Game details

Game:
Guitar Hero 5
AKA
Guitar Hero V
Genre:
Misc
Sub Genre:
Music / Dancing
Release Date (US):
September 1st, 2009
Release Date (UK):
September 1st, 2009
Players:
1
Online Players:
N/A
Developers:
Neversoft Entertainment
Publisher:
Activision
Rating:
T [Teen]
PSU Rank:
0 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PS3:
0 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Also available on Xbox 360, PS2, and Wii

About Guitar Hero 5

Guitar Hero 5 allows you to integrate anything you have purchased or downloaded previously, and the game's all new enhancements will insert themselves into your old tracks. In GH5, you'll see new game modes like "Party Play" and "RockFest." The latter is a "comprehensive competitive experience," offering new head-to-head modes that can be played online or locally. Did a friend just stop by the party? Instead of starting over or waiting for the track to finish, the Party Play mode allows a player to hop-in or out without stopping the song. Another huge feature is the ability to play with any combination of instruments. That same friend who stopped by doesn't want to sing? Put him on a second drum kit or a third guitar. Early news indicates music from 85 bands will appear, with 30 bands making their Guitar Hero debut. Thankfully, all songs will be unlocked right from the start of the game.

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PSU Review Score
8.5
Avg. user review score:
6.7

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Summary

Guitar Hero 5 is another near-perfect solo for Neversoft and Activision. There are plenty of small tweaks that ensure the game is worth a look, but ultimately, we feel the franchise is long overdue for a complete overhaul.

We like

  • The new Party Play mode that lets you jump right in and play
  • The 85 tracks that are available right out of the box
  • Playing a Gorillaz track as Johnny Cash

We dislike

  • The lack of any major, compelling new features
  • The feeling the series needs a major overhaul to keep it fresh

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Guitar Hero 5 News

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Guitar Hero 5 Features

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