As unnecessary as it was to tease a new Guitar Hero game As unnecessary as it was to tease a new Guitar Hero game

Guitar Hero Live Is Set To Bring You Up On Stage


As unnecessary as it was to tease a new Guitar Hero game the day before you actually announce it, Activision has officially revealed Guitar Hero Live today. It’s the latest in a series of electric-guitar-centric music video games, but this time it comes with a twist. Instead of playing as animated characters in Guitar Hero Live, the focus will be on creating an authentic, first-person rock experience set in locations around the world. It is due to come out later this year.

Guitar Hero Live is simple in its concept, where it has two known main gameplay modes at this time. GH Live is what you can expect from the above trailer; you’re an unseen guitar player in a rock band. Once you’re up on stage for however big or small a crowd, how well you play in front of a “live” audience dictates how they react. Nail those sweet guitar licks? They’ll be chanting and screaming at the top of their lungs! Start to drop notes in the solo for “Gold On The Ceiling?” You’re damn right, they’ll start booing! The goal is to mix FMV visuals with the classic Guitar Hero note highway, hoping to fully immerse you into the action.

GH TV is the other main mode coming with Guitar Hero Live. Similar to Rock Band Network in its design, players will have 24-hour access to hundreds of songs to play, laid overtop their respective music videos. The library of playable songs will grow over time, and it’s in this mode where you can expect to compete both with friends and other online players.

Some of the approved Guitar Hero Live bands include The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids. That’s right, somehow they added a Skrillex song into the mix. Try wailing out on those infamous Skrillex guitar riffs!

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While it’s hard to gauge the legs that Guitar Hero Live will extend to, Activision should be applauded for trying something new. As you can see from above, there are 6 different notes available on the new Guitar Hero controller. The highway itself contains three strings, with either black or white notes split down the middle of the top three frets on the guitar’s neck. It allows for an easier control over the board (not having to use a pinky helps), although the variance in song difficulty can rise, as well. The game will also be available on mobile devices, which should be an intriguing option for music players on the go.

Because of the note layout, however, that means that Guitar Hero Live will not support older Guitar Hero controllers. That’s right, you will have to buy the new game and a new controller at the cost of $99.99. Furthermore, because of GH TV, old Guitar Hero DLC songs won’t transfer over. This is in stark contrast to Rock Band 4, which will support the 2,000+ song library it has accumulated over the years.

Guitar Hero Live is scheduled for a Fall 2015 release, with support on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360 and mobile devices.

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