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Guitar Hero 2 Impressions Roundup 52

Posted by Zonk
from the are-you-ready-to-rock dept.
The folks at Red Octane (now owned by Activision), are in the process of making a sequel to the hit PS2 title Guitar Hero. From the IGN hands-on: "Today we checked out 'John the Fisherman' on bass and 'War Pigs' on guitar. Being that you have Les Claypool on bass for 'John the Fisherman', it's not going to be the easiest bass line in the game by a long shot. But on the other hand, there isn't any sort of bass solo in the song so once you get down the main two or three licks, then you've got the song nailed. But it's seriously awesome - Claypool's playing in that song is heavy and pounding so playing his part is rad."
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Guitar Hero 2 Impressions Roundup

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  • earworm (Score:4, Insightful)

    by dlc3007 (570880) on Thursday May 11, 2006 @03:02PM (#15311094)
    Am I the only one who ends up with Juke Box Hero going stuck in my head everytime I see the title for this game?
  • We only had air guitar, not some new fangled guitar simulator... And we liked it!
  • by EyelessFade (618151) on Thursday May 11, 2006 @03:51PM (#15311582) Homepage
    Who cares about number two? I'm gonna get myself Guitar Hero III [ctrlaltdel-online.com]
  • Gamespot has an awesome 15-20 minute video with Executive Producer, John Tam. Meanwhile 2 other Gamespot editors rock out to KISS "Strutter", Primus "John The Fisherman" and Rush "YYZ". Primus Sucks! http://www.gamespot.com/e3/e3live.html?autoplay=61 50057 [gamespot.com]
  • I don't get the fascination with this type of game.

    You can fork out several hundred dollars to get a PS2, the game, the controller(s), etc... and still not really be learning to play a real instrument. ...or you can walk down to your local guitar center and buy a real start instrument and really learn how to play it.

    Hrmm.

    • I'm 31 years old. For better or for worse, I've played computer games almost every day of my life since we got an Apple ][+ in 1979.

      Guitar Hero is one of the most fun games I've ever played and I don't make statements like that lightly.

      The point isn't to learn how to play a guitar. The point is to have fun, and Guitar Hero is successful, in my opinion.

      Adman
    • Yeah.. if I weren't so lazy and untalented,

      I'd also go so far as to joining a real band, playing real gigs and getting tons of groupies, STDs, and all the Crank that comes with it.

      But.. I guess I'm sticking to my desk job.
    • I don't get this whole John Madden thing; I mean, why spend hundreds on a console when you could be down at the park playing for the price of a football? I don't get the whole GTA thing, I mean, why not go down to wallmart and buy a real gun to shoot real people with?
    • by DumbWhiteGuy777 (654327) on Thursday May 11, 2006 @09:18PM (#15314378)
      As a musician, I'll try to answer your question, even though I DO think it's a bit flamebait.

      First, the learning curve. Anyone who plays an instrument will tell you it's pretty hard at the beginning. Especially chords. I still can't do a proper barre chord. Those things are hard. This is all compared to Guitar Hero, which allows me to pick up the controller and bust out a wide selection of songs after just a few tries(on easy mode, obviously).

      Second, the price difference isn't as much as you think. If you want a GOOD guitar, it will cost you at least 300-500 dollars. If you try to give a beginner a cheap guitar, they will probably become frustrated and quit. This is not including an amp(a cheap 15W amp is like 75 dollars I think), strings, and a stand.

      Third, multiplayer. This goes with #1, but my girlfriend can play this. Any video game that can get your girlfriend to play with you is worth it's weight in gold.

      Fourth, calluses. They hurt when you begin and not everyone wants to deal with them.

      Probably more, but that's all I can come up with off the top of my head. You should try playing the game, though. It's fun. You'll probably like it.
      • Friend, I wish I had mod points. Now I'm a DDR freak, yet I'm not much of a dancer. I tried DrumMania and thoroughly enjoyed it, yet I suck at drumming. I played Guitar Freaks, and well I sucked ass at that one, but it was still kind of fun. I've been trying to learn guitar on-and-off for 20 years, I just can't do it.

        The great appeal of these music games is that they're simple and easy to pick up. They tell you exactly what to do, you just have to get your rhythm down and hit the buttons with proper ti
    • Do you understand the concept of a 'game'? Playing Guitar Hero is this thing called 'fun'. Spending weeks learning to play Polly-wolly-doodle on a guitar isn't.
    • For the same reason that, despite finding karaoke generally quite dull, I really enjoy SingStar - it gives you points.

      Sometimes, more points than your friends. Which is pretty much the case whether you have the ability to do these things properly or not.
  • Guitar Hero isnt supposed to be realistic, it's supposed to be fun. If it was uber-realistic, it would probably be alot harder, and wouldnt be nearly as fun. Yeah sure, you could buy a real guitar for around the same amount and learn to play that, but that would take hours and hours of practicing. Heck, why buy Battlefield 2 when I can go enlist in the army and be shipped off Iraq? People play video games to experience something that they normally could not do...not everyone is even musically talented e
  • Do you actually play the guitar in this game, or is it just some weird pseudo-guitar controller with buttons on it?

    If you actually play the guitar then it's kind of odd. Does it have a teaching aspect or can only already capable guitarists play it?
    • You get a plastic guitar controller thing with buttons on it.

      5 buttons up on the neck of the guitar, and a little flipper switch down where you strum.

      On screen, in very DDR like fashion, when the right colored dot hits the line, you push down the appropriate fret button, and hit the strummer.

      You're not actually playing the guitar. Playing GH won't teach you how to play the guitar (though I believe that it would give you a leg up on someone who'd never played). One of the great things about the game is tha

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