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Guitar Hero: World Tour Announced

The fourth installation in the Guitar Hero series has been announced as "Guitar Hero: World Tour." The new game is planned for a fall 2008 release for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and PS2 and is to support a drum kit with cymbals, a new guitar controller, and a microphone. In terms of game modes, look for a Music Studio music creator that will let you compose, record, edit, and share your own music through GHTunes. A new online band career mode will also be featured alongside an eight-player Battle of the Bands mode.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will again be developed by Neversoft Entertainment, with the Wii version being handled by Vicarious Visions and the PlayStation 2 version by Budcat.

You can view the first official trailer for the game below.

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1. metalhead644 writes:

oh my god... maybe its just me, but the idea behind this game seems very... belittling to musicians...

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 11:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. jlove999 writes:

THANK YOU i have been saying that this game makes guitar playing, some of the greatest songs ever, look like child's play

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 11:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. b.bristowe writes:

Or you can look at is a game to sit around with a few friends drinking and listening to some good tunes.

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 11:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Caveman writes:

listen to the musicians being all smug & anal. ITS A GAME, some may find a toy guitar with 5 buttons & 1 "string" a whole lot easier & more accessible to get into than an actual guitar. I play call of duty 4 & I think it kicks a$$ & i dont think i should have to join the army should I?? jesus

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 12:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. xxxVADERxxx writes:

government conspiracy. you dont even know that theyre training you to shoot and throw grenades do you???

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 12:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Westfallen writes:

Yeah. And making you spend $ at Wal-Mart to fund their cause.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 12:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Kalis_wrath writes:

Caveman, you do know that Call of duty was a game paid for by the ARMY right? Right on the box/jewl case is the ARMY seal. It is sort of a recrutment tool. Atleast that is how I see it it. Not that its a bad thing. I respect and thank the men and women of our armed forces, but Call of duty is what it is.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 12:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Slaughtered writes:

Wow I didn't know there were so many elitists around to b**** about a CHILDS PLAY TOY.
"Hey man that strobe light and fog machine is for concerts only kid, you can't use them for your party, it's belittling to the stage crew."
ddr is TOTALLY belittling to dancing with the stars too, AMIRITE?!

here's a comment for you:
f*** YEAH!! NEW GUITAR HERO INSTALLMENT!! HOPEFULLY MORE METAL THIS TIME AROUND! Can't wait!

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 1:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Kalis_wrath writes:

^At some point we all must grow up man.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 1:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. broken face writes:

hay man guitar hero is a fun jammin game wen ur stoned with mates. yea im simplyfied 2 the max but tht so any joe blocks can pick it up n be a legend.
Theres a hero in all of us. Guitar herooooooooooooo wooooo woooooo all aboard the luvvvv train

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 7:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Jamez writes:

This is so sad... Guitar Hero. Whats next??!! If I was a guitarist on the level of all the guys featured in the Guitar Hero, I'd never have anything to do with that bs. I'd be way too embarrassed to have anything to do with it

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 7:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. this is fucked writes:

I dont understand this. i mean its getting to the point where wouldnt it make much more sense to actually start a f***ing band rather than have fake guitars and a f***ing drum kit? i mean what next?

I have to admit i have guitar hero 3, but that is, like what post 10 stated, " a fun jamming game you can play when you are stoned", but this is taking it way to far.

and to all those poeple who think that they actually have skills at real guitar because they can press a few buttons, and that its practically the same think again.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 8:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Cr4wf0rdT3x45J1ng0J4ng0 writes:

Whatevs. I think Guitar Hero is a cool little distraction. I completely doubt that there's some seven year old kid somewhere thinking "Wow. War Pigs is really easy to play!" Even a retard knows the difference between five buttons and 6 strings/22 frets. Quit hating. I think Guitar Hero is keeping the armchair musicians out of our ears and I'm appreciative of that. A lot of people on forums are like "Well, I failed at real guitar, but Guitar Hero is awesome!" Would you rather those hacks are out there starting bands? Quit crying. GH is doing the real musicians a favor by keeping the real guitars out of the hands of the knowitall generation.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 9:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. ChiefStubbs writes:

I balance out my Guitar Hero and Rock Band playing by learning how to play bass. And I'm not stupid enough to believe I will be playing Tom Sawyer in two weeks.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 10:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Txmetalhead writes:

Guitar Hero is trying to compete more with Rock band. I like Rock band, and it was fun. I have not played one Guitar Hero game yet. I love playing bass on Rock band...that is my choice for a guitar instrument. I still suck, though, but I don't give a shi1t...it is fun!

