Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Review

The Guitar Hero franchise has been around for a long time, and some people say it’s starting to lose a lot of steam. Warriors of Rock is their latest entry into the series and does it do anything to revitalize the name, or will it continue the downward spiral?

Story: Games in the Music genre aren’t really known for their engrossing campaign modes, with wonderfully written stories. Guitar Hero games aren’t exempt from that generalization – and neither is Warriors of Rock. Yes, they’ve tried to implement a story, but it just boils down to the same formula: get so many stars in a certain venue to unlock a “boss” track, then beat that boss track to unlock the next venue. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

The variation on that theme in WoR is that the characters you’ve played in the other GH games need to unlock their “Warrior” form to combat an ancient evil beast. You pick a character, and play them until you earn enough stars to make them transform into their warrior form. After the boss track (The Ramones cover of the Spiderman Theme is one of the best boss songs in recent memory) you go on to pick another character.

If it sounds tired, well, that’s because it is. GH didn’t really need a convoluted story to go with the game-play – hell it never did before. The only real innovation with the story is each character has a certain power: Casey Lynch’s power guards her streak twice, Lars’s lets him get a 5x multiplier, and so on and so forth.

Sound: It’s a music game, so sound is the key ingredient, and WoR doesn’t disappoint. I’ve seen people complain about the set list, but therein lies the defining factor of music games: if you like the songs on it, you’ll probably like the game. If the set list looks like utter crap to you, then the game probably will be as well.

I have two teenage daughters that listen to most of the music on WoR, including the thrash metal tracks, so this makes a great game for our family (because they listen to it, I do as well). It’s nice to have some throwback classic rock tracks put in as well, but some of the things like Five Finger Death Punch, and a live version of Paranoid with Ozzy singing, and Metallica providing the music are quite nice to hear.

Sometimes the vocals get washed out by the overbearing guitars, but you don’t notice that NEAR as much in multiplayer. The rest of the sounds are crisp, and sound as good, if not better, than previous GH games.

Graphics: Warriors of Rock looks pretty much like every other Guitar Hero game before it. Granted, there are a few graphical improvements here and there with the character models, but all in all it’s the same old same old. The venues you play at look nice from what you can see of them, and the “Warrior” version of each band is pretty nice as well; at least it’s something different than what you’re used to.

Wishes: My main wish is the same I have for every Guitar Hero game: that they weren’t charted so damn much. Warriors of Rock is incredibly hard (especially for someone like me that can barely manage normal) because of how many notes they chart.

My other wish is something I wish of every music game – give me a way to listen to the music in the music without playing it. Give me a Jukebox mode!

Final Thoughts: As I said before, if you can look at the songs in Warriors of Rock and get excited, then by all means pick it up. The new guitar that you can get bundled with the game is actually quite nice, showing that GH guitars are usually made to a very high standard. It’s solid, and responsive – and the design is pretty sweet as well.

At the day’s end, I give Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock a 4 out of 5 Michelas, because I thoroughly enjoyed the music in it, and it was great to be able to connect with my kids over a game again. As it’s a music game though, make sure to look at the song list and see they’re for you.

(4 Michelas? What does this mean?) 4 Michelas is like drinking 4 of your favorite drinks, you are feeling amazing and socializing with everybody in your group. You are at the peek of your buzz and only 1 michela away from Perfection.

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Neversoft (for the 360 and PS3 versions), and Vicarious Visions (for the Wii)
MSRP: $59.99 – Stand-Alone Software
$99.99 – Guitar Bundles
$179.99 – Super Bundles
Platforms: XBOX 360 (reviewed), PS3, Wii

