Guitar Hero: World Tour

A best-in-class "must have" music game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Men and women are treated equally in the game. You can create a unique character.

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Some of the musicians aren't wearing much clothes. Some suggestive lyrics, such as while others are sexually suggestive like Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" ("She don't like slavery/She wont sit and beg/But when I'm tired and lonely/She sees me to bed...In the midnight hour/She cried more, more, more.".


Some lyrics include words such as "hell," "ass" and "damn." Others threaten of violence such as Sublime's "Santeria" ("Daddys got a new .45/And I wont think twice to stick that barrel straight down Sanchos' throat/Believe me when I say that I got somethin' for his punk ass").


Players can see logos for companies that manufacture guitars, drums, and amps.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a sequel in the mega-popular Guitar Hero series. Some of the lyrics might raise an eyebrow as being sexually suggestive. Also, some of the female musicians that aren't wearing much clothes onstage.

What's it about?

GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR is the sequel to the best-selling video game of 2007 (Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock). This new version adds drums and vocals to last year's game that was all about playing on the guitar and bass, along with a tour bus-full of new modes and features. For the uninitiated, these music games let you play along to hit rock songs on a plastic guitar, a drum kit peripheral, or sing in a microphone, and you must hit the right note/drum at the correct time in order to rack up points. Perform well and the virtual crowd claps to the beat, but make too many flubs and you might just get booed offstage. When it comes to instruments, the Guitar Hero: World Tour drums has two raised cymbals along with the three main pads and bass drum pedal, resembling a real kit. The newly-designed wireless guitar looks and feels great, and offers extra buttons for improv play and special effects, if desired. The wired microphone provides clear sound for the singer in your group.

After you watch the first of many entertaining animated sequences, you can select from a number of single-player, co-op or head-to-head game modes. A new rock star creator lets you customize the look of your virtual musician before entering a lengthy Career mode that lets players swap instruments as they progress through the story (or choose to stick with one); the Band Career options allows you to join or host an online band with other players. Or why not compete in an online competition – four against four – to see how many points your band can collectively rack up against a rival super group? As with Guitar Hero III, players who dual guitars on the same TV can unleash "battle attacks" to trip up an opponent such as causing a string to break or flipping the left and right buttons.

Is it any good?


For those who have played the Rock Band series, this new version of Guitar Hero is similar, and it might be even better in some regards.The 80-plus musical tracks are about as good as the ones offered in Rock Band 2 (with some available in both, such as Survivor's Eye of the Tiger and Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer). World Tour includes classics like Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama (live version), The Eagles' Hotel California and Michael Jackson's Beat It, as well as newer rock ditties such as Tool's Schism, Oasis' Some Might Say and Linkin Park's What I've Done. You can also download additional tracks from the Internet for a few bucks apiece.

But the way World Tour distinguishes itself from Rock Band is that it includes an editor to create and share your own songs. But be forewarned, it takes some patience and skill to fully appreciate the bundled "Music Studio." One to four players can choose to play lead or rhythm guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, but vocals cannot be recorded. Once you've saved your masterpiece, publish it to an online hub called GHTunes for others to download; on the flipside, you can download and play someone else' songs, too. Thanks to great songs, rockin' instruments, multiple game modes, and the built-in music studio, Activision's Guitar Hero: World Tour is the best of the music games.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether these music games have hit its stride or its peak? Are the changes in games like the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series enough to justify the purchase or is it worth just downloading new songs each week?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
Available online?Available online
Release date:October 26, 2008
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old August 5, 2009
age 7+

Give it a Rest, Parents

Well you know people this is an amazing video game and if your children are at all normal they have played it at their friends' houses. But this one does a few bad songs like "hot for teacher" which is obviously bad, but all the songs they bleep out the f and s words. But you know you don't have to play the bad ones! This GH does have some great songs like "eye of the tiger", "beat it", "hotel california", and "misery business"
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educational value
Kid, 10 years old November 30, 2010
age 11+

good for teens

Love it! i love it because theyre are good music lessons and 5 modes.i rated it iffy for ages 11-13 because it has inaproppraite language. it is still a cool game but i expect teens should play this game if they love rock
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Too much swearing
Educational value
Teen, 17 years old Written bySlipknotsarah July 10, 2009
age 8+

A great game to play with the whole family

Now that theyve added the beginner level my 6 yr old little brother can play with me! This game is so fun to play with the family. I like playing it with my mom and beating her every time. the game is pretty pricey though.


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