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Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock review

Still rockin' hard after all these years

Despite having the same old game engine at its core, Warriors Of Rock successfully injects some originality into the classic Guitar Hero experience.

The Quest mode is the big addition this time, replacing the standard Career mode. You play through a selection of songs with each of the game's playable rockers, each with their own attributes.

Rock This Way

This adds more strategy for high score fiends as your character really affects the score you can get. For a fast song with lots of notes together, you'll want to use Echo Tesla as once you trigger Star Power it'll potentially never end, so long as you keep hitting note streaks and bumping up the meter every 10 notes.

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After meeting the required number of stars for each chapter, your character transforms into their 'warrior' alter-ego, further enhancing their abilities and allowing for even more ridiculous high scores.

Of course, multiplayer is where it's really at in Guitar Hero. The Party Play and competitive modes all return, along with the DS-compatible Roadie Mode and the standard Quickplay mode, which has had a makeover: each song has a number of challenges (high score, streak etc) that will have completists playing each of the game's 93 songs seven or eight times at least.

There is one letdown: the archaic menu system that has existed since the original Guitar Hero is now way too limited. Cleaner, more user-friendly menus would have worked wonders.

Lousy menus aside though, this is easily the most feature-packed Guitar Hero yet. Assuming the songs are up your alley and you're a big fan of the genre, it'll take you many tens of hours to play through - and thoroughly enjoy - everything on offer here.

This is an edited version of a review that will appear in issue 61 of Official Nintendo Magazine. For more in-depth analysis, screenshots and boxouts, buy the magazine when it goes on sale on 30 September.

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  1. lminett Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 00:04

    ill probs buy this then!

  2. LaytonMario3 Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 06:30

    Wow. A great score for an undoubtetly good game.

  3. maxmatt Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 07:37

    Apart from the look of it is there anything different about the controller

  4. ChrisONM Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 09:05

    Apart from the look of it is there anything different about the controller


    You can take it apart and buy different bodies for it, but other than that it feels like a standard Guitar Hero controller.

  5. LaytonMario3 Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 10:10

    Apart from the look of it is there anything different about the controller


    You can take it apart and buy different bodies for it, but other than that it feels like a standard Guitar Hero controller.

    It would be cool if imaginary flames came out of it

  6. Hylian_Grouch Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 13:11

    dont think ill bother with this, guitar hero games got boring for me after owning just one already. i dont need another.

    and i imagine that imaginary flames will come out of the guitar... (if you want them to...)

  7. HyrulianWarrior Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 13:34

    Looks pretty dang awesome :D
    Probably be getting this.
    It's a really good setlist, didn't belive it when I saw my fave band, Pantera, was in it!!!!!!!!
    RIP Dimebag

  8. Kirbilot Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 15:14

    We own.

  9. LiamGodOfFood Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 16:38

    This games looking good!
    I assume there's other negative points beside the menu system, so I'll wait for the full review before buying it.

  10. Dark Lucario Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 20:41

    Apart from the look of it is there anything different about the controller


    You can take it apart and buy different bodies for it, but other than that it feels like a standard Guitar Hero controller.

    It would be cool if imaginary flames came out of it

    Imaginary flames DO come out of the controller! You just have to imagine them, hence why they're called imaginary flames! :P

    Anyways, the setlist is definetly my type of music, so I'll definetally get this.

  11. LaytonMario3 Sunday 26th Sep 2010 at 06:01

    Apart from the look of it is there anything different about the controller


    You can take it apart and buy different bodies for it, but other than that it feels like a standard Guitar Hero controller.

    It would be cool if imaginary flames came out of it

    Imaginary flames DO come out of the controller! You just have to imagine them, hence why they're called imaginary flames! :P

    Anyways, the setlist is definetly my type of music, so I'll definetally get this.

    Yes!!! A definate purchase. Or not...

  12. davva Monday 27th Sep 2010 at 11:53

    Seen ads for this and wasn't that bothered about getting yet another Guitar Hero game...

    ...then i looked at the tracklist, which looks like the best one yet, I will definitely get this for the 2112 stuff, Rush = genius!

  13. Flame Sky Monday 27th Sep 2010 at 19:58

    i really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really want a golden goomba

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