ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Ken McDonnell

Gamescom was crazy. With literally hundreds of thousands of people moving through the Koelnmesse in Köln, Germany, over the course of a few days, it was hard to process everything. I had the opportunity to try so many games that I was excited for, not all of them impressed me the way I though they would, and some were surprisingly fantastic. Guitar Hero Live was one of the latter.

I was a massive fan of Guitar Hero and Rockband when they initially came out. I bought every instalment, the guitars, the drums, the mic, you name it! There was something surprisingly satisfying about these games. But seeing as it's been a very long time since I played Guitar Hero, that sensation of satisfaction and joy came rushing back as I played on stage at Gamescom!

Guitar Hero Live
Guitar Hero Live

Why Guitar Hero Live Will Be Surprisingly Fun On Release Date!

Guitar Hero Live was by no means the best game I played at Gamescom - that prize belongs to [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985). However, it was the most enjoyable experience. I had over half an hour to play Guitar Hero Live. It was enough time to come to grips with the new button layout, to the extent where my previous skills playing past instalments could shine through - it was so satisfying.

There were very limited songs to play at Gamescom, but the song list keeps growing every day. Take a look at the complete list here and let us know what your favourite song on it is!

But the reason that Guitar Hero Live was so enjoyable was because of its familiarity. The button layout will throw you off at the start if you loved previous instalments. But you'll be surprised how quickly you'll adapt.

Once you jump that hurdle, you're already exhilarated by having felt like you've accomplished something. The whole on-stage idea is interesting, Activision want you to feel the pressure of playing on stage and I never really had that sensation, but the way the whole crowd-reactions feature plays out is fine. Neither good nor bad.

Guitar Hero Live
Guitar Hero Live

The aspect of the game that I really liked though was Guitar Hero TV. This feature is live and once you activate it, you're thrown into whatever song is currently playing around the world. You just pick it up in the middle as the music video of that particular song plays in the background. You can then just stay in this mode and it will cycle through song after song in on online playlist as you play to your heart's content.

Guitar Hero Live is a lot of fun, I can't stress that enough. It's not going to win any awards, but if you liked the previous games there is a lot going on here that's worth checking out!

Guitar Hero Live
Guitar Hero Live

Some of the Best Songs So Far On the Guitar Hero Live Song List!

  • Angus & Julia Stone - "A Heartbreak" - If you don't listen to Angus & Julia Stone, you guys need to check them out!
  • The Black Keys - "Gold on the Ceiling" - I had the opportunity to play this at Gamescom. So much fun.
  • Bob Dylan - "Thunder on the Mountain" - Any Bob Dylan song is a good song...except Must Be Santa. That's a bad song.
  • Green Day - "American Idiot" - A friend of mine would kill me if this wasn't on the list. So here it is!
  • Iggy Pop - "Lust for Life" - Any song with lust in the title desevres to go on this list. Am I right?? ... Sorry ...
  • The Killers - "When You Were Young" - Ah The Killers, do you guys agree with the statement that "Mr. Brightside" was the song of a generation?
  • OneRepublic - "Counting Stars" - Another friend requested the acknowledgement of this entry. Ugh.
  • Queen - "Tie Your Mother Down" - Anything by Queen. Anything.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Higher Ground" - Obligatory Red Hot Chilli Peppers entry complete.
  • The Rolling Stones - "Paint it Black"
  • Tenacious D - "Tribute" - I place this here as a tribute to the days when I loved Tenacious D. Strange times.
Guitar Hero Live
Guitar Hero Live

If you're excited for the release date of Guitar Hero Live or liked the other games, then let us know in the comments below! Guitar Hero Live will get its release date for the Wii U, XBOX One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 20th.


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