Guitar Hero

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The Guitar Hero series is a series of music rhythm games first released in 2005 by RedOctane and Harmonix, and distributed by Activision, in which players use a guitar-shaped game controller to simulate playing lead, bass guitar, and rhythm guitar across numerous rock music songs. The games attempt to mimic many features of playing a real guitar, including the use of fast-fingering hammer-ons and pull-offs and the use of the whammy bar to alter the pitch of notes. Most games support single player modes, typically a Career mode to play through all the songs in the game, and both competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes. With the introduction of Guitar Hero World Tour in 2008, the game includes support for a four-player band including vocals and drums. The series initially used mostly cover version of songs created by WaveGroup Sound, but most recent titles feature soundtracks that are fully master recordings, and in some cases, special re-recordings, of the songs. The games were widely popular during their years of release and commercially successful, grossing $2 billion in sales over all games.

Main Titles

Game Title Year of Release Platform
Guitar Hero 2005 PS2
Guitar Hero 2 2006 PS2
Guitar Hero: Legends of Rock 2007 PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Guitar Hero: World Tour 2008 PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
Guitar Hero 5 2009 Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock 2010 Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

Mobile Versions

Guitar Hero III Mobile was released for mobile phones in 2007 and 2008, and was developed by MachineWorks Northwest LLC. The base version of the game includes 15 songs from both Guitar Hero II and Guitar Hero III, and has released a three-song add-on pack every month since January 2008. The title has been downloaded by users one million times, with both Verizon and Hands-On Mobile claiming that over 250,000 songs are played a day on the platform.[71] The two companies produced two other mobile-based Guitar Hero games; Guitar Hero III: Backstage Pass, released in July 2008, adds role-playing elements to manage the band's success in addition to the core rhythm game,[72] while the mobile version of Guitar Hero World Tour, released in December 2008, expands each included track for play on both lead guitar and drums, mimicking the expansion of the console series to the full band.[73]

Glu Mobile developed the mobile version of Guitar Hero 5, released in the last quarter of 2009.[74]