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Guitar Hero (PlayStation 2)

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Guitar Hero simulates the thrill and the glory of rock 'n' roll. Choose from eight different characters, from classic rockers to metal heads, and build a career as a working rock musician.

The real kick is in the gameplay, which incorporates an included guitar-shaped controller. It allows you to "play along" with 30 awesome rock tunes by pressing fret buttons and working a responsive and durable strum bar. There's even a whammy bar for extreme action. The songs include selections from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Boston, Audioslave and White Zombie.

Four difficulty levels test your skills and six venues will place you before increasingly larger audiences. You love rock music. You're a master at air guitar. Take the next step and walk a career's worth of miles in a rocker's shoes.


Guitar Hero PlayStation 2 Select a song to play
Guitar Hero PlayStation 2 The main menu
Guitar Hero PlayStation 2 Playing a song; try to hit the right notes!
Guitar Hero PlayStation 2 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "吉他英雄" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Jita Yingxiong" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Works better as a "Family Karaoke" than a game... Indra is stressed (20013) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central Nov 08, 2005 5 out of 5 100
Gaming Target Dec 22, 2005 9.8 out of 10 98
Gamer Within Jan 17, 2006 9.4 out of 10 94
IGN Nov 02, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
Video Games Daily Mar 20, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
Yahoo! Games Nov 02, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Netjak Dec 06, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov 01, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Press Start Online May 23, 2006 18 out of 20 90
Play Magazine 2005 9 out of 10 90


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1001 Video Games

Guitar Hero appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled Xbox version

The Xbox version of Guitar Hero was being developed by Mad Catz, but they pulled out because of a lawsuit with Konami, meaning that the game was only released on PS2.


The knobs on the amplifiers as the game loads go up to 11, rather than 10. This is a reference to a scene in the film This Is Spinal Tap.


  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #3 Best PlayStation 2 Game of the Year
    • 2006 – Biggest Surprise of the Year
    • 2006 – Best Licensed Soundtrack of the Year
    • 2006 – #2 Best Hardware of the Year (for its controller)
  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #7 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Best Party Game of the Year (PS2)
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Bill Cook (54) added Guitar Hero (PlayStation 2) on Nov 02, 2005