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.
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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.
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.