Guitar Hero Live, the newest entry in Activision’s legendary franchise, released yesterday, over five years after the release of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Since its release, it has met with generally favorable reviews. The PlayStation 4 version of the game scored a 78 on Metacritic, with near-perfect reviews from websites like Destructoid and Polygon, but very negative scores from GameSpot and The Escapist.
Many of the reviews praise the game’s unique new controller, as well as the game’s huge soundtrack and the new Guitar Hero TV mode.
IGN said “The new guitar makes a tangible improvement to how you experience each and every riff and lick, and GHTV provides an almost irresistible service for enjoying tracks you love while discovering new ones.” God is a Geek called the game “A truly fresh, innovative take on a genre crying out for something new.” Overall, most of the game’s critics were very positive, and seemed to greatly enjoy the game’s innovations.
Other reviews say that
Guitar Hero Live strayed too far from the original formula with the three-button controller, and insulted the game’s new presentation. GameSpot called the game’s visuals “off-putting” and its many microtransactions “unpleasant“. Many sources also claim that the game was not good enough to justify its high price, with Forbes Magazine saying, “At the end of the day, it’s just not innovative and fun enough for me to heartily recommend it, and that’s largely because of the cost.“
Here are some of the review scores for the game so far:
- Destructoid – 95/100
- Polygon – 90/100
- Game Trailers – 87/100
- Hardcore Gamer – 80/100
- IGN – 79/100
- Forbes – 75/100
- Game Informer – 75/100
- The Escapist – 70/100
- GameSpot – 60/100
What do you guys think? Have you had a chance to try the game out for yourselves? Let us know in the comments below!
Personally, I haven’t been able to play the game yet, but I am a big fan of the series and cannot wait to give it a try.