Parents' Guide to

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

The award-winning series continues to rock on!

Game PlayStation 2 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

the game is decent and the soundtrack is somewhat original for the 80's, I guess...

I've played the game with friends, family, and children, so it's a family-friendly. I don't care about the rating system (ESRB), I think that's a joke to begin with. I don't like a form of a censorship, but whatever. It doesn't matter as long if you're having fun. No one, I MEAN REPEAT NO ONE READS THE LYRICS WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN WITH EVERYONE AROUND YOU. The soundtrack? I think it's decent to begin with. There's Oingo Boingo, The Dead Kennedys, Iron Maiden, glam metal (White Lion, Extreme, Winger, Ratt, Skid Row, Twisted Sister, Faster Pussycat - the majority of them stereotypical), The Scorpions, Dio, etc. The rest I could careless for you. I would say some parts are not generic for the 80's, well, the rest are the definition at points. There you go.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+

Great Game!!

Very good game...also very fun to play as a family. Watch out for some little small curse words though! Also, if you want this game for free or any game go to: Enjoy!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

Unfortunately, a handful of the 30 or so songs seem like filler material, such as obscure tracks from Faster Pussycat, Oingo Boingo, X, and Limozeen. Plus, in some cases, the game makers curiously opted for less popular cover versions of songs instead of the originals such as Krokus' "Ballroom Blitz" or White Lion's "Radar Love."

Aside from some questionable songs, another issue with the game is the $50 price tag, which is relatively high for a PS2 game, not to mention you need to pick up the guitar separately for about $60 for the wireless model. But fans of these Guitar Hero games should be satisfied with this interactive tribute to the '80s. Headband is optional.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Release date: July 23, 2007
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Lyrics
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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