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Avatar ImageGuitar Hero: World Tour Review
By: | January 9th, 2009 | Xbox 360
Hardware |Review |X360


Deciding which plastic instruments deserve that place in your living room? Think Rock Band is too much of a party game? Are you really into old rock and metal? Then Guitar Hero: World Tour (GH:WT) might be the game for you. With classics like Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” and The Eagles’ ”Hotel California” to new stuff like “Scream Aim Fire” by Bullet For My Valentine and “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park the game has a decent variety of music to jam to.

If you buy the “complete band game” you get one guitar, drum set, and mic to play with. All the instruments are well built and fun to play and they all work for Rock Band as well. The instruments in the package are great but the game…not so much.

If you’re someone who is interested in buying this game for the guitar then by all means buy it, but if your more into the drums you might want to hold off. Personally I love playing guitar but after Rock Band I am also really into playing the drums. This is my biggest problem with the game. The note charts for the drums are not fun at all. Guitar Hero supplies you with an awesome drum set with five well placed and well built pads, but only really uses three of them in most songs. The songs on expert focus really heavily into the bass pedal and not much on hitting the pads. This was a huge letdown for me because I thought for sure with how great the guitar note charts are the drums would be great too. On the other hand the guitar playing is awesome.


The guitar is the shining point in the whole Guitar Hero bundle. Not only is the actual piece of hardware great, the note charts are just as awesome as usual. Hitting the hammer-ons and pull-offs gives you the feeling of being a guitar god just like it always has. The note charts fit under your fingers perfectly and are a blast to play. They changed the timing of the hammer-ons and pull-offs from the third game forcing you to be a little more accurate with your presses, but they did this mainly because of the new mechanic with the touch pad.

The touch pad is used to hit notes that are stringed together by this purple rope. The touch pad doesn’t work as well as it should mainly because you can lose your place on the pad easily. With some practice I’m sure it would become easier but it’s definitely not something for casual players to really use. These parts of the songs work just as well with the buttons. When you play the stringed parts using the buttons you can tap along to the notes without having to strum even if you miss a note. The guitar is great and if you loved it from previous games this is worth the buy for the new hardware and songs to play.


Singing takes a few interesting changes from Rock Band’s. During sections of the song where there is no singing you can free form sing. During these parts you can sing whatever you want and if you stay in rhythm with the song you get extra points. There are also sections of the song meant to get the crowd pumped up where you scream and shout into the mic. The singing works just like it should and the amount of fun you’ll get out of it is mainly based on how much you like the songs.

Career mode for Guitar Hero has you playing a bunch of sets in different locales, which never really becomes anything more than a method to play through all the songs. I’m actually OK with that because all I want to do is play the songs anyway. You earn money for every song you play whether or not you’re in career mode. I had a huge problem finding a place to spend the money so it didn’t matter to me. Something I found very absurd is when playing with friends you have no option to save each other. This really hurts Guitar Hero’s party game potential since if your friends suck you will never finish a song.


Overall Guitar Hero: World Tour is a fun game for guitar enthusiasts but comes up short in the drums sections. I love playing drums on Rock Band and found myself hating the time I spent playing them on Guitar Hero. The hardware included is great enough on its own to warrant the purchase so if you’re in dire need of new plastic instruments Guitar Hero is the way to go, but if you already have them Rock Band is the better choice (especially if you’re a drummer).

Reviewer’s note: The Xbox 360 version was tested for this review

Rating Category
8.0 Presentation
I love the art style of the game, but some might find it off-putting.
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7.0 Gameplay
I have to knock it for the terrible drum note charts, but the guitar charts are awesome.
10.0 Sound
It's a music game it better have great sound.
8.0 Longevity
Music games always have replayability especially since they seem to be upping the dlc support from Guitar Hero 3.
7.5 Overall
The drums were a complete dissapointment for me but the guitar is the bright spot as usual for Guitar Hero.

  1. avatar Raz0r

    yea drums are very boring to play in-game but great to play on good review

  2. yeah im a huge fan of rock band, but i picked up this one to try with my rb instruments, its not bad, but i could definitely be better, good review!

  3. Yea I think Rockband just does it better.

  4. Meh – If I have to play, I’ll sing songs I know on Rockband, but, beyond that, I’m not going to buy another one of these games… ever… again…

  5. avatar Mrs. Williams

    Ok, I have tried several of the Guitar Hero and Rock band games at friends homes and I just suck at them all!! But I like to listen to the music and marvel at the animation improvements they make from game to game. Yeah for Maya!

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