Guitar Hero: Aerosmith First Look

We take a first look at the upcoming Guitar Hero, which features the "Bad Boys From Boston," Aerosmith.

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With the Guitar Hero franchise having generated over a billion dollars in sales, there's no question that it's "Rockin' on Top of the World." Now one of the biggest games in the world has gotten together with one of the world's biggest bands: Aerosmith. But is the addition of Steven Tyler and company "A Good Thing," or will the fifth game in the series be the "Same Old Song and Dance"? We got a first look at Guitar Hero: Aerosmith today to find out.

Right away you'll notice that this isn't just Guitar Hero with Aerosmith's name slapped on the box. The crew at Neversoft has gone out of its way to integrate the band's music, look, and personality into every aspect of the game. This is first evident in the menus, whose backgrounds are all locations taken from Aerosmith's real-life recording studio. Of course, all of the band members are in the game, albeit in stylized video game form and looking younger than they are today. Athletes coming into the studio to do motion-capture work is nothing new, but when was the last time you heard of a rock star donning the mo-cap suit for a game? Steven Tyler did quite a bit of motion capture to ensure that his signature moves and facial expressions would be accurately represented. Fans of Axel Steele, Johnny Napalm, Izzy, and the rest of the crew can rest easy--the gang's all here, and they each have four new outfits, for a total of eight per character. You'll be able to sport all eight costumes online, which sounds like it will essentially have the same modes as in Guitar Hero 3.

The band's history plays an integral role in the game's career mode. You'll still start at a small venue and work your way to the big time, but this time you'll be rocking in many of the same places Aerosmith played on the road to stardom. The intro movie shows a cartoon-style Aerosmith's humble beginnings and even a cartoon Clive Davis, the man who signed the band to its first deal. Before each new venue there's a short video segment with various band members explaining the band's history with that location. When you clear that area's songs (encores are back) you'll unlock a longer, more detailed version of the video--a really cool feature if you're a big fan of the group.

Your first gig will take place where Aerosmith's first gig took place: Nipmuc High School. The location itself isn't modeled exactly after the real place, but the stage is adorned with a sheet that sports the very first Aerosmith logo. From there you'll move on to Max's Kansas City, which was a popular club that closed long ago. Unable to find any blueprints for the venue, Neversoft used photographs and grainy black and white handheld footage to re-create the club in its glory days, topping it all off with a stage decorated in a Toys in the Attic theme.

There aren't many guitar heroes bigger than Joe Perry.

Since the game does bear Aerosmith's name, it makes sense that the song list will mostly focus on Aerosmith, but there aren't as many Aerosmith songs as you might think. A full list of tracks is not yet available, but we were told it would consist of about 60 percent Aerosmith and 40 percent artists that either inspired Aerosmith, played with Aerosmith, or are liked by Aerosmith. We were able to scribble down a number of tunes from an early build of the game. The Aerosmith songs were "Make It,""Uncle Salty,""Draw the Line,""No Surprize," and "Sweet Emotion." Songs from other artists included Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes," Cheap Trick's "Dream Police," Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "I Hate Myself for Loving You," and a cover of The Kinks' "All Day and All Night." These songs are all classic rock tunes, but we were assured there would be several contemporary bands as well as notable bands that had never been in a Guitar Hero game before.

One of the benefits of working so closely with a band is that you'll have access to all of their original recordings. But what happens when those recordings aren't available? Much to the band's dismay (and surprise) a few of the master tracks from their early years, including the song "Make It," were missing in action. Undaunted, the group hit the studio and re-recorded the track exclusively for the game. We were unable to do a head-to-head comparison between the new version and the original, but according to Neversoft, the band nailed it.

