Well, this is all unexpected, isn't it? Activision released an atrocious teaser trailer for Guitar Hero Live yesterday, the next entry in its dormant shredding series – but we thought that it was just a mood piece. Actually, it turns out that British developer FreeStyleGames is making a full motion video game – yes, the next Guitar Hero has been inspired by the most awkward of 90s arcade titles, like Mad Dog McCree.
Here's the elevator pitch: the game plays out in first-person. You are a nervous lead guitarist sitting back stage, and your band mates are getting pumped up. You need to grab your instrument – waltzing past groupies and roadies along the way – and then you're up on stage in front of a crowd of thousands. The familiar note highway appears, but if you start missing notes, the audience – acted out by real people – will react.
In some ways it's a great idea, but judging by the three minute trailer embedded below, it just looks embarrassing. The camera swings around so that you can see your band mates, who will attempt to pick you up if you're hitting bum notes. "Come on, man – what's going on?" they'll scream across the stage as you stumble through the opening riff. "This is better," they'll exclaim when you get back on track.
The game's changed, too: you'll now be working with a new controller, featuring six buttons. There'll be two rows of three buttons, coloured black and white. This, apparently, will make it easier for newcomers to pick up – you'll only need to work with one row on easy – but will add depth courtesy of chords for more advanced players. Given that there's only six buttons, though, there's going to be a limit on the number of bar chord shapes that you'll actually be able to create.
If all of this sounds wholly unappealing so far, then GHTV at least sounds like an interesting addition. This is the second half of the package, and will see you rocking along to music videos curated into MTV-style shows. You'll be able to jump straight into matchmaking from this area, and compete in multiplayer battles, too. A great idea – but none of the DLC from previous releases will carry across, so it remains to be seen how much content there'll be.
And that's it. The game and guitar will launch on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 later this year, and will retail for £89.99/$99.99. Artists on the disc will include Ed Sheeran, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, and more. We still can't get over the fact that someone's making an FMV game to be honest – but check out the trailer embedded below. It's actually happening, guys – this is a real product that's going to release in 2015.
Can't make the graphics more realistic? No problem! Just shoot some footage of what you -would have- done instead.
The more I see the more I roll my eyes and miss the previous approach.
I was already unlikely to get a new Guitar Hero, but the addition of FMV is just kind of embarrassing. I can already picture the lame canned FMV clips being poorly cut together, while terrible actors act terribly.
The lack of backwards compatibility with previous Guitar Hero games plus this full motion video style game play means I will most likely make the jump to Rock Band.
I mean FMV I are we back in the 1990's?
I guarantee you'll want to smash your plastic guitar over that guy's head after seeing him shout the same thing across the stage at you for the 100th time.
I was very slightly interested in this, probably still would have chose Rockband over this though, but after seeing what it's going to be like, my interest in it just plummeted to absolute zero. I don't know what about it deters me the most: that its live footage and first person, or the stupid new control scheme.
@JesWood13 The control scheme seems ok to me. That actually seems like a decent idea I reckon.
Bahahahaha. Can't wait for rock band!
I was interested up until now.
Nothing bothers me more than the music selection. terrible
So like the Bloodborne Souls' answer to smashing your controllers?
This looks terrible. Plus, how does this work well for multiplayer, you know, one of the biggest draws with this being a party game. I mean, seriously, live-video is unecessary with the PS4's graphics. It just seems lazy.
@Jaz007 There is a normal mode for multiplayer.
I think this first person video mode is a great idea. I think it will surprisingly make you feel more like a rock star as you progress through the career mode. Better than the same old same old all over again anyway.
And @LordBagardo you haven't been to many concerts have you? I have seen crowds change moods as quickly as that many many times.
@LordBagardo. Definitely lucky. This happens at almost every festival I go to. Change of set, next band, crowd is agitated and ready to let their emotions fly.
I have always thought that the 3D models of the previous games had their own charms. Not to mention mention this approach will completely destroy customization in my opinion.
They couldn't have streamline the game any more I think. At least it looks that way from the trailer. Playing along with background music clips?! That's even more cheap. I am guessing what they have shown is a sort of a campaign mode and with this style is bond to get repetitive very quickly.
Incredibly streamlined... But I could have found it reasonable if it was only $15 or so but a full price for this? I don't think so...
@LordBagardo Im from NZ but currently live in Brazil. I may have gone a little overboard by saying I see it at every festival I go to but its far from an uncommon sight. I do probably go to more concerts/festivals than the norm though. I can think of two times off the top of my head in the last couple years where this exact thing happened. Issues with sound right from the start and the crowd didn't want a bar of it. I guess the difference was that I didn't think it was out of place at all in the video whereas you thought it was.
behold the revival of FMV!
@LordBagardo I have a couple of mates who recently moved to the UK and lame is not the description they gave of a few of the concerts they have been to haha! I do know what you mean though. I don't want to give NZ a bad image but it's certainly true that this behavior happens.
It'll include Ed Sheeran, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, and more.
Unless and more is actually good bands then I'm out.
I've got a cupboard full of rock band & guitar hero peripherals. I don't think I have room for yet another one.
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