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- Rock out with your friends in Guitar Hero® Live with the 2 Pack Bundle!
- Bundle contains game software and two Guitar Hero Live wireless guitar controllers.
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It’s About to Get Real
Guitar Hero Live is here. FreeStyleGames have reinvented the legendary Guitar Hero franchise, with two innovative new gameplay modes and an all-new guitar controller.
GH Live mode puts you onstage, looking out: you get a heart-stopping first-person perspective as a real crowd reacts to the notes you play. Or switch over to GHTV – a playable music video network, where you can play along in real time, discover new music, and challenge friends around the world.
YOU are the rock star
Playing music in front of a real crowd is like no other experience. With the new GH Live first-person view, YOU’LL take center stage like never before.
Rock real crowds with real reactions
Feel the rush of performing in a REAL band, in front of REAL crowds who react in REAL time to your performance. You’ll either win the crowd or lose them. Plus, your band mates will also let you know if you’re rocking out or need to pick it up. Fight the stage fright and bring down the house.
Awesome music, epic venues
In GH Live, you’ll take the stage in a variety of venues. Experience it all from the intimacy of a small club or the main stage of a massive outdoor festival.
All playable, all the time
GHTV is a continuous broadcast of music videos where you and your guitar controller are the star. Hundreds of videos will be available at launch spanning all different genres of music, with new videos continually added to the line-up. You’ll be able to discover and play new songs all the time.
Play what you want
Turning on GHTV is similar to turning on your regular TV. Pick a channel and dive right in. Don’t like what’s on? Just switch over to another channel and play a new song. You’ll earn in-game currency in GHTV that you can use to play songs on demand or to acquire a ton of different items in the game like custom note highways, playercards and more.
Rock out with friends
GHTV makes it more fun to play with your friends than ever. While one person is playing, everyone else can watch the videos. Plus, GHTV delivers exciting competition, no matter your skill level. Compete in your living room or online with people from all over the world, playing at similar progression levels and difficulty as you. Check out the leaderboards to see how you stack up against fellow rock stars around the world.
Level up and earn rewards
Level up to unlock more content and achieve Hero status. Along the way you’ll earn the use of new Hero Powers and you can level up your guitar. Hero Powers, similar to Star Power back in the day, can be used to gain a competitive edge and achieve new high scores.
Premium Shows include anything from new music videos in GHTV to live concert footage that you can play along to. Get access to this content by leveling up and completing challenges, or use real currency to play instantly.
Customer your experience
In GHTV you will have access to unique personalization items. Customize your note highway and playercard to show off your style.
New Controller Features
More real than ever
The guitar controller has been updated to reflect the new style and realism of Guitar Hero Live.
All new button layout
The new 2x3 button layout creates the feeling of switching between strings and provides an enhanced experience when playing chords.
Classic strum bar
Why mess with perfection? The strum bar you know and love is back in all its glory.
Next level Hero Powers
Use the guitar’s tilt sensor or the new Hero Power button to activate one of the many newly available Hero powers.
Return of the whammy
The classic whammy bar makes a triumphant return, to help you show off your flair.
Direct access to GHTV
The GHTV button lets you jump straight into GHTV from anywhere in the game.
THE GUITAR CONTROLLER
Easier to play, harder to master
The guitar controller was redesigned for the best gameplay across all skill levels. The new 2x3 button layout makes it easier to play with only three buttons, or, on veteran, it starts mirrors what it’s like to play chord shapes with all six buttons, making the game easier for beginners and harder for experts.
Unleash your inner rock star. Guitar Hero Live is here. FreeStyleGames have reinvented the legendary Guitar Hero franchise, with two innovative new gameplay modes and an all-new guitar controller. GH Live mode puts you onstage, looking out: you get a heart-stopping first-person perspective as a real crowd reacts to the notes you play. Or switch over to GHTV - an always-on music video network, where you can play along in real time, discover new music, and challenge friends around the world.
Activision makes no guarantees regarding the availability of online play or features, including without limitation GHTV, and may modify or discontinue online services in its discretion without notice.
