A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
For the most part, the game has positive messages that teach music composition and encourage musical expression.
Positive Role Models
Despite some scantily clad women, shocking haircuts, and provocative tattoos, most of the game's virtual characters are good role models for being a musician. However, some have had tortured pasts.
Ease of Play
The game offers many difficulty levels, making it both easy for a newbie to get going and challenging for an experienced player.
Violence & Scariness
Some lyrics refer to violence, such as Iron Maiden's 2 Minutes to Midnight ("The napalm screams of human flames," "2 minutes to midnight/To kill the unborn in the womb").
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some lyrics include sexual references, such as "I'm so horny," "Your sex is on fire" and "He's gonna do another strip tease." Some animated woman characters are dressed provocatively and move seductively, including doing a pole dance.
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While not too graphic, some lyrics contain potentially offensive words such as "hell," "damn" and "bitch."The lyrics of the songs also contain references to violence, sexual themes, and drugs and alcohol.
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Products & Purchases
The game includes familiar music-related brands on the equipment.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some lyrics refer to drinking alcohol or smoking, such as "Wanna get a belly full o' beer" and "Light me up that cigarette," respectively.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this music simulation game has a "Teen" rating mainly because of some off-color lyrics in a few of the 85 songs. This includes some sexual themes, references to drinking, smoking, and violence, and use of some swear words. One of the TV commercials for the game includes Playboy bunnies prancing around Hugh Hefner.
Is It Any Good?
In addition to the huge library of songs to play through, Guitar Hero 5 offers something fresh and new. For the first time in the series, players can have multiple guitarists, bass players, drummers, and singers, in any game mode, rather than everyone choosing a different peripheral. Plus, with the game's new social "Party Play" mode, players can now jump in or drop out of game-play at anytime, without interrupting the jam session. New in-game characters range from Nirvana's Kurt Cobain to the man in black, Johnny Cash, as well as Carlos Santana, Garbage's Shirley Manson, and others. Also fun is Guitar Hero 5’s enhanced "GH Music Studio," which lets gamers write, edit, and upload their own game creations -- now with many more tools available at their disposal. While some might feel the rhythm genre has already reached (and surpassed) it's peak, Guitar Hero 5 is a refreshingly fun game for the entire family.
Note: All the versions of Guitar Hero 5 are basically the same -- including the "GH Music Studio" feature -- but the PlayStation 2 version does not have an online component (for multiplayer games or downloadable songs).
Online interaction: Gamers can play with each other online or share user-generated content on all versions of this game except for the PlayStation 2 verison.
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