Guitar Hero 5
is another full-band game, allowing four players to play guitar, bass, drums and sing together as a band and even allowing up to eight players when playing online. With the ability to import songs from World Tour
and Smash Hits
, the ability to purchase additinal songs (DLC) and the ability to jump straight into the gameplay with the new "Party Play" mode, Guitar Hero 5
is, arguably, the Guitar Hero
game to pull out at parties. The game actually opens up directly into Party Play mode when you start it up, and begins playing randomly selected songs with accompanying visuals of a band playing the music. You can simply let the music play and you've got a virtual jukebox, of sorts, playing in the background at your party. Then, when someone gets drunk enou- um, decides they want to sing or play along, they can simply jump in and play the song, without stopping the music. If their friends like the song, they can jump in and join them, or drop out and leave at any time. This is a truly cool idea for using at a party. Unless, of course, you party with a lot of die-hard Guitar Hero
players. Then, they'll want to be working their way through Career mode to unlock stuff - something you can't
do in Party Play mode.
For those more serious (or when you're not having a party), there is the Career mode, which has you playing songs at a venue to earn stars, which will unlock new venues when you gain enough. The requirements are reasonable, meaning that you don't have to play all the songs at a given venue or make all possible stars on the songs that you play before you unlock the next venue. Additionally, the venues are opened based on the total number of stars achieved, so stars earned at any venue add towards the unlocking of the next venue. In other words, if you play every song on every venue, getting all eight stars, you'll be unlocking venues long before you get to them.
You may have noticed I said "eight" stars above, not five. This is due to the addition of "Bonus Challenges." Basically, each song has a certain special challenge to be attempted, either specifically for one of the instruments (bass, guitar, drums or vocal) or for the entire band. These will vary from seemingly generic challenges involving continuous note streaks, Hammer-on Pull-offs, Star Meter filling or other particular elements of playing the song to very specific challenges, such as the vocal challenge for Fame (David Bowie), where you have to nail the descending "Fame"s at the end of the song. In addition to giving you more chances to earn stars (to unlock venues) with songs you like, winning the Bonus Challenge on Diamond also unlocks new customization items.
It's worth noting that the Career mode is just that - the one and only Career mode. There's not Single Player Career and Multiplayer Career... you simply select Career and then whoever's playing plays.