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05-23-2008, 09:35 PM
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will build on the existing gameplay from previous Guitar Hero games. The traditional single player Career Mode has been reworked, following a similar mechanic as Rock Band's Band World Tour mode. A player will encounter gigs during career mode, which offers a choice of songs to play, all of which are not required to complete in order to proceed. Furthermore, while the difficulty levels (Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert) remain in the game, this Career Mode will allow to drop to a lower difficulty without restarting their career if they have difficulty with one song. The player will also be able to switch to a different instrument during the same Career without having to restart. There are four total instrument career modes within the game: lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and rhythm guitar.

There is also a Band Career mode, which mirrors Rock Band's "Band World Tour" mode as well. However, this mode can be advanced by oneself or with others offline or online. A player that has not progressed as far as another player's band will still gain benefits for successfully completing songs when playing together. The interface for playing with others is described by Game Informer as being the same as Rock Band's.[4] Full four-player bands will be able to compete with other bands online in a "Battle of the Band" mode.

The game adds in an "Easy Rhythm" guitar difficulty that is aimed to allow parents to have their children participate in the game; notes are generally simple straight lines in time with bass drum beats, and only require any fret button to be held while the note is strummed. The bass guitar player has been given new mechanics, including simulating the open E string on real bass guitars during play. A player on drums will activate Star Power by striking both cymbal pads on the controller at the same time. The drummer will also have special sections of songs open for drum solos, emphasized by in-game choreography that focuses on the drummer.

The Boss Battles that were present in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will return with new characters to face off against; however, the format has been tweaked to remove the focus on attack power-ups.


Users will be able to use a "Create-a-Rocker" mode, based on the similar "Create-a-Skater" mode in Neversoft's Tony Hawk series and the advanced character creation scheme from the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series. Players will be able to affect their character's poise, clothing, tattoos, makeup, and age. Selected characters from previous Guitar Hero games will also be available as starting templates for creating a rocker. As a result of the present lawsuit with Gibson Guitars, the player will also be able to customize their own guitar for the game to a high degree. Drum sets will also be customizable.


According to Game Informer, RedOctane is developing a new guitar controller for the game that is tied with a new gameplay mechanic in order to "make the guitar as expressive as a real guitar", according to developer Scott Pease. While the actual change is not yet known, Game Informer suggests that it may involve either fret sliding or improvisation sections.

Guitar Hero World Tour will add two new instruments, drums and vocals, to existing guitar and bass gameplay in the series. Game Informer's preview revealed that a six-piece drum controller will be developed for the game, with two cymbal pads, a snare, two toms, and a bass drum pedal. The drum kit was designed with help from John Devacka, who is credited with creating the first music game, MTV Drumscape, and who developed key patents used for most modern music games that are now owned by Activision. The drums also are reported to be "velocity sensitive", though how this translates in gameplay is not yet known. Activision has promised that the drum set will be the "most realistic drum experience ever in a video game".

It is presently unknown whether Rock Band or the upcoming Rock Revolution instrument peripherals will be compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour

Custom songs and downloadable content:

Guitar Hero World Tour will allow players to create their own songs (guitar, bass and rhythm guitars and drums only) and to share them with others through the Xbox Live or PlayStation 3 network capabilities. Vocals are not supported in this mode due to copyright concerns. Originally, the game was to contain a "Jam Over" mode, which would allow players to create new tracks for the existing songs on the disk, but Activision has stated that this mode has currently been taken out of the game.

Guitar Hero World Tour will allow for users to create their own songs note-by-note or in real time.

Guitar Hero World Tour will allow for users to create their own songs note-by-note or in real time.

The "Advanced Studio" mode allows the creation of completely new pieces of music, and is stated by Game Informer to be similar to Apple's GarageBand software. The player can create the tracks for each song by playing it in real or slowed time, with the game quantizing offbeat notes to the nearest beat as set by the player, or tracks can be constructed one note at a time. Both guitar and drum effects can be set and changed through the song.