It shouldn't come as any surprise that Guitar Hero: Aerosmith's gameplay is almost exactly the same as in Guitar Hero 3. The interface and the way you get and perform star power are the same. That's not to say there aren't any differences. The developer said the hammer-ons and pull-offs had been tightened up to make them feel "less mushy," which means the time you have to perform them is tighter but still more forgiving than in the first game. You can also expect a smoother difficulty curve this time around; though keep in mind that Joe Perry can wail on the guitar, so it won't be a cakewalk. Another noticeable change is that although there is co-op play, there is no co-op career mode. This means all of the game's 40-plus songs can be unlocked in single-player mode. One thing that is a little disappointing about co-op play is that while some songs will have lead guitar and rhythm guitar, and others will have lead guitar and bass, there aren't any songs where all three parts are playable.

Although the game does look similar to GH3, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith does, in fact, look better than its predecessor. The venues are all-new, the band members' animations have been improved (particularly the drummer's), the game runs more smoothly, and you'll even notice Joe Perry with his air bag singing backup during "Sweet Emotion." Guitar Hero: Aerosmith will "Walk This Way" onto the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and Wii this June. We'll have more on the game as its June release date approaches, so be sure to check back if you "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing."

Discussion

279 comments
TheCyberKnight
TheCyberKnight

Love Aerosmith! Definatly checking out the game.

patrickh4mm3r
patrickh4mm3r

If you don't like Aerosmith you won't like this game either, so... there's not much to discuss. I don't like Aerosmith personally, so I won't even think of playing it. I probably would if it was "Guitar Hero: Led Zeppelin/Black Sabbath/Iron Maiden" though...hehe

Grandy12
Grandy12

Uh... less puns with song names, shall we?

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

this game sounds cool might check it out or rent it first once it comes out

cheese4927
cheese4927

I'm probably just gonna get Rock Band for the Wii instead of this...

xspboy06x
xspboy06x

I want this! Aerosmith rules!

PhoenixVenom
PhoenixVenom

this will be a pass for me, unless the non aerosmith songs are phenomonal. ill get sick of playing aerosmith songs all the time eventhough i like them. im just gunna wait for guitar hero IV or if they ever make guitar hero metallica or ac/dc

Smoolander
Smoolander

I'm waiting for the "Guitar Hero: Milk the cow dry" game

cheese4927
cheese4927

This Guitar Hero is just another "in-between" one, like Rocks the 80's. I'm sure Guitar Hero IV will be awesome. I'm still looking forward to GH: Aerosmith though. I can't wait till June 29!!!

finch23
finch23

at least they won't have to change the GH3 singers mouth to fit Steven Tyler.

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

It isnt very smart to make a game based around one band, I dont know if I'll buy this... probably not, since Im not really a fan of Aerosmith. But then again... it's still Guitar Hero, although it is much more fun to play a song I like. They should have just released a normal sequel.

jamesblondey
jamesblondey

i dont think arosmith is the best but guitar heros is guitar heros

danleeah
danleeah

Aerosmith are the most overrated piece of crap since sliced bread. Why on earth would I buy this if I can't stand Aerosmith?

PhoenixVenom
PhoenixVenom

this had bad news written all over it. Seriously who would want a completely Aerosmith guitar hero, i dont ever think joe perry does. there are so many more bands they could have this with. I know that this is a complete pass for me, ill get bored of this in like a day if that long. I wouldnt even accept this as a gift.

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

hmm actually sounds better might get it after i buy GH3 for my PS3 since my SG just broke =S but i would buy it if they done a package with the les paul a special ed face plate and the game.and buy gh3 at a later date.

URError
URError

This sounds better than I thought it would be

stubuz323
stubuz323

"All we really need is Guitar Hero: Finland" Haha awesome, Turisas and ensiferum and bands like that, lol, and (shudder) Lordi :)

Ozzie234
Ozzie234

Best thing is this "The developer said the hammer-ons and pull-offs had been tightened up to make them feel "less mushy," which means the time you have to perform them is tighter but still more forgiving than in the first game." Thanks for that Neversoft/Red Octane!

