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Game Chronicles (Jun 16, 2009)
I have to admit that I was becoming a bit weary of the Guitar Hero franchise, but Smash Hits was just the breath of fresh recycled air that we needed. Not only are these the songs I grew up listening to, these are the songs that introduced me to the Guitar Hero franchise back when it was just on the PS2. Now I get to play them all on my fancy next-gen consoles with better instruments and new challenging note streams and even share them with my friends in a full band situation. There is something to be said for nostalgia and Guitar Hero: Smash Hits earns a perfect score with it’s superlative track list built on the fantastic World Tour engine.
PGNx Media (Jun 16, 2009)
Beenox has done a great job with Guitar Hero: Smash Hits. Porting classic songs into the new engine would have been enough to sell dozens of copies but the developer went further by choosing songs that were fun to play as a band, including the master tracks, creating a story that has you playing in varied locales, and keeping all of the refinements the series has made over the years. Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is an incredibly fun game and one that will definitely keep you entertained until Guitar Hero V arrives. It’s highly recommended for all platforms, but especially for Wii and PS3 owners since over half of the games haven’t appeared in those platforms at all.
91 (Jun 30, 2009)
This is a very good game. While its drums and vocals lack passion, the rest of the game excels and with some more promotion and respect, this game could be the best GH game around!
I went into my review for Guitar Hero Smash Hits expecting a retread, but instead saw all of these great tracks get new life. The improvements from Metallica fused with a less niche soundtrack, is simply plastic-instrument-band heaven. While we won’t get a full band Jordan experience from Buckethead, there is a lot to be said for busting out an awesome rendition of Cult of Personality from Living Colour. Guitar Hero Smash Hits hits all the right notes and really strikes a chord for me - I recommend it.
XGN (Jul 15, 2009)
Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits is eigenlijk een beetje te duur voor de redelijk kleine tracklist. Je kunt je afvragen waarom het niet gewoon als downloadbare content is aageboden en het teveel lijkt op Guitar Hero: World Tour. Desondanks staat de game als een huis en wil je niet meer stoppen met drummen of zingen voor de verandering!
85 (Aug 16, 2009)
You'll fall into one of three categories when it comes to Guitar Hero: Smash Hits. You either haven't played these songs yet and want to OR you've played them before and don't see the need to play them again OR you love greatest hits compilations and will sell your old copies of the other games and get this. Personally, I fall into the last set of gamers. I like these songs and had a great time playing them again. The fact that they are all master tracks definitely helps the fact. Remember that cover of Stellar by Incubus? Ugh..
Extreme Gamer (Jul 07, 2009)
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is the perfect compilation disc to pick up if you have missed some of the other editions along the way. This is perfect for the Guitar Hero late bloomer, or all the Guitar Hero drummers/ singers around the world. Besides drumming, or singing to some classic Guitar Hero tracks you’ll get to take advantage of all the new upgrades made in series up until now. This includes the new instruments, multiplayer, and other modes. Considering some of those Guitar Hero titles never made it to the Wii, or the Playstation 3, owners of those two consoles might have a bigger interest in Smash Hits release. Bottom line, if you’re a fan and don’t already own all FIVE versions of Guitar Hero that Smash Hits is based off of, then you should check out the set-list to see if Smash Hits is worth rocking out to.
Armchair Empire, The (Jul 08, 2009)
For the more casual player, Smash Hits is a good opportunity to breakout the instruments from On Tour and have some summer fun.
Game Informer Magazine (Sep 22, 2009)
Smash Hits does absolutely nothing to advance the GH brand in any way, but if you've long since packed up your PS2 it's a great way to get your hands on some old-school favorites. You're basically paying $1.25 per song, which is lower than DLC pricing. Not a bad deal if you can handle jamming yet another Guitar Hero box into your racks.
