If shredding a guitar à la Axel Rose on the current Guitar Hero III poses too much of a challenge, you can always look forward to playing drums or grabbing the mic because Activision has just announced that the sequel, Guitar Hero World Tour, will do all this plus let you visit the recording studio too.
The game promises to deliver the most realistic drum experience in a video game ever: “Featuring three drum pads, two raised cymbals and a bass kick pedal, the drum controller combines larger and quieter, velocity-sensitive drum heads with soft rubber construction to deliver authentic bounce back and is easy to set up, move, break down and store.”
This sounds like an actual electronic drum kit as opposed to the current miniature plastic guitar complete with buttons for strings that gamers must use when playing bass or guitar.
The game will also contain actual full-length master tracks from some popular and classic rock bands including The Eagles, Linkin Park and Van Halen.
Players will also have the ability to lay tracks with Music Studio, recording and mixing audio from scratch, which can then be uploaded and shared with friends.
If feeling up to the task, the four-player band can enter a battle of the bands with another four piece in a live music face-off as well as play the online Band Career and progress up the rock ‘n roll ladder to the hall of fame.
If you want to watch current American Idol finalists pay homage to Tom Cruise classic Eighties comedy Risky Business, head along to www.guitarhero.com/idol to watch them strut their stuff with a Guitar Hero guitar in hand.
By Marie Boran