The Guitar Hero games are among the biggest-selling third-party titles on the Wii. There's something satisfying about rocking out in front of your telly with a big plastic guitar. The series has been going for four years now, and in that time has spawned seven games including spin-offs. This, the eighth Guitar Hero, brings together the 48 best songs (as voted by fans) from the first five games.
To be fair, Greatest Hits is a more attractive prospect on the Wii than the other systems it's being released on, solely due to the fact that three of the games featured heavily (Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II and Guitar Hero: Rocks The 80s) were never released on a Nintendo console and so most Wii Guitar Hero owners will never have played the songs featured on them before.
This means that only eight of the 48 songs here have been available on the Wii before, and as such the likes of Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine, Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana, Killer Queen by Queen and the immense Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd will seem completely fresh on the Wii.
This is also because, technically, they are fresh. Back in the days of the first two Guitar Hero games, the series wasn't a big enough draw to attract licensed music. As a result, all the songs in the early games were cover versions. This time around they're the actual songs by the real artists, which is a nice touch.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
The other major addition this time around is full drum and vocal support for all the songs. Since drums and vocals were only introduced in Guitar Hero World Tour, this means all 48 songs here are getting in on the sticky, singy action for the first time. Good luck with Cowboys From Hell by Pantera: it's a tricky one, especially on Expert+ drums mode (which returns from Guitar Hero: Metallica).
The career mode here is pretty generic stuff: play through the progressively harder songs until you get to the end, and job done. There's also no support for any of the tracks from Guitar Hero World Tour, though the GHTunes section is still there. That said, there's still full online multiplayer which is a nice little bonus, and if you're just buying it for the sake of having extra songs to play in a party situation you'll be happy to know that all the songs are unlocked in Quick Play mode from the start.
Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits should be treated as little more than a huge song pack for Guitar Hero World Tour. Its £40 (or £30 if you shop online) for 48 of the best Guitar Hero tracks, so when you look at it that way it's not too bad, especially if you didn't have Guitar Hero III and haven't played the eight songs included from that game. If you're looking for the full experience with much more songs though, World Tour's still the way to go.