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- Supports all Guitar Hero instrument controllers within the same gaming platform, as well as other music/rhythm game controllers.
- Play with any combination of instruments you want, even with four lead singers.
- Team up with a partner on a Nintendo DS Lite in Roadie Mode for an all new level of competition.
- Expand your music collection by import your favorite Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero downloadable content straight into Band Hero.
- Enjoy 2-4 player local multiplayer support in co-op and competive modes and 2-8 player support online.
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This November, family and friends will come together to ascend the virtual stage and rock their way to superstardom with Band Hero. Brought to you by the makers of Guitar Hero, one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, Band Hero features the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone’s favorite acts including Taylor Swift, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects and Jackson 5. Headlined by some of the biggest names in music as in-game artists and playable characters, Band Hero is the ultimate party game where players of all ages will be able to experience the signature, easy-to-learn but difficult-to-master Guitar Hero gameplay. Band Hero allows fans to create the band they always dreamed of using any combination of guitar or drum controllers and vocals, providing rockers and performers of all ages the chance to experience and interact with their favorite music. Music sensation Taylor Swift joins forces with Band Hero for the ultimate family music gaming experience! Taylor Swift, global music sensation and best selling artist of 2008, will ascend an all-new virtual stage this November in Band Hero. Budding music stars, their families and friends, will all live their musical fantasy on the Band Hero stage, playing as Taylor Swift or alongside the singer/songwriter and guitarist, as she performs her smash-hits “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” from her latest album Fearless as well as “Picture to Burn” from her self-titled debut record. “Anything that encourages people to pick up an instrument and play, I’m fully behind. And, I’m really excited about Band Hero, because not only are fans getting to play my songs, but I’m actually in the game,” said Swift. “There are so many awesome things that go into being in Band Hero, like getting to customize my band to look like my touring band, and it’s so cool for people to feel like they are experiencing one of my concerts. This is one of the closest things out there to going to see me perform!”
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One SUPER ANNOYING thing is the editing of the songs. In American Pie, by Don McLean, they've removed the word "whisky." They just completely skip over it. Seriously?! The line SHOULD be, "Them good ol' boys were drinking whisky and rye, singing this'll be the day that I die." "Whisky" has been removed, but "rye" was left. Like rye isn't an alcohol too? Idiots. Believe me, it's *annoying* especially considering how many times that line is sung. And if anyone feels this might be appropriate based on the 10 & up rating, I would direct you to the "Rock Stars" on the screen, as well as the ones you can create. Sex sells, apparently. But you can't know about drinking.
The songs are great, for people who like the genre - we do. I'd give it 5 stars if not for the above 2 issues.
Band Hero is essentially Guitar Hero 5 for the Top 40 crowd. If you have played Guitar Hero 5 you will find the same engine here, but the difference is that Band Hero is aimed at people that either like more music variety than just rock and metal, or feel intimidated by the usual GH "rockstar" vibe. From a marketing standpoint Band Hero plays safe as it gives you a cleaner look that seems to be inspired by American Idol, and song picks with names like Taylor Swift, Hilary Duff and Spice Girls. Yes. Yes. I know.
Activision was smart to make this brand to be honest. This way they don't completely ditch people that like musical variety on Guitar Hero, while not alienating those that wouldn't stand seeing Nelly Furtado next to Nirvana. Pop songs are usually too easy for Guitar Hero which is most likely what turned off long time GH fans from the previous versions. But those songs do work well for Karaoke-style games as they are well known and more sing-along-friendly, something rare to find on Guitar Hero nowadays... so I guess with this you do get the "best of both worlds". And since you are able to mix and match instruments to your liking, you could treat this game as you want: a Karaoke game, a Guitar game, a full band game, etc.
A neat feature that Band Hero has that GH5 doesn't is DS Party Play. While regular Party Play lets people drop in/out of gameplay and changing their options without ever stopping gameplay, you had to deal with random songs. And if one you didn't want came up you'd then have to pause and choose what you want. With DS Party Play, someone can control the music being played on the fly through a Nintendo DS. This is a very clever and welcome feature for Wii players who also happen to own a DS.
I actually enjoy the variety found here, and being able to import songs back and forth from Guitar Hero 5, as well as using all DLC, means that you can further expand your complete GH song library. Without this compatibility it would have been hard for me to recommend this game. But even with all this said, a regular GH game usually has double the amount of music on the disc. Band Hero feels more like an expansion pack, and as such I wouldn't recommend you pay for it unless you get it for a low price. Considering the release of GH6 is near, the time is probably now.
I also really like the challenges that are associated with each song. Makes it easier to play by yourself and still have fun.
I love the stats it gives for each song in terms of the amount/complexity for each instrument. So if you want to play something with heavy bass, you can see right away which songs have the complex bass parts.
Some things that bother me are that you have to pick one online name for your game and everyone that plays has that name associated with them.
If you're not careful the rocker you're playing with currently will be duplicated on another instrument so it'll be like your rocker is playing drums and singing. This can be a little annoying and you have to plug in another instrument and manually change the rocker to someone different. Seems like the system should automatically recognize duplicate rockers and change them automatically.
Also, I don't like that the gigs only play one song at a time. In Guitar Hero World Tour if you played a gig it played each song in the gig one-after-the-other. Band Hero plays one song, then takes you back to the gig's menu and you have to choose the next song. Again, a little annoying and time consuming for no reason.
Band Hero is a fun game. Great to play with friends or by yourself.