Guitar Hero Aerosmith Wii Review

August 10, 2008

ChattahBox reviews Guitar Hero Aerosmith on the Nintendo Wii

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

Wii Review
Publisher: Activision

Let me start by first setting the playing field, I am from Boston and therefore an Aerosmith fan. The concept behind this game “had me at hello” to quote the now well known line from Jerry McGuire. For some reason Aerosmith was one of those bands the bridged the generational gap, a band my father introduced me to when I was young, a band my wife and I saw live numerous times during our dating years and now rocking out to them with my kids. As you can tell I was excited to play this game.

The basic concept behind the game is that you get to follow Aerosmith’s rise to greatness from Nipmuk High School in Hopkington, MA all the way to playing at halftime of the Super Bowl, (a game the hometown Patriots played in by the way). As you move further and further through your career as lead guitarist next to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry you also move deeper and deeper into the catalogue that is Aerosmith.

Now unless you are a fan of the band, and even then according to my wife, you may tire of Steven’s screeching voice. Not to worry, I mean we are talking about Aerosmith here, a Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, they need opening acts. With that in mind you do get the opportunity to play some Cheap Trick, Lenny Kravitz and Stone Temple Pilots (perhaps a future Guitar Hero game in itself?).

All told this version of the game is about 30 songs short of the predecessor so that was a bit disappointing. As was the fact that certain Aerosmith favs were missing as well.

As you play the songs in the various arenas Steven and the gang play along in the background and I really liked the graphics and scenery used in this version of the game.

The incorporation of the cat from the “Just Push Play” album and other various goodies along the way remind you why you are playing this game in the first place. Also I really liked the interviews with the band along the way. It changed the tone of the game from just another game to a historical perspective of Aerosmith.

The game play has not changed from Guitar Hero III so those veterans from the first incarnations will be right at home with this version. Provided you have tuned up well enough to battle Joe Perry, this version’s devil!

Putting aside my hometown bias for the band and music this game is well worth your time and money.. This however it will likely serve as merely the appetizer hold us over until the main course of the future release of the Guitar Hero: World Tour, followed by Metallica.

Graphics: 8.0 The characters and even cartoons of Aerosmith and backgrounds are fantastic.

Audio: 9.0 I mean how can you argue it’s Aerosmith…until they make a Foo Fighter version this should remain #1

Gameplay: 7.5 Not much has changed on this. Been there done that, but still a bit of a challenge.

Replay Value: 6.0 As with other versions of the franchise once you played the songs short of a couple good downloads there is not much to entice you back.

Final Score: 7.5

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