By Jason Wadsworth
The next iteration of the Guitar Hero series just announced by Activision will include some changes that might just convince some of you retired rockers to dust off your plastic peripherals.
Guitar Hero 5 will ship with a brand new set list consisting of master tracks from 85 of today’s hottest bands and yesterday’s classic mainstays. So far, it’s been announced that the list will include tracks from the likes of Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan. Activision also makes the ambiguous mention of “more than 25 artists from a variety of music genres that will be making their music video game debut.” Will we finally see Gregorian chant tracks in GH5?
Details on other additions to the game after the jump.
Along with new songs to play, the game adds a few interesting new features. In GH5, players will no longer be confined to the standard video game band with the vocals/guitar/bass/drum combination. Players will now have the option of mixing up the band composition with any combination of instruments (one singer, three guitars, and so on).
New modes to the game include Party Play, which allows players to jump into and out of songs at will and RockFest which introduces five head-to-head competitive modes for either online or local play. Also new to GH5 are Band Moments, where bands are rewarded for completing specific song sections and song challenges, where players are challenged to complete songs by playing them a certain way.
Perhaps the most exciting change to Guitar Hero 5 is that the entire set list will be available to play from the first time you boot up. This will save players from countless failed songs in futile attempts to flesh out their set list.
All downloadable content from Guitar Hero World Tour will be compatible with Guitar Hero 5 and will automatically update with the new modes and changes.
Activision has said that Guitar Hero 5 will be available this fall for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Playstation 2. No word yet on what, if any, instrument bundles Guitar Hero 5 will bring us.