TeamXbox (Jun 17, 2009)
Whether Guitar Hero 5 will have enough freshness to inspire people to buy it this September is yet to be seen—though the flexibility demonstrated in a pre-E3 event and detailed in a subsequent press release indicates that there’ll be a lot of reason to consider a GH5 purchase. However, that’s the subject of another review, and it sadly won’t be a factor in this Guitar Hero Smash Hits review.
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is a great collection of tracks from previous games, re-constructed for the current evolution of the genre. If you are ok with that, and don't mind swapping discs to access this content, then do not hesitate purchasing it. If you are sick of the series, this outing is not going to change your mind. This is the same game we have been playing for a while. This chapter is more like a chance for hardcore fans to revisit some of their favorite tracks in a new light. Smash Hits is definitely going to be criticized for milking the franchise, but when it is this fun I personally don't care.
GameFocus (Jun 29, 2009)
With Guitar Hero 5 shipping in less than three months and being touted as “the ultimate Guitar Hero experience”, it’s a bit odd that Activision decided to offer this compilation on a retail disc instead of going with the downloadable content model. Still, any fan of Guitar Hero won’t overlook the fact that you can now play the most popular tracks of the franchise with more than one instrument and won’t hesitate to add the game to their game collection. However, it may be time for Activision to start thinking differently because having too much Guitar Hero games it’s like having nothing at all.
78 (Jun 23, 2009)
Okay, auf den ersten Blick riecht Greatest Hits schon irgendwie nach Abzocke: Die Technik ist altbekannt, die Songs sind altbekannt, das ganze Drumherum sowieso - wieso sollte man also für 48 alte Lieder den Vollpreis zahlen? Wieso stellt Activision das Ganze nicht als günstigeres Downloadpaket für World Tour zur Verfügung? Gute, berechtigte Fragen. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass weder Guitar Hero noch der 80s-Ableger weder auf 360 noch PS3 erhältlich waren oder sind (uns stand zum Test nur die 360-Version zur Verfügung) ist die Antwort, dass dieses Mal die ganze Band ran darf und man Original- statt Coverversionen zu hören bekommt. Das klingt nicht gerade nach irre viel, allerdings ist die Songauswahl wirklich hervorragend und vor allem vielfältiger als bei Metallica. Die Karriere ist ansprechend gestaltet, der Multiplayermodus macht unverändert verdammt viel Spaß, es gibt viel freizuschalten und zu personalisieren.
GameZone (Jun 16, 2009)
Guitar Hero Smash Hits isn’t much of a progression for the series, so seasoned vets looking for something new will be disappointed. However, newcomers who didn’t pick up the series until last year will get the most out of it.
That Gaming Site (Jun 19, 2009)
Guitar Hero Smash Hits is a good attempt and a decent concept that all sizes up to a wasted opportunity. Worth a play but not really worthy of its own full price release. This should have been a discount title or DLC releases.
Official XBox Magazine (Jun 17, 2009)
Still, that full price is steep for what feels like an add-on disc. Gather your bandmates for a money-saving weekend rental, and you’ll have more fun with the oldies than you might expect.
Smash Hits pays great homage to Activision’s Guitar Hero franchise. To be able to replay some of the series most famous and infamous hits in their master track form was a delight. That being said, the franchise is less than four-years old and the game goes for the full price of a regular Guitar Hero title. Perhaps five years from now a greatest hits game would have been more appropriate but for now diehards may just want just pick this one up as an extended rental. Nevertheless, if you haven’t played a Guitar Hero game before then Smash Hits should be the first place you stop.
Atomic Gamer (Jun 30, 2009)
So while we wait for GH5 and The Beatles to hit this September and we continue to buy tracks for the major two games released last year, it may be tempting to pop down to the store to pick up Smash Hits - but I highly recommend you drop by Wikipedia to see the track list first, because thatlist of songs is about the only unique feature that this game has. If you've got the controllers already bought and the friends sitting around that are willing to play at least half of these songs either for the first time or in the new, updated way, then by all means go for it. If any of those conditions fail, though, you might want to wait three months for the next major iteration in Guitar Hero.
