Warriors of Rock's announced tracklist seems to stay away from much of the "softer" stuff that garnished the last two games, like Duran Duran, Beastie Boys, or Jimmy Eat World.

No Caption Provided
Of course, it's all still Guitar Hero. The gameplay felt identical to me, though the music is wrapped around a new quest mode where you unlock special powers for the various Guitar Hero characters. This leads to much higher scores and multipliers than you could get in the previous games, though none of that felt especially interesting to me. 40 stars per song seems like overkill, and I don't think I've cared about Axel Steel and his posse since GH2, but then I'm far more interested in things like getting 95% or more on each song or just, you know, playing the songs that I actually like to listen to. As someone who has wildly varied (and generally poor, depending on who you ask) taste in music, the focused nature of GH6's tracklist really works against it. Of course, you might be different. Perhaps this is right up your alley. Such is the nature of the modern rhythm game.

Another interesting little bit about Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock was announced today. In addition to the song "Black Rain," which appears on-disc, the first run of the game will come with 12 Soundgarden songs, which constitutes the band's "Telephantasm," a new greatest hits compilation. The tracks come in two forms, both as in-game content and as a simple "compact disc" that you can listen to in any "compact disc player." This package is hitting stores one week before the CD is available on its own.

While I can't say that I'm dying to play most of the songs on the Warriors of Rock soundtrack, hearing more about the developer's purity of focus at least makes it sound like a more interesting project than last year's slew of Guitar Hero-branded products. 2112 alone is probably the most authentic and cool thing that's hit Guitar Hero in years. It feels like the sort of game that will definitely find an audience, but it's probably not for me unless the DLC takes the game in an entirely different direction. That's... not especially likely.
Avatar image for jeff
Jeff

6327

Forum Posts

106958

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 20

#1  Edited By Jeff  Staff

 The new guitar's flipper feels great and it's all very lightweight. It seems ready for thrashing.
 The new guitar's flipper feels great and it's all very lightweight. It seems ready for thrashing.
Activision held an event last week to show off its upcoming music game lineup--which you'll note has shrunk significantly compared to last year's mess of music releases--and I took that opportunity to play through Rush's "2112" in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. For those who don't follow Rush closely enough to actually know what that is, it's over 20 minutes of music, an epic story about a guy who finds a guitar that sets off some sort of huge galactic conflict. It spreads across seven different songs, and in-game, you'll encounter it all at once. You'll also encounter it like you've never encountered it before.

The developers brought in members of Rush and had them record a reading of the album's liner notes--which further delve into the story of "2112." These new audio sequences pop up between the seven pieces of music, giving you a brief time to pause before heading into the next section. All the while, the background venue is a huge cavern with a guitar stuck, partially buried in rock. Headless dudes and other decidedly rocking avatars show up when it's time to perform. It feels like the piece, which shows up around halfway through the game's all-new story mode, has been treated with far more care than just about anything that's shown up in Guitar Hero in years. Put another way, don't expect to see four Gwen Stefanis or four Kurt Cobains singing and playing Rush's material.

All this feels like a departure from what Guitar Hero has been over the last couple of years, but to hear Neversoft describe it, it starts to sound more like a return to form. The developer claims that it's the spiritual successor to Guitar Hero III, Neversoft's first game in the franchise, which had a harder edge than the two games that followed it. Sure enough, Warriors of Rock's announced tracklist seems to stay away from much of the "softer" stuff that garnished the last two games, like Duran Duran, Beastie Boys, or Jimmy Eat World.

No Caption Provided
Of course, it's all still Guitar Hero. The gameplay felt identical to me, though the music is wrapped around a new quest mode where you unlock special powers for the various Guitar Hero characters. This leads to much higher scores and multipliers than you could get in the previous games, though none of that felt especially interesting to me. 40 stars per song seems like overkill, and I don't think I've cared about Axel Steel and his posse since GH2, but then I'm far more interested in things like getting 95% or more on each song or just, you know, playing the songs that I actually like to listen to. As someone who has wildly varied (and generally poor, depending on who you ask) taste in music, the focused nature of GH6's tracklist really works against it. Of course, you might be different. Perhaps this is right up your alley. Such is the nature of the modern rhythm game.

Another interesting little bit about Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock was announced today. In addition to the song "Black Rain," which appears on-disc, the first run of the game will come with 12 Soundgarden songs, which constitutes the band's "Telephantasm," a new greatest hits compilation. The tracks come in two forms, both as in-game content and as a simple "compact disc" that you can listen to in any "compact disc player." This package is hitting stores one week before the CD is available on its own.

