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October 27, 2008
Guitar Hero: World Tour - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
12/11/2008ActivisionRed OctaneNeversoft
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-42-8See Below!
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Graphically Guitar Hero: World Tour impresses.
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Playing with two guitars and drums...

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The HD widescreen visuals are fantastic.
By now almost all gamers would have hear of Activision's multi-million selling franchise Guitar Hero. With one or two guitars the game allows you to jam to some of the best songs ever written, and since Guitar Hero III even compete against other people online. But how do you keep the game fresh and in the forefront of people minds, especially with original developer Harmonix jumping to Electronic Art to develop Rock Band - a game which release is still up in the air in Australia despite the sequel already being released in America! Well, besides two guitars, how about throwing in a drum kit and microphones for the complete band experience!

Yep, you read that right. Despite retaining the name Guitar Hero this game sees the addition of a microphone and drum kit for the complete experience. If you've played previous games in the series then you should know what to do as, even with these new instruments, the game plays in much the same way. Basically, and depending what instrument you are playing, you will have to hit the right notes and exactly the right time that the visuals appear on the screen. The better you play, the better the song will sound. If you suck then it will be game over to the boos of the crowd.

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That is indeed Ozzy Osbourne in the game!
Bands will play in a variety of locations including some real world locations such as Amoeba Music and Live Nation’s House of Blues Sunset Strip to name a couple. Gamers can score in-game sponsorships and gear from AMPEG, Audio-Technica, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Evans Drumheads, Guitar Center, Krank Amplification, Mackie, Marshall, Orange County Drum & Percussion, Pork Pie Percussion, Regal Tip, Sabian cymbals, Vox and Zildjian drumsticks.

While previous games in the series were big in terms of tracklisting Guitar Hero: World Tour is by far the biggest of them all with a whopping 86 tracks. If you get bored of these, there will also be a tonne of downloadable content. But let's look at the songs included on the disc.
311 - "Beautiful Disaster"
30 Seconds To Mars - "The Kill"
Airbourne - "Too Much Too Young"
The Allman Brothers Band - "Ramblin' Man"
Anouk - "Good God"
The Answer - "Never Too Late"
At The Drive-In - "One Armed Scissor"
Beastie Boys - "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
Beatsteaks - "Hail to the Freaks"
Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell"
Black Label Society - "Stillborn"
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Weapon of Choice"
blink-182 - "Dammit"
Blondie - "One Way or Another"
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - "Hollywood Nights"
Bon Jovi - "Livin' On A Prayer"
Bullet For My Valentine - "Scream Aim Fire"
Coldplay - "Shiver"
Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Up Around The Bend"
The Cult - "Love Removal Machine"
Dinosaur Jr. - "Feel The Pain"
The Doors - "Love Me Two Times"
Dream Theater - "Pull Me Under"
The Eagles - "Hotel California"
The Enemy - "Aggro"
Filter - "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"
Foo Fighters - "Everlong"
The Guess Who - "American Woman"
Hush Puppies - "You're Gonna Say Yeah!"
Interpol - "Obstacle 1"
Jane's Addiction - "Mountain Song"
Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze (Live)"
Jimi Hendrix - "The Wind Cries Mary"
Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle"
Joe Satriani - "Satch Boogie"
Kent - "Vinternoll2"
Korn - "Freak On A Leash"
Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"
Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
Linkin Park - "What I've Done"
The Living End - "Prisoner of Society"
Los Lobos - "La Bamba"
Lost Prophets - "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)"
Mars Volta - "L'Via L'Viaquez"
MC5's Wayne Kramer - "Kick Out The Jams"
Metallica - "Trapped Under Ice"
Michael Jackson - "Beat It"
Modest Mouse - "Float On"
Motörhead - "Overkill"
Muse - "Assassin"
Negramaro - "Nuvole e Lenzuola"
Nirvana - "About a Girl (Unplugged)"
No Doubt - "Spiderwebs"
NOFX - "Soul Doubt"
Oasis - "Some Might Say"
Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train"
Ozzy Osbourne - "Mr. Crowley"
Paramore - "Misery Business"
Pat Benatar - "Heartbreaker"
R.E.M. - "The One I Love"
Radio Futura - "Escuela De Calor"
Rise Against - "Re-Education Through Labor"
Sex Pistols - "Pretty Vacant"
Silversun Pickups - "Lazy Eye"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"
Steely Dan - "Do It Again"
Steve Miller Band - "The Joker"
Sting - "Demolition Man (Live)"
The Stone Roses - "Love Spreads"
Stuck In The Sound - "Toy Boy"
Sublime - "Santeria"
Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
System of a Down - "B.Y.O.B."
Ted Nugent - "Stranglehold"
Ted Nugent's Original Guitar Duel Recording
Tool - "Parabola"
Tool - "Schism"
Tool - "Vicarious"
Trust - "Antisocial"
Van Halen - "Hot For Teacher"
Willie Nelson - "On The Road Again"
Wings - "Band on the Run"
Zakk Wylde's Original Guitar Duel Recording

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Obvioulsly the retail game will have the note tracks.
With 85 songs on the disc this is a fine looking track listing, but that's not all as there will be downloadable content available as well including Metallica's Death Magnetic Album and packs from R.E.M., Smashing Pumpkins and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. I was disappointed in a lack of Guns n' Roses, only a single Metallica song (although there are rumours of a full Metallica title next year) and still no classic AC/DC despite the release of their latest album over the last couple of weeks.

BUNDLE OPTIONS

There are three different versions of Guitar Hero: World Tour available in Australia. The stand alone game will be sell for $AU89.95 (order here), the game and guitar bundle will sell for $AU169.95 (order here) and the Super Bundle including the game, a guitar, a microphone and drum kit will be available for $AU329.95 (order here). Make your choice...

As well as the included tracks, and those which you can download Guitar Hero: World Tour includes a Music Studio where you can create your own music from scratch. After you've completed your masterpiece you can upload it to the GHTunes store where other gamers can then download and play your creation. Activision has been keen to stress though that cover versions of real songs won't be allowed so don't expect to see Guns n' Roses' November Rain made by someone in their lounge room uploaded. We figure this is not only due to copyright infringement, but by allowing that Activision would cut down potential revenue streams by selling songs in future.

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Creating a character in Guitar Hero World Tour.
Multi-player is becoming an even larger part of the Guitar Hero franchise and the ability to compete against other gamers around the world in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was a major boost to the franchise. Guitar Hero: World Tour is going to take it up another notch with "Battle of the Bands" where two complete bands of four people able to compete against each other online. We also expect that if you don't have the full band you'll be able to enter one-on-one battles, or co-op gameplay, with the guitars, drums or microphones.

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One of the in-game screenshots.
Graphically Guitar Hero: World Tour appears to be, at the very least, on par with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Actually given that this game is coming out over a year later, and despite the inclusion of more instruments we would be very surprised if Neversoft haven't pushed this game much further graphically.

With a massive track list, a full band including two guitars, drums and mics, and a proven track record in the genre we have no doubt that Guitar Hero: World Tour is going to be one of the biggest (and I'm not just talking physically) games of 2008. Expect this game to crash its way into lounge rooms in mid-November. Better start moving that furniture...

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The full Guitar Hero band on the PS3.
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That is indeed Sting playing on his stage.