Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's

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Wringing the last profits from GH2

by CheezHead on 7/31/2007

It's not that I don't like this game, I mean come on... It's Guitar Hero. But I was very disappointed with the obvious attempt to get more profits from a game that ends up being a stripped down GH2 with 30 different songs. They couldn't (or didn't care to) come up with anything more original than changing the guitar players' outfits and the background colors of the venues. No bonus videos (though the instructions mention buying them), fewer characters, no bonus songs and the same old everything else. Then as an added insult, they sell it for a higher price than GH2. Knowing that Red Octane will not be involved with GH3, it really shouldn't be a shock that this version has nothing new. They even used more master tapes so they spent less on studio musicians to recreate songs. This produces a noticable difference in audio quality from one song to the next. With all that said, if you are a GH junkie like me (played through medium and hard in 6 hours), then you have no choice but get this. Don't get it if you don't really like the song selection as there's nothing else there for your money. Read More

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Ehhh...Should've been better!

by DrWoody on 8/10/2007

If you've read any other reviews of this, most people are saying the same thing, that it seems like a rushed attempt to cash in on the GH franchise one last time. While I can't neccessarily disagree with these points, come on...its still Guitar Hero.<br> Yeah, having less characters and rehashing the same venues as GH2 is pretty weak for the die-hards. Yeah most of the alterations in color & graphics on the venues went unnoticed with our group. Yah, there are no extra songs. But truth be told, once the first chords or "Nothing But A Good Time" were strummed, nobody really cared about the aforementioned "flaws." <br>Regarding the track listing, I would have to say its just so-so. Some songs severely suffer from not having the original song, more so than on previous GH installments, as they lack excitement or energy. However, belting out "Turning Japanese", "Hold On Loosely", and "The Warrior" is almost guaranteed to get your crowd singing & pumping their fists. An entire 80s version of GH certainly seemed like a great concept, unfortunately though, this one doesnt quite live up to the expectations that GH & GH2 set up. Read More

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Product Overview

The PS2-exclusive Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80's features a giant list of finger-melting tracks, including I Wanna Rock (by Twisted Sister), I Ran (by Flock of Seagulls), Round and Round (by Ratt), I Want Candy (by Bow Wow Wow), Metal Health (by Quiet Riot), Holy Diver (by Ronnie James Dio) and Heat of the Moment (by Asia)!

Full set list:

1) Opening Licks
(Bang Your Head) Metal Health - Quiet Riot
We Got The Beat - The Go Go's
I Ran (So Far Away) - Flock Of Seagulls (original artist)
Balls To The Wall - Accept
18 And Life - Skid Row

2) Amp Warmers
No One Like You - Scorpions
Shakin' - Eddie Money
Heat Of The Moment - Asia
Radar Love - White Lion
Because, It's Midnite - Limozeen (original artist)

3) String Snappers
Holy Diver - Dio
Turning Japanese - The Vapors
Hold On Loosely - .38 Special
The Warrior - Scandal (original artist)
I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister (original artist)

4) Return Of The Shred
What I Like About You - The Romantics
Synchronicity II - The Police
Ballroom Blitz - Krokus
Only A Lad - Oingo Boingo
Round And Round - Ratt

5) Relentless Riffs
Ain't Nothin But A Good Time - Poison
Lonely Is The Night - Billy Squier
Bathroom Wall - Faster Pussycat
Los Angeles - X
Wrathchild - Iron Maiden

6) Furious Fretwork
Electric Eye - Judas Priest (original artist)
Police Truck - Dead Kennedys
Seventeen - Winger
Caught In A Mosh - Anthrax
Play With Me - Extreme

Specifications

Manufacturer Activision Blizzard
Mfg Part# 106235
SKU 204555538
UPC 047875950719
UPC 14 00047875950719
Format PlayStation 2
Features
KILLER 80s SOUNDTRACK: Pick up your axe and rock out to tracks ranging from New Wave to Hair Metal. Every song will have you tapping your feet and banging your head!
AWESOME CHARACTERS: Play as your favorite Guitar Hero characters decked out in awesome 80’s outfits.
CO-OP MULTIPLAYER: Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s puts 2 players closer to the rock experience, enabling players to play cooperatively with one person on lead guitar, and the 2nd on bass or rhythm guitar.
CHALLENGE A FRIEND: Jam against a friend in two competitive multiplayer modes.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Master those 80’s hits using the awesome Practice mode. Play any part of any song or even slow down the songs to really nail those difficult sections.
Features
Product Type Software
Manufacturer Part Number 95071
Manufacturer Activision Blizzard, Inc
Product Name Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s
Brand Name Activision
Compatibility Analog Control Memory Card
Platform Supported PlayStation 2
Features Killer 80s soundtrack: Pick up your axe and rock out to tracks ranging form New Wave to Hair Metal. Every songs will have you tapping your feet and banging your head. Awesome Characters: Play as your favorite Guitar Hero characters decked out in awesome 80's outfits. CO-OP Multiplayer: Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s puts 3 players closer to the rock experience, enabling players to play cooperatively with one person on lead guitar, and the 2nd on bass or rhythm guitar. Challenger A Friend: Jam against a friend in two competitive multiplayer modes. Practice Makes Perfect: Master those 80's hits using the awesome Practice mode. Play any part of any song or even slow down the songs to really nail those difficult sections.
Software Name Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s
Software Sub Type Entertainment
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Product Attributes
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Game Format PlayStation 2
Game Genre Action

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