Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Guitar Hero Lives!


Image from www,polygon.com
After Rock Band was given a revival for a new generation at this year's GDC, many were wondering if Guitar Hero would get the same treatment. As you can tell by the title, it did (By DJ Hero developer FreeStyleGames), and its name is Guitar Hero Live. It's not a simple port to current-gen consoles though (It's on 360 and PS4 as well as the PS4, Wii U and Xbone) as it radically changes what the series was built on, the most obvious change being the new first person camera and use of video rather than in-game graphics. The crowd and band dynamically react to how you're playing, which is pretty cool, and I can imagine strapping on a Project Morpheus and experiencing it first hand. It also must cut development time down, as the developers only really have to model the "highway".

The guitar has also changed into an altogether more guitar-y and friendly model: instead of the colourful buttons, there are two rows of three buttons, and only 3 possible places on the highway for notes to land. To keep you on the your toes, notes switch from white to black (Corresponding to different buttons) and for experts there's a chord system. All in all, it sounds like a good reboot for a franchise people want back.

Last of all, there's GHTV, a music channel-style series that allows you to jump in and play along to the song as you watch it. It seems a bit gimmicky, but all of these features should justify the £90 asking price when it release at Christmas.



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