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Guitar Hero is the video game phenomenon that lets player strum, pluck and play along with a semi-realistic plastic guitar.
After the breakthrough success of (GBP 69.99) Guitar Hero on the PS2 and original Xbox and the battle with competitor Rockband 360, Activision are first to release a band themed edition of their game.
Rhythm action games combine the enjoyment that comes from creating music with the challenge of video game scoring. The player is usually tasked with dancing on a mat, tapping a touch screen, pressing a button, singing into a mic or strumming a fake guitar controller in time with the music.
The original Guitar Hero proved that peripherals mattered in rhythm action games. Bringing added realism and novelty to the game play. Guitar Hero Aerosmith focus the playing along experience on one single band.
Although Rockband, EA's competitor game, provided a more comprehensive list of songs to download, this update provides players 40 tracks drawn from Aerosmith's greatest hits and the bands own favourite songs. Owners of the original game can reuse their guitars, whereas newcomers can buy the game and the guitar to join in afresh.
Rockband still has the edge for multi-player full band mode - sporting a bass, lead, vocal and drums to guitar hero's guitars.
The genius of Guitar Hero is that it convinces the player that they are actually playing the music, without them having to actually play every note. Miss hit a few and the game's clanks and twangs soon let you know about it.
Stood in your living room with Aerosmith blaring out is no longer the preserve of air guitar, now you can join in with your very own fake plastic guitar.
The game is structured around songs that last three to four minutes each. If you only have 15 minutes to play you can knock out a few tracks. To get the most out of it however you need a good hour to warm up those fingers.
After dinner sessions have been known to stretch out into the small hours, particularly with a few competitive players.
The timing required by Guitar Hero Aerosmith makes it a little prohibitive for very young players. That said, provided you have a reasonably musical ear, and select an easier setting you should be able to enjoy it regardless of your gaming experience.
Standing in front of other playing a fake guitar at first feels a little silly. Self conscious player may prefer to play alone, or put in enough practice before hand to impress in public.
The Aerosmith themed songs contain, as you would expect, a degree of sexual references and swearing. Although this is nothing more than you would find on the music albums themselves.
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