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In honor of GH:WT's release today...

Well, in case you havenít heard, Guitar Hero: World Tour finally hit stores last night. However, some very lucky players managed to get their hands on copies even earlier, and one of them has already posted video previews of the expert guitar charts for (as far as I can tell) every song in the game.

Before now, weíve heard many hands on previews, from people in the industry, as well as independent groups, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and itís great to actually see the new additions to the game in action.

So, my thoughts:

-Some of these songs would be almost at GH3ís level of ridiculous difficulty if it wasnít for the touch-sensitive bar on the new guitar model. Many of the extremely fast trills, triplets, and arpeggios that wouldíve been charted like One are now connected by that purple line. When you see strings of notes that feature that line, you can slide your hand up and down and the touch strip instead of tapping the notes on the regular fret buttons. Iíve heard mention that itís a little tough to get the hang of, but the person playing in these videos seems to be able to get through the sections in question without too much difficulty.

Examples: Hot for Teacher, Purple Haze (at about 0:38)

-I mentioned in an earlier post detailing a preview of this game that some songs feature notes that are played while sustaining another note. This doesnít seem to be something randomly thrown in to deliberately increase the difficulty, as far as I can tell, it only occurs when it would be accurate in real life. Like using the touch strip, it might take a little getting used to, but I think itís a neat addition to the charts.

Examples: Prisoner of Society (at about the 2:20 mark during the bridge), Weapon of Choice (0:42 mark. Yellow and orange notes while sustaining Green. Fun.)

-The use of open notes in bass sections has also been revealed, and again, itís only used when it would be appropriate in real life. Nothing too special here, it just adds a bit of difficulty to the bass parts. And yes, there is apparently a bass career mode.

Examples: Schism bass line (1:25 mark, during the chorus), BYOB bass line (this is probably the hardest song on bass in the game. o.O)

-You can now earn star power while itís activated, like in Rock Band. Not sure if this has been brought up before, I donít remember hearing about it.

And finally, the hardest songs for guitar in the game, as determined by me:
Scream, Aim, Fire
Hot for Teacher
Trapped Under Ice
Satch Boogie
Crazy Train

EDIT: If you want more GHWT goodness, this guy's got a good start on full-comboing the setlist, as well as run-throughs of a few other songs that aren't found under the user I linked to earlier.
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About SWE3tMadnessone of us since 6:04 PM on 01.10.2008

-About Me-

A recent graduate in Biology, neverless my first love in entertainment and media has always been video games, even though I don't get a lot of time to play recent ones now. I still enjoy following the industry and gushing about the latest Nintendo releases.

A Critical Ear: Analyzing Music in Video Games

If there's one thing that I like more than talking about video games, it's talking about music in video games. As a classically trained pianist that has been playing for more than twelve years, I take a look at some of my favorite soundtracks and how they contribute to the gaming experience as a whole.

#0: Introduction
#1: Villain Themes and Leitmotifs (April, 2010)
#2: Anti-Music (June, 2010)
#3: They Wasted a Perfectly Good Song (July, 2010)
#4: Fight On! (August, 2010)
#5: More Than Just Noise: Nostalgia and Homecoming (September, 2010 Monthly Musing)
#6: While I Play Unfitting Music (November, 2010)
#7: Thinking Outside the Soundchip (December/January 2010)

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The Wrong Thing: The Root Of All Evil
Other Worlds Than These: PokŤmon
Music and Rhythm Games: A Classically Trained Pianist's Perspective
Feel the Hatred: Zant (Twilight Princess)
Instant Replay: Guitar Hero III
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