Gameplanet (Jul 01, 2009)
Guitar Hero 5 is currently under development, so if you're looking for something more guitar-centric then you might want to wait. In the meantime, if you and your buddies are getting a bit bored of the same songs from World Tour and Metallica, then Greatest Hits really represents 48 more songs to hone your skills on.
75 (Jul 10, 2009)
It might be too premature to be getting nostalgic about a game that released a short four years ago but Smash Hits does evoke those emotions. If you can get past the feeling that you have already played these songs before, even though these are better recordings, Smash Hits is like a jukebox full of the best songs from Guitar Hero's past.
Vandal Online (Jul 22, 2009)
¿Qué pasa? Que Greatest Hits no deja de ser un recopilatorio muy poco ambicioso que no aporta ninguna novedad a nivel jugable a la serie, y que perfectamente podría haber llegado a través del sistema de distribución digital de Activision ahorrando así el importante desembolso que deben realizar los usuarios para hacerse con el juego. Será por tanto una decisión muy personal de los veteranos en la serie si Greatest Hits ofrece lo suficiente como para hacerse con él, siendo, eso sí, una compra más que recomendable para todos aquellos usuarios que quieran dar el salto al género de los juegos musicales o, también, para todos aquellos que no tuvieron ocasión de disfrutar de las primeras entregas de Guitar Hero; auténticos clásicos con un repertorio musical digno de estar en el Olimpo de los dioses del rock.
Gaming Nexus (Aug 11, 2009)
One could certainly argue that Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is nothing more than a glorified expansion pack. But there's definitely enough content in this game to warrant a look, even if you already own these songs in older Guitar Hero games. I just wish Activision would have done more with this idea than throwing us new songs.
Consequently, I can only recommend this title to Guitar Hero enthusiasts that feel the band side of their collection is sorely missing the tracks included with this release. Everyone else out there could just as easily hold out for Guitar Hero 5, or wait for Smash Hits to hit the bargain bin or used section of their favorite game store.
XboxAddict (Jul 01, 2009)
Make sure to remember you will be getting absolutely nothing new game-wise in Smash Hits; you will only be able to replay the classics from Guitar Hero 1, 2, 3, and Aerosmith with all your instruments. Check the complete song list and decide if there are enough songs on it that will warrant you having to put in Smash Hits every time you want to only play those songs as it is the complete epitome of inconvenient.
games xtreme (Jul 23, 2009)
If you own the other GH games and you're just in it for the shred of fingers on strings, or the clack of fingers on plastic, then you might want to skip this. If you're a band player, you'll probably want to grab it. It's a nice trip down memory lane and will tide you over till 5 smashes down.
Even with the pretty sub-par song selection, there are enough songs on Greatest Hits to keep you occupied for a short while. However, a budget price tag would have been better suited to what is simply a budget game; it'd be hard to recommend this at its $80AUD RRP. If you're a diehard Guitar Hero, then you're probably going to buy this regardless (much like I did), but I fear you'll be disappointed with the easy, watered-down experience Greatest Hits is.
70 (Jun 28, 2009)
Todos estos ingredientes hacen de Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits un título que se deja disfrutar gracias a su excelente repertorio de canciones y al hecho que saca partido de todas la novedades que se han introducido en la saga en los últimos años. Lástima que aspectos como el no poder descargar más canciones más allá de las 48 disponibles, integrarlas en otros títulos, o el hecho de que sea un poco caro para tratarse de un recopilatorio, empañen el resultado final.
