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March 13, 2006
Guitar Hero - PS2 Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
15/6/2006ActivisionHarmonix1-2$TBA

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Guitar Hero looks pretty good.
The PS2 has had a string of hit peripherals including the Dance Mats, Eye Toy, and SingStar microphones. Strangely while the latter two have been massive hits in Europe they haven't really taken off in America - perhaps they're seen as too 'gimmicky' or perhaps it's due the the European development. In November last year one title proved that American's did like wierd peripherals, this time in the form of a guitar. That's right, in Guitar Hero, you have a guitar peripheral to strut your stuff to some of the greatest bands of all time.

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The peripheral is impressive - and big!
Guitar Hero by Harmonix creates all the sensations of being a rock star, as you rock out to 30 of the greatest rock anthems of all time! Soundtrack includes songs as made famous by such legendary artists as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Boston, Sum 41, Ozzy Osbourne, Audioslave, White Zombie, Franz Ferdinand and The Ramones. It's an impressive list which is destined to keep you playing for hours on end.

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And another screenshot.
So what are the features then. Well Guitar Hero includes 4 difficulty levels (Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert), 6 venues that range from basement parties to sold out stadiums. Developers Harmonix have created 8 different characters (which you can see in the image to the right here) that each offer their own look and unique style of playing, from metal head to classic rocker with a choice of different Gibson guitars to use in the game.

The guitar peripheral which ships with the game is shaped like the Gibson Flying SG. It is possible to press the Fret Buttons to form notes, sustains and chords! You will also have to move the Strum Bar up and down to play the note, similar to strumming real guitar strings while the whammy Bar lets you bend the note to play your own unique sounds.

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The backgrounds look great.
Guitar Hero also includes a 2-player game which should provide plenty of thrills. We're not sure if you can use two guitars at once, but that is one feature we're keen to check out closer to the games release.

So the big selling point with Guitar Hero is the wonderful guitar peripheral which comes with the game. It's not massively expensive either. There isn't a price set yet however in America it sells for $US69.95, which means a price between $AU119.95 and $AU149.95 is likely. Even if you don't like, or have never played the guitar, then this is a game worth checking out when it hits the shelves in mid-June 2006.