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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that besides some lyrics that may raise an eyebrow (after all, this is classic rock n' roll), there isn't much to be concerned about with this game. Suggestive lyrics touch on sex, drugs, alcohol, and insubordination. A few swear words can be heard, but it's not gratuitious.
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What's it about?
The Bad Boys of Boston get their own video game in GUITAR HERO AEROSMITH, the first in the popular series to offer an interactive retrospective of the legendary rock group. Join legendary singer Steven Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer onstage as guitarist Joe Perry or Brad Whitford, or bassist Tom Hamilton (or by selecting another virtual musician) and play through the band's early days at a high school and landmark clubs all the way up to sold-out stadiums.
You know the drill: by using a guitar-shaped controller you jam along to rock songs by pressing the correct colored button on the neck at the right time; play well and the crowd cheers you on but hit too many sour notes and you might just get booed offstage. By progressing through the game, players unlock new Aerosmith songs, ranging from '70s classics including "Draw The Line," "Dream On," "Back in the Saddle," "Sweet Emotion," "Toys in the Attic," and "Kings and Queens" to '80s and '90s hits, such as "Let the Music do the Talking," "Livin' on the Edge," "Love in an Elevator," and "Rag Doll." Handpicked by Aerosmith, songs from other bands in the game include Cheap Trick's "Dream Police," The Clash's "Complete Control," Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself for Loving You," Run DMC's "King of Rock," The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary," Lenny Kravitz's "Always on the Run," Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" and Stone Temple "Pilot's Sex Type Thing.
Is it any good?
Single-player options include Career and Quick Play, while multiplayer modes add Face-Off and Pro Face-Off (two gamers play notes at the same time or in an alternating fashion to see who is more accurate); Co-op (play an unlocked song on guitar or bass with a friend); and Battle (compete against a friend including "attacks" that try to mess up the opponent). Besides new songs, not much is different in "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith" as compared to past Guitar Hero games, therefore this disc can best be described as "Guitar Hero 3.5" rather than a whole new game. Plus, if you're not much of a fan of the band, then you will want to take pass and wait for Guitar Hero: World Tour this fall.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether companies like Activision should release "Guitar Hero" games based on one band (for the most part) or keep it more general with a selection of a few dozen acts? Is this money well spent on such as specialized game? Rumor has it next up is "Guitar Hero: Metallica."
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