Playstation 2 – Playstation 3 – Wii – Xbox 360
Created By: Budcat Creations
Published By: Activision
Players: 1-4 offline, 8 players online.
Phesphirals: Wireless Guitar, Wireless Drum Kit, Wired Microphone
Genre: Rhythm and Music
Released: November 12th, 2008
new transparent notes are played normally or using the touch-sensitive neck slider
The list of good features for World Tour is endless but instead of listing them all I’ll state the best features. In World Tour, there are over 85 on-disc tracks with more to download online. That’s a huge increase from previous games such as Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The tracklist contains a selection from the 70′s, 80′s and onwards. Probably the focus of this game is competing with it’s rival Rockband. World Tour gives you the ability to play with three friends in a real time band using another wireless lead or bass guitar, wireless drum kit and microphone. It’s not exactly new but it’s certainly different to the next-door Rockband.
Brand new to the Guitar Hero series is creating your very own rocker. You can customise right down to the types of shoes you wear to how wide your jaw is. There’s a large collection of clothing and a variety of CGI instruments that you can purchase and customise to your liking. What’s also new is song creation. World Tour allows you to create your very own songs using an in-built song creator. It might be complicated at first, but for those want to use it – it’s very advanced because you can create songs using all four instruments.
Unfortunately, World Tour’s guitar, drum kit and microphone aren’t available seperately. This might definately be a turn-off for Guitar Hero fans when Rockband instruments can all be purchased individually. World Tour also goes overboard with the “punk rock” theme. The concerts are over-the-top and the menus are overloaded with crazy fonts and flames. Although there are a few mishaps, World Tour has much more good than bad. Let’s get straight into it.
creating your own rocker is fun and very easy
The latest release for the Guitar Hero series is great. I’m an old school player so it shows us what can be done with the out-dated Playstation 2. The highlight of this game is the ability for four players to rock at one time. This combines lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and the lead singer into your very own band. Each player contributes to one star power metre, meaning you work as a team to perform or get booed off stage. Much like previous titles, the player must strike the note at the correct time to score points, in order to prevent the crowd from booing him or her off the stage. It’s the standard rhythm game. There’s still the collecting star power that can be used to increase your point multiplier and pull offs and hammer ons. New players now have a beginner mode so World Tour caters for all audiences.
It’s all new with the release of World Tour because Activision presents a new guitar for bass and lead, a brand new drum kit and a voice sensitive USB microphone. All instruments operate nearly identically with the exception of the microphone.
The new guitar is near 20% larger, but it’s not really that noticable. It features the same coloured fret buttons, disconnectable neck and a whammy bar. Due to protests over the small star power button, there are now two easily accessed buttons underneath your hand. There’s also a new directional stick that is used for the new song creator. A new feature is a neck slider that you use to play new transparent notes. You can also use it to strum normal notes and add a “wah” effect instead of using the whammy bar. Although these a small new features, they are rather fun to use in-game and give you extra points when playing. The neck slider is critised for being useless, which is basically true.
Singing is a huge part of a band, so the leader singer has large shoes to fill. Unfortunately with all of the new wireless guitars and drum kit the microphone remains wired. The on-screen highway is now horizontal, overlooking the other players. Players have to sing at the correct pitch in any octave in order to score points. To increase the multiplier, players just need to produce a sound for each word in the song, so it sounds terrible when the lead singer doesn’t know the song and produces a monotonous string of sounds. Star power is activated by a hard tap of the top of the mic or any of the buttons of the controller. It’s a great new mode which resembles to classic Singstar gameplay. Let’s have a look at the drum kit.
A review of the drum kit is coming shortly. Read on…
I’ve browsed the videos at YouTube, and found some that might be of interest to those thinking of purchasing the game…
World Tour Trailer
Ozzy Osbourne on World Tour
making new songs might be time consuming, but worth it in the end
Beautiful Disaster — 311
The Kill — 30 Seconds to Mars
Too Much Too Young — Airbourne
Ramblin Man — The Allman Brothers Band
Good God — Anouk
Never Too Late — The Answer
One Armed Scissor — At The Drive-In
No Sleep Till Brooklyn — Beastie Boys
Hail to the Freaks — Beatsteaks
Rebel Yell — Billy Idol
Stillborn — Black Label Society
Weapon of Choice — Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Dammit — blink-182
One Way or Another — Blondie
Hollywood Nights — Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Livin’ On A Prayer — Bon Jovi
Scream Aim Fire — Bullet For My Valentine
Shiver — Coldplay
Up Around The Bend — Creedence Clearwater Revival
Love Removal Machine — The Cult
Feel the Pain — Dinosaur Jr.
Love Me Two Times — The Doors
Pull Me Under — Dream Theater
Hotel California — The Eagles
Aggro — The Enemy
Hey Man, Nice Shot — Filter
Go Your Own Way — Fleetwood Mac
Everlong — Foo Fighters
American Woman — The Guess Who
You’re Gonna Say Yeah! — Hush Puppies
Obstacle 1 — Interpol
Mountain Song — Jane’s Addiction
Purple Haze (Live) — Jimi Hendrix
The Wind Cries Mary — Jimi Hendrix
The Middle — Jimmy Eat World
Satch Boogie — Joe Satriani
Vinternoll2 — Kent
Freak on a Leash — Korn
Our Truth — Lacuna Coil
Are You Gonna Go My Way — Lenny Kravitz
What I’ve Done — Linkin Park
Prisoner of Society — The Living End
La Bamba — Los Lobos
Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast) — Lost Prophets
Sweet Home Alabama (Live) — Lynyrd Skynyrd
L’Via L’Viaquez — Mars Volta
Kick Out The Jams — MC5′s Wayne Kramer
Trapped Under Ice — Metallica
Beat It — Michael Jackson
Float On — Modest Mouse
Overkill — Motörhead
Assassin — Muse
Nuvole e Lenzuola — Negramaro
About a Girl (Unplugged) — Nirvana
Spiderwebs — No Doubt
Soul Doubt — NOFX
Some Might Say — Oasis
Crazy Train — Ozzy Osbourne
Mr. Crowley — Ozzy Osbourne
Misery Business — Paramore
Heartbreaker — Pat Benatar
The One I Love — R.E.M.
Escuela De Calor — Radio Futura
Re-Education Through Labor — Rise Against
Pretty Vacant — Sex Pistols
Lazy Eye — Silversun Pickups
Today — Smashing Pumpkins
Do It Again — Steely Dan
The Joker — Steve Miller Band
Demolition Man (Live) — Sting
Love Spreads — The Stone Roses
Toy Boy — Stuck In The Sound
Santeria — Sublime
Eye of the Tiger — Survivor
B.Y.O.B. — System of a Down
Stranglehold — Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent’s Original Guitar Duel Recording
Monsoon — Tokio Hotel
Parabola — Tool
Schism — Tool
Vicarious — Tool
Antisocial — Trust
Hot For Teacher — Van Halen
On The Road Again — Willie Nelson
Band on the Run — Wings
Zakk Wylde’s Original Guitar Duel Recording
Tracklist courtesy of 1UP.
Guitar Hero: World Tour is rated PG in Australia for Course Language and Sexual References. Parently guidance is recommended for those under 15.
Guitar Hero: World Tour has an ESRB rating of Teen.
World Tour currently costs $149.95 for the Guitar Bundle PS2. It costs around $300.00 for the Band Bundle PS2.