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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock to Feature All-New Story Mode

Posted by Trevor Chan

Activision re-designs the guitar controller (we wouldn't be surprised if it looks like an udder)

To an extent, as long as gamers are satisfied with the track selection on the Guitar Hero brand of games, they are probably more than happy to carry on buying the continuous stream of new instalments that keep the franchise alive. If you don't mind the routine of either releasing 'compilation' packs, or the band-specific offerings, you'll probably have no problem with the direction that the franchise has taken. If, however, you want something a little different, you're in luck.

Activision has announced that it is returning to the Guitar Hero series with the latest instalment, entitled Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. With Vicarious Visions behind the wheel of the Wii version, the game will take a slightly different approach than before as players will now have a story-driven Quest Mode to tuck into.

In Quest Mode, using any combination of instruments, players will embark on a larger-than-life, epic rock journey from the stage of CBGBs, the infamous punk-rock club in New York City, to the molten lava fields of rock treachery as eight Guitar Hero characters transform into rock warriors that must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down “The Beast” and save rock n’ roll.

There's also Quickplay+ which allows players to test themselves with a selection of challenges that utilise the on-disc tracks, as well as the Guitar Hero Music Library that contains over 500 tracks. Gamers are faced with 13 unique gameplay challenges, such as Power Challenge, Band Streak and High Score. Power Challenge, for example, will task players with choosing two warrior powers they have unlocked in order to earn highscores to put on the all-new Challenge Leaderboards. The better the score, the more you'll rank up in conjunction with rewards and content being unlocked.

It's not just the game itself that's changed though, because the guitar controller has also been re-designed but exactly what new features these controllers will have has not been disclosed yet. All we know is that the fretboard has been optimised in some way. Party Play makes a return which lets gamers jump in and jump out of gameplay, making multiplay quick and easy. Gamers can use any combination of guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, with Competitive Modes included should you find yourself after something a bit different.

Dave Mustaine from Megadeth has recorded a track written exclusively for the game called "Sudden Death" and inspiration was taken from the Quest Mode's narrative. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock will feature over 90 tracks and the initial 35 have been announced as follows:

  • AFI – “Dancing Through Sunday”
  • Anthrax – “Indians”
  • Avenged Sevenfold – “Bat Country”
  • Black Sabbath – “Children Of The Grave”
  • Buzzcocks – “What Do I Get?”
  • Children Of Bodom – “If You Want Peace... Prepare For War”
  • The Cure – “Fascination Street”
  • Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)”
  • Dethklok – “Bloodlines”
  • Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing”
  • DragonForce – “Fury of the Storm”
  • Drowning Pool – “Bodies”
  • Fall Out Boy – “Dance, Dance”
  • Foo Fighters – “No Way Back”
  • Foreigner – “Feels Like The First Time”
  • The Hives – “Tick Tick Boom”
  • Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
  • Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
  • KISS – “Love Gun”
  • Linkin Park – “Bleed It Out”
  • Megadeth – “Sudden Death”
  • Metallica & Ozzy Osbourne – “Paranoid (Live)”
  • Muse – “Uprising”
  • My Chemical Romance – “I'm Not Okay (I Promise)”
  • Night Ranger – “ (You Can Still) Rock In America”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “Wish”
  • The Offspring – “Self Esteem”
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Rammstein – “Waidmanns Heil”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Stray Cat Blues”
  • Silversun Pickups – “There’s No Secrets This Year”
  • Slayer – “Chemical Warfare”
  • Slipknot – “Psychosocial”
  • Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
  • ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man (Live)”

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is currently scheduled for release this Autumn. Time to get those musical calluses back.

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User Comments (22)

Discipledoctor

#3

Discipledoctor said:

FIRST time I played through Guitar Hero 3's story, I found myself hoping they'd do another like it. If this has the animated cut-scenes like GH3, then it's a first-day buy for me.

ToastyYogurt

#4

ToastyYogurt said:

Well, at least Activision isn't trying to milk GH anymore like they did last year by pushing out 5 games (6 games if you count DJ Hero). I wouldn't be surprised to hear poor sales of this game, despite it's new story mode (All of my GH-Owning friends still don't have GH5, settling for World Tour instead.)

BJWanlund

#5

BJWanlund said:

The only thing I can hear when I see that title is that classic line from "The Warriors". You may thank me later, LOL.

BJ

V8_Ninja

#7

V8_Ninja said:

Due to this announcement, I might actually be interested in the series again. But I'll wait for more info.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#8

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Excellent name "Warriors of Rock" and a generally superb track list. Many of those tracks take me back to my rocking youth!

Aenaida

#10

Aenaida said:

Black Sabbath – “Children Of The Grave”
Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing”
Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man (Live)” (Would prefer the studio version, but at least we're getting a ZZ Top song actually sung by ZZ Top.)

I'm glad I chose to wait on purchasing GH5. These songs alone make GH: WoR worth buying (for me at least, and yes, I know Aqualung was in RB2), and only a little over a third of the entire soundtrack has been revealed. Awesome.

Jacob

#11

Jacob said:

To be honest, I don't think that Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance are really Warriors of Rock.

jangonov

#12

jangonov said:

with over 90 songs on the disk, if my current collection transfers I will have well over 400 songs all in all

Aenaida

#13

Aenaida said:

To be honest, I don't think that Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance are really Warriors of Rock.

I still highly doubt the Killers, Bloc Party, and Muse are Legends of Rock as well.

lakersfanmartin

#14

lakersfanmartin said:

exactly agreed guitar hero is a great game but they dont live up to their titles for example when you hear warriors of rock you would think of ac/dc, bon jovi, guns n' roses, journey, led zeppelin, white snake etc. bands like that, its about time they get def leppard on a guitar hero without having to down load it. & where are 3 days grace, nickelback, reo speedwagon & the band im waiting for most white lion.(white lion is one of the most underrated bands of all time but with broken heart, wait & when the children cry they deserve to be a guitar hero.)

Big_A2

#15

Big_A2 said:

@13.Aenaida: Keep in kind it's "warriors" of rock here, not "legends".

Mange

#17

Mange said:

When will they release a stub Guitar Hero WiiWare game with zero tracks built in. Just the core gameplays. Letting me choose the songs in the download shop. So much crap on those discs, I´m not interested in a tenth of them. Also.. let us download songs from the discs released. Not as a full package but one and one so that I can pick out my goodies.

JimLad

#18

JimLad said:

I really hope I'm still alive when all this rhythm based crap dies out.

Marioman64

#19

Marioman64 said:

only thing i don't like about guitar hero is their song choice for usa releases.

i don't know ANY of these announced songs (i may have heard them but don't know them by name, but still)

also there needs to be a four button mode on the console version, because i can do expert no problem on ds, but i can barely do hard on the console because they throw in that infernal orange button. i want to do expert with four buttons not five

EdEN

#21

EdEN said:

Having a son by The Cure on disc opens the doors for more songs to be released on DLC, so they have my $50 already.

NotEnoughGolds

#22

NotEnoughGolds said:

@Marioman:
Really? Bohemian Rhapsody, Paranoid, Pour Some Sugar on Me, Interstate Love Song, Sharp Dressed Man, Self Esteem?
It's hard to imagine you haven't heard each of those songs hundreds of times.

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