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Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits Details Revealed

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Posted March 5, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

 

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Activision dropped some interesting details (and new screens) on upcoming Guitar Hero game Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits. The game takes tracks from older Guitar-only Guitar Hero games and give 'em the full band treatment, including drums, bass, singing, 8-player multiplayer, the music studio and everything else.

In an interview with IGN, Paul Gadbois, producer at game developer Beenox, dropped word on the tunes to be included in the game. Greatest Hits will contain 48 tracks, all masters, including the following eight classic rock tracks:

  • "Them Bones" Alice in Chains
  • "Killer Queen" Queen
  • "Nothin' But A Good Time" Poison
  • "Killing in the Name" Rage Against The Machine
  • "I Wanna Rock" Twisted Sister
  • "I Love Rock N Roll" Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  • "Barracuda."Heart
  •  "Through the Fire and Flames" Dragonforce

Newly announced venues include "The Amazon Rain Forest," "The Polar Ice Caps" and "The Grand Canyon."

Guitar Hero Greatest Hits comes out on Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 and PS2 this June. The Xbox 360 and PS3 version will have a suggested retail price of $59.99, while Wii and PS2 will be $49.99 and $39.99 respectively.

I gotta be honest, I'm leery of this title. I like the idea of bringing back songs from older Guitar Hero games for a full band, but I'm concerned about the execution. "Tentpole" Guitar Hero games have been more-or-less excellent, since the the first one, but the "add-on" style games in the series have been uneven...and I'm being charitable. Example: I'm a big fan of 80s music, but I felt totally ripped-off by Guitar Hero Rocks The Eighties-- Adding neon to backgrounds from other GH games does not mean it's the 80s, and the charts for that game were, in a word, ass. 

While I'd love the chance to play some of these classic rock tracks with a full band, I gotta wonder: Why ask gamers to pay full price for a disc when it seems that very few changes have been made to the game itself; we already played through these tracks with previous Guitar Hero games; and the "new" tracks could be made available for download anyway? This game is the same price as World Tour, but WT offered 86 tracks, where this features only 48...they couldn't knock a couple bucks off the price?

Also: While Beenox has a long history of porting games to new systems, this is the first music game they've worked on...which makes me concerned for the quality of the re-vamped charts. Getting those notes right is an art form, that I imagine takes experience to get right...

Am I wrong here? Set me straight in our comment section!

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