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While some people might complain about being fatigued by the seemingly endless stream of similar music games, when they're tied to each other like Band Hero is tied to GH5, I see that as a positive direction for Activision's franchise. It's one of the strongest points of the Rock Band series, and is a very smart move for Hero as well.
Look, I'm aware that there's a teen-girl stigma to this game. And sure, if you can't stand any of the 65 songs on the disc, even the most entertaining note charting won't change your mind. But, if you're interested in even half the songs, I can almost guarantee you'll find at least a couple more surprisingly entertaining. And that pretty much sums up Band Hero for me: It's not a revolution for the genre, but it is a surprisingly solid, well thought-out, and just plain entertaining game.
Band Hero is op zich een prima game. Het weet de gestelde doelgroep prima te bedienen met een lagere moeilijkheidsgraad, het heeft een fijne soundtrack en het bevat een kleurrijke opzet. De echter Guitar Hero fan zal dit misschien het minste deel uit de franchise vinden, wat vooral komt doordat de soundtrack bijkans het tegenovergestelde is van wat we gewend zijn. Dat neemt niet weg dat het gestelde doel van Activision bereikt is. Het spreekt veel meer mensen aan en doordat de toegankelijkheid verbeterd is zullen velen rondom je veel sneller mee willen gaan doen. Misschien niet de beste Hero game ooit, maar wel een hele leuke en als je naast rock ook van wat meer vrolijke muziek houdt, dan is dit een prima aanschaf.
Aside from new celebrities, songs, and venues, Band Hero isn't that different from Guitar Hero 5. You can compete online in a number of different modes, and vocalists now have to use a controller to activate star power. Like Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero is a well put together, robust rhythm game, and Party Play mode is a great way to entice shy friends to join in the fun. There's a lot of good stuff here, unless, of course, you already own Guitar Hero 5, in which case it is little more than a full-price track pack. But if you're looking for more songs or interested to see what this plastic video game rock craze is all about, Band Hero is a great option. It may not blow the roof off, but it will definitely get your party rockin'.
For better or worse, this is a re-skinned version of Guitar Hero 5. Now, that’s not bad because that game was great, but it is disappointing if you were expecting something special from Band Hero. All the functionality you’d expect from a GH sequel is here (drop-in/out gameplay, GHStudio, etc.) except that it’s framed in a sugary sweet pink/purple motif. The career is shallow, the songs are poppy Top 40 tracks that you’ll either love or hate, and there’s a focus on getting in, playing and getting out.
Band Hero est au final une version très légèrement remaniée de Guitar Hero. Il aurait ainsi pu s'appeler Guitar Hero Pop Hits sans problème puisque c'est surtout par sa playlist qu'il se distingue de ses cousins germains. On note malheureusement peu de nouveautés, en dehors du mode Choeurs qui permet aux amateurs de karaoké de s'éclater comme dans un Singstar. La famille peut se laisser tenter sans risque !
The driving theme behind Band Hero seems to be an attempt to make it more marketable and friendly to a younger audience. This doesn't necessarily make it a worse game, but it does make it feel extremely different. Folks who have spent most of their plastic instrument lives taking on major anthems from the likes of The Who and Metallica will find little to love here, as most of the songs fall into the same musical formulas over and over again. On the other hand, gamers who've never heard of the bands in the other games and would really rather sing along to Taylor Swift are going to be elated, as this game will be right up their alley. This isn't your father's Guitar Hero, but it never claimed to be in the first place.
Eigenlijk heb je met Band Hero niet een compleet nieuwe game, maar Guitar Hero Light in handen. Naast de karaoke optie zijn er in het spel maar weinig veranderingen te vinden en de grootste aanpassing verder is dan ook de muziek. Natuurlijk zijn de verbeteringen aan het drumstel goed, maar hier profiteer je alleen van als je de volle 170 euro uitgeeft die de band editie kost. De graphics en de audio zijn weer goed, maar of dit echt opnieuw weer veel gamers aan het gamen gaat krijgen is twijfelachtig. We hebben het hier dan ook niet over een compleet nieuwe game, maar echt over een veredelde Guitar Hero, wat zeer jammerlijk is.
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Band Hero is not a challenging entry in the series, nor is it one that is going to be enjoyed by the hardcore members of its fanbase. It's aimed at the teenage crowd who play Guitar Hero at parties, and they'll most likely enjoy this new entry. With a lighter track-list, vibrant visuals and mechanics such as the 'Sing Along', it's a young casual gamer's game, and it's a sensible extension of the Guitar Hero brand. After seeing the track-list, most of you will have already decided whether you're picking this one up or not, and if you are rest assured that it's a pretty good game, if not the most challenging or original.
