Later this year, Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 will both attempt to reboot their respective music rhythm game series. But with the abundance of music rhythm games being a key reason why these franchises had to go into hiatus in the first place, how will they entice us into picking up plastic peripherals and rocking out again?
Rock Band 4 has an RPG campaign, giving players the freedom to choose how their band takes over the world. Guitar Hero Live, on the other hand, is using ‘live concert’ gameplay as its selling point along with a new feature called Guitar Hero TV. At E3 2015 publisher Activision revealed more info about the Guitar Hero TV mode and they also announced the Guitar Hero Live release date.
Guitar Hero Live – What is Guitar Hero TV?
Guitar Hero TV isn’t just a fancy new game mode, Activision is describing it as “the world’s first playable music video network”. While the Live mode sees players rocking out from the perspective of a band on stage, GHTV replaces that with a music video from the artist who’s singing the song. “Hundreds of videos” will be available at launch and more will be added regularly once the game has been released.
Guitar Hero TV also plans on getting you hooked with a level up system and online leaderboards. You can level up and achieve ‘Hero’ status which apparently comes with ‘Hero Powers’ that “can be used to gain a competitive edge and achieve new high scores”. Though, if you’re worried about being overpowered by other players online, GHTV will apparently match us with people of a similar skill level. Plus, levelling up and completing challenges allows you to unlock ‘Premium Shows’ of new music videos and live concert footage.
Also, Guitar Hero TV includes everyone’s favourite feature: microtransactions. As you play GH TV, you’ll earn an in-game currency which we can use to “play songs on demand” or buy new things such as custom note highways and playercards. However, if you haven’t got enough in-game currency for those extras, or haven’t completed enough challenges for Premium Shows, you can always spend real money to unlock them instantly instead.
Guitar Hero Live will be released on October 20, 2015 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U.