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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Review

Livin' on the edge... of disaster

It's fair to say that alarm bells started ringing at ONM when we heard about Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Dedicating an entire game to a single band, in doing so making the whole experience much more limited, just reeked of a fan-fleecing cash-in exercise. The finished product isn't quite as brazen as that but there will certainly be more than a few disappointed guitar slingers out there.

It's hard to criticise the gameplay mechanics of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith simply because it's all basically the same Guitar Hero 3. And when the only real criticism we had of that was that Neversoft had ramped the difficulty up a bit too much, it suggests that GH: Aerosmith should be every bit as good for aping its predecessor so closely, especially when the difficulty issue has been addressed (there's no Aerosmith equivalent of GH3's Raining Blood or Through The Fire And The Flames). On paper, it should actually be better for the majority of people.

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From Hero To Zero

In truth, GH: Aerosmith is disappointing for all the reasons it shouldn't be. Surprisingly though, the game's focus on Aerosmith is actually the least of our concerns. Certainly, it sacrifices most of the eclectic style Guitar Hero games have always had (but not all, thanks to a small selection of non-Aerosmith songs included as 'warm-up acts'), but the video interviews with the band about their career and range of venues from their past at least give the package some meaning. Plus, their on-screen characterisations during songs really bring the game to life in a way the previous group of nobodies never did - something that's painfully obvious when said band takes to the stage for the warm-ups.

Unfortunately, the game starts showing its limited nature once you start playing. The Career mode, for instance, offers virtually no song choice whatsoever and aside from a selection of two warm-up songs at the start of every set, you're forced down a linear path of tunes so if you get stuck there's literally nowhere else to go, especially when playing on Hard or Expert.

Boss battles are also back (although mercifully, there's actually only one), but the fact that this signals a massive spike in the game's difficulty makes us dislike it even more. And although the option to buy new guitars, characters and costumes is still here, it's had its purpose taken away somewhat; since Aerosmith takes to the stage with set clothing and equipment for the entire Career mode, it's only really when playing Quickplay or online that you'll see your own preferences. What's more, there's no co-op Career mode (even though Guitar Hero 3 had one) and half the songs you'd expect aren't anywhere to be seen; where are hits like Dude Looks Like A Lady, Don't Want To Miss A Thing or Crazy?

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With Guitar Hero: World Tour less than six months away then, GH: Aerosmith is clearly more of a minor distraction than a proper game - that Activision is asking £40 for it (or more packaged with the guitar) is somewhat laughable. If you're literally gagging for songs to play then, we can understand the appeal... but to be honest, we're more inclined to wait it out than open our wallets.

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  1. x-man2000 Thursday 26th Jun 2008 at 15:05

    I may end up getting this anyway, I might not get World Tour due to the price tag for other instruments when I'll probably end up using Guitar mostly anyway.

    Still got hope for Guitar Hero: Metallica though...

  2. hulkbuster Thursday 26th Jun 2008 at 18:12

    Martin mathers...."DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY" :!: I'm still going to give this game a try NO matter what the score is :!: some times reviews DON'T mean a thing...."LETS ROCK" :!: :!: :!: .

  3. Dead Man Walking Thursday 26th Jun 2008 at 21:15

    Hey, I liked the 'group of nobodies'!

    How can you not love Count Chinula, the man with the massive chin that stores all those spare vocal chords he uses to perfectly mimic completely different voices.

    And what about Chewbassa? The half-human, half-wookie bass guitarist?

    And last but not least, we have Drumbot, the drummer who barely moves, and even when he does he does it as stiffly as possible.

  4. gillytine777 Thursday 26th Jun 2008 at 22:33

    I've said it since this game was announced: why Aerosmith?

    Don't get me wrong, I like a few of their tunes, but there's so many other bands out there with far better out-rockery appeal. If not an absolutely HUGE band like Iron Maiden, then the next 'level' down, where Aerosmith, I'd say, lie; Judas Priest, Motorhead, Avenged Sevenfold...

