E3 2008: Guitar Hero: World Tour Microsoft Conference Impressions

Red Octane's Kai Huang used Microsoft's E3 conference to show some of the upcoming content for Guitar Hero: On Tour.

Guitar Hero: World Tour is due for release later in the year, and as with any new Guitar Hero release, there's plenty of excitement about the track listing. Kaz revealed that in addition to the 85 songs that will ship in the game, REM will star in a new track pack while Metallica will upload its latest album on the same day as the traditional release. Then Huang revealed that Van Halen and The Eagles will also be coming to the Guitar Hero series, and they'll be completely exclusive to boot.

In addition to giving music announcements, Huang showed off images of its new drum and guitar peripherals for the upcoming title. The drums are a brand-new addition to the series, and they will feature traditional pads and cymbals as well as being completely wireless. According to Huang, the guitars will also feature a new "sliding mechanism," although he didn't elaborate further on what that means for the game.

There will also be new features such as an eight-player "battle of the bands" mode, as well as a Guitar Hero Studio that will let people create and share their own music in the game. Again, little elaboration was given on this detail, but Huang did say that the "GH Tunes" store will act as a front end for people to get ahold of new content for the game.

We hope to have a new hands-on preview with Guitar Hero: World Tour during the show, so keep an eye on GameSpot to find out more soon.

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83 comments
b4ll4z
b4ll4z

Anyone has news about if there will have a PC version of GH4 ? No rumors sh*T but concrete informations about this?

pokerguy94
pokerguy94

Activision never confirmed a PC version. The ESRB just rated a pc version.

ihateunc123
ihateunc123

cod3onlinegamer if you dont know already jimi hendrix is going to be a playable character in world tour as well as have two songs: Purple Haze and The Wind Cries Mary

Linkfan1807
Linkfan1807

They had better stay true to their word, and make the PC version. Also, for the PC, they need to release all the downloadable songs for the PC as well as for the consoles. GH3 PC still doesn't have any songs for download, at least not since the last time I checked.

Cod3onlinegamer
Cod3onlinegamer

i wish they had jimi hendrix, grateful dead, or as stawachs681 said "pink floyd"!!!!

stawachs681
stawachs681

I hear this rumor of some pink floyd working its way into this game? am i alone here, or would that be freakin awsome? if this is true...scratch rock band, i need me some floyd.

Ricky-Wagner
Ricky-Wagner

i dont have a wife beater and mullet and i like metallica.....

pinkyfoo
pinkyfoo

Metallica is for people with mullets and wife-beaters. REM is gonna rule though.

HOTPOCKETSG
HOTPOCKETSG

hellblackscorpi-"the point is Crazy_Kid314 Rock Band did create the "Band" style an the create a charactor menus but Guitar hero was here first and GHworld tour is gonna take this Shiiit to the next level METALLICA IS WAY BETTER THEN nirvana ac/dc foo fighters and sum other gaYY rockband stuff so its guitar hero all the way with me" Metallica is in both rockband games dumbass

eeechurface
eeechurface

rock band was made by the same people who started guitar hero. both were created by Harmonix. Guitar hero was bought by activision after 2

RDawg7
RDawg7

Am I the only one that likes Guitar Hero AND Rock Band? They are both good. GH came on the scene first, but Rock Band revolutionized Guitar Hero. Now GH4 is going to improve upon what Rock Band did. I can't wait for this, and RB2's setlist looks very promising as well.

hellblackscorpi
hellblackscorpi

the point is Crazy_Kid314 Rock Band did create the "Band" style an the create a charactor menus but Guitar hero was here first and GHworld tour is gonna take this Shiiit to the next level METALLICA IS WAY BETTER THEN nirvana ac/dc foo fighters and sum other gaYY rockband stuff so its guitar hero all the way with me

ognen
ognen

I must have this game

Srobble
Srobble

Xaovagon, at least your getting Metallica, Megadeth and Testament. And if you want heavier stuff, look up Abnormality, their song "Visions" is a bonus track, sounds like the stuff your looking for. The drums on it scare me...

score89
score89

actually only the first and second guitar hero were created by Harmonix, they had an sort of conflict and Harmonix began to work apart (Rock Band)

Zehydra
Zehydra

Hey hellohead, no. You're wrong.

