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06/10/2009 Family Returning Gamer Review
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Guitar Hero 5 PS3

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Guitar Hero 5 offers a solid selection of great tunes to rock out on, as well as some neat additional features to keep fans of the series content for another year.

There aren't many games that offer me the chance to really annoy my neighbors. I guess that's probably because there aren't many games that feature a drum kit! I'm actually quite musically talented myself. I play guitar in a small band with some mates and also am pretty nifty on the drums. So a game like Guitar Hero is right up my street.

It's even more up my street now, with the addition of some classic songs that I can actually play on a proper guitar. Jamming away to Song 2 by Blur was my first Guitar Hero 5 experience, and it was a good one. I played it with both the guitar and then the drums (not at the same time!) and felt that the game itself was solid, albeit pretty much the same as the last installment.

Jamming away to Song 2 by Blur was my first Guitar Hero 5 experience, and it was a good one.

One of the big issues with the last game was not being able to drop in and out of songs and bands with your mates. That seems to be have been addressed in GH5, with an jump-in, jump-out feature on the career mode. That became particularly helpful when I found myself jamming with a group of mates, some of them a lot better than others! We rocked out until the wee hours of the morning when a police officer knocked on the door and told us we were too loud and my neighbors were complaining.

It's ok though, I got my own back the next morning when I woke up at 7am and played Stevie Wonders Superstition at full blast. They couldn't complain this time because it was the morning after. 1-0 to me.

There's plenty here to keep me and my friends entertained way into the early hours.

Just to clarify, I don't spend my entire time finding new ways to annoy my neighbors - but in this instance, Guitar Hero 5 was a great way to do it. With some classic old tunes such as Wild Cherry's 'Play that funky music' and then more up to date songs such as Kings of Leons 'sex on fire' there's plenty here to keep me and my friends entertained way into the early hours.

But is it really worth buying? I guess that depends solely on how much you like music. Being able to play real musical instruments is a bit of a two edged sword really. On the one side, it does make me pretty nimble on the games guitar controller and my knowledge of the songs rift means I tend to get some decent scores - but at the same time, nothing beats playing the songs for real. Maybe Guitar Hero is for those who can't play instruments, but wished they could? Regardless, the game is decent enough to purchase for the simple matter of some new songs to play on an already solid, well established and fun gaming platform.

Written by Sinan Kubba

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Sinan Kubba writes the Returning Gamer column.

"As an 80s kid I was obsessed with gaming. But university, stress and life relegated my hobby to the backseat. After years in the wilderness, I'm back into video games. I don't just want to play games that remind of a happy youth though. I'm just as excited about games that take things forward, experiences that re-ignite that curiosity and fascination I had years ago."

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