It’s been a while since Guitar Hero: World Tour took a place on my shelf, let alone being out. I have to be totally honest and say that I’ve now grown a little bored and fed up with the Guitar Hero franchise and I personally believe that Harmonix have got it right with Rock Band. I’ve already posted enough times on this blog about weighing up between GH/RB, so I’ll try and not turn this post into another one of those. This post is to be about getting through GH:WT in just 2 nights on Expert.
If I’m going to be honest, this is the first Guitar Hero game I’ve actually finished on Expert. GH2’s Freebird is still getting the better of me and GH3’s Raining Blood isn’t a bundle of laughs. It has been a while since I’ve tried these songs so finishing them might well be something I can do now, but that’s for another time. When I first played GH:WT when I bought it (which was for the pure sake of getting the guitar as my GH2 wasn’t working 100%) I felt extremely underwhelmed. The song list isn’t particularly breath taking and they hadn’t tidied the UI up… still. I put off playing it because of these reasons. But yesterday, I decided to give it a go.
Now, the career isn’t actually all that long in comparison to Rock Band 2’s golliath of a Tour. Unlike GH2/3, I didn’t really find any songs to be completely difficult. Yesterday night I cut my way through a fair chunk of the venues with no trouble at all. Today, I finished what I started yesterday, and my wrist and forearm are killing me. The general difficulty of GH has always been that little bit higher than RB’s and GH:WT is no exception. I didn’t find myself golding/fc’ing a whole load of songs but I was passing them rather convincingly…. until BYOB.
I didn’t realise that it was going to be all that difficult despite it being the penultimate song. This was mainly because I have this on Rock Band 2 and didn’t think too much of it difficulty wise. GH:WT however, is another story. Getting the strumming rhythm right for the various sections of this song is what makes this a tricky one. It’s also punishing on the hands because the fast strumming starts from the beginning so there’s no chance of just star powering through it; you have to actually be good enough to do it. After a bit of practice, I managed to nail it. The encore for the last set is Hot for Teacher. I quite like the song and can’t remember it being too complicated musically so I thought it would be a bit of a walk. Well, I must have forgotten about the beginning.
I like the addition of the Crystal Notes, but I’m not too keen on being forced to use the touch pad in order to pass a particularly challenging CN section. Now, it took me a fair few tries to get the start down and then it was plane sailing through the rest of the song. My whole ethos from playing through this tour was to just pass the songs and not give a damn about my scores, so saving star power just in case usually left me rather meh scores. What I also didn’t realise was that for the achievements (Hall of Famer), you need to finish all the setlists that you don’t have to pay for to play in. This meant I had to go back and complete another 12 songs or so for the holy bleep bloop to show itself.
I’m 240G up with a hurt wrist and forearm. Was it fun? No. Was it consistently difficult? No. Was it worth it? No comment.