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Game Chronicles (Nov 19, 2008)
Guitar Hero: On Tour - Decades is a great expansion to the original On Tour game as well as a great introduction for those looking to jump into the portable version of the franchise. You can't go wrong with either title and the ability to cross-connect with owners of the other game is pure genius. Decades is an entertaining and challenging game that recreates the Guitar Hero experience as best you can without actually holding a guitar.
GamePro (US) (Nov 17, 2008)
Beefier than On Tour, Decades blows its predecessor out of the water with brand new instruments, modes and characters, yet suffers from the same response and comfort issues that hampered the original.
PGNx Media (Nov 16, 2008)
Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades is a great expansion of the series on the DS. The ability to stream songs between On Tour and Decades is a great feature, which adds a lot of value to the multiplayer component. With that said, Decades is essentially On Tour with some slight improvements. If you weren’t sold on the formula before, there is nothing here that will change your mind.
Da Gameboyz (Nov, 2008)
Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades is the second time the franchise has made it to the Nintendo DS and overall it is even better than the previous instalment. The core of the gameplay is solid and the game features a bigger and better set list. The Guitar Grip still feels awkward but at the end of the day Decades offers new features, including the ability to play all the original On Tour songs via WiFi with a friend. This all lends to a game which should be included in your library of DS games, especially if you are fan of the Guitar Hero franchise.
If you have the original Guitar Hero on Tour for the DS then you know exactly what’s in store for you with Decades. It’s the same great game with a new set list, some new stage backgrounds and a some wireless perks. However if you, like me, took one look at the ridiculous fret board controller and wrote the whole thing off the first time around as greed by the developers then read on and see what you’ve been missing.
GameZone (Nov 21, 2008)
If you have played the first one and enjoyed it, then you are golden; if you didn't then its time to put down the iPod loaded with country music and get crackin'.
Extreme Gamer (Dec 03, 2008)
Guitar Hero: On Tour – Decades gives more enjoyment out of the portable version of Guitar Hero. The cross-connectivity and new content should be enough warrant a second pick up, however the leap between the two version is minor. For all those who haven’t tried On Tour, Decades, or the original game are worth checking out. Guitar Hero: On Tour - Decades is available as a stand alone game, or bundled with Guitar Grip controller. Since the holiday season is upon us, Decades is the perfect gift for Nintendo DS owners. Decades might not have the impact as On Tour did originally, but it is still worth checking out.
Boomtown (Nov 27, 2008)
Guitar Hero was never created to be a handheld game, but it works just as well as one with a few shortcomings, but nothing serious. If you can picture the console versions as big stadium rock gigs, then the DS game is more like a tribute band playing in a pub, but both can be enjoyable experiences. And if you love Guitar Hero, but don't have deep enough pockets to fit out a whole band on the World Tour game then this is a good substitute, just mind the funny looks you'll get rocking out on the bus.
Cheat Code Central (Nov, 2008)
Guitar Hero: On Tour – Decades is a great choice for anyone that wants to take a virtual axe on the go. As competent as the original, Decades brings another 28 quality songs to the mix that can be streamed between two DS. On the downside, I do wish the “Decades” theme was further enriched by a greater selection of older jams, though Activision does have a demographic to think about. Regardless, if your hands aren’t still screaming out in pain from On Tour, grab a DS and a friend, but be sure and grab Decades. It is well worth the price of admission.
ZTGameDomain (Nov, 2008)
Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades is a solid follow-up to an impressive first effort on a handheld system. While it feels more like an expansion set the addition of wireless streaming is more than worth the price of admission. The track list is solid, the gameplay remains intuitive and amazingly enough playing Guitar Hero on the go remains entertaining. Activision knows it has a winner on its hands and it continues to evolve the series just enough to keep fans coming back. As long as this remains the trend the series could easily find a home in the handheld market.
