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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 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 Well, this comes in handy! In case you tried to play the guitar with your feet, anyways.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s PlayStation 2 Plastic Guitar For Dummies.
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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Critic Reviews

Game Captain Aug 21, 2007 84 out of 100 84
Cheat Code Central 2007 4 out of 5 80
Softpedia Jul 24, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Entertainment News (den) Aug 27, 2007 7.3 out of 10 73
Pro-G Aug 20, 2007 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de Aug 14, 2007 70 out of 100 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Aug 02, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 05, 2007 12 out of 20 60
Gamer.nl Aug 29, 2007 6 out of 10 60
FZ Aug 07, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 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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