Guitar Hero: World Tour

6.5 Overall Score
Graphics: 5/10
Sound: 8/10
Controls: 8/10

New instruments, lots of songs

Not as smooth as Rock Band

Game Info

Game Name: Guitar Hero:  World Tour

Developer(s): Neversoft/Vicarious Visions/Aspyr Media

Publisher(s): Activision

Platform(s): PS3/XBox 360/Wii/PC

Genre(s): Music

Release Date(s): October 26, 2008 (PS3/XBox 360/Wii)/July 26, 2009 (PC)

ESRB Rating: T


I might have died at 27, but I’ll be forever playing these songs

The Gods of Rock have told to you continue to rock on…this time you can bring your friends and not only be a Guitar Hero, but a Drum Hero, Bass Hero, and a Vocal Hero.  The band just needs to continue to rock!

Guitar Hero:  World Tour is the Guitar Hero franchise’s first attempt to counter the wildly successful Rock BandRock Band’s release right after Guitar Hero III:  Legends of Rock really changed the simulated music market and provided a challenge by super-saturating the market.  Guitar Hero:  World Tour is facing an uphill market.

The most innovative part of Guitar Hero:  World Tour is probably the Music Studio which allows players to construct their own songs.  It is very difficult to make nice sounding songs however and probably not worth the hassle for most.  There are some fun downloadable songs created by other players, but many are just junk put up on the site for achievements.


Join Together with the Band!

Guitar Hero:  World Tour also faces the problem of asking players to buy more new instruments (in addition to instruments they might have already owned for Rock Band).  The instruments of Rock Band can work on World Tour but there are a few technical issues involved in getting them to really work together.

The challenge of Guitar Hero II and Guitar Hero III seems lessened for World Tour (although some of the last few songs are still quite difficult).  The music does have a bit more variety and some popular, fun songs, but then Guitar Hero deals with Tool forces you to play a whole set of Tool songs…If you don’t enjoy Tool this could be a push (and they are also some of the more difficult songs in the game).  It also contains the playable characters of Hayley Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Billy Corgan, Sting, Ted Nuget, and Travis Barker.

The Guitar Hero:  World Tour complete song setlist:

About a Girl (Unplugged Live)—Nirvana

Aggro—The Enemy

American Woman—The Guess Who


Are You Gonna Go My Way—Lenny Kravitz


B. Y. O. B.—System of a Down

Band on the Run—Wings

Beat It—Michael Jackson

Beautiful Disaster—311

Crazy Train—Ozzy Osbourne


Demolition Man (Live)—Sting

Do It Again—Steely Dan

Escuela de Calor—Radio Futura

Everlong—Foo Fighters

Eye of the Tiger—Survivor

Feel the Pain—Dinosaur Jr.

Float On—Modest Mouse

Freak on a Leash—Korn

Go Your Own Way—Fleetwood Mac

Good God—Anouk

Hail to the Freaks—Beatsteaks

Heartbreaker—Pat Benatar

Hey Man, Nice Shot—Filter

Hollywood Nights—Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Hot for Teacher—Van Halen

Hotel California—Eagles

The Joker—Steve Miller Band

Kick Out the Jams—MC5’s Wayne Kramer

The Kill—30 Seconds to Mars

L’Via L’Viaquez—The Mars Volta

La Bamba—Los Lobos

Lazy Eye—Silversun Pickups

Livin’ on a Prayer—Bon Jovi

Love Me Two Times—The Doors

Love Removal Machine—The Cult

Love Spreads—The Stone Roses

The Middle—Jimmy Eat World

Misery Business—Paramore

Monsoon—Tokyo Hotel

Mountain Song—Jane’s Addiction

Mr. Crowley—Ozzy Osbourne

Never Too Late—The Answer

No Sleep Till Brooklyn—Beastie Boys (featuring Kerry King)

Nuvole E Lenzuola—Negramaro

Obstacle 1—Interpol

On the Road Again (Live)—Willie Nelson

One Armed Scissor—At the Drive-In

The One I Love—R. E. M.

One Way or Another—Blondie

Our Truth—Lacuna Coil



Pretty Vacant—Sex Pistols

Prisoner of Society—The Living End

Pull Me Under—Dream Theater

Purple Haze (Live at San Diego)—The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Ramblin’ Man—The Allman Brothers Band

Re-Education (Through Labor)—Rise Against

Rebel Yell—Billy Idol

Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)—Lostprophets


Satch Boogie—Joe Satriani


Scream Aim Fire—Bullet for My Valentine


Some Might Say—Oasis

Soul Doubt—NOFX

Spiderwebs—No Doubt

Stillborn—Black Label Society

Stranglehold—Sweet Home Alabama (Live)

Ted Nugent Guitar Duel—Ted Nugent

Today—The Smashing Pumpkins

Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast—Airbourne

Toy Boy—Stuck in the Sound

Trapped Under Ice—Metallica

Up Around the Bend—Creedence Clearwater Revival



Weapon of Choice—Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

What I’ve Done—Linkin Park

The Wind Cries Mary—The Jimi Hendrix Experience

You’re Gonna Say Yeah!—HushPuppies

Zakk Wylde Guitar Duel—Zakk Wylde


Feel my mighty Sting!

Guitar Hero:  World Tour shows that Guitar Hero doesn’t quite get it.  The game is still clunky and just not as fun as the Rock Band format (even when you add in the new instraments).  Rock Band not only was able to use their format but nab more popular artists and really expanded on the downloadable market by providing even more (and transferable) songs.  Guitar Hero:  World Tour isn’t necessarily a bad game, but it isn’t Rock BandGuitar Hero:  World Tour was followed by Guitar Hero 5.

Related Links:

Guitar Hero II

Guitar Hero III:  Legends of Rock

Guitar Hero 5

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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