GameFocus (Dec 03, 2008)
If you can accept the fact that this version is a track pack a few improvements more than a totally new, re-thinked and re-worked game, then shedding 50$ won’t stop you from getting it. Still, Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades is an interesting addition to your DS collection not only for the new tracks but especially for the extended tracklist via wireless link with the original game.
IGN (Nov 17, 2008)
If you've already made up your mind about the DS version of Guitar Hero, Decades isn't going to change your mind since it's essentially the same design with new content. If you loved the first one, you're probably going to dig the follow-up. If you bitched and complained about the game giving you hand cramps and carpel tunnel, that'll probably continue for this sequel. I personally think the original Guitar Hero On Tour was an outstanding addition to the Nintendo DS library, and while Guitar Hero On Tour Decades loses a bit of the novelty that influenced the first score, the sequel is still a very appealing portable product.
En definitiva, creemos que On Tour Decades es una muy buena incorporación a la saga. La jugabilidad se ha trasladado de la mejor forma posible y, aunque cuesta acostumbrarse al manejo del Guitar Grip, la respuesta es estupenda y todo aquel que decida dedicarle un poco de tiempo descubrirá un título muy divertido, duradero y con un buen repertorio. Ya nada nos impide rocanrolear en cualquier parte.
Regardless of how much polish Decades has over its predecessor, the fact remains that the DS game will never be more than a simulation of a simulation; a short-term novelty that just makes you wish you were playing the real Guitar Hero games instead. Unless you don't own anything other than a DS and can't bear to miss out on the phenomenon, there's really no good reason to get this.
75 (Nov 21, 2008)
Dispensable à première vue, l'achat de cette mini-suite de Guitar Hero On Tour s'imposera pourtant aux yeux des fans de la série. Dix euros moins cher pour ceux qui possèdent déjà le premier volet, Decades a le mérite de proposer une compatibilité totale entre les deux titres concernant le multijoueur. Un multi sur lequel l'accent a été mis avec la présence d'un mode co-op vraiment sympa.
Game Vortex (Nov, 2008)
What it all boils down to is that it feels like Activision is literally trying to sell you the same game twice. Just like they did with Encore, Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades just feels like a half step instead of big stride forward. I would recommend a purchase if you were only getting one, but not both. Look at the song lists and see which appeals to you more and go from there. I say rent or borrow it first and then buy it if you have to have more songs to play on the go.
GamingExcellence (Dec 16, 2008)
Just remember, while Guitar Hero was all about simulating the act of playing a guitar, GHOTD has no such aspirations. This game’s only goal is to simulate the act of playing Guitar Hero, nothing more and nothing less. With that said, GHOTD is a fine addition to any Guitar Hero fan’s library, especially those who want to take their fix on the go. While a few nitpicking issues ruin the expert mode and make the package far from a five star effort, Guitar Hero remains a very fun experience, even in a stripped down portable form.
70 (Jan 17, 2009)
Der erste DS-Teil „Guitar Hero On Tour“ wurde erst im Juli in Deutschland veröffentlicht, da ist es auch wenig verwunderlich, dass „Decades“ kaum Neuerungen bietet. Die Grafik blieb nahezu unverändert, der Sound ist weiterhin auf gutem Niveau und das Spielprinzip unverwüstlich. So gesehen erhält man mit dem neuesten Teil also weniger einen Nachfolger, sondern eher ein Songupdate zum Vollpreis. Die Setlist ist sicherlich Geschmackssache und mit einigen Poprock-Titeln bestückt, um der jüngeren Zielgruppe gerecht zu werden. Wer also nach „World Tour“ noch immer neuen Musikspiel-Nachschub braucht, findet mit „Decades“ eine gelungene Zwischenmahlzeit. Ob man auf dem DS allerdings noch einen „richtigen“ Nachfolger erhält, ist fraglich. Der neue Nintendo DSi unterstützt dank fehlendem GBA-Slot keinen der beiden „On Tour“-Titel, die Entwickler müssten also erst einmal einen Weg um dieses Problem finden.