SONG LIST:
* A Perfect Circle – “The Outsider”
* Aerosmith – “Cryin'”
* AFI – “Dancing Through Sunday”
* Alice Cooper – “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
* Alter Bridge – “Ties That Bind”
* Anberlin – “The Feel Good Drag”
* Anthrax – “Indians”
* Arch Enemy – “Nemesis”
* Atreyu – “Ravenous”
* Avenged Sevenfold – “Bat Country”
* Bad Brains – “Re-Ignition (Live)”
* Band Of Skulls – “I Know What I Am”
* Black Sabbath – “Children Of The Grave”
* Blind Melon – “Tones Of Home”
* Blue Öyster Cult – “Burnin’ For You”
* Bush – “Machinehead”
* Buzzcocks – “What Do I Get?”
* Children Of Bodom – “If You Want Peace… Prepare For War”
* Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”
* The Cure – “Fascination Street”
* Deep Purple – “Burn”
* Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)”
* Dethklok – “Bloodlines”
* The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants”
* Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing”
* DragonForce – “Fury of the Storm”
* Drowning Pool – “Bodies”
* Edgar Winter– “Free Ride”
* Fall Out Boy – “Dance, Dance”
* Five Finger Death Punch – “Hard To See”
* Flyleaf – “Again”
* Foo Fighters – “No Way Back”
* Foreigner – “Feels Like The First Time”
* George Thorogood and The Destroyers – “Move It On Over (Live)”
* The Hives – “Tick Tick Boom”
* Interpol – “Slow Hands”
* Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
* Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
* John 5 – “Black Widow Of La Porte”
* KISS – “Love Gun”
* Linkin Park – “Bleed It Out”
* Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Call Me The Breeze (Live)”
* Megadeth – “Sudden Death”
* Megadeth – “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”
* Megadeth – “This Day We Fight!”
* Metallica & Ozzy Osbourne – “Paranoid (Live)”
* Muse – “Uprising”
* My Chemical Romance – “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”
* Neil Young – “Rockin’ In The Free World”
* Nickelback – “How You Remind Me”
* Night Ranger – “(You Can Still) Rock In America”
* Nine Inch Nails – “Wish”
* The Offspring – “Self Esteem”
* Orianthi – “Suffocated”
* Pantera – “I’m Broken”
* Phoenix – “Lasso”
* Poison – “Unskinny Bop”
* Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
* Queensrÿche – “Jet City Woman”
* Rammstein – “Waidmanns Heil”
* The Ramones – “Theme From Spiderman”
* Red Rider – “Lunatic Fringe”
* R.E.M. – “Losing My Religion”
* Rise Against – “Savior”
* The Rolling Stones – “Stray Cat Blues”
* The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”
* Rush – “2112 Pt. 1 – Overture”
* Rush – “2112 Pt. 2 – The Temples Of Syrinx”
* Rush – “2112 Pt. 3 – Discovery”
* Rush – “2112 Pt. 4 – Presentation”
* Rush – “2112 Pt. 5 – Oracle: The Dream”
* Rush – “2112 Pt. 6 – Soliloquy”
* Rush – “2112 Pt. 7 – Grand Finale”
* RX Bandits – “It’s Only Another Parsec…”
* Silversun Pickups – “There’s No Secrets This Year”
* Slash featuring Ian Astbury – “Ghost”
* Slayer – “Chemical Warfare”
* Slipknot – “Psychosocial”
* Snot – “Deadfall”
* Soundgarden – “Black Rain”
* Steve Vai – “Speeding” (Vault Version)
* Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
* Strung Out – “Calling”
* Styx – “Renegade”
* Sum 41 – “Motivation”
* Tesla – “Modern Day Cowboy”
* Them Crooked Vultures – “Scumbag Blues”
* Third Eye Blind – “Graduate”
* Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Listen To Her Heart”
* Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
* The Vines – “Get Free”
* The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
* ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man (Live)”

  • ochoas08

    Fuck guitar hero….. i regret buying guitar hero world tour bundle 2 years ago..waste of money havent touched it over a year….$189.99 straight to the garbage! … (whiskey nothing to do with your review)..TQQQQ

    • See that’s what I mean – the Music genre is VERY polarizing. VERY hard to review, as there are some that love it, some that hate it, and almost none in the middle

  • I don’t think it’s the genre, it’s more of the damn fake instruments they keep releasing. They should have kept one Guitar Hero game and release DLC at cost there after. $200? wow!

  • illmatic

    damn I wanna play this, but forking out the cash for this doesnt seem like a good idea, id rather get the call of duty bundle with the remote control car >_<

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