Top customer reviews
Out of the box I was initially disappointed to see that the wireless guitar uses a dongle for the Xbox. However, I can’t knock the game for this since it is really Microsoft not allowing them to use the Xbox’s wireless technology. But it is worth noting that you will need a USB port for the dongle. This does matter for someone like me that has an external drive and headset already using up 2 of the 3 ports on the Xbox. If I want to play 2-player then it takes some rearranging to get it setup. More on that later.
After getting through the worthless “tutorial” you get to jump into your first show. I’m not going to go into the overall cheesy presentation as that has been covered by several other reviewers. The gameplay itself is actually very fun. I love the new 6 button layout. It makes the game new and very challenging even for GH veterans. Some of the solo/hammer on sections are very satisfying to play through. However, there are several sections that just don’t seem to match the soundtrack that is being played. This gets extremely frustrating because you will start to have mystery misses that kill your note streak.
The game is divided into two game types: GH Live and GHTV. GH Live is the single player campaign. There are 42 songs on disc for this mode. Most of those songs are locked at the start, which is pretty standard for GH games. You select a setlist and play through a 3 -5 songs for each. Finishing a set will unlock those songs in quickplay. This isn’t too exciting but GH veterans will feel very comfortable in this mode. You can play these 42 songs at your will once they are unlocked.
This is also where you will play the “multiplayer”. This is not like other GH games. The multiplayer consists of two players playing the same note pattern. No rhythm guitar, lead 2 guitar, nothing. This is very disappointing, especially for people like me that dropped $150 on the two guitar set. That second guitar is a great paper weight.
Now we come to the part that I love and hate, GHTV. This is where I have spent the vast majority of my time with the game. You get to select from different music channels (There are 2 channels available at launch) that are running music videos 24 hours per day. You can jump in or out of the action any time that you want. This mode has 200+ songs on day one. This mode is very addictive and you might find yourself playing a channel for hours, especially if you have friends over. It’s so easy to “play one more” song. I find myself playing one more song about 10 times.
Now for the bad news. You are stuck with whatever song that the channel gives you. Yes, you can select a song to play through an on demand option. However, this does have a cost built into it. In order to select a song you must have some in game currency which comes in the form of “plays”. So if there is a song that you like or a really hard solo that you want to practice you must use one of your plays every time to want to play the song. To be fair, you can earn “plays” by just playing the game normally. However, the rate at which you earn plays is nowhere near enough to really practice songs. From my experience, the rate that the game gives away plays drops dramatically as you play more. You will find yourself eating up those plays quickly if there is a particular song that you want to practice. This forces you to eventually pay real money for plays. Yes, you get to pay more money to play a game that you already paid $100 or $150 for. You can pay $6 to unlock the full game for a 24 hour period. That adds up to $180 per month to have access to a game you already paid for.
This is really where I think they lost me. I would love nothing more than to play the game and have a fun time but the obvious attempts to nickel and dime their customers makes me want to return the game and move on. This is really too bad because I would love to have more time with the new controller. It is really fun. Why not have an option to buy songs? Or, if you are so hell bent on getting more money from people, maybe have a monthly subscription in the $10 range. I could see something like that working but at $6 per day you can have your game back.
• New guitar controller
• GHTV is great for parties
• No practice mode
• Cheesy presentation
• GHTV WILL cost you money
• Multiplayer is pretty much non-existent
• Very low value out of the box (42 songs)
• No option to buy or permanently unlock songs
The game itself? Not too bad. Similar enough that GH veterans will be able to pick it up pretty quickly, but challenging enough to still be fun. However, the main reason I bought it was to play with my husband, and it's pretty useless for that.
Why the dongles? The guitar hero games for the 360 did not need dongles and they were infinatly easier to connect and play. It is a struggle trying to get two guitars to link up.
The guitar quality is pathetic. One of my guitars was broken right out of the box. Two of the fret buttons were electrically shorted to each other so a press on either was a press on both. I managed to fix the problem. The solder on the circuit board inside the neck was touching. I separated the solder and now its good to go... Where is the quality control?
The buttons sometimes stick down. I'm sure I can come up with a fix for this but its annoying.
Overall an excellent and entertaining improvement of the guitar hero line that is hindered by low quality hardware...