Unleash the F**kin Fury!
On Saturday, a good friend of mine gave unto me an awesome birthday present: Guitar Hero for the PS2. For those of you not familiar with this, it’s a game that includes a half-size plastic guitar that you use to play along with songs in the game. It’s a sort of DDR with a fretboard instead of a dancepad.
Oh, and it pretty much rules.
The game has a fun list of songs you know and love, like Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” and Priest’s “You Got Another Thing Comin'” with modern hits like The Queens of the Stone Age’s “No One Knows” and others, including unlockable songs (about 35 songs total).
The graphics are great when you get a chance to look at them, but most of your time will be spent staring at the portion of the screen that tells you what button on the guitar to push at the right time.
Even on the “Easy” setting, some of the solo runs can give the less coordinated among us a moderately tough time, but with the “Medium”, “Hard” and the ridiculously difficult “Expert” setting, wanna-be guitar players will be able to really prove their stuff. If you see someone who can hang on “Hard” while playing the Pepper’s version of “Higher Ground”, give them props.
The game does a great job of making you feel like you’re a huge part of how a song sounds, and the addition of a “power move” that you initiate by pointing your guitar skyward really contributes to the feeling of “Check me out, I’m totally rockin’ the house!”. Pick this up if you like music, games or saying “Kick ass!” and meaning it.