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 Yes, they made Izzy look less ridiculous in this game than in the other ones he appears in.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 Gnarly title screen!
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 You cleared a song. You're famous! Sorta!
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 There's only one hidden character, and he's not really that hidden.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Jul 26, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Cheat Code Central 2007 4 out of 5 80
Futuregamez.net Aug 07, 2007 74 out of 100 74
Digital Entertainment News (den) Aug 27, 2007 7.3 out of 10 73
IGN Jul 23, 2007 7.2 out of 10 72
Gamer 2.0 Jul 27, 2007 7.1 out of 10 71
GameSpot Jul 23, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Game Positive Aug 07, 2007 6.6 out of 10 66
Eurogamer.net (UK) Aug 02, 2007 6 out of 10 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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