Wondering what Activision's got in store for Guitar Hero 5 to make it a cut above the rest of their games in the series (and Rock Band)? Well, I've been wondering too. What else can they add to spice up the gameplay anyway? Here's hoping we get to settle some band disputes, care of a recent press release.
Before we get to the music sheet of details, first up: the platform releases have been confirmed. Neversoft will be doing the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, Vicarious Visions working on the Wii, and Budcat on PS2. As for the new info, here they are:
- You can customize your band with various combinations of four instruments - meaning you can have two guys doing guitar and two on the microphone, or say... three guys all on drums and one on bass. How or why you'd have three sets of drum peripherals, I wouldn't know.
- New mode: Party Play. anyone in the room can pick up any instrument and jump in or out of the song "seamlessly"
- New mode: RockFest. A versus mode which includes 5 game types, all of which will be playable online or offline
- All tracks in the game's set-list are unlocked at the get-go.
- All DLC from Guitar Hero: World Tour will be compatible with GH5.
- Confirmed artists so far (the total will be 85 artists, not counting future DLC):
- Kings of Leon - "Sex on Fire"
- The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy for the Devil"
- The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"
- Santana - "No One to Depend On (Live)"
- Vampire Weekend - "A-Punk"
- Tom Petty - "Runnin' Down a Dream"
- Johnny Cash - "Ring of Fire"
- Bob Dylan - "All Along the Watchtower"
- There will also be 25 other artists new to the rhythm game bandwagon making their debut to the genre with GH5.
Hmmm... It actually looks promising - the set-list, at least. The simple fact that "Sympathy for the Devil" is there almost already makes me want to go for a Day 1 purchase. "All Along the Watchtower" would have definitely been the nail on the coffin for me, but too bad it's not the Jimi Hendrix version. Aww.
The press release doesn't mention any release date. The initial announcement of Guitar Hero 5, however, lists this (and DJ Hero and Band Hero) with a fall 2009 window.