The Wii U can't boast of many major third-party releases on the way this year, but one notable arrival will be Guitar Hero Live. As proof that all popular fads roll back around eventually, this will be battling it out with Rock Band 4, though Nintendo gamers won't have the option of picking up the latter.
With a new guitar peripheral - of course - this new entry will be rather different from its predecessors. A Gamescom behind-the-scenes video aims to highlight just that point; it provides details on two major festivals that'll be part of the campaign, showing off its first-person live crowd approach. We also see more of the online channels and streaming options in which you play along to music videos - a spin on all of those karaoke games that essentially do the same thing.
We can't help but be hopeful of this one, mainly because some among us spent ludicrous amounts of money on the last-gen entries and peripherals. It's easier than learning to play the guitar, anyway.
You need rock songs to play in order to be a Rock God. Something this game is seriously lacking.
GHTV just might be what does Rock Band in, depending on how it works. Buying DLC for infinite play is nice, but discovering new songs by playing the GH and RB franchises is what led me to discover all types of musicians. I never would've listened to Bob Dylan, Journey or Kansas if it wasn't for Rock Band. Guitar Hero led me to other hits from Lenny Kravitz, R.E.M. and Dream Theater. What GHTV seems to me is a constantly changing library of music. If it's free to access, I'll be all over it. RB4, on the other hand, seems like a reboot of the first and, correct me if I'm wrong, dumbed down by dropping Pro mode and keyboards. I'm anticipating GHL more than RB4.
It's been a while since I've played Guitar Hero. GH3 introduced me to a lot of bands when I was little, which I appreciate.
I'm a little worried to give this a try, since I'm unsure if it'd mess up any coordination I have with an actual guitar.
My worry is that the FMV aspect will murder the one genuine advantage GH4-6 had over RB2-3: robust competitive local multiplayer.
Yes, you can sort of play to compete for higher points, but GH5 introduced a huge lot of convoluted competitive modes, one of them a Wii-exclusive asynchronous mode using the DS which could work if updated for use on the WiiU.
If these modes go, I'm afraid I'll stick with GH6 for my rock parties indefinitely.
Can't wait! Although I'll be extremely disappointed if this is cancelled at the last minute.
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