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Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is an incremental title in the Guitar Hero series, using the features and gameplay from Guitar Hero II but with a completely new batch of songs. The game's theme is the eighties, reflected by the characters and their clothing, the venues and of course the songs themselves. It is the last title in the series developed by the original creators Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

As in the previous games, in the single-player mode the player works his way through a setlist unlocking increasingly difficult songs, divided over 4 main difficulties. By performing well, new songs and venues become available, but there are less unlockables compared to the previous titles. Notable bands in this edition include A Flock of Seagulls, The Police, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Asia, Dio and Anthrax. Unlike the previous games, there are no bonus tracks.

The game is played through the guitar controller introduced for this series. The multi-player modes include Co-op, Face-off and Pro Face-off, identical to the previous game.

Screenshots

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 Your typical play screen. Get used to all those neon colors.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 Your first gig. And just like the 80's, you just can't forget it.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 This intro is like, totally tubular, man!
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 Yes, they made Izzy look less ridiculous in this game than in the other ones he appears in.

Alternate Titles

  • "Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s" -- European title

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

VicioJuegos.com Oct 03, 2007 86 out of 100 86
Gamestyle Aug 28, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Futuregamez.net Aug 07, 2007 74 out of 100 74
Gamer 2.0 Jul 27, 2007 7.1 out of 10 71
Gamer Within Aug 10, 2007 6.8 out of 10 68
Gamers.at Aug 12, 2007 67 out of 100 67
Game Positive Aug 07, 2007 6.6 out of 10 66
Play.tm Sep 02, 2007 65 out of 100 65
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 05, 2007 12 out of 20 60
Digital Spy Jul 26, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Lawsuit

On 20th November 2007 Activision Publishing, Harmonix and RedOctane were sued by members of the rock band The Romantics. They claim the version of the track "What I Like About You" by cover group Wavegroup Sound, included in the game, sounds too much like their original song, making it "virtually indistinguishable from the authentic version". One month later, on 20th December 2007, a federal judge in Detroit denied The Romantics' request to stop the use of the song.

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