Activision must have seen the formula : "Add random music-related word + Hero = Money" work before, hence "Band Hero" arrives into our living rooms. In this new instalment, you can play as lead guitar, rhythm/bass, drums, or lead singer.
There are 65 track to tackle, but you can also create your own tracks, or face off online friends, or just go career mode. The gameplay is the one you should be familiar with (if you're a fan of the franchise).
As where Guitar Hero seemed to have some musical taste, Band Hero steps in with "junkfood pop" bands and "artist", and you may unlock playable characters such as Taylor Swift and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.
Not such a big fan of Hilary Duff or Taylor Swift? This is not the game for you. Otherwhise : you will have fun with Band Hero going throu
gh its challenges , getting more stars, items, or whatever. To practice or change the difficulty of the instrument you're using in career mode, you can use modes such as "Momentum", or "Do or Die", but that's been already used in Guitar Hero 5, so what's the difference?
So you're getting 65 songs, a mic, drums, and a guitar for $199.99, and you can import Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero Smash Hits and (eventually) Guitar Hero 5 tracks to this game for a price. Activision's lack of effort is too obvious and disappointing to ignore.
There were small interlacing problems, blurs and so forth with the note-system, but it seems to be more related to the device you're using, rather than game not functioning properly. So, not to be too harsh, this "problem" occurs in all games of the same franchise but may not be present depending on the TV you're using, so I can't point out this as a flaw just yet.
All other complaints aside, the re-packaging and re-naming of Guitar Hero 5 under "Band Hero" is straight obvious and like I said : disappointing, especially if you were looking for new features or other functions to the whole "band" aspect of the game. Yet, unlike Guitar Hero 5, that was more "rock" centered, Band Hero went all-out pop, so if you like the genre, great! If not, once again : disappointing.
So...Band Hero : another clone of the ever-popular (and unique) Guitar Hero, Activision has more or less successfuly brought to us, with little or no concern for originality at all.
You could buy the game and say "fun", but it's not an investment I'd be proud of, once bought. How to save 200$? - Don't buy it!