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8:20 AM on 11.09.2009

Unsurprisingly, Activision trademarks 'Drum Hero'

Despite slowing sales of music/rhythm games, Activision just keeps on keeping on. Recently, the publisher filed for trademark of "Drum Hero." You're shocked, I know.  This isn't the first time we've heard of Drum Hero, t...

Nick Chester

10:20 AM on 11.04.2009

Ten Minute Taste: Band Hero

Based on most of the reader comments to previous Band Hero stories, I already have a good idea of what you guys think of this game.  You don't know why it exists or how it's different than Guitar Hero 5, and all of this...

Nick Chester

8:00 PM on 10.16.2009

Here's the full list of tracks for Band Hero

Fact: I have literally not paid any attention to Band Hero except for the time Nick told me Taylor Swift was in it.So then, today's unveiling of the game's full track list by Spinner is even more of a shock to me; since I am ...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 08.22.2009

Guitar Hero 5 DLC won't be compatible with Guitar Hero World

Earlier this week, Activision announced the first bit of downloadable content post Guitar Hero 5's release, and it got me wondering: Can I use that content in Guitar Hero World Tour? The short answer is: nope. "Guit...

Nick Chester



Preview: Guitar Hero 5: GHStudio 2.0 photo
Preview: Guitar Hero 5: GHStudio 2.0
by Samit Sarkar

With Guitar Hero World Tour, Neversoft attempted to shut up all of the “go play a real guitar” folks by introducing “GHStudio,” a suite of tools that allowed Guitar Hero players to actually make music, of a sort, using plastic instruments. But upon trying it out, many criticized the clunky interface, MIDI-sounding songs, and limitations placed on the amount of music that they could create.

At last Thursday’s Guitar Hero 5 event, I spoke with Travis Chen, the lead programmer of GHStudio 2.0. He told me that Neversoft listened to the input of the prolific and active World Tour community, which has uploaded over 300,000 songs that have been downloaded more than 11 million times, and they made a host of changes to help facilitate the growth of that user base with Guitar Hero 5. Hit the jump to read all about it, and go here for more of Destructoid’s Guitar Hero 5 coverage.

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Preview: Guitar Hero 5 photo
Preview: Guitar Hero 5
by Samit Sarkar

Since its inception in 2005, the Guitar Hero franchise has become one of the biggest names in videogames, in addition to cementing itself as a pop culture phenomenon. Guitar Hero and its main competitor, Harmonix’s Rock Band, are fixtures at parties -- after all, you’re never too drunk to strap on a plastic guitar or get on the mic.

But the recession has put a damper on everything, including sales of videogames -- especially ones that come in expensive boxed sets with peripherals. And even a standalone, sixty-dollar game with what are perceived as incremental improvements might be asking a bit too much in the economic downturn.

So Neversoft went out and tried to ensure that Guitar Hero 5 would be a worthy successor to last fall’s Guitar Hero World Tour. I got some hands-on time with the upcoming full-band game at an event in San Francisco last Thursday; read on for my thoughts.

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10:40 AM on 07.20.2009

Santana confirmed as unlockable character in Guitar Hero 5

Not surprisingly, the exclusive in-game artists will be making a return to the Guitar Hero franchise this fall. Activision has confirmed that Carlos Santana will emerge from smoke, lasers, and in-game advertisements exclusive...

Nick Chester

9:20 AM on 07.10.2009

Guitar Hero DLC ushers in Eagles of Death Metal, more

Activision has rolled out the details on its July downloadable content for Guitar Hero World Tour, and here it is: July 16Eagles of Death Metal Track Pack“Anything 'Cept The Truth”“Cherry Cola”“I...

Nick Chester

11:40 AM on 07.09.2009

More (and maybe all) of Guitar Hero 5's track list revealed

Looks like Activision has decided to pass along to IGN a handful of the set list for Guitar Hero 5. certainly as impressive in its variety as the game's developer, Neversoft, had promised. Here's are the 25 confirmed tracks, ...

Nick Chester

4:40 PM on 05.28.2009

"The Touch" available as free Guitar Hero download right now

Great news and okay news for you guys. A remaster of the classic Stan Bush track "The Touch" -- from the 1986 Transformers: The Movie soundtrack -- is now available as a free download for Guitar Hero: World Tour. Ye...

Nick Chester

3:20 PM on 04.09.2009

Hold Activisions hand as it reveals Guitar Hero's Smash Hits

When you go to see a band play live, don't bother screaming the names of songs at the performers. You see that little piece of paper taped to the stage? That's the setlist, and that's what they're going to play, so piss off.&...

Nick Chester

7:30 AM on 01.12.2009

Rejoice! Neversoft confirms they are no longer working on Tony Hawk franchise

I knew my prayers were being heard!In the morning edition of the Great Falls Tribune is an interview with Neversoft's president, Joel Jewett. In the midst of a fluff piece about how the Montana-born game studio founder has ma...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:54 PM on 06.28.2008

Rumortoid: Survey leaks celebs and artists info for Guitar Hero: World Tour

Are there no secrets? A recent survey on Guitar Hero: World Tour leaked to Kotaku has dropped a bomb of information on some celebrities and artists that may appear in the game when it hits shelves later this year. Accord...

Nick Chester

12:23 PM on 06.20.2008

Wii Guitar Hero: World Tour a 'full SKU on par with its next-gen kin'

Let's face it -- Wii owners sometimes get the shaft when it comes to multiplatform software. Whether it's missing in-game features, lack of downloadable content, or sound issues, they really haven't had the best of luck. But ...

Nick Chester



Pew! Pew! Preview!: Guitar Hero: World Tour (Part 1)
by Nick Chester

Alright, so look -- it was around this time last year that I proclaimed Guitar Hero as we knew it to be dead. You see, I had played this other game. You know, the one with all of the instruments that just fit so nicely with a few drinks and a room full of friends. It's not like I didn't like Guitar Hero III; quite the opposite in fact. (I personally gave it an 8.5 out of 10.) It was just that the other game was so fresh, so new, so ... good.

I didn't need industry-insider insight to conclude that it was the future. Clearly, Activision and Neversoft were thinking the same thing that I was. So when they announced the multi-instrument evolution of their franchise, Guitar Hero: World Tour, no one -- especially not me -- was surprised.

A lot of you had the same reaction I did -- "I already have one game, and I don't need another drum set in my house." Some of you also jumped to conclusions about the title and used expletives that I probably shouldn't reprint. Well, now that I've gotten a first-hand look at the game and the new peripherals (including a newly designed guitar), I'm throwing away a coffee table and a couch to make room in my house for the game's Fall 2008 release. 

Hit the jump for some of the first details and find out why.

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11:58 AM on 06.20.2008

First Guitar Hero: World Tour songs revealed, in-game music store after launch

Obviously, the soundtrack in a music game can make or a break a title, and Neversoft proved they could deliver the killer tunes with their solid Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock track list. Based on what we saw at a first-loo...

Nick Chester