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Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's - PlayStation 2

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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews) 69 / 100

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  • KILLER 80s SOUNDTRACK: Pick up your axe and rock out to tracks ranging from New Wave to Hair Metal. Every song will have you tapping your feet and banging your head!
  • AWESOME CHARACTERS: Play as your favorite Guitar Hero characters decked out in awesome 80’s outfits.
  • CO-OP MULTIPLAYER: Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s puts 2 players closer to the rock experience, enabling players to play cooperatively with one person on lead guitar, and the 2nd on bass or rhythm guitar.
  • CHALLENGE A FRIEND: Jam against a friend in two competitive multiplayer modes.
  • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Master those 80’s hits using the awesome Practice mode. Play any part of any song or even slow down the songs to really nail those difficult sections.

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  • ASIN: B000OPPR2C
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,090 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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The 1980s were a crazy decade when big hair, tight clothes and fresh attitudes ruled the music scene; represented in Guitar Hero™ Encore: Rocks the 80s™. Play totally awesome songs from the 1980s with Guitar Hero characters decked out in sweet retro outfits. Turn off that tape deck on your boom box, pick up and play Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s!

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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 24, 2007
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The Guitar Hero series has quickly become the premiere rhythm based gaming franchise, and with Activision now publishing the series, prepare for a yearly blitz of Guitar Hero games. Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's, compiles thirty songs from said decade. Many bands and group from the era; ranging from hair metal smashes like Poison and Ratt to legendary metal pioneers Iron Maiden and Anthrax, are featured here, along with songs from Asia, Twisted Sister, the Dead Kennedys, and Skid Row to boot. While many of the songs are incredibly fun to play, Guitar Hero Encore suffers from the fact that there isn't anything here that you haven't seen before. Combine this with the fact that the game is selling for the full list price and only features thirty songs with basically nothing else new, and you get one disappointing overall package. There's no unlockable tracks either, and some of the featured songs (like cuts from White Lion and Faster Pussycat) could have been done without. All in all, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's isn't bad one bit and offers a decent amount of fun for veteran players of the series, but the game is a disappointing quick cash-in attempt that doesn't offer enough bang for your buck to warrant the price tag.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, Bad Execution July 23, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
As a big Guitar Hero fan (I own the previous two installments) I was very excited that Red Octane was making an 80s version for us children of the 80s. Oddly enough, I didn't hear about it until literally the week before while doing some random research; it appeared as though Red Octane was barely advertising this and I think that was mistake no. 1.

Rock the 80s has a diverse track list that many a child of the 80s can enjoy. I personally enjoyed I Ran(So Far Away) by A Flock of Seagulls and Radar Love and my buddies got a kick out of Turning Japanese. However, that is where the fun ends. I bought it three hours ago and already I earned everything. As an encore I'm not surprised that Red Octane changed very little of the gameplay from Guitar Hero II but it seems as though they left out all the good stuff.

You can only purchase one additional character (Grim Reaper) so the other bonus characters are gone. This is sad as several of my buddies played exclusively as certain bonus characters. They also took out the bonus track section severely limiting songs. Red Octane barely edited the loading screen advice leaving most of the advice from Guitar Hero II on there.

On a few plus sides, I'm glad they kept co-op mode and many of the bonus guitars. I also wish they would've chosen better songs from certain groups (I think We're Not Gonna Take It would've been a better choice by Twisted Sister) but this is a criticism I have of the other Guitar Hero games.

Overall, I'm glad I waited in line to purchase Rock the 80s as I loved playing songs from my childhood but this could've been done a lot better with better bonus materials and less Guitar Hero II look-a-like but I should have expected as much when I saw "encore" under the title. An 85% overall with massive room for improvement.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but basically more of the same August 2, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s as a sequel to GH and GHII doesn't really measure up. It's still a fun game, mostly for people who grew up in the 80s like myself, but overall it really adds nothing new to the series. While GHII evolved the game quite a bit adding new multiplayer options and updating the hammer-on and pull-off functionality to make it more usable GH80s does nothing other than add a few new tunes to the mix. Barring a few tweaks the graphics are mostly the same throughout and the engine also remains the same. Apparently there are no plans to put this version of the game onto the XBOX 360.

Overall the songs are a lot easier to play through all difficulties with the exception of certain ones like Seventeen and Play With Me. For those who had a hard time progressing past the Medium difficulty this might be the right version of GH for you to break into Hard or even Expert. The songs themselves sound pretty decent overall and there are no glaringly bad vocal covers.

Songs by the original artists are:

"I Ran (So Far Away)" - A Flock of Seagulls
"Because, It's Midnite" - Limozeen
"The Warrior" - Scandal
"I Wanna Rock" - Twisted Sister
"Electric Eye" - Judas Priest

This will be the last GH game from Harmonix as they move on to do Rock Band. GHIII will be developed by Neversoft Entertainment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you must buy this game, buy it 50% off. July 27, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If this game cost me $25, it would be the greatest game ever. I would love it for hours, I would master every single song on it, and I would be very, very happy.

It costs $50.

There are only 30 songs, no bonuses, no quirks, no unlockables to speak of. It's Guitar Hero 2 bonus tracks with a palette swap.

That being said, I really love the songs. I am a huge fan of 80s music, especially the ever present metal.

If they ever plan on doing something like this again, they need to do three things.

First off, they need to either reduce the price or put in more effort. $50 is a lot for a game, and if I pay it, I expect an actual game, not just an expansion pack.

Second, they need to do playtesting on it a lot more. No, I don't just mean put in more effort, I mean... it skips, it jumps, it's awful. Many songs are unplayable because of the skips.

Third, they need to do more than just make songs more difficult. This version is *much* harder than Guitar Hero 2, and to a certain extent, as someone who plays exclusively on expert, that's a good thing, but even though I would kill for an Yngwie Malmsteen track on one of them, I have to confess, enough is enough. If you play on expert, expect endless triple chords and transitions from the first song. If you play on easier difficulties, expect it to be so easy that you will scream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's - PlayStation 2
The disc is in great condition. It functions properly and nothing is wrong with it. There is a missing piece from the case but it does not effect the game at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by George Hearn
1.0 out of 5 stars still dont know
I ordered this on the 31st of march and it should have being here according to the date on here between the 4th and the 9th. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stanley Koziol
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great!
Lots of fun. There are, of course, never enough songs but this is fun to play, there are no glitches, scratches, or problems.
Published 5 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars kids were so happy
I am so happy I found this item with you, my kids were so disappointed theirs broke and it was their fav guitar hero game
Published 5 months ago by Ronda B. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's - PlayStation 2
Another game we thoroughly enjoy for the price of 1 popcorn and 1 soda pop at the movies.
Definitely more bang for the buck on this choice!
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