PoisonCKYGirl
PoisonCKYGirl

Oh, it's delicious. The preview video made me laugh out loud -- "WALK THIS WAY JUNE 2008" I'm a big Aerosmith fan and a big Guitar Hero fan so I should be overjoyed with it, but common sense prevails. I mean, come on, Revolution X is still fresh in my mind. Needless to say I'll still end up buying and playing it and savoring it, however.

fireman891
fireman891

If they do this just for one band why cant the crew at Neversoft do like a gh country one i think that would be neat an if you see this neversfot crew i want half the profit my email is shadow_tha_fireman@yahoo.com

joebetcher
joebetcher

How much will this cost? $30? $40? $50?

cheese4927
cheese4927

"i like guitar hero but iam not buying it cause they should add a set of drums then i would buy it" Esteban, if they added drums, it wouldn't be called "Guitar" Hero now would it?

aRE-you-AFraid
aRE-you-AFraid

I want this game. Aerosmith is one of my favorite bands.

theruudstar
theruudstar

@zidan4000: All we really need is Guitar Hero: Finland :P.

kvnthegod
kvnthegod

Anybody know if the Rock Band controllers will wok for this game? I wanna get this game, but I dont wanna have to buy another guitar controller to do it.

Miisterr
Miisterr

this game will rock.. and for those saying it will get boring playing the same band songs.. no it wont- and besides it haves other band songs too.. and who needs more metal?!? areosmith is way better.. and also for the ones that feel this is just an expantion.. well what have GH 2 GH 3 have been??-- EXPANTIONS of the previous game.. just with some new features.. just like GH aerosmtih

washi95
washi95

if this had 70 or more songs i might of bought it.

Dark_Templar45
Dark_Templar45

as much as Guitar hero is fun, i don't think devoting and enitre disk to one band is a good idea...

Willy-Wilks_777
Willy-Wilks_777

Wait. I admit the soundtrack on GHIII was very good. However, the soundtrack didn't make me want to play for ages as the bonus songs were abysmal. I'm personally looking forward to guitar hero Aerosmith as I love this band. And chaos12391 it isn't stupid and IT ISN'T JUST GOING TO HAVE AEROSMITH SONGS!!!! it is going to have songs from bands that have inspired them. I don't think Guitar Hero is going downhill as Neversoft were capable of coming up with good ideas and they improved the gameplay.

Darmage
Darmage

i agree to do more songs like on GH 2 chaos but dragonforce is not metal

ReStLesslayer
ReStLesslayer

man no offence aerosmith rocks but it kinda feels more like a expansion

chaos12391
chaos12391

wow, i hate how everyone is saying WE NEED MORE METAL ON GH, no we don't. i hate metal, and even though the solos are a bit fun, i just hate hardcore meta aka dragonforce, slayer etc. but at the same time, doing the one band thing is dumb and idiotic, cause all of the metal freaks are complaining, plus playing songs from the SAME band over and over again would be annoying. i wish they did more stuff like GH2. where they didn't forcus on popular songs and just focus on songs that would be fun to play. the series has gone downhill since GH2

Esteban94
Esteban94

i like guitar hero but iam not buying it cause they should add a set of drums then i would buy it

zidan4000
zidan4000

if they make a Guitar Hero: Death Metal and add the most famous european death metal and folk metal bands there like Turisas and Ensiferum and Wintersun and some Amon Amarth and In Flames wont hurt either , death metal is becoming more popular, sure not as popular as rock but i think if they make a game like it will sell good for guitar hero fans , oh come on guys who would hate to play a death metal solo on expert?

NukeU
NukeU

Pretty cool.

lozvil
lozvil

can't wait for this....

megadisc
megadisc

aerosmith are my heroes if you require any performance at your state please feel free to contact me if you wanna travel asia then fly with airasia

knilybrik
knilybrik

What other (non Aerosmith) songs are there??

rolento88
rolento88

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joe603
joe603

Will this use the GH3 Gibson guitar?? What about packaging...will it be available without a guitar (game only)?

damo419
damo419

When will there be an Angus Young Guitar hero game? He's the biggest of them all in my little opinion. GH: ACDC