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83
IGN (Nov 03, 2009)
Band Hero is an impressive game, but it does take a hit for not feeling that unique because this is really just Guitar Hero 5 with a pink/purple motif. In the end, this is one of the examples people will point to when they talk about Activision milking the Guitar Hero franchise for all it’s worth – even though this time the milk is quenching the thirst of every Taylor Swift fan out there with a plastic guitar.
83
Band Hero is the game to get if you're not bothered about rock music. If you prefer Duffy to death metal and Counting Crows to KoRn then this should come as a pleasing alternative to Guitar Hero. For everyone else, shrug your shoulders and keep walking.
83
Nintendojo (2009)
Really, when it all comes down to it, the only major addition to the Guitar Hero formula in Band Hero is the addition of DS Party Play. But it maintains the status quo of the series very well cutting no features from earlier games. While hardcore Guitar Hero fans will probably complain about this one, Band Hero is another excellent addition to the series, one that makes party play a priority and delivers.
83
Gaming Nexus (Nov 24, 2009)
Band Hero loosens the reins on the game play to make the game more crowd friendly. The anything goes style carries over into the song list where everyone you know is bound to find at least one song they have heard and/or like.
82
Band Hero is not a bad addition to the franchise, but actually a step in the right direction. Some people may say Activision is milking the franchise when it is truly apparent they are simply offering many avenues for everyone to find something they like. The Top 40 music game is actually long overdue and I don't think it would be any more sensible to make this entire thing DLC as it would require people only wanting these songs to purchase both the original game and an entirely new pack. I like the idea and I think Band Hero executes it nicely. If you are not into this type of music there is no reason to check it out, however, if you do own the latest Taylor Swift CD and still wish the Spice Girls would release a new album, it is right up your alley.
82
GameFocus (Nov 16, 2009)
The main problem with Band Hero is that there’s actually very little here to differentiate it from the rest of the Guitar Hero franchise. For a game that Activision have said they want to stand on its own, it just doesn’t seem to change the formula enough to make it appeal to people who haven’t played other games in the series. At least not yet, anyway. Really, this is just a gussied-up track pack for the casual market. That’s not to say that it isn’t a fun experience, it’s just certainly not a new one.
80
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 20, 2009)
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. En dehors du mode Choeurs qui permet aux amateurs de karaoké de s'éclater comme dans un Singstar, on apprécie énormément le mode Bataille des Roadies qui permet aux joueurs Wii et DS de partager la même partie. La famille peut se laisser tenter sans risque !
80
Vandal Online (Nov 13, 2009)
Guitar Hero estaba destinado a un público muy fiel, pero muy concreto y limitado. Band Hero amplía sus horizontes sin ofender a nadie y ofreciendo un repertorio lo suficientemente variado y rico como para atraer a cualquiera. Activision ha decidido nadar y guardar la ropa abriendo esta nueva línea de simulador musical que se desliga al tener un nuevo nombre de su exitoso Guitar Hero.
80
At the end of the day I can’t help but feel the similarities between Band Hero and Guitar Hero 5 are more than skin deep. The features and modes are virtually identical and the only major difference being is the focus of the setlists (e.g. pop and top-40 music versus alternative and rock). Does that necessarily make it a bad game though? Not really. For those casual gamers, or families with kids in their tweens and early teens, this game may just be what the doctor ordered allowing you to finally take the plunge into the music/band based game arena.
80
GamesRadar (Nov 19, 2009)
The bottom line is that Band Hero is going to be an awesome game to those who happen to fall neatly within its target demographic. However, the developers missed the opportunity to make Band Hero stand out as a unique offshoot of the main franchise with special features and additional content. Instead, they simply slapped a coat of pink paint on Guitar Hero 5 and loaded it up with pop-heavy music. Tweens and youngsters who listen to the radio religiously will likely find this song list – and the fact that Taylor Swift, some guy from Maroon 5, and Gwen Stefani from No Doubt make in-game appearances – extremely squeal worthy. Serious Guitar Hero fans who prefer head banging, feedback, and stage diving in their rock games will want to die half-way through the game – assuming they even make it that far.
80
Cynamite (Feb 13, 2010)
Musikalisch Geschmacksache, technisch solide. Der Umfang könnte etwas größer sein.
80
Multiplayer.it (Mar 11, 2010)
Band Hero si pone come l'alternativa pop a Guitar Hero, mettendo sul piatto un look sbarazzino, una tracklist decisamente più mainstream ed una forte propensione al party gaming. Una presa di posizione che può piacere o meno, ma che di sicuro va incontro a quel vasto bacino d'utenza che, per un motivo o per l'altro, avrebbe avuto difficoltà a dedicarsi ad un rhyth game "serio". Se dunque è lecito storcere il naso di fronte a qualche scelta musicale poco convincente e ad un design non sempre ispirato, d'altra parte non si può negare come Band Hero offra delle inedite e divertenti modalità multiplayer, massimizzate su Wii dall'intelligente sfruttamento della connettività con Nintendo DS.
78
4Players.de (Nov 26, 2009)
Das Resultat ist ohne jede Frage ein sehr spaßiges, bietet es doch all die Annehmlichkeiten des großen Bruders: Freie Instrumentenwahl, zwei Tonnen Mehrspielermodi, durchdachte Challenges, eine tolle Präsentation sowie auf Wii den sehr unterhaltsamen Mii Freestyle-Modus. Das Ganze hat allerdings nicht nur den faden Nachgeschmack eines Schnellschusses, der genauso gut als Download-Paket funktioniert hätte, sondern auch zwei schwer wiegende Nachteile: Erstens ist die Songauswahl bestenfalls solide bis schlimmstenfalls grausam - mal davon abgesehen, dass vieles davon zu sehr auf den amerikanischen Markt zugeschnitten ist (was angesichts einiger Songkürzungen wörtlich zu nehmen ist), wird der Gitarren-Controller viel zu oft für alle möglichen Instrumente außer der Gitarre genutzt. Ein Absurdum, das bei »YMCA« seinen Höhepunkt findet - oder erinnert sich hier einer an die exzessiven Gitarrensoli beim Village People-Klassiker?
78
Digital Chumps (Nov 09, 2009)
However, with very few exceptions, that’s the extent of what’s being offered here; essentially, this is Guitar Hero 5 with a (25% shorter) pop-centric song list… no real mechanical evolution applies. If you’re among the relatively small group that appreciates the Guitar Hero/Rock Band experience but isn’t so fond of excessive guitar and/or rock, you’re left (both logically and linguistically) with Band Hero. Likewise, if you’re a mother looking to jam with your youngsters, this is for you. But if you’re anywhere else on the spectrum, be sure to check the song list first; ultimately, it’s the foundation of the music and the splendor of its instrumentation that fuels these titles. Unless you fall squarely within the niche targeted by Band Hero’s formula, you’ll likely find that, primarily thanks to the musical selections, the experience is lacking the same sense of authenticity and grandeur typical of its pedigree.
75
Game Shark (Dec 02, 2009)
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.
75
Worth Playing (Dec 05, 2009)
Make no mistake: Band Hero is a good game. The elements that made Guitar Hero 5 a good entry in the series also put this game in a positive light. This is especially true on the Wii iteration, which, despite being on less powerful hardware, is the strongest version of the game thanks to the exclusive modes that are quite fun for multiple players. It's still difficult to ignore the peculiar edits made to songs and the amount of blatantly recycled content from Guitar Hero 5. Fans of the series, especially younger ones, will be happy with this spin-off as long as they understand that this is ultimately a large track pack in a different package.
70
videogamer.com (Nov 09, 2009)
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.


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