Armchair Empire, The (Dec 23, 2008)
While Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades is a very solid follow-up port of the franchise to the DS and the technology to get it working is brilliant - why don't more developers make use of the GBA cartridge port for DS games? - I can really only recommend Decades to fans of the franchise, with the proviso that they have relatively small hands.
Hooked Gamers (Nov 30, 2008)
The gameplay is solid and still a blast but Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades is for all intents and purposes On Tour with new songs laced with some minor additions. For some people that will be more than enough. For everyone else it might be wise to just hold onto your copy of the original On Tour and play with a friend who gets a copy of Decades.
As the second Guitar Hero DS title released in less than six months, you might expect that Decades is fairly similar to the original On Tour. Mostly, you’d be right. However, Vicarious Visions deserves praise for improving this game in a couple of areas. Firstly, the soundtrack is much more appealing to fans of the “big boy” version, featuring some dynamic rock songs new and old. Secondly, the new song-sharing feature allows you to stream songs off a friend’s copy of the original (and vice versa) for multiplayer. However, the sad fact remains that I don’t think there’s really anything that the developers can do to fix the game’s true problems: the frustratingly inexact touchscreen strumming and the fact that playing this game is an ergonomic nightmare, especially for those with larger hands. Ultimately, what I remember most about this game is the wrist and neck pain.
Pocket Gamer UK (Nov 18, 2008)
On Tour Decades brings better songs and a slightly more comprehensive Guitar Hero experience to Guitar Hero on DS. There are still issues with the comfort and practicalities of its guitar fret peripheral, but the most rousing songs are still a lot of fun to play,
Gaming Age (Dec 10, 2008)
If you really feel the need to have your Guitar Hero fix anytime you want it though, then you can't really go wrong with On Tour Decades. It's not a big improvement or change over the first title, and really feels like a track pack update more than anything, but if you've been growing tired with the 20 or so songs from the original, then this one will do the trick. However, if the first game didn't appeal to you in the slightest, then this one isn't going to change your mind about On Tour either. It's a strictly for fans release, and one that I think fans will pick up regardless.
1UP (Nov 14, 2008)
Decades' days are numbered, since it's incompatible with the upcoming DS hardware revamp, the DSi. But in short play sessions -- and especially when competing against a friend -- the game is almost as good as the stellar Elite Beat Agents. If you can get past the controller and don't mind sustaining permanent hand injuries, Decades is a fun, short rhythm game.
65 (Nov 21, 2008)
Ihr mochtet Guitar Hero: On Tour? Prima, dann greift zu, denn Decades ist dasselbe in Grün - der einzige offensichtliche Unterschied besteht in der neuen Songliste, der Rest ist 1:1 aus dem Vorgänger übernommen. Und das beinhaltet natürlich auch die Nachteile: So sehr ich die Idee vom Guitar Grip nach wie vor schätze, so sehr bedauere ich, dass er immer noch nicht viel taugt. Bequemes Spielen ist einfach nicht möglich, nach ein paar Songs sind Handkrämpfe beinahe unvermeidlich - und dass selbst leichte Erschütterungen und Wackler (die beim Rocken nun mal unvermeidlich sind) den Guitar Grip aus seiner Fassung reißen und das Spiel damit zum Absturz bringen, ist nach wie vor besonders im Mehrspielermodus sehr ärgerlich. Gerade der ist aber nach wie vor ein großer Spaß, besonders das problemlose Streaming von GHOT-Songs, das die Songliste erheblich erweitert, ist sehr kulant - dafür gibt’s doch gleich mal ein Freudenpünktchen mehr in der Gesamtwertung.
