Since Guitar Hero and Rock Band are making a come back I thought that I would take a look at my top five Guitar Hero games. Unfortunately I never got round to playing Rock Band so there will not be a list for the series I'm afraid.
Out of the all of the GH titles that I have played this is the one with the least amount of songs that I enjoy playing in the top five. There are some really good songs that I really like (Bullet with Butterfly Wings, Sympathy for the Devil, Song 2 to name some) but overall despite having a lot of bands/musicians that I do enjoy listening to I don't find the songs to be their strongest.
One thing I did really enjoy about the game though was the addition of the challenges for the songs with each song having three stages of challenge covering gold, platinum and diamond. The challenges were very mixed, such as scoring a set amount of points or getting high note streaks, and added a new layer to the game.
GH5 was a decent enough attempt at trying to appeal to more people but for me due to that it just is not as strong as the rest of the series.
Sitting at number four due to losing merit by including Nickelback on the set list Warriors of Rock just fares higher than GH5 by having a slightly better selection of songs. If it wasn't for that it would have been lower as apart from a new quest mode and playing as characters from the series such as Johnny Napalm and Judy Nails WOR does not offer anything new to the series.
The quest mode makes for a nice change (despite being very much like Brutal Legend) with Gene Simmons from Kiss playing the Narrator and using the aforementioned characters and their power-ups but beyond that it's only really the songs that will keep you coming back for more.
There are some fab song such as Money for Nothing, Self Esteem, I'm Broken and Bohemian Rhapsody among others but it's like Activision wanted to go back to the rock/metal roots of the earlier games whilst also trying to appeal to a more broader fan base. It just works but only just.
Coming in at number three is World Tour, the first one to feature the drums and vocals allowing for four player shenanigans, yes I did just say shenanigans.
To go alongside the new peripherals was a pretty strong track list to strum/drum/sing along to including the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Dream Theater, Ozzy Osbourne and Foo Fighters. The tracks are quite varied ranging from 1967-2008 covering numerous genres and bands/artists through out the decades.
Due to the varied line-up and the the fact that you could now play with friends in the same room and online World Tour was a massive step in the right direction for the series. It's just a shame that the market was over saturated shortly after.
2. Guitar Hero: Metallica
Metallica are one of my favourite bands so this would most likely have been on the list but it rates so highly due to the fantastic set list from both Metallica and the 'guest' acts.
Opening with the double header of For Whom the Bell Tolls and Unforgiven the game doesn't let up with the tracks (though it does contain one from St. Anger...). The none Metallica tracks are also really good featuring the likes of Machine Head, Slayer, Queen and System of a Down.
Apart from a couple of small changes in the game such as Expert+ mode, power-ups named after Metallica songs and needing to gain stars to open up new songs there isn't really much of a difference between earlier games. That's OK though as the set list is all that you really need for this game.
So onto number one and I suppose it's a rather predictable number one but it is a fantastic game when all is said and done.
GHIII was the first one that I played and I massively enjoyed it and I mean massively, I couldn't stop playing it. So many fantastic songs from the likes of Heart, White Zombie, Muse, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Guns N' Roses and many more. As well as having quality bands on the game the songs from the bands were great which just made you want to keep playing to enjoy them and to also improve your score. 100% on Metallica's One, yes please.
Add in the boss battles with Slash and the Devil, bonus songs that are quite good and that song from Dragonforce and what you have is an immensely fun and enjoyable game that can provide hours and hours of entertainment either solo or with a friend.