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Guitar Hero Gets Jimi Hendrix

Mike Musgrove

The Guitar Hero videogame franchise has landed another real-world guitar hero's music for inclusion in the next version of the bestselling game: Two Jimi Hendrix songs will be in this fall's "Guitar Hero World Tour."

The upcoming title will let players fake-rock their hearts out to "Purple Haze" and "The Wind Cries Mary" -- and feature a Hendrix avatar among the characters that players can choose from. Activision, Guitar Hero's publisher, says that more Hendrix music may become available down the road in the form of downloadable content for the game.

The latest installment steps up the Guitar Hero franchise's game by incorporating a microphone and drum controller option, kinda like Rock Band, that other big fake-rock game on the market. Guitar Hero World Tour is scheduled for an October 27 release.

Activision recently released a version of the game centered around the career of Aerosmith and a version of Guitar Hero for the Nintendo DS. (Anybody got opinions on those games? Please post away...)

By the way, if you're a serious Guitar Hero fan, be advised: Hard Rock Cafe and Spin Magazine are sponsoring a contest based on the Aerosmith version of GH. The top four scorers from among 16 competitions at Hard Rock Cafes across the country will win a trip to Boston, where they'll compete for a motorcycle with a look designed by singer Steven Tyler.

The competition hits Washington next Sunday (July 27). For more information, go here or here.

By Mike Musgrove  |  July 18, 2008; 1:56 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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I recently purchased Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. I thought it was nice how they incorporated songs from their past and took you to places that gave them their start. It was also nice to play a few songs from different artists in the opening acts. I've beat the game already on Medium level and while their are some really fun songs, I think the song selection was still rather poor. Aerosmith had so many great songs that were not included that I think would have been more fun to play like Dude(Looks like a Lady), Janie's Got a Gun, Fever, Eat the Rich, and many more. This one ranks the lowest on the totum pole now from the entire collection.

Posted by: David from Cleveland | July 18, 2008 3:38 PM

The Aeromsith game stinks. I've come across only three decent songs. For goodness sakes, they included Cat Scratch Fever. Most of the songs from other artists are covers, not even the original band. Unless you're a major Aerosmith fan, skip it.

Posted by: michele | July 18, 2008 3:45 PM

My kids have GH for the DS and they love it. They have GH for the Wii and the fact that it's now portable is just a bonus for them.

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Posted by: flow1800 | July 21, 2008 11:23 AM

the aerosmith game really sucks balls. i didnt even buy it, i played it my friends house, i beat the hard tour and got to the train kept rollin on expert in one night. its the shortest track list of all the gh's and the shortest bonus songs list. the game plan was fun but the whole career was just a low blow. its way too short. i didnt have an oppinion on aerosmith before the game but now they're just annoying. the carrer had an occasional good song (sweet emotion, dream on, toys in the attic) but overall was just the same stuff.

Posted by: Mark | August 10, 2008 7:11 PM

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