Gamervision (Jul 08, 2009)
Yes, I loved the Guitar Hero series once upon a time, but the genre has evolved, and it’s Harmonix and Rock Band that are leading the evolution. While Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is a solid option for fans of music games, the short and inconsistent tracklist alone makes it not worth the price. The fact is, every single song on the disc is already available in another game, and most of them have been for years; in fact, I still have the first three Guitar Hero games in my library, and I certainly don’t feel the need to pay another $60 just to add more instruments to the few songs in the game that I really love. To make matters worse, a handful of the songs in Smash Hits are available in Rock Band, and the fact that the game doesn’t support DLC gives gamers even less reason to buy it. Guitar Hero: Smash Hits will keep you entertained for a few days, but it certainly won’t replace either Rock Band or Guitar Hero: World Tour as your regular party game.
Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits is a brilliant full-band revival of some of our favourite songs from the series, which may not have made it to a straight sequel. With it being a lighter, stop-gap package, though, we'd recommend picking it up in a few months' time at a more agreeable price.
IGN (Jun 17, 2009)
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is the definition of "milking". Sure, the setlist is great, and if you've somehow never played these tracks before, they're a ton of fun. Even if you have played them all, being able to sit down at the drums or try out your vocal abilities with them is great. However, there are a number of presentation issues that bother me (though they may not bother very casual players), and the fact that this wasn't either DLC or released as multiple track packs is a big mistake.
GamesRadar (Jun 29, 2009)
Sound good? Then you’ll be in heaven with this new pack, especially if you bought Guitar Hero Metallica and have the dual bass pedals going. If these seem a little tired to you or you don’t want to pay for the whole collection, maybe just hold off and see if these make their way into the online shop eventually.
70 (Jun 22, 2009)
Het is inmiddels wel duidelijk dat Activision het innovatieve aspect van de serie op een lager pitje heeft gezet. Toch is Guitar Hero Greatest Hits een mooie deal voor nieuwkomers: de tracklist is top en de game is wel degelijk verslavend. Zeker als je pas ingestapt bent bij Rock Band of Guitar Hero: World Tour en je hebt vier stoffige instrumenten thuis staan, is Greatest Hits een aanrader. Voor gevorderden of oude bekenden van de serie gaat dat helaas niet op. Sterker nog, als wij nog één keer dat wanstaltige nummer van Dragonforce moeten spelen gaan de Guitar Hero-schijfjes voortaan direct een enkeltje ‘Through the Fire and Flames’.
70 (Jun 22, 2009)
Nonostante gli alti e bassi che ne caratterizzano quasi ogni settore, Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits si rivela un prodotto discreto, sicuramente al di sopra della media. Le sue fortune vengono tutte da una tracklist che, seppur non si presenti perfetta (quale lo è, dopotutto), risulta capace di mettere in luce, in maniera rigorosa e precisa, ogni singolo punto di forza del brand. Pur con qualche incongruenza nel layout delle tracce, insomma, la produzione Beenox si rivela gradevolmente giocabile e consigliata a chi si fosse perso uno dei primi (o tutti) capitoli della serie.
Meristation (Jun 26, 2009)
En lo negativo, resulta quizá demasiado caro para lo que es, y posiblemente un formato descargable le hubiera venido mejor. Mas allá de esta apreciación, lamentamos la forma de proceder de la distribuidora, que nuevamente nos veta la posibilidad de acceder a contenidos adquiridos con otros juegos de la misma licencia y que podrían ser fácilmente compatibles al cien por cien con los temas ya comprados. Apuntillando, el hecho de no tener más novedad que las propias canciones lo deja algo cojo de potencial, sobre todo de cara a aquellos jugadores que no deseen invertir en algo que ya han jugado anteriormente. Todos ellos, deberán esperar unos meses más hasta la llegada de GH: Van Halen y GH: V.
Console Monster (Jul 19, 2009)
Overall, Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits is a worthy addition to the already large collection of Guitar Hero titles. The incredible set list and extensive online features make the title a great purchase for new and returning players alike. If you already own a number of the Guitar Hero titles included, yet still intend to purchase Greatest Hits, it’s probably worth waiting until the price comes down, before splashing the cash.
