Guitar Hero 5 is set to release for the PS3 and Xbox 360 this fall, but Activision has a few surprises in store for the (once again) band-driven game, including drop-in, drop-out gameplay.
Guitar Hero 5 will include a new feature called Party Play, in which players can jump in or drop out of gameplay seamlessly. Another new mode call RockFest will be comprised of five new head-to-head modes playable online or in your living room. And finally, amazingly and thankfully, Activision has seen the light and will make the entire set-list playable from the first time Guitar Hero 5 is turned on. No more unlocking music.
Guitar Hero 5 will include certain elements from games past, but refine them somewhat. Case in point: GHMusic Studio will be made more accessible and fun-to-play. And although full-band support was officially mentioned, the fact that GH5 will include “Band Moments,” in which bands are rewarded for hitting special note streams together, implies that all the instruments from World Tour will be supported in GH5.
What was confirmed was that downloadable content from Guitar Hero World Tour will be compatible with Guitar Hero 5 — and they will automatically be updated to support all enhancements featured in Guitar Hero 5.
As for the native song list, Guitar Hero 5 will have master tracks from 85 current and classic bands, including Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and more than 25 artists from a variety of genres that will be making their music video game debut.