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

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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.


Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 Star Power doubles your bonus points and helps you fill your Rock meter rapidly.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 You only have four songs to choose from at the start, but you don't have to run (so far away) to get more.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 Pick a rockin' band name, dude. Best band ever!
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 You can choose one of three guitars at the start. They don't do anything but look cool.

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Gamestyle Aug 28, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameLemon Oct 08, 2007 7.8 out of 10 78
Softpedia Jul 24, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Worth Playing Nov 11, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Jul 23, 2007 7 out of 10 70
FOK!games Aug 29, 2007 69 out of 100 69
Gamer Within Aug 10, 2007 6.8 out of 10 68
Gamers.at Aug 12, 2007 67 out of 100 67
AusGamers Oct 05, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
Eurogamer.net (UK) Aug 02, 2007 6 out of 10 60


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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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