While I can't say that I'm dying to play most of the songs on the Warriors of Rock soundtrack, hearing more about the developer's purity of focus at least makes it sound like a more interesting project than last year's slew of Guitar Hero-branded products. 2112 alone is probably the most authentic and cool thing that's hit Guitar Hero in years. It feels like the sort of game that will definitely find an audience, but it's probably not for me unless the DLC takes the game in an entirely different direction. That's... not especially likely.
Avatar image for dr_vonboogie
Dr_VonBoogie

365

Forum Posts

5

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#2  Edited By Dr_VonBoogie

sweet

Avatar image for swoxx
Swoxx

3046

Forum Posts

468

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 4

#3  Edited By Swoxx

Hey that ain't so bad actually, I'm going for RB3 still though

Avatar image for jarenface
JarenFace

228

Forum Posts

6467

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 4

#4  Edited By JarenFace

I'm sort of looking forward to this, even with the slack the GH franchise is getting thee days.

Avatar image for mrblop
mrblop

10

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#5  Edited By mrblop

God dammit, I'm going to have to buy this game just for 2112.

Avatar image for dutch42
dutch42

542

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#6  Edited By dutch42
@swoxx said:
" Hey that ain't so bad actually, I'm going for RB3 still though "
my sentiments exactly
Avatar image for crono11
Crono11

1688

Forum Posts

34

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#7  Edited By Crono11

I really really really hope that Burnin For You by Blue Oyster Cult makes its way to Rock Band. That's the song I want most in the game and it pains me to see GH getting it first. But good on them for making me actually think about buying a GH game again.

Avatar image for mrgtd
MrGtD

487

Forum Posts

98

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 9

#8  Edited By MrGtD

Nothing is more authentic than 2112.

Avatar image for omgtsn
OMGTSN

24

Forum Posts

58

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#9  Edited By OMGTSN

This is gonna be pretty sweet.

Avatar image for burns09
Burns09

349

Forum Posts

71

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 2

#10  Edited By Burns09

2112. Best. Song. Ever.

Avatar image for theking
TheKing

856

Forum Posts

232

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 8

#11  Edited By TheKing

Meh... Everything Activision does now rubs me the wrong way. RB3.

Avatar image for endaround
endaround

2275

Forum Posts

8320

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

#12  Edited By endaround

So is Daft Punk in the game?

Avatar image for th3_james
Th3_James

2616

Forum Posts

27

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#13  Edited By Th3_James

I can't play this......I would just feel like a douche

Avatar image for vicrattlehead
VicRattlehead

1417

Forum Posts

1294

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 17

#14  Edited By VicRattlehead

ill take the free soundgarden cd please.... you can keep your guitar hero

Avatar image for victor018
Victor018

155

Forum Posts

3889

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 10

#15  Edited By Victor018

Dammit, Rush is making me buy a Guitar Hero game.

Avatar image for erik
Erik

424

Forum Posts

87

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#16  Edited By Erik

GH still sucks

Avatar image for jjweatherman
JJWeatherman

15118

Forum Posts

5249

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 10

User Lists: 16

#17  Edited By JJWeatherman

 As someone who has wildly varied (and generally poor, depending on who you ask) taste in music, the focused nature of GH6's tracklist really works against it.    

Yes. Quoted for absolute truth. 
 
Although I'll admit 2112 is an amazing addition. It's truly a shame it's wasted on a Guitar Hero game. I'm sure it will come to Rock Band at some point as well. I believe Geddy even said as much in a random interview.
Avatar image for falconer
falconer

2132

Forum Posts

7383

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 19

#18  Edited By falconer

I pray this hits RB3 eventually. Otherwise, I must purchase for the Rush...

Avatar image for deactivated-5f5004a3f1624
deactivated-5f5004a3f1624

54

Forum Posts

4569

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

Phew. Scared me for a second.
 
I read that title and thought that the only way to get that Soundgarden CD was to buy Warriors of Rock. Thanks for the heads-up, Giant Bomb.

Avatar image for redfive
RedFive

160

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 14

#20  Edited By RedFive

Rock Band 3 will get most of my music game money this year, but this game actually sounds kind of sweet.

Avatar image for parademise
GunnBjorn

2905

Forum Posts

4

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#21  Edited By GunnBjorn

I'm so, só done with these games! 
Avatar image for almightycheeks
ALMIGHTYCHEEKS

73

Forum Posts

1

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#22  Edited By ALMIGHTYCHEEKS

as long as its better than the last 2 in the series ill give it a try

Avatar image for saijobob
Saijobob

23

Forum Posts

14

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#23  Edited By Saijobob

How many guitar hero games are coming out this year?
Avatar image for dooops
Dooops

317

Forum Posts

3129

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 15

User Lists: 4

#24  Edited By Dooops

You wonder if Guitar Hero will still be able to compete with lack of innovation....
Avatar image for ajamafalous
ajamafalous

13966

Forum Posts

905

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 8

#25  Edited By ajamafalous

Nothing is more authentic than 2112.

Avatar image for binman88
Binman88

3700

Forum Posts

49

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 2

#26  Edited By Binman88
@VicRattlehead said:
" ill take the free soundgarden cd please.... you can keep your guitar hero "
haha, same. Though if it's just a greatest hits collection, I most likely already have all the songs.
 
