Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is an exonerating title that surpasses a riveting journey which bases itself on a high priority of utter carnage and temporal base notes that make the foundations of Rock and Roll come through the rift calling its name. The single player revitalizes a new formula that bases itself on the skilled hands of the veteran, all the while teaching a new sensation of musical melody that rocks the Earth to its core. Multiplayer takes the formula of cooperative gameplay and adds a set of more refined gameplay which challenges players on both teams to different riff section of music. Unfortunately, the weak setlist might seem off-putting for most rock-hardcore enthusiasts, but the pacing of the notes and the different gameplay style are still challenging and impressive. The world of rock is coming alive, and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock makes sure that we are dying to try out some rock in our lives.
The story gameplay follows Quest Mode to unleash each characters inner self, find the Legendary Guitar and then finally overcome “The Beast” as a Rock Legend within the Quest Mode. The Demi-God is the master of all music and rock performances, voiced by Gene Simmons, and serves as a protagonist to the gameplay adventure. The primary story quest expands the player’s goal for the band in attempting to release the “Demigod of Rock” and his guitar from his imprisonment by “The Beast”, gaining strength through bringing new members aboard the band in order to vanquish The Beast once and for all, while rocking out with the true Demi-God of rock. To unlock each characters inner self, players must earn enough stars from the songs in each characters playlist which all have a different style of music, each of which then unlocks their upgraded power that finally combine to form you into the All-Powerful Warrior of Rock. The Legendary Guitar can be unlocked by playing through the entirety of Rush’s 6-piece set called “2112,” which is an epic midpoint challenge if a bit odd a first. The Quest Mode of the storyline is straightforward and serves a good length to the gameplay songs and voiceover direction by Gene Simmons.
Quest Mode ignites the same standard fare that previous Guitar Hero games have used for both experienced players and novices. The central strum adventure involves the core gameplay tactic: successfully complement notes as they scroll down the screen for their instrument, in order to make each song truly sing. The main feature that all music based games are judged on is the music, and unfortunately while Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock had the potential to have one of the best setlists of any previous game, it let itself down by having many indeterminate bands aside from their loyal fan base. This being said, there are some excellent song choices including Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, How You Remind Me by Nickelback, Psychosocial by Slipknot. Unfortunately, few is the key word here and is it is a real disappointing factor for a person that has paid well over $100 retail MSRP for the guitar kit, and even $59.99 for the retail software.
The multiplayer offering of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock offers the same experience as single-player that expands with online cooperative gameplay and competitive modes. The entire package’s replay value within Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is extremely high with the selection to play retroactively to obtain 40 stars on every song to complete the Quest Mode as a rock champion, and with 9 different setlists to play through and complete fully, there is an amazingly satisfactory replay experience. Quickplay+ mode further allows players to initiate songs immediately without reliving the horrible ones in the setlist that are not even indicative of a specific band’s talents. Characters themselves are more unique in Guitar Hero this time around, but unfortunately the lack of any familiar faces in quest mode, bar the Gene Simmons voiceover, is extremely disappointing and really brings down the experience by only being allowed to play with made up celebrities for a game which advocates specific songs in real-life.
For a Guitar Hero game that had the potential to be a truly great dedication to rock music despite the weaker track list than some might expect, and while it seems hopeful to say this does not limit the experience, wading through a lot of bad songs to find a few good ones surely has that effect. When the song choice is right, however, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is really enjoyable to the end of the last fret.