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Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share

Five colored gems represented by five pads
Guitar Hero World Tour aims for Rock Band's throne

We already learned last week about the drum kit for what will be the fourth full entry in the Guitar Hero franchise, which will include a drum kit that’s different from Rock Band. The game won’t be called Guitar Hero 4, though, as the official press release terms it as Guitar Hero World Tour – that last bit sounding a bit like Rock Band’s multiplayer mode.

The description reads a lot like one for Rock Band too: “Guitar Hero World Tour will transform music gaming by marrying Guitar Hero’s exhilarating guitar gameplay, with a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless instruments with revolutionary new online and offline gameplay modes. The game will feature a slick newly redesigned guitar, a genuine electronic drum kit and a microphone...”

But what’s new is: “an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock and roll anthems, along with online Band Career and 8-player ‘Battle of the Bands.’” The whole “make your own” seems to be the theme of many upcoming games, but Guitar Hero World Tour may give new rise to indie music.

While it seems difficult that Guitar Hero would be able match up to the DLC majesty of Rock Band, Activision is boasting that Guitar Hero World Tour will have “the largest on-disc set list in a music-rhythm game to-date,” meaning that it’ll have more than the 71 songs found in Guitar Hero III. Better yet, all the tracks are to be master recordings from the likes of Van Halen, Linkin Park, The Eagles, Sublime and many more.

“Guitar Hero has set the standard for music-based gaming and with Guitar Hero World Tour and the game’s groundbreaking Music Studio, we are once again delivering unprecedented innovation that has the potential to revolutionize consumer generated music, much in the same way that video sharing hubs have driven user generated video,” said Dusty Welch, Head of Publishing for RedOctane. “With the introduction of our advanced high-quality new wireless instruments, in-depth customization options and advanced online functionality, the game enables music fans and gamers globally to share in the most social and expressive music experience ever.”

I’m not happy that the soon-to-be released Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is a retail release when it really should be DLC, but if anything can unshackle Rock Band’s hold on true music rhythm fans it’s Guitar Hero World Tour.

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Rock Band Plz
By idconstruct on 5/27/2008 3:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
As a Wii owner (I'm primarily a PC gamer...) I think I'm going to just go get rock band for wii when it comes out June 22nd since it has been proven and I already know it kicks ass... no point in waiting...

who knows though... i might get both :P will depend on whether or not the GH tracklist is worth it or not. (the quieter drums are appealing though too) I hope the songs are downloaded to an SD card since i can see myself filling up the wii's memory pretty quick with both games...

RE: Rock Band Plz
By pcbean on 5/28/2008 9:44:25 AM , Rating: 3
The drum set isn't all that loud for Rock Band, you don't have to hit it all that hard to register a hit on the pad.

RE: Rock Band Plz
By idconstruct on 5/30/2008 3:33:34 AM , Rating: 2
true, and I agree, the rock band kit doesn't normally bother me.. I was mainly thinking about when my friend and I wanted to play at night and we had to cover the drum kit with a blanket to muffle it so we didn't wake ppl up. It still played fine.

It would just be a small plus to not have to do that for GH, not that it's going to make or break the decision though.

RE: Rock Band Plz
By slacker57 on 5/28/2008 2:42:52 PM , Rating: 2
I hope the songs are downloaded to an SD card since i can see myself filling up the wii's memory pretty quick with both games...

You won't have to worry about that since Rock Band for Wii doesn't have any DLC.

I've seen conflicting reports on GHWT's DLC abilities for the Wii, so I'm going to wait to see how that clears up before deciding on how I want to rock out on the Wii, but the ability to create your own songs would definitely be the selling point for me if all else is equal.

RE: Rock Band Plz
By idconstruct on 5/30/2008 3:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
Crap you're right... I forgot that they decided to go with those stupid "Track-Pack" expansions...

oh well...

modded Wii's FTW!

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