Originally Posted by jhoff80
Didn't say it was better, I said it was more of a different game.
Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero, Guitar Hero World Tour all have been nearly identical. As I said, the actual feel of playing is improved in GH5 and BH, but it's still the same game, just slightly improved technically. If you have Guitar Hero 5, the main reason to get Band Hero would be to import music or the sing along feature. Personally, I don't know many people who enjoy the singing, so that feature doesn't affect me. That's why I say, if you like the music, you'll probably just be importing it into GH5 anyway, because it's pretty much the same exact thing.
Now, as for LRB getting panned in reviews. First, that's only IGN that has a review that I've seen, and it's because it doesn't have any features, which I already clearly mentioned. Yes, there's no online play. Yes, on the Wii it can't do any importing or exporting. Yes, you'll only have that 45 songs. But, it does something different with the core gameplay, and is a nice change from RB2. The same can be said about RB:Beatles as well, it's a very different game with the dreamscapes/ acid visuals, whatever you want to call them.
The review at IGN spends most of the review complaining about the missed features, but if you look at the parts where he comments on what's actually in the game, it's mostly positive (other than it doesn't look quite as good as RB2 Wii apparently).
The reasons jhoff listed above for getting Band Hero is why I DID get BH yesterday afternoon (got to use that GH5 coupon, too!)
The fact that the Wii edition of L:RB is sorta extra gimped is why I won't be buying it for full price. I do see getting L:RB at some point, either used or if/when it's MSRP takes a downturn, or if nothing else, a rental. But yes, the IGN review -in particular the Wii comments - were the most negative opinions I have seen so far. HMX did not actually develop this, so can't fault them 100% for giving Wii users the scraps. Still, the fact that this came out for the Wii AFTER the infinitely superior Beatles game....well, it's kinda like Acti's release of the now-dated GH:Van Halen AFTER the far superior GH5. In the end, both family-leaning music titles can feel like glorified track packs. But BH does manage to at least equal, if not slightly surpass in some areas, it's drect predecessor.
After playing BH for a couple of hours last night, my own thoughts are this:
- It is GH5 with a brighter, "poppier" paintjob. However, the new paint also seems to hold a subtle amount of polish over GH5. I like the looks of it & the graphics on Wii seem a hair improved over GH5 (might just be the use of the pop pallette).
-There are a lot of "guilty pleasure" tracks for me. Some of the pop tunes I normally would consider horrid....not so much when playing, esp if other family members are involved. The track list here virtually guarantees that.
- While GH5 Wii is also fully compatible w/ RB controllers, BH seems to work just a hair better with those (esp guitars) than GH5. IN the end, the old reliable Les Paul is still tops for Hard/Expert guitar in this game (which is just as difficult as in GH, BTW)
-Did like the fact that upon initial bootup, I could go into Quickplay & have 75 additional tunes appear instantly. EVERY
GHWT/SH export & all GHWT/GH5 DLC is playable in BH. The BH-specific exports for it & GH5 are set to launch tomorrow in each game's respective Stores. Will be cool to have the majority of GH5 rockers available when BH is on & vice versa.
-Related to shared content is the editing/censorship issue. BH - and GH5, I have noticed - are a bit more puritanical when it comes to lyrical content/subject matter than RB. And not always 100% logical. In DOn McLean's American Pie
on BH, the word "whiskey" is bleeped. And as "drinking whiskey & rye" is a main line of the chorus (and that chorus is played A LOT in that tune), it's a little odd. But " drinking whiskey" is technically a blatant controlled substance reference, so an automatic T rating is the case if left intact.
Also noticed some odd lyric censoring in GH5's version of Iron Maiden's 2 Minutes to Midnight
. I assumed this was due to possible BH export. Well, this tune WON'T be part of the GH5 export. However, The Trooper from GH:SH DOES appear in BH (albeit a song with no blatant references, just a song w/ some sorta violent war imagery). Hmm....also a head scratcher when you can also play Marilyn Manson in BH (Beautiful People
from GH5 DL).
-Sounds as if BH & GH5 will essentially share a common Music Store. DLC from each game is all playable in the other. Thursdays, beginning next week, will see BH & GH DLC updates on the same day & tracks can be bought in either game's store for use in both.
-Some have thought that Wii DLC can't go over a certain length/block size. Well, the 13+ minute Frampton track (Do You Feel Like I Do
) from GH5 willin fact be an exportable track - which means it's DLC for Wii.
-Liked a few minor details, like the fact that for 2 of the 80's classics in BH (Rio
& Let's Dance
), the actual original album versions were used. That means for the Duran Duran tune, it is the version/mix that was burned into my brain starting back in 1982, not the weird mix/partial re-record that RB used. For the Bowie track, it just means that the full song plays thru & you get a shot at the tasty Stevie Ray Vaughn solo at the end.
Have not dived into the sing along stuff yet, altough my oldest daughter's b-day party is Saturday - lots of family members & their kids of various ages in attendance. I'm thinking BH may get busted out at some point for some kiddie karaoke & rockin'.
Overall, Band Hero is a fun, solid game - mainly 'cuz GH5 was so solid & this is basically the same product. If you are a GH fan & you either want to greatly expand your setlist, open up the fun to your less hard rock/metal leaning friends & family, or both - Band Hero is a good choice for you.
It may be Acti/Neversoft further "milking" the GH franchise, but I'd say BH turned out to be a nice, big ice cold glass of tasty chocolate (or strawberry) milk. Goes down nice & tastes great.