Saturday, May 17, 2008

Where am I Going to Put Another Drum Set?

Last week Game Informer Magazine revealed the first information on Activision's Guitar Hero 4.
Here is the gist of it in one image-

Yes, this fall consumers will be given the chance to play Guitar Hero as a full fledged band game. Of course the question I am asking myself is- if a person wanted to play a full band music-sim game, wouldn't they be doing it already? I mean the game already exists in every way shape and form in EA's Rock Band. When the game released back in November with a hefty $169.99 price tag there were those who were willing to pay the price and those who were not. Those people felt content sitting back with Guitar Hero 3 trying to mash through the sloppy note charts, forced battle mode, and wide-open timing window.

It seems to me that Activision is playing to an audience that in some ways no longer exists. Anyone who wanted this game has it already and those who don't have it didn't want it to begin with. Furthermore, it is going to be something tantamount to pulling the teeth of those who already have a Rock Band drum set to add a Guitar Hero drum set to the cluttered entertainment room. We know that gamers aren't going to be given a choice because Activison has already shown their stance on cross compatibility.

For Neversoft's sophomore effort to be successful they need to set the Guitar Hero brand apart from Rock Band enough that it can draw those unwilling who were unwilling to put down the money for a full featured band game last year. I don't see it happening.

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