NEWS | R.I.P.: Guitar Hero – 2005-2011

This morning, I was on Facebook, checking things out. I dropped by Guitar Hero’s official Facebook page and saw this post from the admin:

Guitar Hero is dead. For now. It was announced officially by Activision. This means that no more Guitar Hero games, or Hero games will be developed and released.

Guitar Hero was first created by independent game developers Harmonix and in 2005, they released the very first Guitar Hero game, which features the core gameplay of what is now known as Music Rhythm game. The Wave Group, consisting of professional rock musicians, provided the music by covering such famous songs from famous bands of different genres. The first game is a PlayStation 2-exclusive title.

The 2nd game, Guitar Hero II, remained some other core aspects of the series, however, introduced Bass and Rhythm guitars. The setlist was also expanded and graphics was also enhanced. The game is available for XBOX 360, with some extra content, while also available for the PlayStation 2. By 2007, an expansion game was released entitled, Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s, which features 1980s themed interface and setlist, shortly before Activision bought the title from game developers, Harmonix.

The next installment, Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock, developed primarily by Neversoft, features all-master track setlist and harder songs. Some of the hardest songs in the game are Through the Fire and Flames by DragonForce, One by Metallica, Raining Blood by Slayer, etc. Also, it features 3D animated character models of Slash (Guns n’ Roses; Velvet Revolver), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine; Audioslave) and Bret Michaels (Poison), as well as appearance by The Sex Pistols. One of the key features of the game is the Battle mode wherein the player will duel another character by means of star power replaced by useful weapons to distract the other player’s game. Another big feature of the game is the ability to put additional songs via DLC. While Activision created a new direction for the series, the original makers of the game, Harmonix, are busy making Rock Band, which will be the series’ competitor in the next iterations. Rock Band introduced band instruments, not just guitars but also microphone and drums. This made the next installment, Guitar Hero World Tour, feature the same instruments. The first band-centric game was released entitled, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, which features almost the same core elements of Legends of Rock, but includes songs by Aerosmith and other songs by bands that toured together with Aerosmith.

World Tour, just like its predecessor, features master recordings plus the ability to create custom songs via GHtunes. The game also includes motion character models from rock musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), Hayley Williams (Paramore), and many others. Later on, Guitar Hero: Metallica and Guitar Hero: Van Halen was released, featuring songs by the bands and artwork/environment inspired by the bands. Another game entitled Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, features songs that are present in the first three games, but is now in master recordings and features all the instruments.

A spin-off of the game series was released 2009, entitled Band Hero. The game includes mostly Pop Rock and Classic Rock songs intended as a family-friendly game, with Taylor Swift. After that, the 5th game, Guitar Hero 5, features greater graphics and motion character models of Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and many others.

The last game of the main series was released on 2010 entitled, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Songs from this game mostly features extreme genres. Many fans felt that the game came back to its roots, as the games before it was released contains songs that are not fan-friendly.

The first game, Guitar Hero, was my very first favorite Music Rhythm video game. Guitar Hero games tried to teached me some good bands. It was back in 2007 when I first played the game and learned bands like Lamb of God, Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer, and many others from different genres, that I am embracing right now. I feel so sad that the game went through a lot. It was too unfortunate to see the suffering of a game I once loved, and finally the suffering ended. Now, I am keeping my eye In Rock Band, as well as other smaller games that once competed with Guitar Hero, such as PowerGiG, Rock Revolution, etc. However, it is still not as easy as ABC to change my preference in terms of this video game genre. Guitar Hero will always be my first love. The last thing I could say. Guitar Hero is dead. .For now. Period.

|> In This Moment – Daddy’s Falling Angel


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I'm Ken. Blogger. Programmer. Instructor. Gamer.

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