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 2:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. b.bristowe writes:

Guitar Hero and Rock band are the same thing basically. Red Octance (guitar hero) and Harmonix both worked on the guitar hero franchise up until guitar hero II. However, in June 2006, RedOctane was bought by Activision, while in September 2006, Harmonix was purchased by MTV Networks. As a result harmonix could no longer work on Guitar Hero. Instead, Neversoft (subsidiary of Activision) got to work on Rock Band. Thus creating 2 very similar games.

Those who are smashing the game, shut the f*** up. It's just that, a game. It's not hurting anybody or anything being out there. If anything, playing guitar in the first place inspired most people to get it. Just because it has colored buttons doesn't mean it's for children.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BIGSTICK13 writes:

CALL OF DUTY IS A TRAINING GAME? NO WAY. THAT MEANS I CAN I'M A TRAINED SOLDIER NOW. DOES THIS MEAN I CAN NOW START MY OWN BAND AFTER I MASTER GH: WORLD TOUR? I MEAN, I MASTERED EXPERT ON GH 3. SO NOW ALL I NEED IS A REAL GUITAR, HUH. MAN, I CAN WAIT. THANKS GUITAR HERO.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 2:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Cr4wf0rdT3x45J1ng0J4ng0 writes:

^^ Yeah, really.

I learned how to play both solos from Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb when I was 12. That was 13 years ago. To be fair, five-starring Psychobilly Freakout was WAY tougher. I think Guitar Hero actually helped me learn a bit of timing. I mean, I knew how to play already, but I'm self-taught, and, for instance, even though Megadeth's Tornado of Souls isn't in any GH game, I figured out how to do the hammer-ons and pull-offs in the main riff correctly, and I believe that GH helped me learn that. Some things that you have to adapt to going from Easy all the way to Expert are things that actually will improve technique on a real guitar. My picking hand has always been quick, but my fretting's gotten a lot better since GH. Especially since I've played GH 1, 2, and 3 quite religiously. It's almost easier playing a real guitar after destroying any GH game on Expert.

Playing Jordan, however, is bullshxt. Buckethead uses his picking hand to tap his killswitch playing it live, and that's something that you can't reproduce on a GH controller. Same with the Dragonforce song. If you can actually play that sh**, you need to teach people how, because, really, I've spent two hours at a time playing the same 10 damn seconds of the intro over and over and over again.

Playing real guitar, you smash your instruments as a statement. Not because you can't play something. I'd like to see anyone from Dragonforce play that crap. I thought that was a bad a$$ song until GH made me hate it.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 2:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Cr4wf0rdT3x45J1ng0J4ng0 writes:

...and I never saw the Army's logo on my copy of Call of Duty 4, either.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Caveman writes:

kalis_wrath, how in the hell is the army recruiting? How am i a better soldier for being able to press the R2 button to shoot a gun & the square button to reload? Its a f***ing game

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 5:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. coldiem writes:

At least it's actually a new version of the game, and not literally a world tour of people on stage playing plastic instruments and getting high scores. I kid, but it's probably only a matter of time before something of the like comes to fruition.

As for the Call of Duty argument, I think it is being confused with the game "America's Army", which was, in fact, created by the United States government as a recruitment tool.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 5:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. ...Just Another Number... writes:

Wow... before I was like "Cool, lets people who can't play music very well havea chance at feeling like a musician" and some people actually find this game addicting/fun but this is taking it wayyy to far. Interesting concept but as post 1 said... kind of insulting in a way.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 6:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Dood writes:

Call of duty makes killing a$$hole terrorists fun. I'm sure its almost the same in real life....

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 6:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. darkest1 writes:

when i bought my daughter gh3 for wii I was not even interested in playing it. but as I watched various family members (including my wife) beat weezer, disturbed, heart, & foghat. it was hilarious watching them get beat down by raining blood ,one, & through the fire & the flames. it's the most fun i've had playing a video game in 15 years. it is just a game . no more no less

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 7:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. fadetoblack writes:

yeah man thats exactly like what happened with me. I was watching a heap of mates play it and was like hmm this is stupid. but once u give it a chance u get into it and its just something fun u can do with a few friends and a few beers, not to mention it gives you the chance to jam through songs that seem almost impossible like through the fire and the flames.

cant say i could ever get into the idea of having a whole band like drums and a singer though. think ill stick to GH3.

# Jun 13, 2008 @ 6:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Diamond Oz writes:

I've played GH3 a couple of times, not a game I'd ever buy and I didn't have a great deal of fun playing it either. As I've said before, I'd rather play games like Metal Gear Solid, GTA, Max Payne, The Getaway and so on. If you do wanna have a laugh at GH though, check out the vid of Scott Ian playing GH2 on YouTube.

# Jun 13, 2008 @ 9:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. The G-Mann writes:

Putting songs on Guitar Hero is the best thing bands can do. For new bands, a wider audience for their music. For old bands, the chance for their legacy to last another generation. Its a smart move...

# Jun 13, 2008 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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