If you are looking for a solid entry point into the rhythm game craze or have some youngsters running around that you don’t exactly want to expose to some of the more mature music in other rhythm games Band Hero is a solid choice. It’s selection of music is aimed squarely at the pop music enthusiast with an eye towards keeping things tame, and the game’s subtle tweaks means that even the youngest or least skilled budding musician can grab a guitar and play along without worry. However, for the older audience or those who are already avid Hero series enthusiasts it is hard to recommend Band Hero, as unless its track list really strikes your fancy there really isn’t enough to it that sets it apart from the games you likely already own.
Ja, de Spice Girls zitten erin en ja, de game is voor de veteranen vrij simpel, maar alsnog is Band Hero een volwaardig deel uit de franchise. De setlist is bij vlagen verassend en de aankleding is tot in de puntjes verzorgd. Als kers op de taart heeft Neversoft ook op de kleintjes gelet bij het samenstellen van de setlist en op een enkele uitzondering na zijn praktisch alle ergernisjes uit eerdere delen verleden tijd. Kudos!
Para aqueles que nunca adquiriram nenhum Guitar Hero, este poderá ser um bom início, podendo depois comprar músicas a seu gostou ou talvez não. Longe de inovar ou trazer algo de novo, Band Hero consegue cativar um público mais casual, que pretenda um jogo de conjunto, onde todos possam ter a sua parte. Quem já tem o Guitar Hero 5, não verá aqui algo de real valor. A bateria é certamente um enorme atractivo, mas não achamos que mereça ser comprada apenas para tal.
Band hero non fa quasi nulla per differenziarsi dal filone da cui ha origine, se non proporsi all'utenza attraverso un approccio più semplice e proponendo un genere musicale che potrebbe risultare gradito a chi non predilige il rock. A livello tecnico gli sviluppatori si sono limitati ad offrire un'esperienza ludica sostanzialmente simile a quelle viste in passato, con qualche piccola variante a livello di modalità ma nulla di particolarmente significativo o che potesse in qualche modo risultare davvero originale.
La decisione di ampliare in qualche modo l'utenza attraverso una meccanica che tende in qualche modo ad essere meno ostica per i principianti è apprezzabile, ma allo stesso tempo è evidente che ormai le idee siano scese a zero e solo con un netto cambio di rotta in futuro si potrà tornare ad avere un livello qualitativo davvero sopra la media. Consigliato in particolar modo a chi non possiede ancora un Guitar Hero.
In chiusura ci sembra il caso di interrogarci su quanto possa durare ancora il periodo d’oro di questi prodotti, ormai numerosissimi ma a ben vedere molto simili tra loro. Dhani Harrison, figlio del famoso chitarrista dei Beatles, ha dichiarato settimane fa di essere al lavoro con Harmonix per la creazione di strumenti nuovi, più aderenti alle controparti reali e che ci vorranno un paio d’anni prima di sapere qualcosa di più definito. Chissà che anche Neversoft in segreto non si stia muovendo in questa direzione…chi vivrà vedrà.
Eagle-eyed readers may well have noticed that much of this review bears more than a slight resemblance to the Guitar Hero 5 review I wrote a few months ago. Just like this review, Band Hero is strikingly close to Activision's former release; it's a game that comes across more as GH with a different musical focus, rather than as a new IP in its own right. Band Hero is far from being a bad game, but somewhere along the line it seems the new franchise's focus became a little confused.
However when it comes down to it the value of this expansion is going to be directly proportional to your interest in the tracks contained within. If you're not exactly keen on the songs contained within then there's no reason to own this. But if there are enough songs that you like on the disc then there's no harm in picking it up. Even if you can't bear to have a "girly" game in your library you can export the songs to Guitar Hero 5, deleting the main offenders from the set list.
Like any other rhythm game, Band Hero is entirely dependent on your musical taste and how much you're willing to spend to acquire these 65 songs. If you don't like N.E.R.D., well hey, maybe you'll like Jesse McCartney, right? Actually, I'm totally messing with you. I'm pretty sure it's physically impossible for anyone to like Jesse McCartney. Just know that with the GH5 technology backing it up, you'll at least get a sound product on the back end. With that in mind, look at the song list, look at your wallet, and come to your own conclusion.
If you love Guitar Hero, on the other hand, the only reason to buy it would be for the improved instruments, and surely nobody has that much money and that little sense of consumer dignity in tandem. Band Hero is a technically solid product pitched at a demographic that does presumably exist - people who don't like Guitar Hero's music, but still want to play along - but it sets a dangerous precedent. Where Guitar Hero 5 hauled the series up to a quality plateau, adding a load of features that fans of the series can really appreciate, Band Hero is nothing more or less than a reskin. And even though it's a reskin of a superb game, the lack of concern for the credibility of the music and presentation can't help but cheapen it.