The Guitar Hero franchise has also been centered around having good times with friends, and that pitch still exists within Guitar Hero Live. However, it can still be played solo with one guitar, with headphones, and in a quiet room.
Live the Dream of Singing Your Hearts Out in a Virtual Stage With Guitar Hero Live
in Guitar Hero Live, you have the single-player option which is unsurprisingly called “Live.” In Live, it is notable for its deeply immersive presentation. Instead of the known CGI or cartoon band playing in the background, you get the rolling tracks and not indicators that are overlaid on an impressive first person full-motion video which is shot in your perspective. Hence, the “Live” moniker as the game seemingly puts you in front of a live audience.
For the bands, they are quite the hilarious presentation. They range from the cartoonishly hipster Mumford and Sons parody (‘Portland Cloud Orchestra’) which is complete with a guy bashing a bass drum. There are also singers with flowers in their hair. For another band, there is also a punk-pop foursome that is akin to what you can see to the style of Blink 182 in their hit song “The Rock Show.”
When playing the guitar in this Guitar Hero game, the live action performances are responsive. If you don’t do well for the song, the band will start to get annoyed at you, almost immediately in fact. The crowd will also start to boo and some of the people within the audience will even hold signs.
But when you do well, on the other hand, the crown will yell and applause, and the band members will give subtle nods to give you the message that you are, in fact, doing good.
Still, aside from the new environments, the new songs, and even the new perspectives, the Guitar Hero feels like a cheesy concept that has been repeated time and time again. Many can even say that the franchise may be losing their touch. There are not a lot of new features thrown into new games except for new characters or the occasional list of new songs to play with. These options can even be done with latest technology (e.g. DLC). It can be a wonder why the makers of the Guitar Hero franchise would not resort to just DLCs and make a new game as the games feel more like a slight update than a new experience.
Guitar Hero Live may present itself as a new game but it falls short off the bar. There is a new perspective to its visuals, and there are, of course, new songs to jam with. But overall, it still feels like the old Guitar Hero games.