Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits

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Now some of the best tracks from previous games can be played as a band
Now some of the best tracks from previous games can be played as a band

Now some of the best tracks from previous games can be played as a band

Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits (Smash Hits in the US) is the Guitar Hero version of Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection. It’s a disc packed full of the best tracks from the first three Guitar Hero games and Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, as voted for by you, the Guitar Hero fans.

There are 48 original masters included on the disc, many of which had previously been licensed but not performed by the original artists. For the full list head over to the official Guitar Hero website, but here we’ve picked out some of our favourites. From Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock comes DragonForce’s “Through The Fire And Flames” and Slayer’s “Raining Blood”. From Guitar Hero II the likes of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name” and “Message In A Bottle” by The Police make it in. From the first Guitar Hero game “No One Knows” by Queens Of The Stone Age and Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” are included. From Encore comes Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” and Judas Priest’s “Electric Eye”. And, finally, there’s a single track from expansion Guitar Hero: Aerosmith on there just for fun: Aerosmith’s “Back In The Saddle”. Clearly, guitar heroes like their rock.

You might be thinking to yourself, why should I fork out my hard-earned cash for Greatest Hits if I’ve already got the games its tracks have been pulled from? Well, the answer is simple: Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits will offer players their first opportunity to play all the songs on its set list in full band mode. Although it seems hard to believe now, Guitar Hero began life in 2005 as a guitar peripheral-only game. In fact, it stayed that way right up until 2008’s Guitar Hero: World Tour, which was compatible with drums and microphones. Greatest Hits has been developed based on the technology behind Guitar Hero: World Tour, so you’ll be able to sing and drum as well as strum to all the included tracks.

The gameplay is the same as in GH: World Tour

The gameplay is the same as in GH: World Tour

Bar that, it’s as you were. Greatest Hits is effectively the same as World Tour but with 48 tracks repurposed for full band play. So, included is Star Power, Rock Meters and that iconic scrolling fret board and coloured notes that have become popular culture icons after the first game reinvented the music game genre back in 2005. There’s online and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and eight-player “Battle of the Bands”, which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online. There’s character creation, music creation via the Music Studio from World Tour and the ability to share it via the GHTunes. For all intents and purposes, Greatest Hits is World Tour, and perhaps because of this Greatest Hits is likely to arrive on shop shelves at a slightly lower price point compared with other Guitar Hero games. If it does, Greatest Hits is sure to be a great entry point for newcomers to the series.

Thankfully, the game, like World Tour, is compatible with every music game peripheral you’d want it to be compatible with, including the Rock Band drums and guitars (for the PS3, PS2 and Xbox 360 versions). On Wii, however, it’s a different matter - the Rock Band stuff won’t work with the game on Nintendo’s motion-sensing console, which is a bit disappointing.

There isn’t much more to say about Greatest Hits. It’ll be nigh on an essential purchase for some but a pointless exercise for others. If it’s released cheaper than World Tour, then it’ll be the best way of getting into the Guitar Hero series if you’ve so far resisted the temptation.

Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits is due out for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii on June 26.

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dj_skeetzy's Avatar


Tbh i bought this game yesterday and i was very disappointed to find out it didn't include any tracks from the world tour game. it has some good songs but loads i haven't heard of in a way the makers of this game didn't take age into account i mean the aerosmith song they put on there i had no idea but whereas i would have known the song if they had used walk this way instead. also i am disappointed that because they didn't use world tour hits that i could not play songs such as misery buisness,the kill,what i've done,eye of the tiger,beat it,the middle,dammit,scream aim fire nd more of the newer and more popular songs for my age on this new greatest hits game
Posted 13:13 on 20 July 2009
guyderman's Avatar


Hope that this is released at a lower price being only 48 tracks.
A couple I can't wait to play - Maidens -The Trooper, Skynyrds - Freebird, Crues - Shout at the Devil, Extremes - Play with me, Ozzy's Bark at the Moon.

I can't see the point in some tracks that have been put on there such as Ratts - Round & Round, Kansas - Wayward Son, Rushs - YYZ as these are already on RB - surely with the huge amount of selection from all of these past games it would've been better to go for a totally unique track list.

No Welcome to the Jungle or 18 and Life? I hope they convert more of the previous songs and release them for DL (given GH past record with DLC though I won't hold my breath?)
Posted 08:21 on 22 May 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 26/06/2009
Developer: Beenox
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Music
No. Players: 1-8
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 10,548 44
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