PK Mongoose said:
It seems like someone doesn't remember "Guitar Hero World Tour". I bet the World Tour peripherals won't even work on this "new" one!
That's one thing I'm willing to disagree on. All instruments are generally compatible with every game now; at least Sony and Microsoft have forced both Harmonix and Activision's hands on this one, they have to be cross-compatible. The same will more than likely ring true for Nintendo.
While I'm not opposed to the idea of new music genres coming into Rock Band/Guitar Hero - quite the opposite, I think it's absolutely fantastic that pop and such will be coming in to expand the audience and appeal of the series, and it gives some much-needed variety to the games - I am not a fan of this split. I don't see why the mainstream music has to be separated into another game, and even a 'new' series; why not put ALL of these songs into Guitar Hero 5 and double the number of tracks in that game instead? Why take the risk of creating a 'new' series, that is essentially the same as the old one, without the brand recognition that has been built up? DJ Hero works as an expansion to the ___ Hero brand as it is something completely different - this is just something that will fragment the fanbase.
I have a similar problem with Rock Band and the way that they have thrown more mainstream titles into the forthcoming LEGO Rock Band, but the difference is that they're keeping the franchise title within it so they lose no recognition, and with the track record of Harmonix it's highly possible that any new songs contained within that game will be either exportable into the core Rock Band games or made downloadable later. The Beatles Rock Band is the exception to that due to the strict licence associated with the band, but otherwise they have shown commitment to trying to get Rock Band off the ground as a 'platform' of sorts. This has not happened with Guitar Hero, and they've even gone a completely different direction and turned out even more titles rather than focus on one or two.
I'm not going to rule out playing it, but I'm unimpressed that this and Guitar Hero could not just be compounded into one. It stinks of market saturation and greed; if Guitar Hero was marketed correctly with the inclusion of these tracks as well as the ones already being included in it, they could just as easily lap up more people with the same brand.