Defunct Games (Jan 06, 2009)
What can I say, Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades just isn't my thing. I commend everybody involved for trying, but I still say that a portable guitar game is unnecessary. This is especially true after you find your hand throbbing from pain. If you're one of those people who liked the original Nintendo DS game, then chances are you're going to have a blast playing through this new batch of tunes. Everybody else should just stick to the home console version, it has better songs, more modes and actually feels like you're playing guitar. That's not to say that this franchise can't be perfected on a handheld system, but you can't expect too much from an expansion pack that came out a mere five months after the original.
Gamestyle (Jan 12, 2009)
The only other issue here is value for money. We'd recommend the first On Tour as a better starting point and a slightly better game overall, which relegates this to a worthwhile expansion if you can find it cheap enough.
Gamekult (Nov 27, 2008)
Pour éviter d'avoir à se coltiner tous les niveaux de difficulté, il suffit désormais de boucler le plus élevé pour débloquer tous les bonus des autres, à savoir trois chansons supplémentaires, des guitares et des fringues. Coté multijoueur, on retrouve les quatre modes de l'opus précédent - Duel, Duel Pro, Coop et Choc des guitares - nantis d'une option sympathique permettant de piocher dans les playlists des deux jeux, à condition d'avoir une cartouche de chaque évidemment. Plus abouti que son aîné malgré ses défauts techniques identiques, Decades ne reste toutefois qu'un placebo de Guitar Hero : il ne fait de l'effet que si l'on s'en persuade.
Modojo (Nov 25, 2008)
Aside from new music and the wireless feature, it's pretty much the same experience. Our hands still cramped up after less than 30 minutes of play, making Decades more of supplement to Guitar Hero World Tour than something you should play for hours. That said, it's still an impressive achievement and another reason why owning a DS is a smart idea.
GameSpot (Nov 25, 2008)
The simple truth is that Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades doesn't do enough to improve the flawed experience from its predecessor. Song sharing is nice, and simply offering new tracks would be fine if some of the portable franchise's more standout problems were fixed. If you were able to enjoy the first game, you'd do well to add 28 more songs to your catalog. But until Activision and Vicarious Visions work to improve the fundamental flaws, it's best to keep your distance--unless your idea of a guitar hero is someone with cramped hands, a guitar pick that doesn't strum, and a guitar that keeps getting unplugged midsong.
GamesRadar (Nov 24, 2008)
So there you have it: Just like last time, this looks like Guitar Hero, sounds like Guitar Hero, and you can carry it around without random strangers asking “Why are you hauling around a toy guitar? Oh, you still live with your mom, don’t you?” But it still doesn’t quite play like Guitar Hero. The touch detection is too spotty, the custom controller is too uncomfortable and that intoxicating illusion that you’re actually playing an instrument still isn’t there. But, if you need a portable way to get your rock on, this is remains the best way to go.
Gaming Nexus (Dec 24, 2008)
In almost every way Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades is exactly like the original. It still hurts your hand, has tinny audio and doesn't feel quite right. On the other hand, it does have a better list of songs and a cool mode where you can share songs with friends. There's a lot to like here, but it's almost impossible to enjoy this portable Guitar Hero when you're hand is throbbing after each and every song!
40 (UK) (Jan 07, 2009)
This is just a song pack, really - one that carries an RRP of GBP 29.99 (or GBP 39.99 if you need the guitar grip too). That's too much to ask for a sequel which barely does anything its predecessor didn't do, and doesn't even fix any of the problems with it.
40 (Jan 16, 2009)
Au final, Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades n'est rien de plus que Guitar Hero: On Tour avec des morceaux différents. Le gameplay est exactement le même. Il y a un mode supplémentaire, mais il n'est pas très intéressant. Plus ennuyeux, aucun des problèmes du premier jeu n'a été résolu. Le périphérique est toujours malcommode à utiliser pour beaucoup de joueurs. Le battu n'est pas tout à fait exact. Le système de contrôle est plus médiocre que la normale, même si vos mains, comme les miennes, ressemblent à celles du héros de «l'Etrange Noël de Monsieur Jack».