Lbidude7
Lbidude7

i really wanna see good just plain awesome songs from the 60s 70s 90s nd today. f the metal. have ppl like the who, ac/dc led zeppelin, wolfmother, awesome ppl classics. Nd i really feel like guitar battling pete townshend of the who or drum battling kieth moon of the who.

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

crazy kid 314, the song war doesnt go to harmonix because there gh tunes, where you can download an endless amount of songs. and the drum are gonna just embarrass rockbands set. now people can actually roll. and songs will be challenging, thank god, as rockband was so simplified for the "casual gamers" sake. :p

hellohead
hellohead

Morons. Guitar hero is make by the same people who did rockband. Harmonix.

steve04
steve04

guitar hero always has the best track listing. and as soon as there was talk about System of a Down in GH rock badn two is like "OH! We got Chop Suey!!!" ugh. are they going to rip off GH completely? it was GH idea first to make a band like that. Its just that rock band beat em to the punch

Crazy_Kid314
Crazy_Kid314

and by the way, it pretty hard to get 8 d*** good players to play against eachother. I lost all of my homless players from across the street and miss old woman across the street killed her self. AND Hoosierdude4950...i guess you can call your self if you are going to play the Eagles, Sublime, and REM....while i will be playing AC/DC, Guns and Roses, Survivor, and all the 100 songs i already have!

Crazy_Kid314
Crazy_Kid314

Rock Band Started the "Band" style. Red Octaine is just pissed because of the succes of Rock Band. Rock Band 2 has way better songs with 84 at realease and 20 free after realease, so the song war goes right to Harmonix. Plus, Drum add ons are going to Harmonix so there is no need to look at the difference in drums.

Xaovagon
Xaovagon

the song list sucks ass, at least GH3 had Slayer, Iron maiden, Metallica, and in flames!!!!!, not stupid **** like sublime, REM, van halen, the eagles, billy idol, guitar hero is just afraid to put on metal becasue of dumbasses not being able to handle it. f**k them and get some Job for a cowboy, behemoth, children of bodom, slayer, black dahlia murder, nile, necrophagist.

DaveFrehley
DaveFrehley

@marvingamebeast : The 300 dollars you're thinking of is for a full electronic drum set.. not the cymbals to add on to the RB2 drum set. I still think it's BS that you should have to pay extra to put the cymbal pads on your RB2 drum kit. Especially when it doesn't add anything. You'll have 2 of the same color pads on your kit. For example, you'll have 2 red pads & 2 blue.... whereas the GH:WT pads are all separate so you play all of them and you're not just choosing which blue pad to hit. Also, i doubt the RB2 hardware will be compatible with GH:WT. The guitar from RB1 is not compatible with GH3, but the GH guitars are compatible with rock band. In fact, most of the time I use my GH wireless LP to play rock band because the RB guitar sucks. (Especially the strum bar portion of it)

DaveFrehley
DaveFrehley

I think that rock band is going to get it's ass handed to it with this guitar hero game. The rock band equipment is so cheap & crappy... and it doesn't look like it's much different in rock band 2. I'll still keep playing RB1, but i won't buy RB2 unless GH:WT sucks royally. But judging on the quality of their wireless LP guitar, i'm sure GH:WT won't disappoint.

grambyte
grambyte

Guitar Hero lost from Rock Band if I can put it that way. But I'm least interested in this one if I'm talking about the two.

emagdnim05
emagdnim05

ALSO ironscoug are you actually retarded? THEY ARE DIFFERENT GAMES YOU CANT USE DIFFERENT GAMES' HARDWARE ON EACHOTHER YOU DOWNS SYNDROME. LOL SOME PEOPLE ARE SO IGNORANT.