    I know the developers have to reach an agreement with the band and their managers etc (which will probably mean we'll never see an Iron Maiden iteration; it's not like they need the money and they have a policy of doing very little, if any, 'commercial' stuff), so they can't just pick a band, but it'd be worth it in the end to get a great band.

    Step up Metallica.

  5. Rococo Friday 27th Jun 2008 at 23:05

    I Don't Want To Miss A Thing and Crazy are not in the game?!

    GREAT! Those songs are for pussys.

    Guitar Hero is not supposed to be a "best of" compilation or stuff like that. Do you think I like Kaiser Chiefs and all that Indie crap than was on GHIII? Hell no! But I enjoyed playing all the songs because they where part of the game. This game is not only for Aerosmith fans, is for everyone, the same as the other Guitar Hero games weren't only for Rock and Metal fans, they were for everyone.

  6. ChrisONM Saturday 28th Jun 2008 at 06:44

    I Don't Want To Miss A Thing and Crazy are not in the game?!

    GREAT! Those songs are for pussys.

    Guitar Hero is not supposed to be a "best of" compilation or stuff like that. Do you think I like Kaiser Chiefs and all that Indie crap than was on GHIII? Hell no! But I enjoyed playing all the songs because they where part of the game. This game is not only for Aerosmith fans, is for everyone, the same as the other Guitar Hero games weren't only for Rock and Metal fans, they were for everyone.


    I'd have to personally disagree with you there. Although Guitar Hero III and the like are meant to have a wide range of musical styles to appeal to all music fans, the Aerosmith version is primarily going to appeal to Aerosmith fans and so it should be a "best of" compliation. If some of the band's greatest songs aren't on there (and people can't complain that they don't suit the guitar because Dream On isn't exactly a rockfest) then that's a missed opportunity in my opinion.

  7. dragon2s6 Saturday 28th Jun 2008 at 20:50

    I have this and think it;s great. Although, as previously said, the songs that should be there aren't, it's still a great expansion (because that's practically what it is) to Guitar Hero III.

    I would have given it a good 84%

  8. legendOFmetroid Sunday 29th Jun 2008 at 12:39

    Seeing those pictures i realise that its going to be a god awful game.

    The graphics are really bad but that isnt a suprise because, for the wii, everything is rushed.(exept SSBB)

  9. youngrcb Monday 30th Jun 2008 at 19:27

    these guitar hero games suck

  10. Mama Luigi Monday 30th Jun 2008 at 21:18

    I'm not a big Aerosmith fan or a big Guitar Hero fan so I won't be getting this. I'd buy the Metallica version though as they're my favorite metal band. To be honest, I'd rather play Audiosurf. One hundred times better.

  11. Bretteh Wednesday 2nd Jul 2008 at 01:44

    What I don't get is why not just release a small disc or something that has a bunch of Aerosmith songs on.
    I know some diehard Aerosmith fans will love this but I expect even more would be just as content with just their songs.

    I also find the whole "opening acts" thing stupid. Why call it Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and not dedicate it purely to Aerosmith?

    Just call it Guitar Hero 3.5 starring Aerosmith.

  12. Super Link Aran Wednesday 2nd Jul 2008 at 13:50

    What is it that everybody has against the super hard songs on GH3!?
    They were the challenges for the "hardcore gamer"
    If you want to play it for fun then do hard mode and maybe just a bit of expert
    thats what i did! *shrug*
    but for those who can do 98% on raining blood
    how dissapointed would they be without it???
    besides what's practice mode for??

  13. 94paulm Sunday 20th Jul 2008 at 08:43

    I just got this and its awesome i dont deserve the score you guys gave it, ok its not better than gh3 but its a close contender i would give it 82% :shock:

  14. xs3mx Monday 16th Feb 2009 at 20:07

    AeroSmith

    This Games Is Awsome Much Better Than 3 Should Have Gotten Higher That It Did

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