Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Review

When you play Rock Band or Guitar Hero, you feel like you are playing in a band, guitar in hand, rocking out to the music.  Your band has a bad case of multiple personalities though, since all the songs you play are from different bands.  The more songs you can get though, the more variety you

While playing a Guitar Hero game you concentrate on the note charts sliding down the note chart.  That doesn

The collection of songs in Aerosmith not surprisingly features mostly songs from Aerosmith.  The songs date back from their early work in 1975 to songs released last year.    Neversoft has done what they can to include favorites of Aerosmith without making every song sound the same.  That being said, if you absolutely can

While you can play Aerosmith with a regular controller, the best way to play is with a guitar controller.  The five fret buttons on the neck, the strum bar, and the whammy bar are used for rocking out with the song.  Aerosmith is available with the Les Paul controller, but you can buy it separately or use the plastic guitar you already have laying around.  There might be some concern using a wireless guitar in a game where the timing for the controls are critical, but you don

Aerosmith came about after the band Aersomith was approached by Neversoft to use a song in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.  After being impressed with the work done on the song for GHIII, the idea of creating a single game based on the band formed.  Neversoft and Aerosmith worked together closely to do their part to create as authentic of an experience as they could.

Here is a quick overview of playing a Guitar Hero game.  The note chart has notes that scroll down and hit targets at the bottom.  You need to have the correct fret button held down while strumming the strum bar on the guitar.  The higher the difficulty gets, the more notes appear on the note chart and the faster the notes slide down the note chart.  The more notes you hit, the more the crowd likes your playing.  The more notes you get in a row, the higher your multiplier gets.  Complete a string of notes that are shaped like stars and you gain Star Power.  Star Power doubles your multiplier and wins you favor from the crowd.  If you do badly, then you lose the crowd, and if you miss too many notes they kick you off stage.  Anyone who has played any other incarnation of Guitar Hero will be familiar with the concepts.

Aerosmith has the modes you are probably familiar with on the other systems.  The Career mode has you move through your career, gaining fame and fortune, playing new songs and getting new gigs, working from the bottom to the top.  There is a bit of a difference compared to other Guitar Hero games.  In each set you play as your original band for two songs.  Once you complete those songs you play as Aerosmith for two songs, and then you play an encore song.

When you unlock a new set you get interviews with the members of Aerosmith about their experiences as a band.  It

Aerosmith feels a lot like Guitar Hero III.  The tutorial feels like it

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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