Nice to see Soundgarden's reunion going well and getting deals like this. Hoping they'll eventually play in Ireland so I can finally see them live.
Avatar image for perullo
perullo

5

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#27  Edited By perullo

"Brief pauses" between the seven sections in 2112?  I say man up and power through it!  Woo!

Avatar image for theyear20xx
TheYear20XX

446

Forum Posts

5

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 7

#28  Edited By TheYear20XX

As long as Rusty Cage is in Rock Band 3 I will resist this temptation.

Avatar image for endrzgame
EndrzGame

325

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#29  Edited By EndrzGame

Sold! I'm a HUGE Rush fan. I went with RB2 last time around because they were getting all the Rush love. Looks like I'll be picking this up when it drops.

Avatar image for theanim8r
TheAnim8r

9

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#30  Edited By TheAnim8r

Guitar Hero and Rock Band are fun/great games, but I agree with some that the games have run their course.

Avatar image for birchman
birchman

853

Forum Posts

7695

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 9

#31  Edited By birchman

Looks better. 
 
Finally.

Avatar image for rodigee
Rodigee

14

Forum Posts

15

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#32  Edited By Rodigee

And no Jeff Bridges?

Avatar image for bulletstorm
bulletstorm

552

Forum Posts

131

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

#33  Edited By bulletstorm

Instead of paying 60+ dollars on Guitar Hero 6, why not just idk... buy 2112 again and listen to album? 

Avatar image for peepeepoopoo696
peepeepoopoo696

1808

Forum Posts

1461

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#34  Edited By peepeepoopoo696

Looks good, but I'm still going to buy Rock Band 3 over this.

Avatar image for eirikr
eirikr

1083

Forum Posts

91739

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 9

User Lists: 9

#35  Edited By eirikr

Aw, no Subdivisions.

Avatar image for beauner
BeauNER

7

Forum Posts

1

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 4

#36  Edited By BeauNER

I'm still more excited about Rock Band 3.

Avatar image for freakache
FreakAche

3102

Forum Posts

114

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 8

#37  Edited By FreakAche

I like Rush, but if in the future I ever buy another music game, I only see myself buying one that's made by Harmonix.

Avatar image for brian3d
brian3d

63

Forum Posts

131

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 2

#38  Edited By brian3d

Don't. Like. GH.

Avatar image for phaggybignastymckill
PhaggyBigNastyMcKill

564

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

WOWOMGOMFGBBQGGPO

Avatar image for katanasquirrel
katanasquirrel

16

Forum Posts

9

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 2

#40  Edited By katanasquirrel

I'm thinking that I'm glad that Harmonix is going all out with Rock Band 3 since they'll get  to go out their own way.  I just can't see any more of these games being worth a full retail price.

Avatar image for meeka
Meeka

70

Forum Posts

17719

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 5

#41  Edited By Meeka

Allways the same shit ... I'm getting bored of all that stuff !
Grandement ennuyeux, tout ça ...

Avatar image for wolfmanjenkins
WolfmanJenkins

190

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#42  Edited By WolfmanJenkins

As awesome as playing the entirety of 2112 sounds, it still not worth a purchase. I'm definitely going to be renting this.

Avatar image for afroman269
Afroman269

7440

Forum Posts

103

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 6

#43  Edited By Afroman269

Still don't care for this game. Same gameplay just with new glossy paint. Can't wait for RB 3.

Avatar image for mooseymcman
MooseyMcMan

12732

Forum Posts

5545

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 11

#44  Edited By MooseyMcMan

Wait, does that mean those other 12 Soundgarden songs are playable? If so, then there's nothing stopping me from buying this game as soon as frickin' possible. 

Avatar image for headnodshy
headnodshy

83

Forum Posts

223

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 2

#45  Edited By headnodshy

Nothing is more authentic then 2112

Avatar image for americanpegasus
AmericanPegasus

454

Forum Posts

14460

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#46  Edited By AmericanPegasus

Interesting

Avatar image for jjor64
JJOR64

19699

Forum Posts

417

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

#47  Edited By JJOR64

The developer claims that it's the spiritual successor to Guitar Hero III,


 I did enjoy GH3 a lot.  Hmm...  Maybe I will get this when the price drops.
Avatar image for animateria
animateria

3341

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 4

#48  Edited By animateria

Too bad it's in fucking Guitar Hero.
 
I can care less.

Avatar image for carlthenimrod
carlthenimrod

1638

Forum Posts

22

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 2

#49  Edited By carlthenimrod

It should include a voucher for Guitar Hero: Van Halen 2 also.

Avatar image for beanz122
Beanz122

22

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#50  Edited By Beanz122

Eh, I think they are just trying to get people to buy their product instead of Rock Band. Not the first time It's happened.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.