Guitar Hero Live Review

Guitar Hero returns to make us feel like a true rock star with a new setup that brings fresh air to the franchise and well presented demonstration shows that the wait was worth it!

Guitar Hero Live is the new instalment of the well known franchise from Activision. Guitar Hero Live renewed its play mechanics deeply, also coming with a different presentation and different aesthetics. This recovers the franchise that was once popular and these new mechanics and the revamped presentation will be most welcomed by fans of the franchise and attract new players to come on board.

A new guitar and a new type of controls

To date, all music games were governed by some basic play mechanics, which were more or less the same. All sequels to Guitar Hero or Rock Band offered similar developments or adjustments in each new instalment, but the play mechanics were never risked to change. Was it even possible to rethink and design a new controls without risking the gameplay or even enhance the experience?


Guitar Hero Live presents the progress made ​​by developer FreeStyle Games, by getting rid of one the colors and the colored keys. This used to be the signature of the series. Guitar Hero Live brings a new guitar design, sleek, solid and very pleasant to the handle, which focuses on the color black glossy, keeping Hero Power buttons and other standards in the series, but adding on the way new Fret buttons on the peripheral and changing the game mechanics, upgrading them to a new level, which we thought would never exists.

Guitar Hero Live uses a new combination of buttons on the guitar fret that leverages the bass and treble, to offer a presentation of 6 buttons, 3 upper and 3 lower buttons, respectively. So no more, red, green, blue or orange buttons, instead replaced by white and black notes appearing on the screen waiting for the correct keystroke. This change in buttons and removing the colors from the game mechanics, now forcing us to go through a new difficulty curve.


The introduction of these new six buttons by FreeStyle Games totally brings a new vibe to the game. It is different, refreshing, and most importantly challenging. If you have been playing Guitar Hero for years, it will take some time to adapt to the change due to the new color-coded redesign. Especially as you go playing more complex songs or entering the higher difficulty modes. But, do not worry! Although the change is profound, other than the buttons the rest remains as the previous versions. Our bar and tremolo is still running the same way, new 6 button marks will reappear appearing through the usual rails. And yes, strumming remains.


  • New controls are very well designed without ruining the formula
  • Guitar that comes with the bundle looks and feels great
  • Introduction of the Live First Person view enhance the experience
  • Guitar Hero TV is really fun and once you get a taste , you will be addicted to it
  • Variety of songs from different genres and from different times is well decided


  • 40 song playlist that comes on disc may feel short at first.
  • Wish there were no micro transactions, but not a deal breaker, as you can earn points by investing time in to the free songs


As far as I can remember, I've been surrounded by technology. My father bought us a Commodore 64 so I started playing games as a baby, following my passion with Amiga 500, then PC and so on. I love game related collectibles, and when I'm not collecting I review games, watch movies and TV Shows or you may catch me keeping a low profile at Game Events.

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