Even though there is a new guitar, Activision assures us that it will be forward compatible with any new Guitar Hero games that may come out during this console cycle.
Guitar Hero Live will be available Fall 2015 on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U™ console and select mobile devices to be announced soon. The entire game will be playable on mobile devices where you can play on-the-go or you can hook up your mobile device to the TV and play the complete game with the guitar. No console. No problem.
Prices weren’t revealed and we tried our hardest to find out if drums will be making a comeback. We didn’t get any confirmation on the latter but we might have to keep our ears peeled.
Overall, Guitar Hero Live was super fun to play. There is a learning curve when you first start up the game because if you’re a Guitar Hero veteran then your brain and hands are already accustomed to playing the guitar a certain way. After playing one song and learning the new placement of your fingers, you actually start enjoying playing through a song. The live action audience and reactions from the band are simply a novelty. After awhile I totally ignored them. It’s possibly because that’s exactly what I do whenever I’m public speaking. My coping mechanism for dealing with performing in front of crowds is pretending they don’t exist so I think it was natural that the audience and band mates cursing me out didn’t bother me a bit whenever I wasn’t doing well. I loved that the score wasn’t displayed while I was playing so it was less of a distraction. However, I REALLY MISS being able to activate star power by shaking the controller. Having to press a button to activate star power is so clunky.
Additionally, it looks like Activision will be doing away with DLC and replacing it with GH TV. With hundreds of songs to be made available at the launch of Guitar Hero Live, I wonder if we will end up seeing the entire Guitar Hero library showing up within GH TV. If so, then everyone’s worries about not having backwards compatibility for DLC might be quelled. We’ll just have to keep our eyes peeled for any and all reveals up until Guitar Hero Live‘s release in this Fall.
So, that’s Guitar Hero Live and GH TV. Check out the gallery below for more pictures from the event in New York.
Some images provided by Activision.