By Lauren McLean
UPDATE 13/05: Brand new song list announced. Click ‘Continue Reading’ for more.
Hey, remember when Guitar Hero was that awesome, fun, party game you had to play whenever you went over to your friend’s house? Yeah, me too. And remember when you’d always brag that you could finish Livin’ on a Prayer on expert? Yeah, me too. And remember when you just kind of put the guitar down and the drums into the spare room cupboard and never touched them again? Yeah, me too.
Well guess what? It’s back! (In pog form!)
In an announcement (in which they probably had to make sure to wait a couple of weeks after April Fool’s Day to make) made by Activision, they have announced a brand new Guitar Hero game named Guitar Hero Live for consoles and mobile platforms, to be coming out in Australia’s spring of 2015; the first Guitar Hero game made since 2010.
“Well Lauren, what new stuff do they bring?” you ask politely.
So, it turns out that in Guitar Hero Live, you’ll be playing just that; in front of a live audience. And by a ‘live’ audience I mean an ‘alive’ audience and not the 3 character models that flop around, arm length apart with their synchrionised clapping and jumping like the other games. This live audience will let you know how well you’re doing and how well you’re not doing by their reactions, in a way that’s trying to be more of a run-off-stage-and-pee-your-pants moment than a c’mon-you-can’t-even-hear-me-they-haven’t-drawn-you-ear-holes moment, which seems kinda cool.
Activision also announced this brand new guitar controller to go with the game, with this time, instead of the 5 colourful, rainbow buttons that I could hardly reach with my little finger, they have 3 frets on two different levels or ‘strings’. I find this very cool as, yes, I could easily press buttons in a row (unless on expert) but having them on 2 different levels will boost the difficulty… and make you feel pretty cool when you can’t actually play real guitar (shut up Josh and James, I can do other cool things).
If you don’t want to play in front of a crowd then you can also play their Guitar Hero TV mode, which lets you play a song along with the music video associated with it, so you can feel like you’re a part of a much cooler band than the one you started with your neighbours in their garage.
So far, Activision has only announced these 13 bands with the comment of ‘more announced soon’, so you can see that they’ve got the usual pop-punk/punk-rock crowd-pleasers from the past Guitar Heros.
NEWLY ANNOUNCED ARTISTS AND TRACKS:
Judas Priest – “Breaking the Law”//Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”//Alter Bridge – “Cry of Achilles”//Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”//Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”//Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”//System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”//Black Veil Brides – “In The End”//The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”//Broken Bells – “Leave it Alone”//Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED ARTISTS, NEWLY ANNOUNCED TRACKS:
The Rolling Stones – “Paint it Black”//My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”//Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”//Green Day – “Nuclear Family”//Pierce the Veil – “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”//Blitz Kids – “Sometimes”//The Black Keys – “Gold on the Ceiling”//The Killers – “When You Were Young”//Gary Clark Jr. – “Don’t Owe You a Thang”//The War on Drugs – “Under the Pressure”//The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”//Ed Sheeran – “Sing”//Skrillex – “Bangarang”
YOU CAN FIND THE REST OF THE SONGS HERE
I think this game will be interesting and new enough to sell new copies to those who loved the old ones, but as for me, I’m on the fence. I loved the old ones, yes, but I don’t know if I have enough room in my heart for another guitar controller just yet.
Are you excited for this? Are you already sick of it? Let us know in the comments!
(Ps, I don’t care if no one got my The Simspons reference, I’m leaving it in there)