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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is considered an expansion of Guitar Hero III and it is the first title in the series primarily focused on a single band. The gameplay concept is similar to the game it is based on. About 60% of the included tracks are by Aerosmith, while the others have influenced or have opened for the band (Run-D.M.C., The Kings, Lenny Kravitz, ...). Four songs were re-recorded by the band directly for the game and they also performed as motion capture actors for their 3D models. The majority of the tracks consists of master recordings.

The prominent game segment is the career mode where players go through the band's history, from the earlier seventies to 2001. Times of internal issues are not touched upon. Players initially start as Joe Perry but can later also unlock the other band members Brad Whitford and Tom Hamilton. The career has been divided into six tiers with five tracks, each based on a period in the band's history. There are also encores when a tier has been completed, and two opening acts playing as another band. After each tier, bonus material is shown such as trivia or video sequences and interviews.

Songs are unlocked gradually and become available in the other modes, identical to Guitar Hero III (Quickplay, Cooperative, Competitive + Battle modes). Only the cooperative career mode is absent. The menus have been redesigned and there are new venues, based on historical performances. There are 41 songs in total, of which 31 can be unlocked in the career mode and an additional 10 in the vault.

The game is available in a bundle with a custom guitar or as a single game release. For the PS2 version there are two bundles, one with a single, wireless guitar and another with two, wired guitars.


Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Windows Star Power activated
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Windows The cutscenes tell the story of the band.
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Windows Finally the real band!
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Windows The Vault contains all the unlockables.

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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Screenshot
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Screenshot
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Screenshot
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PGNx Media PlayStation 2 Jun 29, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Xbox 360 Aug 18, 2008 82 out of 100 82
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 2008 8 out of 10 80
Armchair Empire, The PlayStation 3 Jul 13, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Extreme Gamer PlayStation 3 Jul 15, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78
Gamer 2.0 PlayStation 2 Jul 08, 2008 7.6 out of 10 76
IGN Xbox 360 Jun 29, 2008 7.6 out of 10 76 Xbox 360 Aug 22, 2008 73 out of 100 73
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Xbox 360 Aug 02, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Age PlayStation 3 Jul 24, 2008 C 50


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This is the third game where Aerosmith appears as a band. Previous games where they are featured are Quest for Fame and Revolution X; both released in 1995.

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