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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (PS3 & X360)

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (PS3 & X360)

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Not content to rest on their leather clad laurels Activision and developer Neversoft have unleashed an expansion for Guitar Hero III featuring one of the America’s most popular rock bands, Aerosmith. This time around you get to play a lot of their material and we are treated to some accurate renderings of all the band, including a huge set of Steven Tyler’s lips.

Technically this isn’t really an expansion as you don’t need the original GH3 disc, however it feels to me as if this would have been better value being offered as a store download rather than a full priced retail game.
Most of you I’m hoping will have played at least one Guitar Hero game throughout the years and if you have then you will already know what to expect, yep there is nothing new or groundbreaking with the latest game in the series. The game play is the same, the career is the same as is the online multiplayer support, and it might leave a sour taste in your mouth once you realise that all the guitars and characters from Guitar Hero III have simply been copied over into this game. The main additions are the new songs and the 3d rendered Aerosmith band. Not only that but you get a computerised rapper in the shape of DMC who makes an appearance for several songs, including the obligatory “Walk This Way” which was a huge hit for the band in the 80’s. Additionally we are also treated to the full collection of Joe Perry guitars as well as video interviews with all the band members.

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The career mode spans 31 songs with each set of five containing three songs by Aerosmith and two by other miscellaneous bands. You can also unlock bonus songs which are all Aerosmith or Joe Perry tracks bringing the grand total up to around 40 songs. Good value? Not really in my opinion considering you are paying full price for what really should have been an expansion. If you couple this with the fact that no downloadable content is planned then it seems even worse value.

As it stands there are around 10 songs which are not Aerosmith related and some of these are not performed by the original bands either. I had hoped initially that Aerosmith might have been covering these songs as it would certainly have brought more value to the collection, especially with long term fans of the band dying to hear new content. As some of these covers are less than appealing it would have been a great bonus to hear Tyler and the gang grind out their style of rock blues through some of the Non Aerosmith tracks.

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I would consider myself as a follower of the band throughout their career without classing myself as a fanatic and speaking as such I would say the tracklist is very well balanced with a good mixture of old and new content making the grade. The only thing lacking would be an omission of some of their power ballads which I feel would have balanced the overall package slightly better. That said, with the inclusion of “Sweet Emotion” and that awesome Perry riff I find it hard to complain!

What I found interesting was the approach of the developers in setting the scene, they used Aerosmith histrionics to lovingly create their venues right from Nipmuc High to the Super Bowl Half time show and then onto the Hall of Fame. I feel fans of the band will love this approach, especially as they are interviewed before each section and they explain how the band developed throughout their history. More detailed versions of these videos can be unlocked for those interested in listening more to the band members.

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The rendering of the band is first class, and as both Tyler and Perry were motion captured, all their signature moves are reproduced inch perfectly which adds to the game authenticity. With the original Guitar Hero III the onscreen animations looked rather lifeless and robotic, however I feel this time around they are greatly improved so the game gets some bonus points when it comes to the graphics.

Those of you having some problems with Expert level on Guitar Hero III will find this package more appealing as Joe Perry is not technically an incredible player and he is more focused on killer sounding riffs. The lower difficulty level will be sure to suit less skilled players, however more advanced guitarists will perhaps find this a bit of a walkthrough, even on the hardest level. The only song which really gave me a problem was “Train Kept a Rollin’” which is the last song on the tracklist. So all in all this game while attractive to Aerosmith fans may very well find a home with those players who don’t fancy having to tackle Dragonforce’s finger melting “Through The Fire and Flames”.

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Graphically both Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are almost identical with perhaps the Sony version having a slight edge on sharpness, however looking slightly more aliased as a downside. With regards to audio, again the edge goes to the Playstation 3 as I generally find the audio output from the console of higher quality through an expensive amplifier, especially when playing music.

Should you buy this game if you already own Guitar Hero III? It is a tough one to give a definitive answer to. If you are fan of the band and have some money burning a hole in your pocket then yes I feel it is reasonably good value, however if the band doesn’t appeal to you or if you are sick of the series in general then move on.

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Some parts of the package seem cheap, such as the limited track list and the fact that there will be no downloadable content offered at a later date, however with all the venues and new guitars and true to life band renders as well as a pretty accurate history of the band as a hard working club rock act to the stadium rock glory days it is a worthwhile addition to your Guitar Hero collection.

The same old same old, nothing new.
Some nice new motion captured renders of the band as well as accurately captured environmental  venues.
Hey you either like Aerosmith or you don’t. Only you can answer that.
No downloadable content is being offered and there are only 40 songs in total, unfortunately its full price too.
(Not an Average)
If you are a fan of the band, add 10 points to my score, if not deduct 20.

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Stuart Davidson

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