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  • Guitar Hero: Smash Hits — The Setlist (and editorial)

    Posted on May 7th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Activision dropped lots of news over the past 24 hours, and we will bring you as much as we can. First, let’s talk Guitar Hero: Smash Hitscoming for all major platforms on June 16.

    This is the greatest hits of all previous Guitar Hero games..the ones that only had guitar and bass, now for the full band experience. (See the set list after the break). If you ask me the set list is nothing shy of incredible.

    Incredible as the list may be, I’m still going to have a hard time buying anything with the Guitar Hero name on it. Why? It comes down to the engine that runs the game, the drum charting, the lack of import, and the DLC model.

    All of this years Guitar Hero games (Guitar Hero: Metallica, Smash Hits) are based on the the core Guitar Hero: World Tour engine, with some improvements. I generally do not like the layout of the notes, and the loose timing windows. Also, the fail window is scary. You can go from perfect to fail in less than 5 seconds. Maybe these things will be improved on for Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, and I hope so.

    As for drum charting, the guys charting Guitar Hero drums, just don’t get it right (unlike the guys charting Rock Band songs). Maybe it’s the layout of the 5+1 drums for Guitar Hero, versus the more simple layout of Rock Bands 4+1 drum setup. But, I can say for sure, that I have seen several fairly simple songs for Guitar Hero: World Tour and Guitar Hero: Metallica, where hi-hat notes were not charted at all.

    As for importing, I really, REALLY wish Activision would get an importing feature. If they did…I would buy every GH game that would support the import feature…and I would run out right now and get them. I HATE (and I know you do too) swapping discs, just to play some music.

    For DLC, I don’t buy any GH DLC, because of the lack of import. You buy DLC for one game, and there is no guarantee the DLC will import to the other GH games. Again, too much disc swapping for me.

    For now, Guitar Hero: World Tour is the first-and-last GH game I plan on buying…but it’s difficult to keep my word, since Guitar Hero: Smash Hits has such a kick ass set list. Pantera, Motley Crue, Warrant, Heart, and lot’s more. Oh, and there are a handful of duplicates from the Rock Band library too (which is a downer.)

    …and now, the set list you’ve been waiting for:

    Guitar Hero

    • Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell (Live)”
    • Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
    • Queens Of The Stone Age – “No One Knows”
    • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Love Rock N’ Roll”
    • Boston – “More Than A Feeling”
    • White Zombie – “Thunder Kiss ’65”
    • Blue Öyster Cult – “Godzilla”
    • Helmet – “Unsung (Live)”
    • Queen – “Killer Queen”
    • Incubus – “Stellar”
    • Ozzy Osbourne – “Bark At The Moon”
    • Deep Purple – “Smoke On The Water”
    • The Donnas – “Take It Off”
    • The Exies – “Hey You”

    Guitar Hero II

    • Avenged Sevenfold – “Beast And The Harlot”
    • Rage Against The Machine – “Killing In The Name”
    • Rush – “YYZ”
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”
    • Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench”
    • Iron Maiden – “The Trooper”
    • Nirvana – “Heart-Shaped Box”
    • Lamb of God – “Laid To Rest”
    • The Police – “Message In A Bottle”
    • Wolfmother – “Woman”
    • Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
    • Stone Temple Pilots – “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart”
    • Warrant – “Cherry Pie”
    • Alice in Chains – “Them Bones”
    • Danzig – “Mother”
    • Jane’s Addiction – “Stop!”
    • Reverend Horton Heat – “Psychobilly Freakout”
    • The Sword – “Freya”
    • Mötley Crüe- “Shout At The Devil”

    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    • Pat Benatar – “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”
    • Living Colour – “Cult Of Personality”
    • Heart – “Barracuda”
    • Kiss – “Rock And Roll All Nite”
    • AFI – “Miss Murder”
    • DragonForce – “Through The Fire And Flames” < li>Priestess – “Lay Down”
    • Slayer – “Raining Blood”

    Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s

    • Anthrax – “Caught In A Mosh”
    • Extreme – “Play With Me”
    • Judas Priest – “Electric Eye”
    • Poison – “Nothin’ But A Good Time”
    • Ratt – “Round and Round”
    • Twisted Sister – “I Wanna Rock”

    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

    • Aerosmith – “Back In The Saddle”

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