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- It’s About to Get Real: FreeStyleGames have reinvented the legendary Guitar Hero franchise, with two innovative new gameplay modes and an all-new guitar controller.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Guitar Controller: The guitar controller was redesigned for the best gameplay across all skill levels.
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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.
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FreeStyleGames has now taken the helm, in light of Neversoft (the previous developers) closing. The aesthetic has definitely changed, for better or worse. While the signature punk-cartoon style of the previous entries is ultimately gone, FreeStyle has seen to it to make the game's universe their own and inject a new sense of realism to the series. Players in Live mode now see themselves taking the role of a freelance guitarist who plays in gigs with fictional bands from the States and England abroad. It's all displayed in first-person and mildly entertaining to see real live people overacting the part. FreeStyleGames took the live-action gameplay two steps further by adding reactionary footage based on the player's ability to play a song. Now, if would-be guitar heroes perform well, they'll be treated to adoring fans and encouraged to continue shredding. In contrast, if audiences are not satisfied with the amount of missed strums or generally poor performance of the player they will sure to let them know by booing the band and tossing refuse towards the stage.
There aren't many songs on-disc, but what is there is serviceable and a good introduction to using the new guitar. Blink-182, Good Charlotte, Imagine Dragons, The Black Keys, Wolfmother, The Killers, and many other acts round out the pop-rock catalog, while entries from Katy Perry, Skrillex, Eminem, and Rihanna do their best to add some diversity to the line-up. There's not much replayability with these songs in particular, but that is where the franchise's new Guitar Hero TV (GHTV) mode comes into play.
GHTV is essentially a 24-hour music video network that broadcasts two simultaneously channels of songs for the games. Players can think of it like having MTV and VH1 of old playing music videos while running the iconic Guitar Hero track for gamers to play to while watching their favorite songs. Every half hour sees a new theme in the channels for players to strum to with themes akin to "Rock of the 90s" or "Indie Hits". If playing songs at random is not preferred, there is also the ability for guitar heroes to select songs from GHTV's massive 100+ song catalog with play tokens that can be earned from playing the channels or buying tokens with real cash. The promise of rotating out old songs for new songs by FreeStyle every so often gives players something to look forward to as the Guitar Hero Live ages, but if the game's lifespan or popularity will afford such an endeavor remains to be seen.
GHTV also supports a leveling system that enables players to shred with others online, as well as encounter rivals that they can play head-to-head against and compete for the highest score. Along with score, guitar heroes are able to earn coins that can, as previously mentioned, buy free play tokens and upgrades to their guitar's abilities, allowing for more hero segments on songs or increased multipliers to rack up score faster.
The guitar itself is a solid piece of equipment. It is wireless with support from a USB-based dongle on the PS4. There's not much to praise or criticize about the device, it gets the job done.
The game itself is fairly bare bones when compared to the features Harmonix is implementing in their rival Rock Band series with Rock Band 4. However, Guitar Hero Live finds its identity in offering a unique and focused guitar experience, where Rock Band 4 busies itself with a whole band ensemble and sticking with the familiar 5-button guitar layout. While there is little in the way of narrative or story, GHTV offers fantastic replayability in allowing wannabe guitar heroes extra songs to play at no additional cost. If FreeStyle can keep the service up with new songs on the regular, GHTV can really give the game the legs it needs to be the ultimate party title.
TL;DR: Long-time Guitar Hero and Rock Band fans interested in a new challenge will find a lot to like in the new 3-by-2 button layout. Gamers looking for career-style modes or replayability won't find much of that here, save for the promise of endless music video jams with GHTV.
The game offers a live (career) mode, where you play through pre-made setlists as the guitarist to your band and watch live reactions of the crowd as you play. Their mood changes drastically as you play, whether that be a good or bad thing. It's a breath of fresh air instead of the cartoon character models.
The other mode is a new feature to Guitar Hero called GHTV. It is basically a live radio that offers a couple channels for everybody to join in and play along with, tracking your high score vs other players and letting you earn EXP and gold to buy cool new things like different power ups, chart skins, and player cards. You also can buy "plays" to specifically choose songs out of the entirety of the GHTV playlist that YOU would like to play right away, instead of waiting for the radio to play it. You do have limited plays when it comes to this, and this is where Guitar Hero Live gets a bit iffy. It offers micro-transactions to buy more plays, or a "24 hour access pass" to the playlist where you can choose the songs you'd like to play for $5.99. This can really put off some players, myself included. The idea of paying for stuff like this after already paying 60 for the game and 40 for the guitar is obscene. However, you do NOT have to pay for this, and can very easily earn in-game gold by playing songs through the live radio rotation, and then buying your plays through that gold instead of real money. You can also earn plays by leveling up and doing premium playlists (higher level content). It is fair, in my opinion, but a cheap way to earn some extra money from Activision. Overall, I think the mode is definitely unique and interesting, and I'm assuming over time they will continue to add more songs into the library, offer more free channels that rotate to play on, and likely have DLC for new songs, however that make work with this GHTV system.
If like me, you’re stuck at the ‘Press Any Button On Guitar Controller’ screen then use the following steps to fix it:
1.Disable the Internet on your PS4. (It’s in Settings > Network > Internet, just uncheck it.)
2.Go back into Guitar Hero Live. Problem solved. If not, try method two.
1.Turn off your PS4. Do not turn it on using your controller. Turn on the console using the button on the console itself.
2.Navigate to open Guitar Hero Live using the Guitar controller. The small knob can be tilted in all directions to move the cursor and you can press X by pressing button 1 on the guitar controller.