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Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits Review

You can't get blood from a stone... but you can milk rock

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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. TheAPERSON Friday 26th Jun 2009 at 12:22

    Not too bad for a game that was orignally touted as a rip-off.

    So, it's called Greatest Hits here and Smash Hits in America then?

  2. Rudie111 Friday 26th Jun 2009 at 13:12

    They should bundle this with drums for those of us who couldn't afford the full band pack!!

  3. superwii Friday 26th Jun 2009 at 16:22

    I know its a remake, but to round it to 50, 2 hendrix songs would be good :cry:

    although this sounds quite good... I might actually get it :)

  4. linktothefuture Friday 26th Jun 2009 at 18:46

    To be honest I should be getting this since I have had every Guitar Hero other than Aerosmith and Metalica but I have the band kit so I might consider this. :wink:

    But then again I probably wont! :oops:

  5. alex100001 Friday 26th Jun 2009 at 18:59

    Well, its probably better than Rock Band 2... mainly because it didn't come out today, like it was meant to. Or January, like it was meant to. How can a game thats already been released in other continents possibly be delayed by almost a year!?!

    Rant over. Greatest hits should be cool. I don't have GH III so it'll be good to play some of the tracks from there. I'd get it, but I'm broke... through spending money on games that don't exist.

  6. phil44 Friday 26th Jun 2009 at 22:58

    can someone confirm i they fixed the wii online i.e 4-8 wii's can connect online and not just 2 wii's

  7. Toad 4 President Saturday 27th Jun 2009 at 13:26

    I'm still upset that there's no Trogdor. :D But this still looks pretty cool.

  8. Googoo12444 Saturday 27th Jun 2009 at 17:56

    The next rhythm game I'll get is Rockband The beatles. I wont be picking this up

  9. Pluck It Saturday 27th Jun 2009 at 18:26

    I'm still upset that there's no Trogdor. :D But this still looks pretty cool.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  10. Ghost 1225 Sunday 28th Jun 2009 at 11:50

    Does anyone else just want Guitar Hero Glastonbury???

  11. Iron_Glove Sunday 28th Jun 2009 at 15:49

    Does anyone else just want Guitar Hero Glastonbury???

    No, as Glatonbury's line up was exceedingly poor this year. Bruce Springsteen headlining? No ta.

  12. Dark Lucario Sunday 28th Jun 2009 at 19:10

    Did they say 50 of the best songs? I'm sorry, but Raining Blood and Barracuda can not fit in that category! :( The following songs from GH3 can:

    Paranoid
    Ruby
    The Number Of The Beast
    Devil Went Down To Georgia
    Even Flow
    Story Of My Life
    Prayer Of The Refugee
    Anarchy In The UK
    Welcome To The Jungle
    School's Out
    One
    Before I Forget
    Holiday In Cambodia
    Paint It Black

    I think I'll stick with GH3 and World Tour, and get ROck Band 2 instead.

  13. bbnitendo Monday 29th Jun 2009 at 16:07

    Did they say 50 of the best songs? I'm sorry, but Raining Blood and Barracuda can not fit in that category! :( The following songs from GH3 can:

    Paranoid
    Ruby
    The Number Of The Beast
    Devil Went Down To Georgia
    Even Flow
    Story Of My Life
    Prayer Of The Refugee
    Anarchy In The UK
    Welcome To The Jungle
    School's Out
    One
    Before I Forget
    Holiday In Cambodia
    Paint It Black

    I think I'll stick with GH3 and World Tour, and get ROck Band 2 instead.

    They won't have put One on since it's already on a 4-player GH game. there should also be the only other there that i don't think is very good is Prayer of th Refugee. By no means is it a bad song, it just isn't as good.

    I may get the game, but my mum + dad probably thinks i may have enough GH games at the moment left to complete, World Tour and Metallica.

  14. davva Thursday 16th Jul 2009 at 12:08

    Really enjoying this game. Playing through the hard level solo (lead) guitar mode; still can't cope with Expert level.
    There are some great songs on this, i never had a PS2 so most of the tracks are new to play. I thought they picked a few iffy tracks from GH3 tho', I really didn't want to play Rock'n'Roll all Nite again, and then some of the tracks picked were already master tracks.
    Just finished the Egyptian level and YYZ is awesome, lots of good songs still to play/unlock in the career mode like The Trooper, Electric Eye, Bark at the Moon and of course Freebird...

  15. marka23 Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 15:56

    Raining blood and through the fire and the flames are still near impossible on expert

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