Band Hero

Band Hero Review for Wii

On: WiiXbox 360PS3DSPS2

Play together on guitar, drums, bass and microphone.

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7Out of 10
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This man has a full head in the game
This man has a full head in the game

This man has a full head in the game

Actual gameplay mechanics remain pretty much as they were in GH5 and almost every GH game that's gone before it, with you strumming on a guitar, banging a drum or wailing into a microphone in time with the music and on-screen notes. If you choose to play as a proper band you'll have one player on lead guitar, another on bass, a third on drums and the final player as vocalist. None of the tracks here are as tough as those in GH5, which is wise considering the game's intended audience, and when playing as a band you can bring failed members back into the performance if you perform well over a short period of time.

Once you've formed your band, named it and selected all the members, it's time to perform gigs at various venues, just as you did in GH5. Performances earn you stars, with the better you do the more you receive as a reward. Stars are used to unlock new venues and progress through your career. Some extra stars can be earned through successfully completing bonus challenges, too, just as you could in GH5. Hopefully you're starting to see our point. This is GH5 in a set of younger clothes.

One area in which Band Hero differs considerably to GH5 is presentation. GH5 toned down the series' trademark garish visuals, but Band Hero is positively bursting with bright lights and neon displays. Lip synching on your chosen vocalist is impressive, the on-stage performances are always lively, and there is a strange joy to be had by sticking together a band of cloned teenage pop stars. Crowds look a little odd, lacking the detail of the band members, but you only really see them for a few moments here and there.

On top of the core game modes there's a quickplay option, leaderboards to keep track of how you compare to the rest of the world and the still impressive GHStudio for making your own tunes. All in all it's an impressive package. There are also a number of exclusive features for 360 and Wii owners, but nothing that will upset PS3 owners too much. Xbox 360 avatars and Wii Miis can be used in the game. Completely unique to the Wii game, just as was the case in GH5, is Roadie Battle, a mode which links two DS consoles to the game, enabling a guitar duel battle mode for four players - two on Wii and two on DS.

Eagle-eyed readers may well have noticed that much of this review bears more than a slight resemblance to the Guitar Hero 5 review I wrote a few months ago. Just like this review, Band Hero is strikingly close to Activision's former release; it's a game that comes across more as GH with a different musical focus, rather than as a new IP in its own right. Band Hero is far from being a bad game, but somewhere along the line it seems the new franchise's focus became a little confused.

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XxSaMaNtHaxX@ mikejosh1978

It's not at all glitchy or unresponsive! :)
Posted 18:12 on 15 March 2010
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XxSaMaNtHaxX@ muffin

Yes. You can play with up to 5 players, or just on your own!
Its an amazing game! :)
Posted 18:12 on 15 March 2010
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Can this game be played as a single player game as well as multi-player?
Posted 13:11 on 12 December 2009
mikejosh1978's Avatar


My main concern is the new drum kit is it better than the old wt one as that was awfully unresponsive . Let us know Tom if it is better please & is it going to be backwards compatible / work with rockband . Thanx matey
Posted 20:08 on 09 November 2009
GeNeCyDe1993's Avatar


Q: How long can just "being guitar hero" make a game good?
A: Forever :D

Guitar hero rules ;)
Posted 18:31 on 09 November 2009

Game Stats

Band Hero
Out of 10
Band Hero
  • Lots of music for younger gamers
  • It's more Guitar Hero
  • Feels more like an expansion for Guitar Hero
  • It's not all for younger gamers
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Release Date: 06/11/2009
Platforms: Wii , Xbox 360 , PS3 , DS , PS2
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Rhythm Action
Rating: BBFC PG
Site Rank: 2,667 17
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