I’m no big Aerosmith fan. I mean I’ve liked a few of their songs on and off and I can recognise their voices. But that’s as good as it gets. Yet, when Guitar Hero Aerosmith landed at my doorstep (or rather me going to get it to bring it to my doorstep), I thought I’d give it a try.
I don’t need to explain why this is a first impression, since it’s fairly obvious that we in the Middle East get things later than most people in most of the other parts of the world (except Africa and Australia).
contrary to popular belief, the game is not all about Aerosmith. It also has covers of other artists, and basically you are a guitarist in one of these bands and you just so happen to be playing at events where Aerosmith have also played. And then you get a pop-up after 2 songs, asking you whether you want Aerosmith to come on stage, and so they do (I haven’t opted for a NOTHANKYOU yet).
The cool bit is that aside from just the cartoonish look and feel, similar to Guitar Hero III; the game also has actual footage of Aerosmith artists. In fact, that is what carries out the whole trip into the rock and roll life of Aerosmith’s Discography; their first gig, their first sign up and what not; with Aerosmith themselves describing what it was like. On the other hand, Activision helps us understand Steven Tyler’s English through subtitles.
I’ve been playing ‘easy’, and I’ve been finding it likewise. After 3 sets (5 songs each) I’ve only managed to score a 4 star once, whereas all the rest have been 5 stars. The songs are alright, but since I’m not much of a fan I wouldn’t relate to many of these; aside from the fact that these first few are from the 70’s and I was with God at that time, learning magic.
I love how Activision is totally milking this cow and there have been no changes to the characters (like Axel, Xavier, Rock Girl etc; are all in and in the same order) with only slight tweaks to the guitars you can buy from the vault. Where all the excessive money’s gone then, is probably in the franchising of Aerosmith.
Even then though, one can’t brush off the feeling of who actually needed this? Did Aerosmith need a piggy back from Guitar Hero, or is it the other way round? We can only wonder… 😉