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Guitar Hero series

Group Description

Guitar Hero is a series of music/rhythm games where players use a guitar-shaped peripheral to simulate playing the guitar to music tracks. In later versions other instruments were introduced such as drums and a microphone for the vocals. Multiple players can participate at the same time and various versions of the peripherals were released with each version. The first three games in the series were developed by Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. and the initial publisher, RedOctane, Inc. was soon after the release of the first game acquired by Activision Publishing, Inc.. Future installments in the series were developed by Neversoft Entertainment. Harmonix was acquired by MTV Networks and did not own the rights to the game mechanics and name. They continued with the game Rock Band, a similar concept but with additional instruments such as drums and a microphone.

The first two games in the series focus on rock songs, the third game has an eighties theme. From the fourth game onwards (Guitar Hero: World Tour) more instruments were introduced to focus on the band experience, following the example of Rock Band. Next to mobile versions there were also spin-offs such as Band Hero (2009) and the DJ Hero series with turntable mixing. The concept was expanded to band-centric games based on groups such as Aerosmith, Metallica and Van Halen. The last major game in the series was Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Music game sales took a sharp dive in 2010 and that led to the demise of the competing Rock Band series. The same happened to Guitar Hero, as publisher Activision Blizzard announced in February 2011 that the franchise would be discontinued.

Demakes of the conceptTrivia
A game in the series makes an appearance in the 2008 comedy movie Step Brothers. A character can be seen playing the game in the beginning.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock2010PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc....
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.4.08
Guitar Hero: Van Halen2009PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc....
Guitar Hero 52009PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.3.70
Guitar Hero Smash Hits2009PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.3.53
Guitar Hero 3-Disc Set2008PlayStation 2Activision Publishing, Inc.5.00
Guitar Hero: On Tour2008Nintendo DSActivision Publishing, Inc.4.67
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith2008Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.3.58
Guitar Hero: On Tour - Decades2008Nintendo DSActivision Publishing, Inc.4.50
Guitar Hero II / Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Dual Pack2008Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc....
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock / Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Dual Pack2008Macintosh, Wii, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.5.00
Guitar Hero: World Tour2008Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.2.83
Guitar Hero III Mobile2007BREW, J2MEHands-On Mobile, Inc....
Guitar Hero & Guitar Hero II Dual Pack2007PlayStation 2Activision Publishing, Inc.5.00
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.3.94
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s2007PlayStation 2Activision Publishing, Inc.3.79
Guitar Hero II2006PlayStation 2, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.3.82
Guitar Hero2005PlayStation 2RedOctane, Inc.3.93

Selected Covers

Guitar Hero: World Tour Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Guitar Hero: World Tour
Guitar Hero: Metallica Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Guitar Hero: Metallica

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from Guitar Hero: World Tour
Main Menu
Screenshot from Guitar Hero: Metallica
Animated intro. Two rockers face off.
Screenshot from Guitar Hero II
Part of the introduction sequence
Screenshot from Guitar Hero