Custom songs will be able to be uploaded to the "GH Tunes" service, which will be used to allow other players to rate songs, and to search and download songs by these ratings, and will include a Showcase by Neversoft to offer some of the best user works alongside new songs from popular artists. Players will only be able to upload five songs to the service at the start, but players that have highly rated songs will gain the ability to upload more. The PlayStation 2 version of the game will feature custom song creation, but will not support the uploading service.

In addition to custom songs, players of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii versions will be able to download new licensed songs for the game. This is the first game in the Guitar Hero series to support download functionality on the Wii.


Guitar Hero World Tour was announced shortly after the merger of Activision and Vivendi Games in December 2007. The inclusion of additional instruments into the Guitar Hero series was hinted at by trademarks registered by Activision and RedOctane for "Guitar Villain", "Drum Villain", "Keyboard Hero", "Drum Hero" and "Band Hero". Analysts speculated that future Guitar Hero games in 2008 will need to include additional instrument peripherals in order to compete against former Guitar Hero developer Harmonix's Rock Band. Activision's CEO Bobby Kotick announced on April 21, 2008 that Guitar Hero IV will branch out into other instruments including vocals; this was further confirmed by an initial preview from Game Informer. The game's name, Guitar Hero World Tour, was officially announced by Activision on May 21, 2008.

According to a Game Informer preview, the addition of drum functionality came from work initially done towards the Drum Hero title, but later folded into Guitar Hero after Neversoft was chosen as developer of the series.

The custom song creation feature was inspired by the current "hacking environment" that has arisen from the first two Guitar Hero games, where players would create new tracks and share them with others through YouTube.


Four bands have been confirmed for the game: Van Halen, The Eagles, Linkin Park, and Sublime; the Game Informer preview also suggests that Dream Theater may be included. Neversoft claims that there will be more songs on disk than any other Guitar Hero game, and that all songs included in Guitar Hero World Tour will be master recordings. Project director Brian Blight claims that they have "a pretty even split between the '80s, '90s, and classic rock" with a "good amount of emerging bands". The game is expected to have a much larger support for downloadable content than Guitar Hero III.

While it has not been confirmed by Activision, The Answer mentioned in a press release that their 2005 single Never Too Late would be included in Guitar Hero World Tour after they won a contest at 2008's March

05-24-2008, 12:12 PM
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Gametrailers.com - Guitar Hero World Tour - Drummer Demo Trailer (http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34415.html)

05-24-2008, 12:17 PM
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Guitar Hero World Tour Priced

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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">No official pricing info was included in the voluminous news release, but the Band Kit for Guitar Hero World Tour has been priced on Gamestop, which is (of course) also accepting pre-orders.

The PS3, Wii and 360 bundles will set you back $189.99. The PS2 bundle is 10 bones less, $179.99. Presumably these all include the game, guitar, drums and a mike. Gamestop just put the info up on its website, and Gaming Bits caught the scoop, noting that the bundle is $20 more than the Rock Band Special Edition bundle.

If you want to buy just the guitar and the game, you can get those for $99.99 and $59.99/$49.99 respectively. The release date is Oct. 27, 2008.</div>

Now there are a few interesting things they're doing with this game. I have no need to buy the whole kit if I ever do purchase it, especially at $190. I don't need another guitar, I already have 2. The drums are really the only thing I'm interested in. The creation thing seems cool but I don't know that I'd fuck with it. Hopefully the Rock Band mic or just the Xbox live head set works cause I'm not picking that up either. But who knows, It all depends on the songs and if it's worth it. Don't really care all that much though.

KrAzy Che3To
05-24-2008, 10:09 PM
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Can't they just REPEAT what Konami did YEARS ago with Guitar Freaks and Drum mania??

Geesh, silly americans just finally catching up.

Where's next gen beatmania?

Does anyone know if we can just play it JUST via old guitars? So I can sell them now if we can't.

Not if it can be.. but if the older ones will be compatible with the newer ones (the game? is it going to be missing any features?)

I'm sorry, I didn't read anything if they mentioned it - I don't care THAT much about Guitar Hero. :P

Chief Ediri
05-25-2008, 12:22 AM
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I will buy it, but 200 dollars is alot just for a game they plan on releasing again 6 months later and charge for DLC along the way.