70 (Jul 08, 2009)
Despite a few niggles with the note structure changes and the nagging feeling that this could have all been DLC, Greatest Hits is still a lot of fun. If you've been waiting to play some of the best tracks from previous games with your friends as a full band, you'll want to snap this up right away. If you're new to the series, though, last year's Guitar Hero World Tour offers better value for money and the ability to expand the track list through DLC.
GamePro (US) (Jul 15, 2009)
I didn't expect Guitar Hero Smash Hits to dramatically change what has become a tried-and-true formula, but I definitely anticipated a better value proposition than this. Guitar Hero die-hards begging for a way to relive their past favorites with the band might find some worth within, and I certainly won't deny having fun revisiting many of these tracks, but your everyday rhythm game fan will likely find Smash Hits an adequate collection that falls just short of requiring a full-price purchase.
Worth Playing (Jul 21, 2009)
Going back to the music analogy from the start, Guitar Hero Smash Hits is akin to what we used to refer to as a band "selling out." Rather than put forth any real creative effort, it is a mere repackaging of existing content in an effort to earn some quick cash. The game is mainstream friendly, but likely to rub long-term fans in the wrong way. Still, fans are the forgiving sort, and ultimately, final judgment on the series will be reserved for Guitar Hero 5. Here's hoping that it'll have a little more meat on its proverbial bones.
3D Juegos (Jun 26, 2009)
Resulta difícil recomendar Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits a aquellos jugadores aficionados a la saga que ya cuenten con el resto de entregas y que no tengan un especial interés en contar con los temas incluidos en esta versión. Los que piensen en él para debutar en el género musical encontrarán un tracklist tremendo, aunque no es el mejor Guitar Hero de la saga.
Gaming Age (Jun 30, 2009)
There's not a whole lot I can say about the game, since it doesn't really add any new additions to gameplay or change anything up significantly, it really is just a re-mastering of old tracks with new note charts tossed in. I'm sure some of the hardcore players will be able to take the new note charts apart and tell you what works and what doesn't, but I still found everything fun to play, even though it's growing old for me at this point. I can't say I'd suggest running out and picking up a copy right away, as I think it's a bit much to ask full price for this release, but if you enjoy the series there's not going to be anything in this game that'll put you off. It's a good selection of songs from the previous games, and it's a great way to reacquainted with a few old favorites.
MS Xbox World (Jul 16, 2009)
This game really is the same old song and dance. It’s nothing more than an exaggerated track pack, but saying that, it’s a very good one and still a heap of fun. But this isn’t worth buying because of the poor lifespan, it’s definitely more of a rental. If you’re new to the Guitar Hero games or maybe haven’t played any of the previous games this may be a good route to take to play some of the classics, but if I was in the position I would rather purchase the originals and play all of the songs. Nothing new has been added and all you’re getting is a port of World Tour with some different songs, rent this, don’t buy!
Boomtown (Jul 17, 2009)
Certainly there is some fun to be had here - mostly in brief stints as a party game - but the track list is not what it could have been. When combined with the lack of DLC or interoperability with World Tour, I find it difficult to wholeheartedly recommend Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits, particularly when good sales figures will encourage Activision to maintain this approach, rather than making something that’s actually worthwhile.
Teletext (2009)
An expansion pack in full price clothing, offering only new versions of admittedly classic songs.
60 (Aug 10, 2009)
If you've managed to get this far without joining the world of Guitar Hero and you feel the urge to start now then this is, cynicism apart, a decent place to start. It's got all the most recent gameplay tweaks and the track listing, depending on your tastes, does offer a nice selection. If however, you're not a newbie then this package's worth is going to depend entirely on the size of your existing GH collection and how much you agree with the choice of songs. The sad thing is that Guitar Hero has actually done more than enough over the last few years to deserve some kind of back slapping celebration of it's success, it's just a shame Activision have decided this quick and easy cash in is the best way forward.
