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May 14 2008
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
August 2008ActivisionRed OctaneNeversoft
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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It's the wonderful Aerosmith stage.
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Steve Tyler is screaming his vocals.

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Characters really do look great!
With a franchise with millions of sales around the globe there was never any doubt that despite the loss of original developers Harmonix the series would go on. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is a bit of a departure for the series as this game is now focusing on a single band, and bands really don't come any bigger then Aerosmith! Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer all take part in this game which looks like an absolute cracker.

Fans will experience Aerosmith’s Grammy award winning career, from their first gig to becoming rock royalty. As players progress through the game, they can rock out to the band’s greatest hits, as well as songs from other celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way.

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It's not just Aerosmith that appear in the game.
One of the first things we have to point out is that, as yet, there is no confirmed track list for the game from Activision, however details have been released via various interviews and press releases. We do know that some of the songs in the game will include Aerosmith's Make It, Sweet Emotion, Livin' on the Edge, Walk this Way, Mama Kin and more.

As with previous games in the series the key selling point is to use the Wireless Guitar controller to 'play' the music. If you've ever played a previous game then prepare for one of the most enjoyable experiences in gaming. The game plays as follows... As the songs play the guitar riffs fall down the screen. It's your job to hold down the corresponding fret button, and then hit the strut bar as the notes pass the bottom of the screen. It's all about timing - miss the note and you'll start sounding terrible, and your Rock Meter will drop. Should it drop too far the song will end to the boos of the crowd and you'll need to restart.

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Now that's a great concert hall.
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith will include venues from the numerous 'key' moments in the bands career. Starting with their first-ever concert at Nipmuc High School players ascend to the pinnacle of rock stardom and includes venues including Max's Kansas City (a nightclub in where the band played their first ever gig in New York) to the Superbowl XXXV Half Time Show in 2001 (where Aerosmith played "Jaded" and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" before all the artists combined to sing "Walk This Way"). Some other venues will be created with inspiration from some of the many album covers.

Sadly there won't be a co-op career mode in the game however Activision have confirmed that there will be a co-op quick play game mode which allows you to shred as Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and Tom Hamilton or select your favourite fictional Guitar Hero character. We do expect that, just like Guitar Hero III the game will include online gameplay.

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Jamming on a blue guitar.
Graphically this game looks impressive, and the developers have even been able to motion capture each of the five band members from Aerosmith – including extensive facial motion capture featuring Steven Tyler’s lip movements to every song – to ensure authenticity. In terms of audio Aerosmith have been able to provide some of the original masters however some tracks such as "Make It" have even been re-recorded for inclusion in the game.

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is a game that looks set to be an essential purchase for fans of the aging rockers. Guitar Hero fans will, even with only a passing interest in the mega group, should check this release out. Unfortunately while this game is currently due out in America on June 29th, Australians will have to wait until August to get their hands on this title.