emagdnim05
emagdnim05

your all retards seriously rock band is wank i hope theres a mode where you can play solo guitar and S**T cos funnily enough my friends arent at my house 24/7 therefore can you even enjoy the game on your own? i say bring back GUITAR hero. F***K drums im sick of games trying to be so real IF I WANTED TO BE IN BAND IN REAL LIFE I F***ING WOULD YOU C***S

ironscoug
ironscoug

im just gonna get the game and the drums cuz i have the mic and guitar from rock band

hoosierdude4950
hoosierdude4950

o man the war is on i think the more casual (sucky) players will go 4 rock band and the hardcore fans will go 4 world tour

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

ive just seen tons of videos from this game and there is no doubt in my mind GHWT is gonna be the best music game coming out for a while.

marvingamebeast
marvingamebeast

I am getting guitar hero world tour because the rock band 2 drums that have cymbals don't come in the bundle and they cost 300 dollars. So I am just going to buy the ghwt bundle so that I can get those drums because they have cymbals and they react to how hard you hit them.

ksmitty1223
ksmitty1223

I'm just gonna wait and see which gets a better rating

resident-shell
resident-shell

I'm not getting GH over Rock Band unless there's some Modest Mouse on the setlist, and only if it's a good Modest Mouse song, as opposed to Float On... I've always been a Guitar Hero person, but I'm thinking Harmonix is getting my money this time around.

gladi8or19
gladi8or19

neither games have my favourite bands... so Guitar hero will have create a song which im looking forward to

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

cant wait for this game, rock band has a better setlist than gh3 but the guitar was complete crap, and on rockbands drums u miss random notes that u KNOW u are hitting. hope that doesnt happen with gh, im been really geeked about seein this game in action, saw it over on a.. different website :p im not too impressed, but i know this game is gonna kick rock bands ass.. as long as they have megadeth. bastards @ harmonix trying to make me buy rockband 2 lol

gamah_killah
gamah_killah

Why do I get this feeling that this GH will be the best ever of the series?

Powerslave_
Powerslave_

i hope that van halen and the eagles arent like exclusive for the 360, and i hope the last song is eruption and u really got me, and they need to put more iron maiden on, cause they r like the kings of music! Up the Irons if it says this was posted in 1969 its wrong July 15th 2008 8:11 am

Powerslave_
Powerslave_

exclusive as in xbox only? or what i hope the final song will be eruption and u really got me that would be awesome, either that or another dragonforce song, and also they need to put in more Iron Maiden, cause they r the best

ShadowClaw48
ShadowClaw48

Hmm, ok so Van Halen and Eagles are exclusive... but Rock Band 2 seems like it has the more diverse set list... i think im defecting back to Harmonix, cos GH3 was soul-less, and i doubt the new GH is gonna be any better. yeh, its got lots of nice shiny features, but Guitar Hero Studio? If I wanted to create my own songs, I would have done that for real already...!

megamaster32
megamaster32

I just hope the lag wont be that bad and you can calibrate easier

BlitzTTX
BlitzTTX

If RB2 were to release some Ensiferum, Wintersun, Korpiklaani, Finntroll, Turisas, Alestorm, Stratovarius, Helloween, Rhapsody, or ANY other type of Folk/Power Metal, I would buy it in a heartbeat. But seeing as how they will never do that, I'm going with GHWT. At least we'll be able to cover our favorite bands...

GC4ever
GC4ever

i'm with omus101 on this but both games are going to be sweet i can't wait

MoldySasquatch
MoldySasquatch

im prob goin to get gh wt but rock should be the one getting the fame

omus101
omus101

i'm going to buy the GHWT pack and RB2 game only

kh22792
kh22792

hmmm, let's see, Harmonix is offering 20 free songs when RB2 launches because they wanted to put 100 songs on the dis but couldn't, and they are letting you bring over all dlc and almost all of your rb1 disc songs, while GHWT is going to have....an REM track pack and Metallica cd, which has never been called exclusive. Sure they have van halen and the eagles exclusive, but HMX said basically they have a deal to have AC/DC content exclusively first for music games.