Totally Gaming Network (Jul 10, 2009)
There really isn't a whole lot to say about this game. It is a cash grab by Activision to see how much money they can still get out of the franchise. If you haven't played these songs in the past then I'm sure this game will be a lot more fun for you than it would be for people who have played all of the other past titles. The fact that it doesn't allow you to use any of your downloadable content from previous Guitar Hero games is inexcusable. The fundamentals of the game are still there and they still work as well as in previous titles. The problem is that you won't really see anything new until Guitar Hero 5 so there really isn't much point in purchasing this title when a much better one is only a few months away. If you are a big Guitar Hero fan then I would rent this title and play it until you are tired of it. I definitely wouldn't buy it as you will get bored pretty quickly once you have beaten the career mode.
60 (UK) (Jul 08, 2009)
Since Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits' release last month (our review copy arrived late), Activision's taken a few hits elsewhere for milking the series for extra cash, which would surely be a very rude thing for such a cash-rich company to do. And as much as I would like to tell a different story, poor old Beenox's efforts are damned by daddy. This is a glorified DLC pack on a disc, but it didn't need glorification - it needed the simultaneous release of the track-list on the music store, and store compatibility, as a minimum, if it was ever to engender any goodwill. As it is, and with Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero on the slate for this year as well, it's hard to argue with the backlash, or recommend that you buy the game.
Giant Bomb (Jun 25, 2009)
Even though some of the songs appeared as covers in the previous games, they're all being done by the original artists now. In some cases (probably cases where the original masters weren't available), the game doesn't have the original recording. For example, Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell" is a live track. So, provided you're pleased with the feature set, it really comes down to a desire to play the songs on the disc. Probably the best advice I can give you is to take a look at that song list, weigh it against your desire to play them across multiple instruments, and go from there. There are definitely some quality songs on the list, but I think I would have rather been able to pick and choose a few of them as downloadable content for World Tour than be forced to buy them as a package.
Gamestyle (Jul 16, 2009)
While not a bad game, Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits just feels like an easy cash-in among the other music games flooding the market. While the introduction of new instruments to play in old songs is tempting, it's ultimately an unnecessary package in these days of downloadable content. If you are a fan of the series then you probably own it already. If not, then there are certainly better options out there.
Blend Games (Jul 11, 2009)
There's just not much to say about this game. Yes, it's more Guitar Hero. If you like that, then great, but most people will probably wait for the price to drop before surrendering their wallets to the Activision overlords. This is really the game that represents music game saturation, and I'm pretty sure that the overpriced, plastic-driven peripheral genre is going to grind to a screeching halt before Activision is ready for it (I'm looking at you, DJ Hero and Tony Hawk: Ride). Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is a fun music game with a great setlist, but the price for the old content and lack of any real incentive for purchase other than mic and drum support is a real deal-breaker. Sadly, I don't think this is the end of this kind of cash-in from Activision.
GamingExcellence (Aug 09, 2009)
As it is this isn’t a worthwhile value for your money. Accept that this is just Activision trying to milk the Guitar Hero fans for their money and wait for the price to drop so you can get it on the cheap. Then the high price point isn’t much of a problem.
Game Shark (Aug 03, 2009)
With 48 tracks in all it’s hard to argue Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is a poor value. If it were downloadable content for World Tour you’d probably end up spending more than $60 to get it all. And certainly the game accomplishes what it sets out to do. Nonetheless, the whole package sure does feel like a quick, off-the-cuff cash grab. There’s no evolution of the core game design and the entirely fictional and over the top rock and roll venues add nothing to the experience (unless you think it would be cool to play at the North Pole or in Atlantis). Unless you’ve never played the first game or just have to have the vocal and drum parts included, there’s almost nothing here you can’t get by looking for a cheap deal buying Guitar Hero II or III separately. At least that way you’ll end up with far more music to play and enjoy and you won’t miss out on some of the real classics they have to offer that Smash Hits passes over.

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