Guitar Hero: AerosmithESRB:
Platform: Nintendo Wii
Developer: Vicarious Visions
1-2 Players Online
Nintendo Wi-Fi Network
I was somewhat late to the Guitar Hero craze. My introduction to the franchise did not start until Guitar Hero III. I played both the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii versions and I actually had the chance to review the latter. Well Guitar Hero is getting ready to launch number four in their franchise, however to bridge the gap until that time they have recently released Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, a game that focuses on the Boston based band. I have once again been tasked to review the Wii version of the game. And after some time with it I would have to say that fans of the Guitar Hero series, as well as fans of the band, should be quite happy with it. However, if you are looking for something new and innovative for the franchise, you may want to just wait until number four is released.
Visually speaking, the Wii version is the weakest of all the ‘next-gen’ versions out there. And that is to be somewhat expected given that Nintendo’s machine is lighter on the horsepower then the other two and it kind of shows on here. On the plus side, Activision and Red Octane did motion capture both Joe Perry and Steven Tyler and it is pretty neat to know that they took the effort to get there likenesses as accurate as possible in the game. On the other hand, they do seem kind of stiff and part of me thinks that this might be due to the limitations of the hardware itself. It just didn’t seem to flow as naturally as I hoped and I really need to play the other versions to confirm my suspicions.
In terms of the venues, although they are modeled to reflect that of the places where Aerosmith has gone before, they still have that distinct Guitar Hero feel to them. I think that this is a good thing given that it keeps the game as having its own identity.
As for the technical side of the visuals, the game runs in 480p and supports a 16x9 widescreen mode. I played my review copy on a 42 inch Sharp Aquos and it looked quite sharp. As noted above there were some evident jaggies as this game runs in a lower resolution then the 360 or PS3 version. It doesn’t hurt the game though, it just is somewhat noticeable.
The game also has some video clips of the Aerosmith talking about their career and what some of the venues mean. You will find that not all the video is widescreen. For whatever reason this was done I haven’t a clue, but in the long run it is just video, not gameplay here.
The Wii version of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith suffers from a lack of Dolby Digital support. And believe it or not, I do think that it makes a difference as having played other music/rhythm games on my Xbox 360 (e.g. Guitar Hero III) I can hear the variation. That being said, the music is pretty good and still manages to sound solid. The game has Aerosmith in the title, therefore as one would expect the majority of the music is by them. There are other tracks by other artists that are included in the game, but the focus is on Tyler, Perry and the rest of the boys.
The following is the whole list of songs included in each of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith's setlists:
"All the Young Dudes" - Mott the Hoople
"Dream Police" - Cheap Trick
"Make it" - Aerosmith
"Uncle Salty" - Aerosmith
"Draw the Line" - Aerosmith
"I Hate Myself for Loving You" - Joan Jett
"All Day and All of the Night" - The Kinks
"Movin' Out" - Aerosmith
"No Surprize" - Aerosmith
"Sweet Emotion" - Aerosmith
"Complete Control" - The Clash
"Personality Crisis" - New York Dolls
"Livin' on the Edge" - Aerosmith
"Rag Doll" - Aerosmith
"Love in an Elevator" - Aerosmith
"Always on the Run" - Lenny Kravitz
"Hard to Handle" - The Black Crowes
"Back in the Saddle" - Aerosmith
"Beyond Beautiful" - Aerosmith
"Dream On" - Aerosmith
"She Sells Sanctuary" - The Cult
"King of Rock" - Run DMC
"Bright Night Fright" - Aerosmith
"Nobody's Fault" - Aerosmith
"Walk the Way" - Aerosmith w/ Run DMC
"Cat Scratch Fever" - Ted Nugent
"Sex Type Thing" - Stone Temple Pilots
Guitar Hero Battle vs. Joe Perry
"Mama Kin" - Aerosmith
"Toys in the Attic" - Aerosmith
"Train Kept a Rollin" - Aerosmith
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